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No ordinary person—2015 Field Blog #2

16 March 2015

FullSizeRender (11)It is my third day here and today I am buying the fabric for the children’s uniforms, a stove, shoes, and kitchen supplies. Yesterday I spent the day with the children at Jeanamitabh after they finished classes. They were very appreciative of the items Paper Kite is able to purchases due to the support of our donors. They told me that each year we’ve come and purchased food, they’ve been able to eat more and have a variety of items to choose from. Prior to that the children participated in their Morning Prayer routine. At the end Mummy Jee expressed her appreciation for our continued support and used the opportunity to provide a lesson to the children on volunteerism.

It was such a moving speech! At one point she said that I was no ordinary person and that I made the decision at a young age to help others. Yes, she told them I’m only 35 years old! The appreciation and gratitude was very nice to hear. Immediately I realized how much we have provided for the children over the past five years. I bear witness to the impact our FullSizeRender (10)support has provided. The words ‘no ordinary person’ stuck with me. It was a wonderful compliment. However, I could not accept that completely myself. Five years ago I had an idea to start a foundation that supports children who would not otherwise have received support. I called upon my friends to help with my idea. Soon we grew to include a board of directors, become a registered charity, and expanded across Canada. I translated ‘no ordinary person’ to mean ‘no ordinary group of people’. I would not have the fortunate opportunity to be here without all the Paper Kite volunteers, board of directors, and supporters (past and present). I am only the messenger and deliverer.

FullSizeRender (13)As well, the children we support are no ordinary children. They are deeply moved by our commitment to them. Their words and expressions show me that. Providing them with basic necessities help them immediately so they can focus on having adequate childhoods while reaching for their dreams. What I have to come see is that our presence in supporting them every year equally contributes to their childhood experience. Like the rippling effects of a drop of water, the children’s potential for serving others, giving back, and volunteering, is that much greater!!

FullSizeRender (9)None of us are ordinary people. We all have given what we can to help others. In choosing to support Paper Kite, you have entrusted us to provide items to the children that will shift their focus from acquiring basic necessities (through begging) to ‘giving their dreams flight’. I am here in India showing and telling you that your support is doing just that. Thank you for not being ordinary!!

Tarik Kadri, President and Founder of Paper Kite

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