Listening to Ninety Dreams

In the past few months, there have often been moments where I have traveled through green fields in a ‘fatfati’ with my teammates, thinking about the smiles we had just bid good-bye to. These moments are usually characterized by awe, of what we are surrounded by, and a certain oxymoron-like sense of fulfillment and a desire to do more. 
Working with SwaTaleem has given me the chance to step into the world of ninety little girls and has presented me with an opportunity to learn so much.

While I have learnt many things such as how an NGO is set up, how to work with government officials, how to work with children and teachers, how to design and implement session plans and much more, the most important lesson I have received is how important it is to listen. We listened to the children and their dreams, teachers and visions, and the higher authorities and their guidance. I have learnt that it is okay when things do not work out. All you have to do is take a step back, breathe, and try again. Not only those at the school and my seniors at work, I have had the incredible opportunity of learning from my peers. Watching so many people put their heart into their work, just so that they can leave a better place than they found it, is the motivation which fuels you when you need it the most. 

And just like that, eating food prepared with love, dancing in the middle of nowhere, and talking to these beautiful souls makes travelling for 4-5 hours worth it. With girls who gift you their smiles, hugs, adoration and roses, KGBV Jalmana will always hold a special place in my life. 

About the Author: Kavya Mohta, Young India Fellow-2019

Pursuing History Hons has taught Kavya incredible lessons and has motivated her to create a positive impact in this world. Building a school in a basti and working in various NGOs has led her to meet, and work people who have restored her faith in humanity and personify hope in her life. She looks forward to keep on learning, getting inspired by those around her, and do her best to contribute to the well-being of the society in whatever way she can.  She has been an integral part of Swataleem in capacity of  ELM team member from Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University since September 2018.