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My Life's Moxie from my Lens

 It wasNidhi the summer of 2020. Getting recognition in an online debate competition at the zonal level made me thrilled and I felt that there is no looking back. It seems that whatever I have achieved in the years so far had happened just a day before. But indeed it's a beautiful journey of 8 long years and I cherished each day of my journey. I was in grade 3 when my tuition teachers were discussing the activities of Prayatna Centre during my class. I was fascinated by the way of learning and grooming of children at Prayatna. I was too young to take decisions but something within me popped up and said I want to be a part of Prayatna. Prayatna is an NGO that works for the overall development of children by supporting them academically and also it assists the child in acquiring life skills. That evening, I could not have a wink of sleep. The next day, I shared my thoughts with my elder brother and parents. They too were elated to see that I have started taking decisions to improve my performance at school and I was allowed to join Prayatna along with my elder brother. People often say that in this Twenty-first century, students despise discipline, moral values, and participation in social causes. But I strongly believe it all matters how they are being served to them. If good things are served on a good platter, they will be enjoyed by the children heartily. Prayatna inculcated those values in children that parents and society strive hard to give to their kids but that too generously. My memories of my first day at Prayatna are still fresh.

I hesitated and could barely call out my name. "Nidhi Jha", I said to the person I was introduced to. He was Praneet Sir. His calm and serene personality made me realize that teachers could be so amiable and understanding. My conceptions about teachers being harsh and rude faded away when I talked to him. I started taking my lessons at Prayatna and soon got familiar with their work and activities. Bal Sabha is a platform where all the students are asked to express their hidden talents. Apart from teaching academic lessons, I took part in various cultural activities like dance, drama, and special day celebrations. I love to be a part of debates and declamations. Soon I became one of the good debaters at Prayatna. Years passed by and I showed a good academic response. My parents felt elated to see me growing each day. I too felt that I am grooming each passing day. My skills at organizing the events and my understanding of handling the situations were at hands-on experiences. At Prayatna we have been taught to be a friend to ourselves and also to our society. I am really surprised to see the transformation in me after being associated with Prayatna. As Child Welfare Coordinator, I have been trained to look after the wellbeing of students in Prayatna, and also now I am in a position to counsel the girl students. The passion to do something for society has made me come closer to the organization and motivated me to lead my role from the front. Prayatna has a Mitr Mandal which helps in developing leadership qualities in students. It consists of Sahatye Mitr, Kala Mitr, Sanskriti Mitr, Khel Mitr, etc. Each group is entitled to take charge of certain activities pertaining to the department. We felt like ruling a world of friends with our own conviction and comprehension. I was fortunate enough to be Uppradhan Mitr to coordinate all the activities of Mitr Mandal. It feels like I am being appraised for my good work. Once a young girl came up to me and shared her joy by saying, “ Nidhi Didi is a source of inspiration for me. I want to be like her.” I could not help getting my eyes blurred with tears of joy when I saw my efforts bearing their fruits. It was the moment when I realized that the joy of giving is the best joy in the world. This year is quite harsh for the entire world but I feel fortunate to be a part of such a noble organization which helped me in dealing with tough times. I have my dreams and a desire to fulfill those dreams with my diligent efforts. I want to be an IAS officer to serve my country and root out corruption from society. Keeping my ambitions in mind I choose my subjects in grade 11. My new school, Navodaya Vidhayala has treated me well to pursue my ambitions. But life is not always what we plan so I have always been taught to keep a backup plan if something goes wrong. I am not the person who will feel broken by unfulfilled dreams. I know if not being an IAS then I will serve my nation by opening more Prayatna Centres Pan India. The change in the life of this small-town girl can be a change in the lives of millions. That's the potential of honest work and noble cause.


Friends, let's support and empower the girls like Nidhi who has an untold story of relentless hard work and inherited talent !! Join hands with Prayatna !!

Prayatna School of Excellence
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28-Nov-2020 to 31-Dec-2021