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Youth Force’s outlook fascinates me: Sagar

Sagar Patel worked with Saath as a volunteer in 2010 and since than has become a regular online donor. He is a faithful well – wisher of the organisation and recently visited Saath on 12th February, 2014. He visited the Youth Force programme and given here’s his experience of the visit in his own words.

I recently visited Saath’s Youthforce program at an Odhav center in February 8along with two visitors from the United States. In the past, I had volunteered with Saath, and I now continue to support Saath as a donor. We met with youth who are personally involved in the program. I did not have much background knowledge about the program other than a video which I had seen online about the program. Upon meeting with the students, I found that this is a wonderful, unique program.

Both the Odhav center coordinator and one of the project leaders from the Saath head office were present. They started by giving me some basic background information about the program. After this, I interacted with a group of about 10 members who were living in that area of Ahmedabad. I asked them first how they had benefited from the program, and from this discussion and further questions I came to learn more about the program.

One of the youth described working on a project as a team to clean the riverfront around the Sabarmati River and educate residents about the harmful effects of throwing garbage in the river. Another project which the youth were involved in was creating a community garden area from an area which was previously filled with garbage. This project was something new which no one had done before, and it helped to develop their ability to work as a team in addition to learning new skills. One member talked about how the youth gain leadership skills and experience with public speaking. Some youth had gone out Ahmedabad for the first time to Mumbai for leadership training. One young woman told me that she had always been afraid to travel on a bus and had lost that fear as a result of the program.

7Sagar (rightmost) at the Odhav Youth Force centre

I was quite impressed with the networking opportunities that the youth receive and the confidence and sense of accomplishment which they exhibited. I found the whole concept of this practical education which aims to not just develop new skills to perform a job but also encourages youth to try new things which excite them to be fascinating. Youthforce helps to address an unmet need in an educational system which is focused too much on rote memorization. I will be excited to come back the next time I am back in Ahmedabad to visit the program again.

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Youth Force visits Children with Cancer in local hospital

Last Saturday on 20th of July, members of Saath’s Youth Force Program were given the opportunity to visit young Cancer patients in the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. In order to brighten up the day of the little ones, they engaged in painting activities and distributed cookies among them. TheP1170549 Civil Hospital is known for offering free treatment for children who suffer from Cancer, relieving the parents by taking off the financial burden that they have to carry on top of their fear for their child’s life. Most of the parents have visited the hospital regularly for multiple months, spending a week in the hospital, and three weeks back at home. Some families even travel 800 km to have their child treated by the specialists.

The 42 members from the Youth Force Ahmedabad were very touched by the brave way the children dealt with their disease, but also said how lucky they felt to be able to help both the children and their parents by distracting them from their sorrow, even though it was only for a few hours. The children were more than happy when they were handed the pens and paper and most of them started drawing right away, sometimes supported by their parents.

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One of the kids at the ward with his painting

Afterwards, the girls were given more information about Cancer and related issues by the hospital. The girls found this presentation very helpful and expressed their thank towards the hospital for giving them the opportunity to learn more about such an important issue and being able to help in making life a little better for the patients.

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Youth Force team at the hospital

The Youth Force of Saath was founded in 2012 with the purpose of giving the young talented people from difficult backgrounds the possibility of engaging in discussions about issues, planning and engaging in cultural and leisure activities. It is meant to empower them in their strengths and give them a lookout for a bright future. 996 youth are engaged in the program, spread around the cities of Ahmedabad, Surjat, Rajkot, Vadodara of Gujarat and Mumbai, Maharashtra.

If you are interested in more information about the Youth Force, feel free to contact the coordinator Mr. Paresh Sakariya (paresh@saath.org). Also, do visit our facebook page for more pictures of this visit as well as pictures of different activities done by Youth Force members in their cities.