The Rucksack Project V at THE KTM DRIVE :*

We have conducted 4 rucksacks till date at THE KTM DRIVE, but this time it was a different experience. It was unlike the others because we had street kids helping us in the drive. We were 8 of us in total, three kids who joined us while we sorted clothes around the Basantpur area. There was learning on both sides and two very interesting incidents occurred.

As we gave juices and biscuits to the kids on the streets, we taught them the correct way to dispose plastic, not to throw the wrappers on the floor but to use dustbins. Some children did not agree and were littering around. So we made a deal with them, we gave them another can of juice if they threw the waste where they were supposed to and how kids are, they agreed immediately.  There was this particular boy who was very stubborn and did not stop bullying others. We tried to make him understand and calm him down. Since the change was not a day process; it got us thinking on what will the kid’s future be? Would the other kids be inspired by him and want to be the “bullying one” as that would be the cooler quotient? Who would the other kids look up to; for a role model in their lives? Are the schools they are going to creating an impact in terms of their habits, discipline?

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With all the thoughts in mind, we met this other street kid, who recognized us. We1471797_10153481934340398_1570621516_n
had given new pair of socks and gloves to kids and people on the streets the previous year around the same area. It was a perfect event during winter chills.  This kid was one of them and wanted to give out rucksacks with us. We welcomed him to the group and his friend joined along. These kids went around the area to check how many rucksacks we would need and how many people were feeling cold. They came along and one of the best sights to see was the smile on their faces as they gave clothes to the needy. As innocent as the kids are they kept asking if the people on the streets needed warmers. One of the most surprising moments was when we offered this kid a juice to drink, he replied: – “Give it to others; I will drink at last, if it remains”. An IMG_20141213_112636614eight year old street kid saying that touched our heart and it gave us a different outlook on life. He was selfless as he came along and enjoyed the event.

We went to the temples around New Road area to give the remaining rucksacks, and we decided to never give away clothes in that area, because they already had ample of it. So the next event is going to be collection of blankets, warmers, shawls, mufflers, gloves and caps. We will be leaving early morning on one of the Saturdays and ride around K-town to give them to the people on streets.

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One of the most amusing thing that we find is many people talk about charity, donation and are giving to the society, but when it comes to the real act, they are very passive!! We are glad that THE KTM DRIVE has given an opportunity to each one of us, to be a part of the good cause with no strings attached! It has also been a medium for sponsors to connect to places where the funds would be best utilized.


A little on THE KTM DRIVE:)

About the KTM Drive

KTM Drive is a concept. It’s an initiative started by a group of friends with a common motive – to make Kathmandu a better place. We are all working individuals, professionals who have come together by forming a group.

Following are some of the activities which we have been doing on weekends:

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Giving our free saplings at public places

Tree plantation at schools, hospitals

Visiting orphanages, spending time with the kids and donating food materials

Providing free stationeries to needy schools

Sponsoring education of selected underprivileged but deserving student

Taking underprivileged kids for an outing

Taking part in blood donation campaigns

Celebrating festivals such as Dashain and Tihar with the underpriviledged kids

Providing assistance to disabled rehabilitation homes and old age homes

Giving warm clothes to needy people on the street

Visiting schools to spread awareness about environment and greenery

The best part of KTMDrive is that we are not registered as an NGO. Hence we do not have any overheads. All the funds collected from various sources are all used up to fund our events.

We have been successful in conducting 35 events so far.

If you would like to be a part of the KTM Drive or would like to contribute in anyway to our causes or if you have comments or suggestions for us, then you can write to ktmdrive@gmail.com or directly talk to Shikha on 9813899277 or Sachin on 985117034

Different ways to be in touch with us:

Facebook.com/ktmdrive

Twitter.com/ktmdrive

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Together we can !

– Sachin


KTM Drive: ‘GIVE’ For a Change

IMG_20140927_155648 (1)As Dashain comes by, all we think/ can think off are the things we would do, shop or even how we would be celebrating it. Dashain for me as never been about giving others the happiness they deserve, cause, I’ve always had it in my mind, that, everyone would be enjoying Dashain eventually. There was no effort needed, or an initiative to make things better.

This time, for a change, we thought about those in need, those who did know what Dashain is all about but had barely experienced it. And, after today, I can happily say, that it brings in immense pleasure and satisfaction to see a smile or to bring a smile on someone else’s face.

Located in Gokarna, Disability NewLife Center, caters/ host about a number of children who are differently able. We, the member of KTM Drive, made an effort to celebrate Dashain with them. For a change, the target was to bring a smile on their face, to show them what Dashain is all about, be it momentarily, the smile that echoes through them, is simply priceless!

My thoughts were simple, anyone can throw in a bunch of money and things can be called a charity (no offence, least they are doing something than nothing) but giving your time, your support to a being, in being a better being, is different. What I understood was, I can never walk in their shoe, till I find myself in such situation, but I did try to hold their hand, talk to them, made an effort to connect, and the reactions were amazing. Its true when they say, you need no language to shower love, the joy in their eyes, their scream as the kites took off the ground was simply  priceless..

KTM Drive, is a initiative done by the people for the people, with no obligation, but a choice to do something to make a difference, today, we IMG_20140927_155750went to DNC, and spent some quality time with the kids. I don’t really remember when was the last time I flew a kite, but I’ll definitely remember this time, when I gave the time, trying to fly the kites with those little bundle of joy, who seeks nth more than love…  and for this very reason, I’d like to thank KTM Drive for letting me be a part of it.

Of all the moments I cherished today, I can still feel the warmth they held, the screams and the laughter, the joy that we brought to them. Off everything else, I’d hope, I can continue being a part of it, continue giving happiness, be it in small things… at times.. it matters….

p.s. No one is ever too busy, it’s how you prioritize your priority…  the greatest of all gift would definitely be time, least of what we did today, I’d like to stick by it…

– Subhashini Shrestha 🙂