It's not just studies and internships that occupy their minds

If the weekend getaway is what keeps you going all week, there are some who look forward to spreading a smile.

Youngsters in the city are just not confining themselves to studies and internships, but are also taking part in community service to help the underprivileged develop their potential.

Twenty-one-year-old Sheekha Singh loves to educate and dance with disadvantaged children. On a visit to an orphanage to distribute clothes two years ago, Sheekha witnessed first-hand the condition of the children there.

A final-year B.Tech student at MLR Institute of Technology, she shared the story with her group of friends. Thus was born ‘Umang’, an NGO that now has 250 members from various fields who further the cause of such children.

The group meets every weekend to plan their strategies, focusing mainly on underprivileged girls. They contribute books, stationery, clothes from their pocket money to different orphanages around the city.

Sheekha, who comes from a middle-class family feels her mother, a single parent, is her biggest inspiration.

Ask her about how she juggles between studies and NGO, she quips, “We don’t have to find time for things that we love to do.”

“This changed the perception of one of my friends. The happiness I get after helping the underprivileged kids is inexplicable,” she says.

Another group of youngsters started a pilot project with teens of 8-15 years to stop water leakage and clean the surroundings in the Mehdipatnam area.

Shazman Lalani, who was part of the project says, “We are doing our bit towards the development of the society by being responsible citizens.”

“We meet at a pre-decided place in the morning to plan our actions for the weekend. This way we don’t disturb the routine work,” he says, explaining how he ekes out time for such work.

In a dog-eat-dog world, these youngsters sure seem to be paving the way for a brighter future.