I used to wonder how Varun was managing to run an NGO, dreamindia2020.org , entirely manned by volunteers.
Though Varun has shared many experiences of his, I did feel there could be a shortcoming due to a volunteer-only concept and his geographical distance today which he makes up for by being in constant touch (he is the US while the work is going on in India).
Volunteer I did as one of the slums the group worked in was close to my home, but still wondered whether something more was needed.
Geeta’s story, however, has made me rethink on the entire issue. Geeta was very determined to pursue an education in the science stream in the eleventh standard. Those of us in India do know that’s not such an easy task, financially, even for well those with reasonably deep pockets.
Voila! the government began junior colleges with a tie up with reputed coaching centres, where students of government schools are not charged any fees. A volunteer’s efforts in taking her and ensuring her admission there has now made Geeta realize her dream.
I for one, do feel it is going to be the first of many steps in Geeta’s foray into the education of her dreams.
Most of all, am really happy to have been proven wrong in assuming that serious steps could not be taken in a volunteer only organization.