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Goal of life

ANJANA RAJAN

Think that your contribution towards helping the underprivileged is not enough? Then think again.

S. Subramanium

Kick off to a good start...

When the students of R.S. Junior Modern School in New Delhi have long gone home, the grounds echo once more with the sounds of fun and study, as Kapil, Manjima, Raghav, Devyani, Shagun and their friends run an informal school on its premises. Called the Kutumb Foundation, they help children from underprivileged backgrounds spend time constructively.

Before R.S. Junior Modern School offered them this facility, Kutumb's classes were held on the lawns of Khan Market. Kapil and Manjima, the founders, were then in college. It wasn't easy at first, they recall, to persuade people to send their children to the Kutumb sessions, where the volunteers would coach them in subjects like maths, Hindi, English and science. But once they were successful, the message spread and the group kept growing. Now after two years, Kutumb has 80 students with 10 volunteers guiding them not only in academic subjects, but also singing, dancing, painting and theatre activities. Some of the kids are enrolled in Government schools, but others work for a living. The Kutumb volunteers also hold a medical camp, Sfoorti. One of Kutumb's important activities is a yearly football meet. Called the "Goal of Life", this year's tournament was held recently and drew teams from schools and Non Governmental organisations across Delhi. There was also a painting competition and a cultural programme.

Next time you think you can't cure society's ills because your work would be just a drop in the ocean, remember a bunch of college friends who know that each drop counts in the ocean of life.

Kutumb Foundation welcomes volunteers and can be contacted at 9810757852 and 9810738157.

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