Monday, February 9, 2015
FROM STRANGERS TO SISTERS
The idea of meeting a stranger and making them believe that you are there for them is a hard task. I feel privileged to be a part of SEWA Youth Connect. This programme has given me a chance to experience something really challenging and different. At the same time, there is a lot to learn from it.
I still remember the first meeting with Prabha. We both were a bit nervous and excited. But today, after completing four months of this programme, I would say, I am lucky to have a mentee like her. Prabha is a sweet and caring girl. She has a supportive family. When it comes to her career, she is hard working, optimistic and focused.
Through our constant phone calls and meetings, we both have tried our best to strengthen our bond. I can see the curiosity to learn and explore in her. Her active participation in all the meetings encourages me to make our further meetings more interesting. There were hardly any situations where we had differences of opinion. I am happy that she is honest with me and share her problems. It’s not only Prabha; even I share my problems with her. The best thing about our bond is the understanding that we both have for each other. She is no more a mentee for me but a younger sister. There have been moments of worry and there have been moments of pride. I was so happy when she told me that now she is comfortable and confident in travelling alone.
It is well said, if you light a lamp for someone, it will also brighten your path. I enjoyed the chance to have challenging discussions with Prabha. It made me realize how much knowledge and experience actually I have.
It will be rewarding to see Prabha achieve her goals and grow in confidence. I am thankful to SEWA Youth Connect for giving this opportunity to me.