“The way to change the world, is one random act of kindness at a time”, said Nelson Mandela. On 27th February 2018, the students’ wing of Bioethics Unit visited Shrichaya Balgruaha – an orphanage in Wardha. Dr Samir Yelwatkar (President, MGIMS Bioethics Unit and Associate Professor of Medicine) and Dr Jwalant Waghmare (Secretary, MGIMS Bioethics Unit and Associate Professor in Anatomy) guided the event.
Established in 2009, Shrichaya Balgruha is a home for many homeless and especially abled children. At present, 170 children between age group of 6-18 years are living in the balgruha. The orphanage is run by Ushkala Mahila Bahu-uddesheya Shikshan Seva Prasarak Mandal of Nalbadi, Wardha.
The students, on the eve of Holi, filled the life of children with colors of love and affection. For a week, the students had collected donations from faculty, staff and students. Several stepped forward and generously contributed clothes, notebooks, stationary, wafers, biscuits etc for the children. The team reached the orphanage at 8 AM. The children of the Balgruha received the student volunteers with utmost enthusiasm and were happily engaged with them.
The students interacted with the children with equal excitement. On the occasion, the students handed over the donation to the trustee of the orphanage. They played games, danced and sang with them. The team spent a little over two hours with the children of the orphanage.
The team also visited Blind Boys School, which was located nearby. The students helped the blind students with swing and other activities. The boys were happy to mingle with the students.
Akshay Yadav, Abdulqadir Boringwala, Anik Pal, Sarang Swati P Bombatkar, Nikhil Honale, Mudita Joshi, Wilfred D'souza, Apurva Potharkar, Priya Mowade, Madhur Shroff, Shreya Namjoshi, Prachi Kamble, Sujay Srivastava, Mehul Dhabaliya, Cheryl Mankar, Riddhi Patel, Atharva Kokaje, Sneha Yadav, Gayatri Lele, Simran Raka, Darshita Pandey, Arnav Ramteke, Sankalp Hingmire, Nikhil Guntupalli, Venkat Sainath Murali, Rahul Beria, Suryadev Vrindavanam, Abhinav Anand, Indugu Naga Nimisha, Samrudhi Bhalgat, Khushi Agroya, Pinky Maharia, Prerna Shelke, Priya Singh and Preksha Wandile participated in the event
Calling the event as one of the most memorable days of his life, A Yadav (2013 Batch) said, “This visit will remain etched forever in our hearts. When we played and distributed biscuits among them, they couldn’t contain their excitement, and it was with a heavy heart that we bid goodbye to them.” “The event taught us that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”, he added.
“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and blind can see“, said Dr Waghmare. “We are happy that we were able to bring smiles to so many faces. We must contribute and understand our responsibility towards society, he added. The team attributed the success to the management of the institute for giving the wing the autonomy to carry out such programmes.