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.