Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Mission Rahat: Visit to Gope, Puri

By: Team PenTastic
By Shirin Sonali and Shrika Agarwal

After the inaugural visit to Dalua Ashram Vidyalaya situated in Chandaka, Khurda, wherein books, biscuits and notebooks were distributed to the young and innocent children of the Ashram, and which turned out to be a huge success, it was time for another such visit; this time to Gope in the Puri district.

The second visit managed to draw a larger number of volunteers than the first one, which was a good sign that the students of CET were embracing Mission Rahat. After the bus was decked with the donations, food items such as biscuits & chocolates, stationary items, etc. and all the volunteers and teachers were on board the bus, the journey began from the premises of CET at approximately 10 a.m.

After a long albeit fun journey of around 1 and half hours, we reached Gope. The village we were supposed to visit was almost 1 kilometer from main road where the bus was parked. Unloading all the blankets, biscuits, chocolates, clothes and stationary items from the bus, we started moving towards the village. It was a small village bordering the vast expanse of green fields, with the population including kids to aged people, and team Mission Rahat tried to bring a smile on each and every one of their faces. We were guided by the head of the village, who helped us a lot in distributing the things while going from one door to another. Blankets were provided mainly to the people who needed it the most, i.e, the aged; clothes were given to the rest and biscuits and chocolates were given to young kids, who accepted them with abundant happiness in their eyes. The smile on their faces just cannot be expressed in words. Some got a bit emotional and started telling us their stories. We interacted with some of them and came to know a lot about their lifestyle.
The village had a school with three classrooms, with approximately 95 children studying there, till the 8th standard. We got an opportunity to interact with them and know what they learned and were taught in the school. We played a few fun games with them and gifted chocolates and biscuits to whosoever was able to answer the questions. It was great talking with them and being a kid with them once again. Seeing the beaming faces was just priceless. Biding them goodbye was a tough job as in no time they had managed to grab a special place in our hearts.

Surprisingly, as we were about to leave, a bull started chasing an old woman, and our very own Union Coordinator, Mr. Ritwik Pattnaik, without any fear for his own life, saved that woman by grabbing hold of her and jumping into the pit which happened to be present beside them. He showed us what a true NSS member is by helping someone when he himself could have been harmed. CET lauds your courage and bravery, Mr. Ritwik Pattnaik.

After having our lunch and a few stops here and there, we were finally on our way back to the city of temples. In that visit, there were both first time volunteers and also old ones, but undoubtedly both would have definitely been touched by the warm smiles and the happy eyes of the villagers when they handed them the donations, and be proud to be a part of something that is bigger than themselves.

Even the smallest of steps can have a big impact on the lives of the underprivileged, and the sooner people understand this, the sooner will this world be a better and wonderful place to live in. Mission Rahat will be going on many such enlightening visits, and it is bound to be even more successful with the wonderful help and support of us fellow CETians.

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