The Spirit of Gandhiji
Learning to use the spinning wheel at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.
I felt the presence of Gandhiji throughout my visit to Ahmedabad. I started my trip at the Sabarmati Ashram where he lived for many years and began his Salt March to Dandi in 1930, and followed this with a stop at the Gujarat Vidyapith, a university started by Gandhiji.
At Gujarat Vidyapith.
And it is also during my interaction with Indicorps volunteers that the values and teachings of Gandhiji really come to life. This wonderful group of young people, primarily Indian-Americans, come to India to give their time at various organizations on projects that cover a range of activities, including the establishment of a health resources center to increase awareness and empower women to manage their own health, working to advance finance and credit instruments for farmers, enabling women to create sustainable micro-enterprises, and establishing creative learning environments for schoolchildren. They even use Ultimate Frisbee as a way to foster greater interaction and a sense of unity among religious communities. After one hour with the volunteers, you can’t help but feel highly inspired and very optimistic about the future.
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