I volunteer -here’s my story:*

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It’s been five years since we started with the events at The KTM Drive. It feels so nice how a small idea which was discussed over a coffee turned out to be an eco-friendly drive where we gave about 200 tree saplings for free. The thought came up as we spoke about the dust and pollution while the reconstruction of the roads was happening and how it got hard for people to walk around town. This is when the ‘Go green’ awareness campaign started. We had no idea how one event led to the other, our idea expanded, and it was just not going green but other events which added to making the lives of the people greener. We have completed eighty events till date. As we work on the alternate weekends we have two events a month. KTM Drive is a concept. It’s an initiative started by a group of professionals with a common motive – to make Kathmandu a better place. Following are some of the activities:

  • Giving out free saplings at malls so people can multiply the plantation over time.
  • We have been associated with many schools wherein we have grouped children of certain classes and taught them how to plant. There has been monitoring sessions after and we teach the kids to go back home and plant trees if they have the space.plantation
  • We visit differently able centers and conduct various fun events with the kids. These flying-kiteshave ranged from fulfilling their wishes, drawing classes, Ice cream treat, craft classes, providing stationeries, showing them movies and providing them with hygiene kits. One of my best events has been flying kites with these kids during Dashain. It was so much fun being around these kids and spreading smiles.
  • We have been sponsoring thirteen children for their education. Eight of them are sponsored-kidsfrom Disabled Rehabilitation Centre and five are underprivileged but deserving students.
  • We love taking these kids to the zoo, Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Museum, given out mufflers, gloves, caps for the winters.
  • We are also connected with the elderly at Nisahaya Seva Sadan, wherein we love spending time with the elderly and getting their magical blessings. During Dashain, we got Saris for Aama’s and trousers for Bua’s.
  • We have conducted Eight Rucksack projects till date, wherein we give warm clothes to needy people on the street with food materials.
  • unnamed-1unnamedThe best part about being the founder member of this organization is the way the events take place. We welcome any idea that people want to share in. I make sure that everything is coordinated for the event; the sponsoring if required is available. The feeling of contentment and satisfaction that we get by the end of the day is beyond description. Life becomes more purposeful and the act of giving makes is meaningful. The best part about The KTM Drive is that there are no rules for the member; one can

join us in any event that they want. It’s very flexible. The amazing part is how kids whom we gave clothes last year, recognized us this year and wanted to be a part of our drive by helping us give clothes. Not only has The KTM Drive connected people, but it also has inspired many on its journey of four years. The factor that drives me is that there is so much to give, and the more that I have gotten involved in social activities; it feels that there is no end to it. The amazing part is how credible this organization is that we have sponsors from all around who haven’t me us yet. Our next big project in 2017 is building rooms for adult literacy in Kavre so that the residents empower and sustain themselves.

WE ARE DOING THE LITTLE WE CAN, FOR THE ONES WHO CANNOT AND WE HOPE WE HAVE INSPIRED MANY THROUGH OUR JOURNEY ~

This is my story as a founder member of The KTM Drive.

To know more about us:-

Website:- www.ktmdrive.com                        Facebook.com/ktmdrive

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Craft sessions made a lot of noise at DNC:-

Another event at THE KTM Drive was conducted amazingly and all of this happened with the team of Saedi Works. Our 75th event was at Disable Newlife Centre situated at Gokarna. The kids were familiar with us as we had been visiting them time and again. They remembered us as the group who fulfilled their wishes, the ones who planted saplings around the premises, the members who spent Dashain playing kite and housie lotto with them.

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They had no idea that we were visiting them on Saturday and the activities that were in store for them for the entire afternoon. We greeted them and divided them in groups as per their classes. As four sections got formed, the kids were still astonished, surprised and kept guessing on what was going to happen. We realized that the number of children at DNC had reduced, as ten of them were shifted to another hostel and some were missing as they were taking a shower.

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We started the session with eight kids in each table, and one of the team members of Saedi works led the project. There were different tasks that had to be completed by each kid. The first lot made origami bookmarks, while the other set made small paper bags with IMG_1990drawings in the front and back, the next group made beautiful collages with waste paper. Some children had to be directed on the next step and the KTM Drive members who were divided in the group made the best of their time while helping them with the sessions. The naughtiest kids used their imagination and some finished the making of bookmarks before the leaders too. All of their craft work was impressive and neat, some were artists. It was really nice to see that they were looking out for one another and helped their partners to complete the work. As the children finished their assignments, they made themselves comfortable on the next table to learn more of art and craft. It was a chaos in the dining area and everyone was enjoying and making the most of it.

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Lastly, when the tasks got over, each student got a round shaped yellow chart paper and IMG_1879they had to draw an expression that best suited the moment that they were in, including the members. It was entertaining how these little kids came up with funny emoticons.  We then treated them with some pears and ice cream and called the day off.

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Since I have been visiting this differently able centre, since a kid, I have been familiar with IMG_2113each one of them. What surprises me the most is, the level of liveliness, enthusiasm that they have towards life. It is worth a salutation. Kumar, was the hero for the day as he helped us wrap the event by collecting all the stationeries and keeping them in place.As we were leaving, the kids asked us to come back again and sooner.  The didi’s at the centre requested if we could arrange toiletries for the kids. They are in need of bathing soaps and shampoo; and we promised them to get the healthy kits the next time.

Each one of us had an amazing time as the event was organized and managed really well by the energetic members of Saedi works. We thank them once again for coming over and conducting the event for these innocent souls who are full of energy, love, laughter and noise.

-Shikha

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The Kids Are Alright~

Our surprise visit to Disabled Newlife Center on July 9th with Saedi Works marked the 75th event of KTM Drive. It was our 5th/6th visit to DNC and the afternoon was an exciting and exuberant day, working with the 30 kids making DIY products.

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The kids weren’t expecting anything for the afternoon when we presented ourselves with bundles of colourful chart papers, magazines, colours, stickers and glue. The kids were excited to start working with the paper craft events planned for the day that they wanted to have ice-cream that we had brought for them only after we’d finished with the plans for the day. We got started by dividing the children into groups and explained the activities for the day.

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The children were more than happy to get started with making bookmarks, collage frames, paper bags and emoticon faces. It was a happy environment with everyone bringing out their artistic sideIMG_1781 with the organisers and children enthralled on trying to create something exquisite out of the available resources. It was nothing but some old magazines and stationary items that we took to the place but we came out with works of art; something full of meaning with their  expression of words and a reflection of a merry world in their drawings.

 

 

It was a cheerful moment those few hours at DNC when the children share smiles through out the afternoon and it felt like we were playing in the tables. The children were all frank, disciplined and we felt welcomed to share the jolly moments with them. The purpose of the paper craft program that day was no other than to have fun and we had it in tonnes. The four tables in the common room in which we worked on were full of colourful bits of paper. We came out some very decent collage frame, creative bookmarks and paper bags. Finally, everyone made big emoticon faces and clicked many pictures to remember the moment. We were all overwhelmed in the enthusiastic moment as we all had a refreshing afternoon.

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The day concluded with the ice-cream session and we were all triumphant to have had a productive afternoon. We’re always looking for new places and ways to invest our time and share a smile, and we will surely come to this joyful place with bigger plans. 🙂

-ABISH

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