We are the World Blogfest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media. This month I’m very late with my WATWB post, but given the toxicity on social media, I do not want to miss adding a dose of positivity into the mix.
My story on this edition of WATWB is again from Project WHY (an organization I’ve blogged about, often) and one of its heroes, the math teacher Naresh Bhardwaj. Naresh used to work as a security guard and a shoe salesman before Project WHY helped him become a teacher.
Two weeks ago, I was in Delhi and attended the alumni meet of Naresh’s students. The stories of his 18-year career as a teacher at Project WHY would fill a book.
The alumni in the room that day have all gone on to do well: some have cleared business school entrance exams, others have applied for PHDs, one student is working two jobs, just so he can follow his passion for photography. Another wants to be a DJ. Two are preparing for the National Defence Academy entrance exams and want to join the defence forces.
All due to Naresh who ostensibly teaches them math, but has in fact given them a space to dream, a validity to their aspirations and the motivation to achieve them. All of them spoke about him, but what spoke more to me was the body language during their interactions: Naresh is obviously a good mentor, teacher, and friend, someone fun to be with, and learn from.
Here’s one of Naresh’s students talking about him:
Naresh is one of four teachers helping to raise funds for the Project WHY Okhla Centre. Without funds, this centre that reaches out to 350 children could close down.
Last November, some of the Daily (w)rite family got together to blog and raise funds for their sewing circle, and I was thrilled and grateful to see contributions coming in from India, the US, the UK and other parts of the world.
From 14-28 February, we have spoken about Project WHY via the Show the Love, Save a School Blogathon. Check out the posts on the linky list in that post to see the support Naresh and his peers have received.
Today, on the last day of the blogathon, I hope Naresh’s colleagues, and the kids he teaches continue to receive the support they deserve.
Collectively, Rs 330,139 (4639 USD) of the targeted Rs 4,88183 (6860 USD) has been reached. Some of you have already chipped in, and I give my thanks.We would also send you individual communications high-fiving you for your support!
If you’d like to give them a little, please donate to their fundraiser now. It is open for the next two weeks.
Please share the fundraiser on your social media ( #HelpMithuSaveSchool ) and help Naresh take it home.
Have you met a teacher like Naresh Bhardwaj ? How did they make you feel? Would you support Naresh’s quest to save the Project WHY Okhla centre where he works?
From 4th to 10th March 2019, Daily (w)rite will take part in the Write Tribe Festival of Words, but with a twist.
This post is part of the monthly We Are the World Blogfest: I’d like to invite you to join, if you haven’t as yet, to post the last Friday of each month a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful humanity.
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