Gloria Davis- reflections at Samiksha

As written by Gloria in an email to Sandhya on 7th May 2013
“I started volunteering at Samiksha from December, along with my friends Archita and Priyatma. Initially, we were all clueless on how to go about teaching children in Kannada, and what overwhelmed us more was the thought of dealing with children suffering from one of the most dreaded diseases in the world.
However, on the very first day itself, most of our fears were allayed by the warmth of the welcoming children who were more than enthusiastic to learn from the “new akkas”. As the weekends progressed, it felt like the time flew by too fast – and funnily enough, it was the children who taught us how to teach them, and how to be grateful for even the smallest blessings.
I had resigned from my job as a Financial Analyst at Credit Suisse in June 2012,  as a result of a road accident. From June till December, I was at home in order to recuperate, and this was one of the toughest times for me personally, as I was never used to even the idea of sitting idle. However, spending time with the children at Samiksha changed my outlook and made me a positive person. I would not be exaggerating when I say that coming to Kidwai was one of the main reasons for me to wake up everyday with a smile.
As I had a lot of time on my hands, I used to come to Kidwai on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. I still remember trying to come up with the most satisfactory methods to teach the 10th grade kids, and it was a common sight to see Vaibhav, Akash and I pouring over a Kannada dictionary. Akash’s demise was a stark reminder of the reality that each of the children live with, but the hope and joy that they face every day with leaves the rest of us speechless.
On a different note, I have got admission into XLRI, Jampshedpur for the Human Resources Management course. I will be starting my term in June 2013, and as much as I look forward to the start of a new life in my career, I will forever cherish the moments spent in the Kapoor Ward. I hope the children benefited from my tutoring, and I wish all of you the very best in life as you continue to bring smiles to the faces of all the children through Samiksha.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity.”
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