It’s not every other time that a 19-hours long day out can leave you energized rather than drained out. Yesterday was one such day, thanks to a Seva fair organized by our Chennai team, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Helen Keller.

“Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend.” – Helen Keller

Please please read this for more. You will love it. 

http://www.brainpickings.org/2013/06/21/helen-keller-on-optimism/

Seeing the handicrafts made by the differently-abled kids and interacting with them made me realize how grateful we ought to be for everything in life. There is so much to learn from them and ofcourse from the people who are running schools and skill-based learning centers for them. Their passion and moreover their dedication towards bringing about inclusiveness in the society – #respect.

I got home way beyond 11.30pm and was unable to post yesterday, but did not want to miss sharing their works of art with all of you.🙂 And people in Chennai, do visit these centers if possible. You will love it, and they will love having people over too.  I know I should have shared the info before with all of you too😦 Sorry for that.

The people who ran the centers had also got a few students along and they were so full of life. They sang, danced, did yoga, asked all of us to meditate daily😀  and demonstrated their craft-making skills too. All in all, a wonderful way to spend the day dedicated to such an amazing, inspirational woman.

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  • Maitree

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This boy was making wooden-beads car cushions. He was such an adept at this.

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Ram was one of the most enthusiastic guys I have ever met. He was making door mats like these with such interest and joy on his face. Just seeing him at work could make you smile.

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These wall hanging mats made by them were amazing, with 3D pics and all.

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  • Swabhimaan

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  • Deepam

Deepam had loads of things you would want on a regular basis, including envelopes, paper plates and glasses and also others like handmade paper bags etc..

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  • Guild of Service

Students from Guild of Service were one amazing lot. They sang and entertained us all day long🙂

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Hope you make time to meet these kids and appreciate their craft, if you are in Chennai. And if you are elsewhere, you could still visit other such centers in your city/ town. Believe me, meeting and connecting with people makes them the happiest🙂