Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve
India is a profound place to learn to serve. By the time our students leave or graduate, they have walked the streets of Delhi, experienced the gift of the stranger, built local friendships, worked with humanitarian organizations and gathered the capacity to act, reflect, share and to care for the real needs of others.
At AES reputation hinges on meaningful service and student initiative.
From our start in 1952, our students have given AES a reputation for service and care. It’s a beautiful thing to see them bear their achievements with grace in the local community and as alumni. Our high school students see and know the needs of local people and organizations in Delhi. Their growing outreach and organizational skills let us confidently delegate our volunteer service program to their leadership. They own it, and they deserve to be known for a culture of service and generosity that follows them from the early years into their adult lives.
In these unprecedented times, our lives may feel unpredictable and restrictive; many of us are overwhelmed by the change to our daily schedules, while others are underwhelmed by the reclusiveness we are forced to embrace. And yet simply from living in Delhi and interacting with the communities around us, we understand the privileged position we have compared to those who lack the basic necessities we often take for granted. With this privilege comes a responsibility to reach out and assist others, and it is this goal that began the AES Service Council’s Project Seva.
The plan was as follows: contact the NGOs that our high school service clubs closely work with on a regular basis, assess the needs of the students, children, families, and animals we are all so fond of, and understand what we can do during this uncertain situation to assist them. Through consultation with student leaders of the 12 service clubs, 6 NGOs situations and needs were assessed to maximize the potential impact we could incite. From masks to soaps to food, we looked to provide the fundamentals that many are lacking. Eventually, this culminated into a provision of goods that reached approximately 3,000 people in need.
While we hope this will make a positive impact on those in need, we understand that the impacts of this pandemic will be long-lasting. Our role as a Service Council is to consistently assist those around us in any shape and form, and going forward will be no exception.
2019 Service Highlights
- Funds Raised by HS students - Rs. 4,53,058 ( close to $5000) and helped approximately 1200 people through service.
- 8470 hours of service where 326 students participated through 12 service clubs.
- Kerala Relief fund collected a total of Rs. 3,00,000 ( close to $4000) through generous donations by the community that helped in rebuilding a school that was hit by the floods in Kerala.