When U&I volunteers ask their students about their dreams and goals, they get varied answers. Some want to be teachers (just like their volunteers). Others want to be pilots. Some want to be doctors and give back to the community. Some want to be dancers and artists and authors.
While all those dreams are heartwarming, we don't see too many children with dreams as specific as Aditya's, a student from one of our Learning Centers in Ahmedabad. When his volunteer teacher asked him what he aspires to become, the answer was very clear: Aditya wants to be an astronomer.
Why, we asked him. His answer inspired his volunteers. “The sky always makes me smile and I want to know more about the space," replied the 8th grader. This determined young boy doesn't just have a big dream. He also has a clear game plan on how to get there. From his junior high school from St. Xavier’s College to his Master’s Degree from London School of Astronomy, Aditya has all the details mapped out.
It's children like Aditya who you are supporting. Children with big dreams. Children with a vision. Children with passion and determination. What they lack, however, are the resources to get where they want to go. But through U&I, their future opportunities are no longer just pipe dreams.
Thank you for helping kids like Aditya. One day when you read about a famous astronomer from a shelter home in Ahmedabad you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped make that dream a reality.