The sweet results of the efforts of the volunteers.I have witnessed this phenomenon happening near my housing society and it was such a pleasant and joyful feeling that I wanted to share it here with the fellow members. There is one playground in the area I live which is used by the children to play cricket and other games. It is quite a big area but was not maintained as it was not on the priority list of the local municipality. About 4 years back some of the senior citizens staying in nearby colonies or housing societies approached the authorities and suggested that they will like to develop the playground by volunteer work if municipality also extends some help in the matter. Seeing the interest of these persons the administration got the playground fenced from all the sides and made a footpath along its circumference for morning walkers leaving some space between the fencing and the footpath.
The volunteers started planting trees and flowers in that space and today this is one of the beautiful playground where there is a very good crowd of the walkers in the morning and evening. Now the authorities have put up some lights also so that people can stay here till late evening. There is problem of water for the plants but the adjoining societies have agreed to give some water to the small tanks kept in the sides from where the volunteers are watering the plants time to time. I am not a regular contributor but whenever I get time I join them and contribute my bit. There are about 10-15 regular volunteers, mainly senior citizens who are continuously maintaining this by spending an hour here in the morning or evening.
I am so impressed by the power of this collective work that I am now sure that if people volunteer for some work then by contributing even a little from everyone, it can bring a great change. Have you witnessed such attempts in your area or have you ever thought to do things like that? Please share your experiences or give comments on this.