Gandhi once said that in a gentle way, you can shake the world. This, probably, is one of the few quotes I still remember. Not because I do “shake” the world, but because I believe that kind actions can still create a difference in our lives.
In terms of creating a difference, though, there are questions that we must ask ourselves. The main question is: “How can I channel my altruism to be a part of the solution?” Actually, it’s a pretty easy question to answer here at Bilkent, where we have a very effective volunteer-based student club called TDP (Social Awareness Projects). TDP conducts many difference-making projects that bring a lot of joy and satisfaction, but the project I want to specifically discuss here is ENDOST.
ENDOST is a project where TDP volunteers spend time with mentally disabled people to help them develop their mental and motor skills and integrate into society. Every Thursday, we go to ZİÇEV (the Foundation for Raising and Protecting Children with Mental Disabilities) and share with the residents there in doing a variety of crafts and exercises – potato printing and dancing being just a few examples. The activities are especially meaningful for the children, as they find an opportunity to socialize and have fun while doing something that gives them a chance to express their inner selves.
We volunteers can all say that after going to ZİÇEV a couple of times, we feel like family, and we would like to share the joy and satisfaction. So, if you want to be a member of this great family, please feel free to join us, and create a difference that makes people smile. And don’t ever feel hesitant: TDP and ZİÇEV will both welcome you with open arms and smiling faces.
Social Awareness Projects (Toplumsal Duyarlılık Projeleri – TDP)