In January 2014, I embarked on a very eye-opening and life changing journey to India.
Not only did I develop a stronger sense of empathy, but a lot of unanswered questions.
Here in Australia, education is a right and accessible to every child. But in India this is still not the case… for millions of children.
How could i begin to help this cause from Sydney?? I really didn’t know where to start.
But I had hope. I had hope that i would be able to find and support a foundation that was working to provide equal educational opportunities for children from disadvantaged communities, including the Dalit caste in India.
So when I was introduced to the Bodhicitta Foundation last July, I was immediately inspired by the generosity and kindness of the whole team… and I have been volunteering as a committee member ever since.
As a formal child-care educator, I value a holistic education. From essential physical needs, to deeper emotional and social needs, children require all to learn best. To ensure that they have strong bodies, clear minds and warm hearts. Unfortunately, many of the children I met whilst in India appeared so eager to learn that they would give up everything to be gaining “knowledge” in the classroom, but instead they were exposed to incredibly unsafe situations; physically, emotionally and socially.
And this is why I am here today… volunteering with the Bodhicitta Foundation, a small yet dedicated charity that is determined to make change.
To do what is right.
Ayya Yeshe and the teams in Nagpur and Sydney are working hard towards protecting children and young women from harm, caste discrimination and gender inequality.
I believe that by making mindful decisions and taking action, we can work closely with organisations that have integrity and strong, foundational roots to grow.
They also have an affect on us as individuals.
Selfless and altruistic actions, such as giving our time to voluntary service, have the potential to promote positive psychological changes in the brain. It also enables us to become more grounded, giving and compassionate human beings.
This is the type of world that we can create together, and a world in which we can provide for our youth. One child at a time.
Since starting my journey with the Bodhicitta Foundation, I now look at my various kinds of “work” as opportunities to serve. This brings greater meaning and joy to my life. Volunteering has changed who i am as a worker, friend and family member, and for this I am very grateful.
Thankyou to Ayya Yeshe and to all the Bodhicitta Foundation’s volunteers, donors and supporters for all that you do. It is a blessing to work with each of you.
And hopefully one day you may join us, and we will have a chance to meet too!
With Metta (loving-kindness),
Bodhictta Foundation Committee Secretary