“BOOK”ing a Future , Ananaya Saluja sets libraries for underprivileged Kids
For some people, life is all about waking up in the morning, doing regular activities and going back to sleep!! But for some like Ananya Saluja, life is beyond thinking or doing for self; it’s about going a mile extra to bring smiles to other’s faces.
Today, the seventeen-year-old is being hailed for her noble contribution in setting up libraries in the otherwise-deprived area. So far, she has managed to raise around Rs 10 lakh for her cause.
Ananya, a class 11th student, spends her hard-earned post-exam break teaching underprivileged children in Jammu and Kashmir’s Leh district.
During the two-month volunteering program, Ananya believes she was the one who learned more than the children she taught. She learned about the lives of people and the challenges they faced on a day-to-day basis.
“To us, a tablet is an everyday object. But to these children who rarely see a computer, a tablet is a little magic screen working without any cord! It took some time to get comfortable with the children since our cultures, environment and the level of exposure to the outer world were completely different. But once we got past that initial unfamiliarity, we found a very special connect beyond all these differences. After returning, I realized that there was a strong bond between us that kept tugging at me,” Ananya said.
The region has over 600 hamlets and 1,000 government schools, which have limited facilities and manpower. Visiting these schools left Ananya wanting to do something more than a once-in-a-year volunteering program. That’s when she decided to take to crowdfunding to help ‘her children.’
It all began two years ago when Ananya’s school introduced a community service program in its curriculum that requires students to teach underprivileged children. Even though program ended, but Ananya decided to continue with her community service.
I have managed to raise funds for 19 libraries so far. This is an ongoing effort and I hope to raise as much money as I can for my kids in Kashmir she exclaimed
Most people think of themselves as individuals, that there’s no one on the planet like them. This thought motivates them to get out of bed, eat food and walk around like nothing’s wrong. And then there are some like 17-year-old Ananya Saluja who can travel a million miles for that one smile. Yes! It is about people the real ones who don’t care about themselves but the world and its people.
Kudos to her !!