On December 17th, sixteen of us will embark on a 2 1/2 week journey to discover India. We go to understand ourselves and to witness the capability of our collective humanity. We will be volunteering at an organization called Manav Sadhna, which literally translated from Sanskrit means: Service to Humanity. Hopefully the journey will lead us inward.
What Manav Sadhna does to its community is virtually impossible. Housed at the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, they coordinate hundreds of projects and provide relief to thousands of people. Their projects include Education, Health, Welfare for Women, Earthquake Rehabilitation and even a theatrical production that allowed children from the slums to perform all over the world. They do this with so much humility that it becomes difficult to fathom that it even happens at all. With Gandhian principles in mind, I guess somehow, someway, the love from Manav Sadhna finds a way to make it all come together.
One week before we depart, we got together to ask ourselves what it all means. One thing is apparant, our original plans of service have already been thwarted. We thought we were going to do service for Manav Sadhna, instead they are already doing service for us. They have lined up many projects and many opportunites for us to grow and learn in the coming weeks. By taking time to prepare for our trip, they are showing us that service doesn’t begin when you land in another country, it can begin in any moment, as long as we allow our minds and hearts to remain open.
Most of us are still unsure of what is in store. Partly because with any adventure you can never know the journey that lies ahead, but mostly because our friend Nirali, who is organizing our activities there, is keeping everything a secret. :) (although me and Bharti have had a sneak peak at what’s coming)
From what we know so far, there will be a lot of love, a lot of laughter, and a lot of work!!!
We will keep this blog updated with news, information, and inights as they become apparant to us. For more information on our itenirary visit our wiki page: