In 2009, a teenager from Tiwadiya village, Dewas district, Madhya Pradesh, stepped into the Bapu-Buddh AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Since then, there has been no looking back for Amit.
Amit is from the second batch of the Indore Chatralayam (this hostel project was launched in 2005). He came to know about our educational intervention initiative in rural India when Swami Aishvaryananda Saraswati ji, the coordinator of AIM for Seva’s projects in Madhya Pradesh Chatralayams visited this village on a Padyatra (walking tour) where he advocated the need for good education. Amit listened to Swamiji and got inspired to do something with his life. The first step was getting access to schooling and education.
In 2010, Amit moved to the Smt. Jamunabai Chanchlani AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh. He completed his Class 10 and 12 while studying in this hostel.
Amit’s father who is no more grew corn and wheat in rotation in the village. His mother continues to do farming in Tiwadiya village.
After completing his Class 12, Amit enrolled for a BA programme at the Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Govt. Arts & Commerce College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh in 2014. His subjects included history, political science and economics. He moved back to the Indore Chatralayam then.
He shares a small testimonial with us.
“Namaste. My name is Amit Bhargow. I hail from a small and beautiful village Tiwadiya in Dewas district, Madhya Pradesh. My village is surrounded by rivers and banks on one side and mountains on the other side. The beauty of my village notwithstanding, it lags behind when it comes to major socio-economic indicators.
My village lacks good educational facilities. In 2007, I met Swami Aishvaryananda Saraswati ji, the coordinator of AIM for Seva’s projects in Madhya Pradesh and I got admitted to the AIM for Seva Chatralayam. At the Chatralayam , I got exposed to value- based education. This was in addition to the basic education from a nearby school.
As time passed, I was able to complete both my schooling as was as college education by residing at the AIM for Seva hostel. Thanks to the guidance and blessings of my coordinator, I managed to bag a good job. Right now, I am posted in India Post’s Department in Indore. I continue to retain ties with AIM for Seva. In my spare time, I teach the students at the Bapu-Buddh AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and do other voluntary work for this Chatralayam.
Moving forward, I would like to focus on the Indian administrative sector and I am working towards that goal by studying for the relevant examinations.
I take this opportunity to thank our donors from AIM for Seva USA and Canada. It is because of your generosity that scores of students are studying and planning for a bright future ahead.”