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.
At Project Why, founded by Anouradha Bakshi, a woman, women are naturally at the front and center. One such power-woman is Seema, though her smile would at first give you the impression that she’s just a softie, a large-hearted Momma. That’s what I thought on my last trip, because some of the Project Why creche’ kids called her Ma!
Seema never stops smiling. Being an only child, she was smothered in love by her doting parents. She still lives with her mom. But in spite of all the smiles, giggles and cheer, things were difficult at home. She had three children and her husband, a repairman, could not bring in enough so Seema had to leave her cocoon and find work. At that time in 2003, Project Why needed a crèche teacher, and Seema was the perfect fit.
Seema loves children and they love her too. Discipline is better left to others; she wants to spread joy and cheer. Completely and beautifully unselfconscious, she jumps and runs and dances with the children.
This very warm disposition finds favor everywhere, and she’s in the good books of all the local authorities. This gives her the power to conjure the seemingly impossible: for the performance after my workshops at Project Why, she not only organized a hall for a show for free, but also the loudspeaker, along with her colleagues at Project Why. The show was a huge success, thanks in no small measure to her efforts.
And this is not the only time Seema has saved the day: she can smile her way into the bureaucracy and get anything done, from school admissions to arrangements for gatherings. Everyone at Project Why loves Seema, for her good cheer and her ability to get things done. When one of her initiatives is successful, the staff greets her with Jai Ho Seema!
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Would you volunteer at Project Why, and work with teachers like Seema? Will you support Project Why in its drive to make a difference? Have you ever been to India? What was the experience like? What sort of schools do the underprivileged kids in your community go to? Do they have teachers like Seema? What would you like to say to her?
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Once again, I am so behind in EVERYTHING. The people you have highlighted during the A to Z are truly amazing and wonderful people. Kudos to them, and to you for introducing them.
Project Why surely has wonderful people.
It does. Please consider following them on twitter @projectwhy 🙂
Hi Damyanti – Seema sounds such a wonderful person – and smiling with being happy gets us through so many things and guides others to help us … Project Why has this attraction … drawing people in – how very fortunate Project Why is … as too Seema and her family … just encouraging and inspiring to read – cheers Hilary
Thanks for your wonderful responses to all the posts, Hilary, truly appreciate it. I hope through this post, the project is know better to the wider world, and receives the support it deserves.
Mother’s rule the world and always will. Now if we could just convince the power hungry, then the world would know true peace! Blessings for Seema, and all moms!
I agree with you Yolanda. One should handover the world to Moms!
I am really enjoying reading your uplifting stories from places I can only ever imagine (but one day hope to visit for real)
Thank you for following these stories and we hope to see you one day at project Why
Seema is an admirable woman. Thank you for introducing us to her.
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We sure need more Seema’s in this World ?
I could not agree more
My school could use a Seema. Wonderful person.
Brilliant, Seems is a force worth to be reckoned with…a force for good that is.
She certainly is. You cannot but smile when you see her