I ever wondered how some ordinary people could think so exceptionally while being from common surroundings? We bring one such man to you. In this story, Gaurav tells about an NGO by a volunteer to give back society and help orphans
Today, we sit down with Kumar Gaurav, the man behind Being Social – Ek Nayi Shuruat. It is an Individual Social Responsibility (ISR) platform, encouraging people to empower underprivileged children. And It also ensures their safety and hygiene in orphanages, old age homes, and slums.
Born and brought up in Saharsa in the northern part of Bihar, Gaurav is currently living in Delhi. He is working in the Public Health Sector. He believes in the simple philosophy of spreading smiles and serving humanity. Gaurav makes it a point to become the reason for people’s smiles and happiness. It is something that he has believed in from the early years of his life till now. He takes it as the only way that someone can define humanity.
Like a majority of people, Gaurav, too, has learned his philosophy of life from his mother. She always told him that one should strive for inner peace. Even though he has lost his mother physically, he still likes to follow her teachings.
He tells that he started his NGO ‘Being Social,’ with his friend Praveen Prem Shukla. They met through a WhatsApp group made for social sector work for those who seek jobs in this sector. In the group, several HR personnel from different leading organizations were added so that they could keep the group updated about job openings.
One day, Gaurav thought of using social media for doing some social service on the weekend. That’s when he shared the idea of meeting and discussing the prospects of this. But, the only two people who always made it to these meetings were Gaurav and Praveen. Both of them realized that whatever has to be done, would be done by these two only. And that’s how they became co-founders of the NGO.
Discussing for hours about issues like health, education, environment, etc., they could not conceive any idea about going forward with their wish. That’s when they saw a little girl searching inside a dustbin to find something to eat. Even though they were sitting in a restaurant full of people with enough money in their pockets, no one came forward to help the little girl.
After buying food for the girl, both Gaurav and Praveen felt a sense of satisfaction and internal peace. It prompted them to start helping people deprived of food and clothes.
They decided to devote 3 to 4 hours on alternative weekends for this cause, which took them to different slums, orphanages and old age homes. After opening the NGO, they also spread awareness about the importance of education, good health, safe water sanitation, and basic hygiene practices, etc.
Earlier, only Gaurav and Praveen were associated with the cause, being the founders of the NGO. However, as word spread in three to four months, seven more volunteers started to join them, taking the number of core committee members to nine.
Gaurav doesn’t forget to mention the names of these people, who showed their faith and trust and joined the initial core team. They are Mr. Gaurav Khurana, Mr. Monish Sharma, Mr. Ashish Kumar, Mr. Harish Rawat, Mr. Subodh Arora, Mr. Humair, and Dr. Partha.
If starting the NGO wasn’t a difficult task in itself, the founders had also to witness mixed to adverse reactions about this. People wanted to see what they were doing. And for how long will they manage to do this just for cause and spending money from pockets.
However, driven by the desire to do something for the society, the team never backed off, which led it to where it stands today.
Presently, the NGO is busy in activities like donating things of daily use to orphanages, old age homes, and slums as per their needs. They also try to highlight the importance of maintaining good health by conducting yoga sessions, health check-ups, sanitation and cleanliness drives, and plantation drives, etc.
Recently with the support of their volunteers, they were also able to sponsor the education of six students of the 8th standard from Ludhiana.
Their most recent campaign is Water for Birds. They celebrated 7th May as the day dedicated to Water for Birds. The campaign saw participation from various cities, and individuals from different countries as well showed their support for the cause.
Next, Being Social will be inaugurating its first weekend school for slum children at Kaushambi, Ghaziabad, on the 28th of May. Here slum children could attend vocational courses like yoga, sketching, painting, music, art and craft, paper folding, rangoli making, Mehendi designing, and all.
Gaurav signs off by reminding us of his mother’s teachings that one should help others and be the reason for someone’s happiness.
We surely believe that he is living his late mother’s dream, what say?
For more details about the school or the NGO, you can visit their Facebook page. Further, they are always looking for volunteers on weekends. If you are interested, please contact them through their FB page. They would be happy to coordinate with you.
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