I accidentally chanced upon the website of Siddhartha Vashishta Charitable Trust one daywhile surfing through the internet. And what struck me the most was the unique focus of the trust - the jail inmates and their helpless families. I immediately felt that this could be my chance to cleanse the society of its evils. So I enrolled as a volunteer teacher in fine arts in Tihar Jail, New Delhi.
I Today, after almost two years of service to the trust, I am glad that I took the fateful decision. The volunteering activities give me immense fulfillment as I feel like the instrument of change in God's hands. Speaking of which, I recall a particular experience with one inmate called Lama who was usually angrier than the rest. Lama was sentenced ten years prior to our meeting for a serious crime, which made me particularly careful with him. And the fact that Lama was a talented artist waiting to be groomed for the market, had struck me at our very first meeting itself. I, therefore, had handed him a paint brush, some colours, a canvas and some instructions, and the rest is the story of a successful transformation.
It gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction today when I see Lama's paintings and canvases displayed in most of the fine art exhibitions in Delhi. Lama's activities have changed and so has his surroundings. He now earns an honest living selling his paintings. His two children are going to school, their education expenses being financed by the trust. While Lama takes care of the rest of the household expenses.
I recommend Siddhartha Vashishta Charitable Trust to everybody, including my friends and family members. The trust is doing genuine work in its fields of operations and we must support it whole heartedly in all its endeavors.