Vedanta Khushi – “I Sold Hand-Made Book-Marks to Help the Needy”

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Vedanta Khushi is a social media campaign that started off to spread the awareness towards care for the underprivileged children – their Nutrition – Education – Health and overall development in India. Through its blog, www.khushi-creatinghappiness.blogspot.in, Vedanta Khushi posts motivating heart touching experiences and stories of people who have helped underprivileged children through their own ways.

By Pranjal from Udaipur

This incident is when I was in my fifth grade in Tagore International School in New Delhi, when my classmate’s mother gave us a presentation on her NGO which was helping the deaf and dumb children. I was a very enthusiastic student. I was the first one to jump-up when the teacher asked who would like to contribute to this cause. The teacher smiled and that made me even more confident to contribute something, but yet in a different way.

I wasn’t thinking about asking my parents for money… I had something else going on in my head. I decided, I would like to earn money myself and would give it to the NGO. First I thought of collecting money from my colony by promoting the NGO project, but I thought of the other kids, who would laugh at me, since I were suppose to go door-to-door and ask for the same. Many thoughts came into my mind, but finally I made up my mind to make something on my own and sell it in the school during the upcoming event itself. I felt proud within, but now the question was “What to sell?”

vedanta khushi storyI began thinking what would my classmates prefer to buy, something in handmade? Paper bags, boxes, pen stand, book-marks etc. was all I could think of. The idea that struck was to make book-marks with catchy quotes on them, decorate them with ribbons, stars, sparkles and many more things. I made 40-45 bookmarks on my own with no help from my parents or friends.

Deciding the price was another issue. Being a kid I honestly had decided to at least keep some amount of money with myself as I wanted to experience the feeling of spending the money earned by myself.

The event day came. My stall was an instant hit. Not only my fellow class-mates but parents of children also bought them. I was too small to give complete finishing like book-marks available in the market, but I felt, more then my book-marks, people appreciated my thought behind.

I was accompanied by my senior teachers and they helped me throughout the selling. I earned Rs. 620 in exact figures and very honestly kept half of the money with me and donated rest to the NGO.

What a feeling it was… after so many years. Now I am in eleventh… I still smile remembering the day. My ex-classmate and her mother surprisingly remember me even today. “Khushi” has given me a platform to write my experience, and more than this, I feel like doing some thing more again.

One needs a heart for giving… and that is why the feeling of satisfaction and contentment also lasts long.

“KHUSHI – Care for the Underprivileged Children” is a mission started on fulfilling the objective and let know the world that we docare for these children – their Nutrition – Education – Health and overall development. “KHUSHI” – a Vedanta Group initiative – is aimed to bring in together like minded people to spread this awareness amongst colleagues, friends, relatives and people around, through word of mouth or through e-medium and the way one feels would be useful. You can also send heart-felt stories at khushi.creatinghappiness@gmail.com

(www.indiacsr.in)

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