For the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I’m blogging 26 days in April based on the alphabet and bringing you stories from the nonprofit Project Why.
Project Why has its share of unsung heroes and Ranjan is definitely one of them.
He is the last person you’d associate with slums, children, teaching and all that goes with the words ‘nonprofit organization’. You would find Ranjan at the Golf Club ready to tee off or with a cigar and a glass of single malt, enjoying the Beatles or a Chopin Nocturne if he is not on the piano itself. He likes the good life.
So how can a person with his profile become a Project Why hero?
Setting up an organization like Project Why was nothing short of a mission. Without 100% support from the family it could have become a mission ‘impossible’. To make thinks work, backstage is as important as the stage itself.
You have to be a saint to be married to someone who’s setting up a nonprofit. Your home is suddenly invaded by new faces who even find their way to your dining table. You stumble at the entrance because cartons have been dumped there. Your spouse is often too tired to talk about your day but never stops talking about hers in a language you barely understand.
Ranjan accepted it all. Even if it was all beyond his comprehension, the simple fact that it made his life partner happy was enough for him. No matter what was thrown at him, he accepted with a smile and despite being a man of a few words spoke with pride of Project Why. He shared the contacts of his old boys and club directories, so that Anouradha Bakshi could shoot out numerous appeals for help. Many of Project Why’s early supporters were Ranjan’s contacts.
There was a day when Project Why had no funds to pay the staff. Ranjan had sold his car that day, and that money went for staff pay.
Ranjan has his own way of seeing with his heart: Project Why wouldn’t have flourished without his support.
How do you help with your community? Do you or any of your family members work with a nonprofit? What would you say to Ranjan Bakshi?
To Donate Project Why, CLICK HERE.
To Contact Project Why, Click Here
Please join Daily (w)rite on its Facebook Page if you’d like to be heard by this community. If you liked this post, you can have biweekly posts delivered to your inbox: click the SUBSCRIBE button in the sidebar. The daily posts are only for April: I’m doing 26 posts on the fab nonprofit Project Why for my A to Z Challenge.