Tom Stoppard once said “Good things, when short, are twice as good” and that’s precisely how I feel as my internship at ETASHA Society comes to a close.
As a part of the college curriculum at Narsee Monjee institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) I was given the opportunity to intern with an NGO, and to be very honest, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been a part of ETASHA Society.
I’ve always felt that people, play a very important part in any organisation’s working, and especially when we have an organisation working towards the vital task of providing skilled training to the youth – tomorrow’s future for our country.
My task, during the internship period was to conduct an impact assessment of ETASHA Society. Basically try to gauge the progress of the organisation by not just looking at numbers but also trying to evaluate/approximate the qualitative aspects of ETASHA’s role in the life of the youth. After the model was in place we took to maximising our interaction with trainees, the facilitators, the centre manager at the Community Development Centre, and the management team at ETASHA to assess the model.
I also got the opportunity to be a part of the alumni meet held at one of the centres during the internship and heard the stories of these two people, their work life and how their association with ETASHA helped them grow. Their insights about their professional experiences changed my outlook towards the underprivileged sections of the society. After hearing their stories I have made it a point to complement the people who help me with my everyday routine, it does not even take the tiniest of efforts for a small thank you and an occasional smile to the toll booth attendant, to the security guard in my building or the guy helping me choose a shirt.
Needless to say special thanks goes out to Ian McBride for letting us bombard him with a zillion questions every single day as we tried to garner maximum possible information about the organisation and its operations in the shortest span of time.
3 weeks flew by in a flash. There was so much that I learnt at ETASHA, and yet I feel, there is so much more left. I got the chance to mingle with the trainees from different programs and batches and the statement that i got to hear the most was – “How I get to learn something new every single day” and looking back I can only tell myself the very same thing.
Rabindra Verma, NMIMS