Adams Koshy interned with Pankhudi Mumbai for one of our dream projects – Aanchal.
Through a three part series, Adams shares his experience of staying in Mumbai, interning with Pankhudi and learning about some quintessential human qualities.
My Fortnight in Mumbai
Joining Pankhudi was in all respects a chance encounter. The journey began with a conversation about a teaching opportunity in China. So why did I end up in India? Well the simple fact is that help is needed around the world, and when I saw the problems in my own country (India), I saw no need to look any further. This simple realization soon found me tapping away at a keyboard trying to find a volunteer program in India.
Out of all the ones I could have chosen, I just went with the first link I could find, iVolunteer. Well, this might not have been the most thought-out approach, but at the end of the day I guess it was the right one. Or else, I would not have been connected to Pankhudi nor would I have spent two great weeks in Mumbai.
So what did I accomplish in these two long weeks? I wrote a report! Well I know that you must think. There must be something I missed out, because I went hunting for a teaching opportunity and I ended with research? Well the long and short answer of the matter is language. I come from the southern rice bowls of India, from a little state called Kerala. Where our own language (Malayalam) has usurped the role of Hindi, leading to my unfortunate negligence. A negligence which created its own problems later on. The initial result was that to teach these wonderful children, I would need the skills of Hindi (or at least Marati). So what was I to do? This is when I was presented with three intriguing projects by Pankhudi.
The most appealing of which was Aanchal, a project dedicated to the orphaned children in India. But what are the terms used in the industry? What is the process for adoption? What are the roles of the bodies involved? What can Pankhudi do? So with what began as simply a cursor on an empty word document, I was put to answer these questions in a report that helped inform Pankhudi, and act as their first step forward with Aanchal.
In all honesty, as I took my first step out of Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport, I was nervous about what I could achieve in merely two weeks. On top of that I was going to be meeting a whole slew of new faces, in a city I had only visited as a child, where they spoke a language I had only heard on TV. The first of these faces was Aditya.