Have you ever encountered situations you’ve got into unintentionally but ended up having the most fun? I’m sure you have. This is one of those situations which happened to me, recently.
The project ‘Akhankara’ is our club’s signature project which is being conducted for the 7th consecutive year at Ilukovita Kanishta Vidyalaya. I was extremely lucky enough to be a part of this wonderful journey all because of a friend who suggested my name randomly on a group.
All of my experiences at Akhankara are nothing but full of beautiful memories. I remember the very first day, having mixed emotions; excitement and nervousness as this was my first Rotaract project, fulfilling the ultimate dreams of an 18-year-old Damindri wanting to teach a bunch of kids someday. Once I met the rest of the volunteers and realized their passion and excitement towards the project, I felt as if I was somewhat meant to be a part of this.
Each day I went for Akhankara, I managed to return with wonderful and hilarious stories, specially of the bus ride back home which my friend oh so well phrased as “creating memories in the history of the 122-bus route”.
I am quite sure none of us have regretted at least one minute of being at Akhankara despite our other commitments, as being there and seeing the glee in the eyes of those innocent children fed us pure satisfaction.
For me, Akhankara was not yet another project, it was a wonderful destination in my life’s journey. I discovered my strength and capacity as to how much I could impact another person’s life in a positive way and the lengths we could go as a team if we are equally passionate about a certain thing. But most importantly, I realized that I have found some undoubtedly pure and humble souls around me; a beautiful family.
I would like to finish off quoting a great author, “Never underestimate the difference YOU can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help.”
–Written by Rtr. Damindri Herath–