Because, I Believe

jacintha jayachandran
Posted January 7, 2020 from India

Most often in life we choose the paths we want to take , and sometimes the path chooses us. Year 2019, was the year the path chose me and i responded. A visit to my alma mater, my school was meant to be a good will visit and i hoped to be able to financially support a few girls.The principal of the school asked me 'can you teach my girls hope?'. It shook my spirit and left me speechless and sleepless. I set out on my quest to see how we can nurture hope amongst kids, kids who deal with socio economic marginalisation. Once i took the path, there really has been no looking back.

Starting to informally work with the girls, delivering various types of interactions and interventions in the pilot phase and experience the hopes, the dreams, the fears and the anxieties of 590 girls has been the best learning experience of my life.The designing of our hope interventions , has been supported  by many people, generous souls who have offered to push our mission forward with all their might.

When the young girls interact and share their dreams, and look at you with eyes that are hopeful of your support, your humanity comes alive, your own fears, worries, your past and your successes and your failures fade and you are imbued with a courage and determination to work and work relentlessly.

Up to 2019, I may have been shaped by my past, a life in which i tried my very best to contribute to people in meaningful ways and did my bit, now i am shaped by the anticipation of the future. Freedom from past is the best gift one can give themselves, and it gives you wings to fly.

Time and time again, when i meet the girls, their dreams , their aspirations fuel me to try and give my all and see how best we can help them build nerves of steel and determination that cannot be broken, i don't know if we can shape their destinations, but i do believe we can shape them to define their own future, their destinations, their journeys with confidence, courage and hope.That's why we have started "HopeWorks" a foundation that will work children and youth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This story was submitted in response to The Real Me.

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Anita Shrestha
Jan 07
Jan 07

thank you dear

Andra Marasteanu
Jan 07
Jan 07

"Freedom from past is the best gift one can give themselves, and it gives you wings to fly."
I love this, I feel it the same. 2019 was transformational for me as well and I gained a sense of liberation from the past, from the old me that I no longer recognise.
Thank you for sharing your story. And thank you so very much for giving children hope by listening, encouraging and shaping the stories they tell to themselves. It is their journey but the work you do now has a long time echo in the future.

Jill Langhus
Jan 08
Jan 08

Hi Jacintha,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) Thanks for sharing your inspiring story and a little bit about what you do and what you're passionate about. So, is this a regular class that you offer or a workshop? I'm looking forward to hearing more about your foundation. Let us know if you have a website and/or social media page(s) for us to like/follow, too.

And, congrats on your recent Spirit Award nomination!

Hope you have a great week!

jacintha jayachandran

Hi jill,
we do a combination of workshops, role model interactions and customized interventions for the girls. We hope to incorporate mentoring circles from January 2020. you can check our website at www.hopeskipjump.org .

Thank you for the nomination part. I have miles to go.

Hope you have a great week too.

Jill Langhus
Jan 08
Jan 08

Hi Jacintha:-)

Oh, okay. Oh, thanks. I will check it out.

You're welcome. But you're half way there, dear:-)

Thank you!

XX

Lisbeth
Jan 09
Jan 09

A very warm welcome to world pulse and what an amazing first post you wrote. That is the spirit. I hope your zeal for this girl's will be strengthen.
Best wishes
Regards

maeann
Jan 09
Jan 09

World Pulse welcome you Jacintha :)

Thank you for sharing your first story.

Spiritedsoul
Jan 11
Jan 11

Hello,
Hugs. I love your comment about freedom from the past being the best gift one can give themselves, giving them wings to fly. Beautiful, and I feel the same way about 2019. Continue the awesome work you do, you bring hope to others, and that is amazing.
Hugs,
Jess.

Spiritedsoul
Jan 11
Jan 11

Hello,
Hugs. I love your comment about freedom from the past being the best gift one can give themselves, giving them wings to fly. Beautiful, and I feel the same way about 2019. Continue the awesome work you do, you bring hope to others, and that is amazing.
Hugs,
Jess.

Spiritedsoul
Jan 11
Jan 11

Hello,
Hugs. I love your comment about freedom from the past being the best gift one can give themselves, giving them wings to fly. Beautiful, and I feel the same way about 2019. Continue the awesome work you do, you bring hope to others, and that is amazing.
Hugs,
Jess.

Spiritedsoul
Jan 11
Jan 11

Hello,
I love your comment about freedom being the best gift one can give themselves. It is so true, freedom from the past liberates one for the future. Continue the amazing work you are doing.
Hugs,
Jess.

efe
Jan 13
Jan 13

You are helping to shape their future in a very significant way.Well done

Charity Birla
Jan 13
Jan 13

Thanks for Encouraging them to stay positive and to remain focus.
#girl most reach at the top..

Urmila Chanam
Jan 15
Jan 15

I am so happy to see you are here on World Pulse Jaci!! Welcome to this closely knit family of sisters from 190 countries.

Chinyere Kalu
Jan 17
Jan 17

Thanks Jacintha for sharing.
Truely our path sometimes finds us and when it does, we never seem to be able to stop..
Kudos