EKAL YOUTH ACTIVITIES
UTD Holi Clean Up Service Project
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” This is what I thought about as I headed to UTD to volunteer for cleaning up after the Holi party that the students there put together. As we were driving up to the parking lot, I saw lots of people walking out of the soccer field. They were all covered with colored powder. It was then my mom told me that we could play Holi too!
On March 27, 2015, The University of Texas at Dallas had a BIG Holi party in a UTD soccer field with over 500 college kids joining in. Ekal Youth club had signed up to clean up the field after the party was done. It was our way of thanking the UTD Ekal Youth club’s fundraising for 3 Ekal schools in 2014, through their college events. We had 9 Ekal youth volunteers and 4 adult volunteers. It was fun that we also got to play before cleaning up. We were each handed a bag of colored powder. We had 45 minutes to play before we started cleaning up. All of us ran around throwing colors at each other and other college kids, enjoying the fresh air. Then I found out there was a hose, so I mixed my powder with the water and it created paint. I smeared it on a bunch of Everybody was getting hungry so we got some snacks from a booth that was selling Pani Puri and Mango Lassi. Then we played some more with the hose, getting people wet and messy.
After the fun, the first thing we had to do was clean and put away the tables. We split up the work, 2 people to each table. Since the Holi color was all over the tables, we had to scrub hard to make them come off. After we wiped the tables down, we stacked them up at the end of the field and moved the soccer goals back to their original places. It required a lot of teamwork because we had to make them symmetrical. One of the wheels on the goal post was wobbly, so we had to lift it All in all, I had a lot of fun volunteering today and made many new friends through it. I am definitely looking forward to the next Ekal service project.