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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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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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