Lead the Change
Most people do want to learn a lot. But do you believe in this, "I don't only want to learn a lot, I want to contribute a lot too"? Don't know if you do, but one obviously should do. In fact, if one can learn to contribute, the contribution can help you learn. That's the give and take process which never stops. And with IM it's a chance to both contribute and learn in a unique way. Be the Change!
Being a Lead for a City or an educational institution (school/college), one can be an active member working on different tasks which helps groom your personality, makes you outspoken and builds confidence in your abilities. It gives you the kind of opportunities to involve in some innovative thinking and sheds off any ineffectual behaviour by getting on with the implementation of ideas. The good thing about this learning is that while we learn to better ourselves, it also importantly helps lift the atmosphere among the masses, leads socio-economic change at the grassroots level and sensitise people for all facets of life. Yes, you can do it, may it be directly leading to it or indirectly. Learn how we will.
Indirectly Contributing and Learning
- Presentations or Seminars: We need to reach out to the respective institution's authorities and tell them about what kind of beautiful work we, Indian Matters, are doing and what positive influence is this going to bestow upon the students. Once you convince them, it would be your chance to go out there and give a seminar/presentation or arrange others events around it for which IM will train you. This will bring you some serious opportunities and some real experiences and learning which otherwise would have been unlikely and at the same time sensitise the youth.
- Awareness Campaigns: As they generally are, you learn to leave hesitation behind and step up to interact with people unknown to you and in a limited time frame put the idea across to them along with providing them leaflets. It's a noble thing that you'll do and noble thoughts that you spread around.
- Connecting People: If you passionately believe in what IM does by understanding the rationality behind its thoughts, then you would actually know that it's your responsibility to transcend the message, the thought across to as many people as possible. You will then use different medium, be it through the word of mouth or be it through any social site, to spread the thoughts. You'll be awakened!
- Identifying NGOs: Desire in you to see a better socio-economic status of our unfortunate countrymen will drive you to search for those social organisations which are doing some credible work for their cause so that the info becomes available to other country men who want to contribute or volunteer, but don't quite know how and to whom. Thus you'll be the one to open up new avenues of development.
- Ideas and Suggestions: Another very crucial component that this is, you will not merely be Speaking/Interacting/Searching, but also get a chance to think and innovate new ideas which could be adopted for furthering the prospects through their implementation. The ideas will be opened for feasibility study and identification/verification of milestones on how to reach the said goals.
Directly Contributing and Learning
Working on 'Means' to the 'End'
- SRC Point of Contact: This is a touch point between IM and the Social Responsibility Cell (SRC) of the educational institution. All initiatives and activities performed by SRC members of an institute are required to be posted by the point of contact (POC). SRC coordinator is a default member to assume this responsibility. Project plans which seek to get guidance or funding through individual donors or corporations are required to be done by this individual.
- Working with NGO(s): Directly getting involved in the development by working with the NGOs helps you contribute directly. Often misunderstood to be just social work, it has a lot more on offer. Working in different departments are the means to the end, which is Social work and upliftment.
Working to achieve the 'End' in itself
- Communications Department: An NGO can never work in the absence of donations from Philanthropists, Individual Donors and Donor Agencies. Here comes the Communication department which interacts with these people to communicate the work done, the processes adopted and the plans formed for future work. They play an important role by being the facilitators between an NGO and the donor to convince about the credibility of an NGO.
- Planning Department: This is one important part of an NGO since it frames the scope of work to be done in next 3-5 years, the plans and their implementation. In the absence of this department, there is very little for communications people to talk about and to convince donors. Real work should come with real plans.
- Finances Management: Managing the finance of the NGO like any other entity is also some work which brings with it both experience and learning.
- Fund Raising Department: This is one area which can be open to anyone willing and creative and wanting to show their creativities to raise the money for a cause. Sometimes dramas, plays and other such creative events are organised for the same, both for raising funds and making people aware to give some of their time to these tasks.
- More compassionate people can do some real work to keep them abreast with the importance of life and to make them realise that the art of giving is the path to happiness too. One of the things can be spending time with destitute to provide some emotional nutrition to them or to teach children, similar to the lines of what Teach India sought out to do.
You are the hope of many, be it your parents or be it those destitute, but most importantly become a hope for your own 'self' by bring inside (yourself) the change. Way forward? It's left to you.
Hope you come and see the difference.
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