I am Deepak, a student at IIIT Delhi, and I volunteered for Sankalp in December 2017. I came to know about Sankalp through my father, who has worked with Sankalp.
I assisted in organizing blood donation camps, aimed at providing blood for Thalassemia patients. There is always a feeling of satisfaction obtained from working for something that matters. There are children who depend on regular blood transfusions for their survival, and we must assist where we can.
It was an enlightening experience. I learned about several aspects of blood donation, and also donated blood for the first time. Starting from helping donors fill forms, to advising them on post donation precautions, every component of a blood donation camp must function like clockwork for best results, and Sankalp ensures this in the best possible way.
I helped at around 6 camps, in offices, universities, residential societies and schools as well. I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout at each and every camp. Although some donors were not eligible to donate, they almost always promised to come back and try the next time, which was really nice to hear. Everyone wanted to help and contribute in some way or the other.
This was a great learning experience for me, as I managed to learn about various aspects such as the pre-requisite conditions required for a donor to be eligible to donate, various precautions to take during post donation, and a general idea of how a blood donation camp is organized. Hopefully with some more experience in the future, I will be able to organize a blood donation camp myself and help those in need.
I look forward to volunteering with Sankalp again.