“I want to see children be treated with kindness even when they go away from the norm. I see that here and that has given me a sense of hope.” says Abhilasha, an intern.

“A mentor recommended some organisations for an internship while I was taking a break from college. She highly recommended Snehadhara for me, knowing my background. And now I can see why. I needed to be in a place that restores my faith in the world. I was a lot like the kids here, when I was younger. So it has been healing a part of me, undoing much from that part of my life. I have been misunderstood for my issues in educational settings from when I was a child. So I can really appreciate that the kids here were brought by their parents who cared and noticed and trusted others to help their children. It restored my faith in the world.”

“I have learnt both personally and professionally from this place. With children – stay calm, don’t show frustration. I could see that they can pick up facial cues and so on. We all have our own frames of reference and it’s hard to remember that the person in front doesn’t know as much as you do – so be understanding and respond calmly. If you’re struggling with something, try different ways of doing it. Kindness and understanding- that’s what makes this place different. As an intern you’re not treated as less than. There’s a feeling like I work for this place but they have my back and will take care of me. Personally I was quite low when I started but its reassuring to be here. It makes me hopeful about the future. I’ve learnt to interact with children better, pick up various cues, write professionally, be on time; my work ethic is improving slowly. I now want to study more. I am ok with the unknown because I have faith and that’s nice. I hope for SF to have more publicity. I know there are many children like me who need this and if they have it, they can be different people.”

What is Humans of SF? 

This is a series on the humans of SF; an attempt to celebrate each of the people who make Snehadhara whole. Novelist Anne Sewell said “It is good people who make good places.” And amongst the many good people in this world, there are some here at Snehadhara who make up this good place. We are ecstatic to bring to you glimpses of the Snehadhara team. Join us as we delve into the stories of people who stand for SF.