The volunteers and the boys taking a water break!
On 27th November, children from the Boys Home and the children from Citizen Foundation spent a fun filled day at the Banerghatta Zoo. They were accompanied by employees of VISA.
The day long adventure started off with the children dressing up with a big smile on their faces. The children were extremely happy and incredibly excited for the bus ride. On arriving at the zoo, the children were divided into groups. Each volunteer handled a particular group along with the employees of VISA Company and headed towards the safari. A total of 46 children from the Boys Home spent the day with various animals such as tigers, lions, elephants, deer, bears and others. After the safari, the boys enjoyed their lunch. Post lunch, the kids, volunteers and employees walked around the zoo, after which they enjoyed bars of chocolate.
On being asked about his visit to the zoo, Sujay Gowda, a volunteer from GHM, had to say, “It was an amazing day! Whenever I hear that I have to travel somewhere by bus, I tend to cancel plans. Seeing the kids so happy made me realize how blessed we are. Another highlight from that evening, was when the kids started offering the volunteers seats on the bus. That was truly beautiful”
We often tend to take certain things in life for granted. We forget how even small moments can have a major impact on our life. The visit to Banerghatta Zoo provided the volunteers an opportunity to learn from one another and most importantly, learn from the kids. As for the children, they viewed the world differently and had a great time at the zoo. The smile, the happiness, the contentment and the cheerfulness in their eyes, made it a memorable day.
The Boys at the Home for the Mentally Challeneged Boys are doing great. They are growing everyday and becoming more independent. Thank you for your support and the role that you play in the meaningful work that U&I is able to accomplish.