Can You Answer To This Young Boy’s Letter ?

In Feb 2017, I set out on a trip to Sri Lanka to find my answers. After an intense one year of  Masters in Social Entrepreneurship, it was emotionally overwhelming for me to picture my purpose, burning with a restless soul I wanted to find my place in the world. To explore what my heart connects with? way of giving back? the cause that I can take responsibility of and make it the reason for my existence. 


UNDP – AIESEC facilitated voluntouring, training, travelling and hopping around Sri Lanka to schools, churches and village centres. I chose sustainable development goal 5 to teach the locals and create awareness about gender bias related affects ; if possible convince them to break out of the social stigma they are told to live with.  It’s true, that by giving back to the community, things begin to settle down for an other start of what I call my independent introduction to social action !

The boy wrote,” If a girl is in trouble and if I am the only boy trying to help her everyone will think in a different way and society makes up stories, what do you have to do ?”

Sri Lanka is a long long story for a single shot. Hence, I breakdown down my moments of Impact and share about my uniquely special expiriences.  Here is one such story from Sri Lanka of a boy who wrote a letter to me after I gave the session on Gender Equality at school, for the 6 th grade. He was shy to speak out. Yes, even strong boys can be shy to speak up. I call him strong because of what he wrote in the letter. Below attached is the image of the letter from the boy.


What did you feel after reading his letter ? That it is a common teenage ritual which I am exageratting? Instead, lets look at the other side of the most common.

  • The young boy took the initiative to write down his problem. He cares, thus, he is strong.
  • He is feeling scared of being supportive to his female friend.
  • At such a young age he is worried about society making up stories. Who is the society? What are we ignoring while providing education? Peer pressure is unavoidable, but societal pressure for a kid ?
  • He is thinking about his friend’s trouble, dealing with his reputation, confused about right and wrong, holding back to speak up because he knows he might be isolated further and still able to balance himself. 
  • He did not stop helping his friend. He is perseverant and is ready to think about a sustainable solution.
  • I answered him to do the right thing confidently and share with trusted elders about the situation in detail without being scared like how he came up to me.

Society means nobody if we don’t account ourselves into it. Children are continuously learning from surroundings. His letter showed me how it feels to reach your first milestone in life. But there are millions of children confused in the context of contaminating gender inequality.

Hope his letter gives you something valueble too that inspires you to act.

Sahithi Divi
Click on the above video to watch my journey to self discovery

Written by Sahithi Divi ( source : http://www.impactscientist.com)( Feautured image of boy : pexels.com)

7 Most essential reasons why you must ‘volunteer’ at least once in a lifetime

Written by Sahithi Divi

Volunteering is an endangered skill. It converts to participating in the art of co existence and giving. It shows the power of contentment we feel by giving a small piece of us to make someone happy or even create a larger impact. It defines to hold social responsibility that exists on every level of the society, which means there is an immediate need for us to hold our empathy and strength together – towards building a slightly better world.
Not only volunteering secures someone else, but it can also help you personally as well as professionally. Read more to find out …

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  1. Tireless Optimism : The moment we become the reason for happiness of others, it boosts our self confidence and helps in leading an eventful life. It is a soul liberating exercise that brings out a different person in us because it stimulates empathy.
  2. Collaborative Spirit : While volunteering we interact with various kinds of people, activating a sprit of working more desirably in team environments with increased confidence.
  3. Entrepreneur Mindset : It helps us develop a sense of purpose, problem solving ability and enterprising capability. Leaders who can connect well with stakeholders.
  4. Ethical Reflection : It provides a fabricated human filter that certainly improves our ability to see through the opaqueness and depth of social challenges, attracting resourceful exposure in life.
  5. Better Job Prospects: Organisations look for social skills in their aspirers, as the volunteering portfolio can assure some of the behavioural aspects of a new person.
  6. New Tech/Digital Avenues: With the arising E payment softwares and shifting preference to online donations by donors, NGOs are facing a digital challenge opening new window of opportunities in tech universe.
  7. HQ : Most importantly it gives immense joy increasing our Happiness Quotient.

Just like an adventure sport, try volunteering to unlock a life changing experience. here is the link to my volunteering stories.

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    Written by Sahithi Divi ( source: http://www.impactscientist.com )