Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A poem by Pulkit Khanna


Do not wish to wet my eyes & blur my vision

I still have a long way to go, a will to get out

To understand all around me, to answer my doubts

Am only waiting for someone to whisper

Who will lead me to the light?

My thoughts need a road to follow

My path desires a purpose

My body wishes for a will

My heart needs passion

And my life needs a meaning

I walk now, moving ever so anxiously

A light is all I see, that is what pulls me

It answers my questions, fuels my curiosity

But, is there is an end to this at all, or is that a myth?

Or will it only take me into the depths of this labyrinth?

My thoughts question the road to follow

The purpose of my path still unknown

The will I have needs reassurance

The passion in my heart needs sustenance

And the life I lead waits for its uncertainties

Absorbing all that I see around me, I now run

I run toward the light that calls me, one who answers

Who gives me more questions to think about…speak about,

To make me a man, face this life & those around

Still, come back to guide others around

Pulkit Khanna

(The light symbolizes the Volindia experiences which have made me more aware about life...)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

HIV awareness campaign around Delhi.

Hello Friends,

Does HIV spread through mosquito bites or by sharing razors?

The answer is…no! You may think you have all the answers, but check your knowledge by joining us for an interactive street play on HIV/AIDS.

VOLindia Foundation invites you to join our volunteers as they perform an energizing street play on HIV/AIDS all over Delhi. After surveying about 500 Delhi-ites between the ages of 15-24, our young VOLunteers were enraged to find the extent of misinformation that people have about HIV/AIDS. Their next step was clear: to provide accurate information to the public on sex and HIV/AIDS in a fun, interactive, and engaging atmosphere.

All the volunteers performing are members of the VOLindia Foundation, an NGO that mobilizes a core of India’s urban, educated youth to volunteer their time on social projects in partnership with other Delhi NGOs. These volunteers are between the ages of 15-24, the same group that is also at highest risk for HIV/AIDS. (35% of HIV infected people in India are between this age group.)

The street play will be performed at five different locations to ensure the highest impact. There are two performances each day; one in the afternoon and one in the evening. The performance itself will last approximately fifteen minutes followed by a game that will challenge the public to answer basic questions on HIV/AIDS prevention. Our program schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 – Janakpuri District Center at 1:00 PM

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 – Netaji Subash Place at 4:30 PM

Thursday, July 10, 2008 – Lodi Garden at 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 10, 2008 – outside of Dilli Haat at 5:30 PM

Friday, July 11, 2008 – Opposite India Gate at 1:30 PM

With India having the third largest number of HIV infected people in the world; dissemination of accurate information on HIV is an urgent need. Our main objective is to demystify the many myths surrounding the disease and to remove stigma attached to the people suffering from it. If you can attend any of our performances, or would like to support us in any way please contact Rajika Seth at rajika.seth@volindia.org / 9899788330 or Muneer Panjwani at muneer.panjwani@volindia.org / 9711234585.

Thank you.

VOLindia Team

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

"Let's Spread Awareness" by Aakriti Malik


As the day starts,
With a start so bright,
It's us who all, can add to the light,
To people suffering from HIV and AIDS,
After all it's of us that the society is made,
Coz, like us they too are gifts of GOD,
They too need to live and not to be shot,
They too are beautiful from the heart,
Try and just be a part,
Of their lives so wonderful, filled with dreams,
It's only we who like a "team"
Can spread awareness about the present scene,
Coz you never know when you too may get,
And then curse yourself and regret,
Of what you don't even know,
So take your time nice and slow,
And when you are ready and know,
That you too can help and you too can care,
To everyone, with whom you can share,
About HIV and AIDS, you "CAN" make them aware.