As AIM for Seva completes 21 years of service to society, we begin a short series that captures some success stories from the ground, i.e. student beneficiaries.
It is often said that charity is all about giving and helping those in need. In the last few years, AIM for Seva has started to witness the ‘returns’ of its cause, educating rural India.
The starting point is a change in behaviour, attitude and outlook. Many of our students and alumni are now taking back what they learnt in their formative years at the Chatralayam back to their families, villages and communities.
One of AIM for Seva’s recognisable alumnus, Vikram Kushwah from Madhya Pradesh is now an internal donor. Vikram and a few other hostelers have teamed up and are now monthly donors to our cause.
While the recurring donations by them may not be that huge, but perhaps what is bigger is a large hearted approach to giving back to the home that nurtured them in their formative years. And large heartedness cannot certainly be quantified in monetary terms.
Vikram takes us through a short journey of his life via his testimonial.
“Pranams to Pujya Swamiji and Namaste to all. I am Vikram Kushwah and I am from Panegaon village, Dewas district, Madhya Pradesh. I belong to a rural and undeveloped village where people don’t give importance to education but with the blessings of Pujya Swamiji, I joined the AIM for Seva Chatralayam, Indore in 2006 (Bapu-Buddh AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Indore, Madhya Pradesh) where I learnt lot of sanskaras and good education.
After finishing Class 12, I completed my graduation (B.Sc. Chemistry) from the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu.
During my final year, I got selected for a role in a prestigious organisation during the campus placement. It was a happy moment for my family, relatives, my coordinators and myself.
I would like to give all credit to my hostel coordinator, Swami Aishvaryananda Saraswati ji who helped me till now. I have now bagged a job with Sundaram Finance and am well settled now.
I take this opportunity to thank all donors from India and abroad who are helping us. Like me, countless other students have benefited from your generosity. Like you, I would also like to help other children.
My other hostel friends and I have now formed a group to help other children from the region. Each of us is making contributions to this group on a monthly basis to poor children.”