MUMBAI | What happens when you combine a little sweat, mud and determination?
“A magical experience filled with learning, hard work, team spirit and a feeling of responsibility,” said Tara (2018 Indian Delegation).
She was one of 40 Indian Seeds, new campers, friends, volunteers, and Seeds of Peace staff who participated in the 2018 Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Build on March 24.
The group of 14- to 22-year olds traveled to the remote village of Karjat, southeast of Mumbai, to work with Habitat for Humanity India.
There, they spent a day building and painting houses for villagers, many of whom could previously only dream of living in well-built houses, said Seeds of Peace’s Director of Indian Programs, Sagar Gangurde.
“The build feels like a miniature adventure filled with creating awareness, understanding privileges and working together to form a better society, a better place to live in,” said Tara.
“Working alongside farmers and extremely hardworking laborers is eye opening and humbling. A smile on their face is worth a million riches.”
Seeds of Peace has organized similar service projects for Indian Seeds and volunteers in the past, including in Karjat. As with previous Habitat for Humanity India projects, their participation was supported by a generous donation from Rotary Club International and made possible by the longtime Seeds of Peace supporter Chuck Oldanie.
The experience is one that produces a lasting impact for both the recipients and the givers of their service.
“The YouthBuild was easily one of the most impactful Seeds of Peace sessions I’ve attended. We actually made a difference by physically being present and making ourselves resourceful,” said Saumya (2018 Indian Delegation).
“We did not just talk the talk, but we walked the walk. It was the best experience I have had. I hope to be a part of many other such programs in future.”