I joined ETASHA as an intern during February 2013 as part of my course curriculum in Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS).
I was really excited about my internship as I have never worked with an NGO before and I was unsure of what to expect and what my experience would be like.
I am really glad that I got a chance to work with an organisation like ETASHA as it has set a standard in my mind as to how an NGO should work and contribute to society. The way it trains its students and develops their skills is something which takes a lot of effort.
The dramatic change brought in the disadvantaged trainees is quite commendable. I myself interviewed many of them as part of my project and that is when I discovered more about them; their family backgrounds and problems and also what ETASHA means to them. I also got the opportunity to visit ETASHA’s training centres where the training is provided to these young adults coming from the urban, semi-urban and rural areas, and I was really touched looking at the smiles on their faces which showed their happiness and their zeal for learning and achieving new things daily; they all were very keen to learn and gain new skills.
My Internship project was to help maintain a donor – beneficiary relationship, which included identifying donors and matching them to trainees who were the beneficiaries of their donation. The basic principal underlying the project was to show the donors where and how their funds are being utilized and what impact they have on the development of society. The exposure I gained through the NGO is priceless and it’s all because of my mentor Ian McBride under whose guidance I undertook the project. He always filled the work environment with his positive attitude inspiring me to work to my best abilities. I truly admire the way he loves this country and works for an NGO like ETASHA, contributing to the development of society. This really inspired me and changed my mind-set in many ways. This internship has taught me a lot about the selfless nature which one should not only have but should also implement in order to make a difference to the community.