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A Visit to Yashoda Sadan

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important” quotes Arthur Conan Doyle.

Humans have a habit of taking everything for granted and thus they fail to recognize and appreciate the gifts of God bestowed upon them. Parents are one such wonderful gifts one can have in life. We hardly ponder over their importance in our life.

“UMEED”, a new initiative taken by the students of NSS CET-B, gave us an opportunity recently to visit YASHODA SADAN-an orphanage home in Cuttack.

Our journey started at around 9 o’ clock on the Christmas morning from our college. We reached the orphanage at 11 AM and received a warm welcome by the caretakers and their superintendent who introduced everyone. In no time, we were surrounded by all those children who seemed to be enjoying their day playing with each other. A few others were busy preparing dance and songs for their New Year function.

Having been parted from their loved ones since an early age, all those innocent faces share a spirit of togetherness, friendship and bondage that incessantly kept them rejoiced and content. It is, as they said is their family now, they don’t know who their parents were but they could not be better than their friends. This place seemed to be a myriad of budding artists. While a few did flaunt their talent at singing, we even witnessed others showcasing their moves. Some of them were also quite good at sports. Simply observing their talent makes you go awestruck and you wish to never let go of that moment.

While all this while our main motive was to be their Secret Santa, we doled out food, books, chocolates, pens and other things among them. We segregated ourselves and went to talk individually to everyone. Many of us started playing indoor games with the children, while many choose to play outdoor games. We encouraged them by giving gifts, sketch pens, and books. Considering them as our siblings sent for us by the same supernatural entity who created us, we preached them the importance of education to be self-reliant and independent in life. They live like a family. It was about 2 o’clock and it was time for us to bid them goodbye.

Not to forget quite a number of photographs that we took just to be kept as a memoir of our visit.

Visiting the orphanage is a life-changing experience and you start appreciating the little things in life when you see people who are deprived of them. Only at such times do you tide over the insignificant and immaterial things and appreciate the bigger picture.

“Umeed hopes to bring a large change with this small act.”

Thanks to UMEED again for taking this noble initiative.

The visit was coordinated by Mr. Ashirwad Pattnaik (NSS Secretary) & Ms. Shikha Mahapatra (NSS Convenor).

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