Wikipedia defines volunteerism as a selfless way of giving back to the society. These lines have made a mark in the minds of certain section of people who without any selfish interest, relentlessly strive to make this city a better place to be in.
This week saw the Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy in India visit the state of Odisha. He along with officials from the US Consul General, Hyderabad were in the state on an official visit to review development projects in the suburban pockets that have been directly endorsed by the World Bank or the Federal government. He met up with the top rung of the state’s bureaucracy and after that inspected the ongoing projects in a couple of settlements and slums in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.
But, it was his visit to the Bakul Children’s Library at Satya Nagar which was one-of-a-kind in Mr. A Peter Burleigh’s itinerary. Far from the white collar meetings and power lunches, Ambassador Burleigh’s participation in an informal interaction session with the volunteers of Bakul was an interesting one. He was apprised of the foundation’s activities including the signature My Tree campaign.
In the due course of interaction, he emphasized on the lack of awareness for a better waste management and use of plastics. Sujit Mahapatra, a volunteer stated the presence of the individual-family-community chain in the Indian Society that has bottlenecked the rise of volunteerism as a trend.
“In the case of an individual, what basically happens is that his actions of selfless help are restricted to his family, friends or to his distant relatives at a maximum. His volunteering pursuits don’t reach to his community”, Sujit explained.
PS : Btw(By the way) Mr Peter Burleigh is the first US Ambassador to be fluent in hindi.
Glimpses of the ambassador’s visit