by Kriti Agrawal
Since the age of ten, I have been involved in planning and implementation
of several philanthropic activities with my family. At the age of 15, I became
the president of Global Pragathi Youth Council.
During my summer vacation in 2015, I decided to volunteer at Gandhi Hos-
pital, my parents' alma mater. There was need for two ventilators in the pediatric intensive care unit, trolleys and wheelchairs in the emergency room, and reagents for hemoglobin electrophoresis at Gandhi Hospital. I raised funds from 1983 batch of physicians, my mother’s classmates, for this project. I inspired two other volunteers and did the following:
• Every morning, we worked at the help desk
• We prepared signs for the entire eight floors of the inpatient block
• Every afternoon, we organized play time for kids in the pediatrics ward. We also collected some toys and donated to the unit.
• Implemented the projects of 1983 GMC batch.
• Implemented the shelter home lunch program for indigent family members
• I am developing a volunteering program for other youth
The over crowded hospital, hot and humid weather and the language barri-
er presented us with challenges which taught us a lot. Overall, it was a
great learning and satisfying experience. The local newspapers covered
our activities. We received support and encouragement from the faculty,
principal and the superintendent of the hospital.The Director of Medical Ed-
ucation truly appreciated our efforts. I look forward to a long-term involvement in volunteer activities at Gandhi Hospital.