Divya and Indu are two lively, cheerful girls full of energy doing their graduation in Hindu college in Tiruninravur. These two girls are CORD Balavihar products who have now become Balavihar Resource persons in Velliyur Panchayat. They conduct Balavihar during the weekends for the children in and around their village. When CORD asked them “What motivates you to take balavihar classes?”
Divya replied “I started attending CORD Balavihar when I was 10 years old. Balavihar exposed me to stories from Puranas, value education and helped me practice these values in school and other places. I was taught to face success and failure with equal courage. Although I have been brought up in a village traditionally, I value my culture and am also confident enough to face the city/college culture. I am indebted to CORD and their team who have trained me to be a Balavihar resource person. I wish to give back to my village what CORD gave me when I was a child. This is what motivates me to take Balavihar”
Indu says “CORD Balavihar taught us culture, value for patriotism and introduced us to many leaders, poets and saints whose life stories have become an inspiration to us. Balavihar empowered me with communication skills, confidence and zeal to face life. CORD trains us twice a year with lesson plans, activities and material for the Balavihar class. As a Balavihar resource person, I learn so many new things and keep myself updated to whatever is happening. I am glad I can share the knowledge that I have learnt. I love my time with the children and I am proud to be part of CORD and its integrated rural development program. This is what motivates me to take Balavihar.”
CORD has just quoted testimonials of 2 Balavihar children who have become resource persons now. But we have many more in the list.