#atozchallenge: Have you met Cat Didi?

Damyanti Biswas covers the nonproit Project Why on her blog for the A to Z Challenge
Project Why Ambassador
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.

Today, I bring you a story of one of the bright souls reaching out to help those in need of support at Project Why.

Younger siblings in India address their elder sister as Didi. At Project Why, kids call the lady volunteers from all over the world, Didi, and one of their favorites is Cat Didi.

Cat came to Project Why 11 years ago and has been back 9 times since. It was mutual love at first sight. She landed one fine morning with her Leeds accent in tow and gave Project Why many tickling moments: the children from the special section began to say ‘booter’ instead of butter, and ‘oombrella’ instead of umbrella.

Cat has an infectious joie de vivre : she’s a natural with special kids and they welcome her with huge smiles and shrieks of joy each time she comes back. When you see with a heart as big as Cat’s, big things happen. She’s been a super Ambassador for Project Why, holding many successful fundraising initiatives. When needed, she’s never hesitated to dip into her own pockets to ensure a child’s smile.

Why do these young people spend their own money and travel across the seas to land at Project Why to bring a little cheer in the slums? Perhaps language is no barrier when you speak the dialect of love. They leave a little of themselves in the hearts of those they have touched, big or small, and take a little of Project Why with them.

Cat made a special trip to hold Anouradha Bakshi’s hand when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. Project Why misses her each time she leaves and wants to ask her the question one or the other of the kids always does “Why are you leaving Cat Didi?”.

Damyanti Biswas records the magic that is Project Why, a non profit based in new Delhi

I’ve volunteered at Project Why and the feeling of love and fulfilment is indescribable. Would you like to be a Project Why Ambassador? If you cannot make it to New Delhi, could you Donate to bring a smile to a child’s face? What would you say to Cat Didi, and the kids of the special section?

To Donate to the Special Section of Project Why, CLICK HERE.
To Contact Project Why, Click Here

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  1. Roshan Radhakrishnan

    Thanks for what you are doing. I wholeheartedly believe that people like this need more recognition and if the media does not have the time or space for them, we as bloggers have a responsibility to showcase such awesome individuals.

  2. hilarymb

    Hi Damyanti … what a lovely post – of a young lady with a beautiful heart … and of huge blessings to Project Why – that title is just such a great one … then the booter and ooombrella … English is funny – but Leeds’ English even funnier … wonderful to read – cheers Hilary

  3. Dipanwita

    Great post and very heartwarming. Loved Cat didi. Seems to be a wonderful human being.

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Thanks Gail. These are the stories of Project Why. If you like them, please consider donating to help this organization make more positive efforts like the Special Section.

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Thanks, Josefine. Look forward to visiting you back, and having you visit more often.

  4. Glenda Funk

    This: “Perhaps language is no barrier when you speak the dialect of love.” Yes, love is the language that translates regardless of linguistics. Love this story and the beautiful pictures that illuminate the culture in India. Glenda from
    Evolving English Teacher

  5. ddeepa

    It’s interesting to read about all of them, Damayanti! And I’m so glad you decided to showcase them! They deserve all this and so much more! 🙂

  6. Bushka

    Super post, Damyanti. I’m especially proud of Cat…like her, having deep roots in Yorkshire….
    In a sense we are both ‘tykes’…..ask her!
    Love this phrase to describe her….”Cat has an infectious joie de vivre” Hugs!

  7. franklparker

    I know a lot of Yorkshire folk and there are many with hearts ass big as Cat’s. I love your phrase ‘the dialect of love’. Along with the way you are using this challenge to promote this wonderful cause, it is awesome.

  8. Yolanda Renee

    So cool, such a full heart has to be shared. Amazing, and aren’t we all lucky to know of such a beautiful giving person!
    Cat Didi, a blessing to the world!

    • Damyanti Biswas

      thanks for the share! this fantastic project needs more donations and volunteers!