Skyscrapers surged from the ground to litter the skyline of a metropolis once considered the "Garden City of India." Bengaluru, now deemed the tech capital of India is the home-base I chose for my time spent in India. Expats flock to this city to enjoy the amenities of the West while acclimating to the chaos that is India.
In between arguing with autodrivers and dealing with stray monkeys in my flat, I volunteered for Dream a Dream, a local non-profit making waves in the lives of youth. The work of Dream a Dream cannot be easily quantified but its mission is an important one: to empower kids by developing cognitive, personal and interpersonal skills that can't be learned in the classroom.
Once, we held a camp for a group of forty kids teetering on adolescence. We spent four days sharing stories, holding workshops, singing songs in kanada, and learning from each other. We all left the camp in tears from how remarkable the experience was. I also left with the firm belief that deep human connections can be forged despite differences in age, culture and language.