Social Service Camp - Ambatha
SOCIAL SERVICE CAMP – AMBATHA
I had a great experience at the Social Service Camp in Ambatha. I joined the Std.9 group to Ambatha as I had missed the camp activity last year. I participated in the dam building activity and understood the importance of team work and unity. The early morning walk gave us fresh air to breathe and also helped us calm our mind. The trip to the village made me realise that
I am so blessed. It also made me aware of the people who don’t get their daily meals and can’t feed their family. I was very happy to see the talents in sports of the Ambatha students who were always open to help each other. The different activities organised at Ambatha gave us a lot of information and also told us more about the life style of the Ambatha students. As days passed by the students of SXBA learned to live humbly and how to share with each other. The bus drive and the travel time helped us in bonding with each other. We are very grateful for this trip to Ambatha and would like to go once more in our lifetime to do the same. There were many things we learned from this trip and will put into practice. The boys of SXBA enjoyed their time with the Ambatha students. The last day was bonding time with students of Ambatha which we will always cherish.
SOCIAL SERVICE CAMP – AMBATHA – 28th November – 1st December 2018
The school organised a social service camp to Ambatha for the boys of class 9. We all were very enthusiastic and our journey started on November 28, 2018 at 8.30 a.m. from CSMT station where we boarded the Kasara local. On reaching Kasara we boarded a local S.T. bus for Ambatha and reached Ambatha at 4.45 p.m.
The moment we arrived at Ambatha we received a warm welcome by the students of Prabhodhan Vidhyalaya and a welcome with some general instructions by Fr.Anaclete. The evening was well spent in playing some games. The next day we got up early and started our day with exercises and a morning walk. After breakfast we went for the dam-building activity which taught us the importance of unity and using water with care. We then played games like kabaddi, kho-kho, basketball and football with the students of Prabhodhan Vidhyalaya. At night we taught the Prabhodhan students Maths and English. This was a great interactive session which was followed by a cultural programme performed by us and those students too.
The next day was a visit to the villages of Ambatha. We had some delicious food in the homes of the students of Prabhodhan Vidhyalaya who had accompanied us. This was our opportunity to experience village life. After we returned from the villages the evening was well spent by playing a game of volleyball. At night there was a camp fire. On the concluding day of the camp on December 1, 2018 we began our return journey at 5.30 a.m. from Ambatha. We started with the road journey to reach Kasara Station and boarded the local train to CSMT.
I would like to thank all our staff members who went out of their way to care for us, who prepared tea, coffee, snacks so lovingly everyday and watched over us 24 x 7 for the days we were at Ambatha. This camp was a valuable experience as the interaction with the children helped us realise the harsh reality of over 80% children who study in rural schools and made us aware of our own blessings. We finally returned to CSMT at 1.30 p.m. and left for home happily. It was an experience which I will cherish forever.
Ambatha Camp – 28th November to 1st December 2018
On Wednesday 28th November 2018 the boys of Std.IX left for Ambatha by the 8.30 a.m. train from Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT). It was a 2 hours 45 minutes journey to Kasara. From there we took two S.T. buses to Ambatha. This was a 5 hours journey and we reached Ambatha at about 4.45 p.m.
After a greeting song by the Ambatha students and a welcome speech by Fr.Anaclete and Fr.John we proceeded to the dormitory to keep our luggage. After dinner a cultural programme was put up by the Ambatha students. At the end of the day we had a reflection of the entire day. Some boys also gave their feedback at this time and we went to bed by 10.00 p.m.
The next morning the wake up call was at 5.15 a.m. We had to do our morning chores quickly and assemble for exercises at 5.30 a.m. in the basketball court. We went on a nature walk to a mountain top with Fr.Anaclete to view the sunrise. After breakfast matches were played between students of SXBA and Ambatha - Football, Kabaddi, Volley ball, Kho-Kho etc. That evening the S.X.B.A boys put up a cultural programme for the Ambatha students. After this we had our day’s reflection and went to sleep.
On the third day we went on our village visits assigned to us. We were accompanied by the Ambatha students to their homes in the villages. I visited a village named Dolhare. I saw a river, fields, various crops, winnowing of crops etc. We were served a very very simple lunch, we interacted with the villagers and returned at about 4.00 p.m. We also bathed in the river. A few scouting activities like tying different knots, preparing a fire and baking potatoes etc. were taught to us by our Scout Masters. Dinner was followed by a reflection of the day. We retired early for the night as the next day we had to wake up at 4.00 a.m. to leave for Mumbai. We reached CSMT by 1.30 p.m. with happy memories.