Ekjaa Campus Leader Experience – IIT Mumbai, Aditi & Suyash
While doing my B.Tech @ Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, one very good thing that happened to me was that I started working with Ekjaa. I joined Ekjaa as a Campus Leader for IIT Bombay. It is a new NGO which helps smallers NGOs in raising funds and providing social and humanitarian support.
After a brief interview at McDonals in Andheri, I took my responsibility in October ‘2011 and soon things started getting out of my hand. As one of the first ECLs in Ekjaa, I found the task immensely confusing regarding what output I could provide to Ekjaa and what learning I could cultivate for myself. Harsha, the founder of Ekjaa, was very helpful in provding me all kinds of support and motivating me even when I gave awful suggestions. The first few weeks turned out to be totally chaotic amidst my exams and my cluelessness regarding what to do with the Ekjaa chapter.
After about a month and a half of mindless blabber and dreaming, I realised that I need to streamline my approach and build a consolidated program. After a few days of excercise on various programs running on our campus, I concluded that I needed to make an Internship program for Ekjaa. I set things into motion and with a week, I had 30 very curious and enthusiastic students who had volunteered to work on projects with Ekjaa.
It was this moment that I reognised the need of an additional hand. My good friend Suyash had shown enthusiasm to work with Ekjaa earlier and was a brilliant mind! So, I quickly asked him to jump in as another ECL and with this, we began our Ekjaa journey! It was December, and our days got shorter as most of our time went into scheduling tasks, assessing reports, reminders to absentees and attending calls from inquizitive interns. But wasn’t it what we chose ourselves?
As mentors of 10 immensely thoughtfull and wonderful projects, I and Suyash got enlightened to many ponderable things ourselves. When we ended our internship program in January and had a look at the final reports, it surprised us as much as it surprised the Ekjaa team. We took great pleasure in sending the reports to Ekjaa and found ourselves one step ahead too!
The Ekjaa certificate distribution ceremony took place this April, followed by an amazing treat by Harsha at a popular Chinese restaurant. We discussed our future plans and were pretty inspired by what Harsha had to say about what she wanted to do in life! That dinner ended with me and Suyash going back to IIT in an auto with a lot of things to talk about. We found ours
elves much more inspired, and above all, more confident in believing what we felt for, and working towards it.
Our time as ECLs of Ekjaa is over now, but we will never forget the beautiful journey, and a much more beautiful end. Wait if Today, I have my own social entrepreneurship and volunteering organization running and Suyash is working on another organization which aims at promoting CSRs. Our experiences with Ekjaa have insipired us and Harsha is now amongst those people we look upto.or it, I havn’t told you about the end as yet. 🙂
We will always value the Ekjaa Campus Leader program and hope that the new set of ECLs will take forward what we started.