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.


THE RUCKSACK PROJECT:*

We had been planning for this project since a month and when it happened successfully on 19th Oct, 2013, we loved the experience and we were really happy that the little efforts could make hundreds smile around. We had given in clothes to the needy on the streets as our last event, but this time it was different. We were preparing rucksacks (a bag/ slinger) and including things from a pair of clothes, sweater, winter caps, jackets, warmers, gloves, wallet, socks, and food to eat and a juice to drink. That was the whole plan and all would depend on what all got collected!!

We were sure that it would be a fun event and by the end we would be so satisfied and the blessings and the day would be imprinted in our hearts. It’s just not a drive of giving away old clothes, its being inspired and making others learn, so they could do what they can for the ones who need it. As we got enthused from THE RUCKSACK PROJECT- BRISTOL UK, we believe that some will surely get motivated through our acts. You know what the best part is when you let the person know who encouraged you. It makes the event all the more powerful.

How did we start and what happened at THE FIRST RUCKSACK PROJECT:

We started with preparing bags and the prettiest was the baby bag – It had the cutest warm clothes, inner and set of socks and cap for the baby. We collected as many bags and apart from that we prepared cloth bags. We had 10 bags ready – some for oldies, some for women of thirties, some were for children.

We started riding around the K-town as we were targeting to give in to the people who are on the streets without homes. We met quite a few of homeless people especially outside the temples. Started our day with Jawlakhel, we went to Banglamukhi temple and then crossed Baneshwore, on our way to Pashupatinath and finally to Ganesh temple at Kamladi and the last was the temple at New Road.

20131019_133938On the roads we met couples sitting and waiting for someone to arrive and give them something, there were elderly ones too and this old lady shared in her story of how her daughter left her. There was a boy who must be in his teenage and he had no idea what was happening when we gave him the stuff. He was wearing tattered clothes and was just lying down. We gave him a sweater; he was expressionless and did not say a word so we thought what should be the next step. We gave him food and a pair of clothes and left the place. He kept looking at us but was quiet. And his silence said it all.

The best one was when these 5 kids were wandering on the road all by themselves, we called them and asked them if they wanted clothes, and naughtily each of them said yes. The tracks and warmers fit them so well and they could not stop posing. And how can I forget they actually knew that the clothes were huge or small for them and asked if they could exchange. They were about 6-7 years of age and after wearing the clothes the smile on their faces was beyond joy. I can’t imagine how delighted their parents are going to be when they get back home.

There were incidents where we gave out our rucksacks to people who asked for it people who were already working on the streets. Initially we were apprehensive but then: By the end it’s all for a good cause. 50 bags given out to homeless people this winters!! So are u coming for the next RUCKSACK ?