Sandeep Goyal,
a volunteering spirit that runs in the family

Sandeep likes to talk about his father, an enthusiastic volunteer who dedicated a good deal of his energy and talent to various non-profit organisations.

“He taught poor children during his free time and always helped those in most need.” Since then, Sandeep has come to understand that the work done by volunteers has concrete, even vital repercussions. “My son had a brain haemorrhage at birth and was born with a heart condition. He was sponsored by a hospital in Saint Louis in the United States, which helped him survive. Now he’s 16, but he looks like he’s five. He was never supposed to be able to walk, but he’s been walking for some years now. He even enrolled in a specialised school. He was able to make so much progress thanks to the course I did in 1998.”

For a year, Sandeep studied development therapy so that he could help children suffering from motor cerebral problems and other neurological conditions. “I learned equitherapy techniques (care based on contact with horses) and hydrotherapy procedures (care based on contact with water). I’m now working with the Tamana NGO on a project called ‘Living with Dignity’ which focuses on helping people with autism. Right now, we’re giving lessons in how to make bread, jam and pickles. With the help of the Orange Foundation we’ve been able to build dedicated classrooms. A year from now we expect we’ll have trained 60 to 70 young people. I go to the school at least once a fortnight to meet the children and help them learn.”

"A year from now we expect we’ll have trained 60 to 70 young people"

The 49 year old project manager is proud of the fact that his employee volunteer work fits naturally with his professional life. “We have had a stand in our offices for over a year now. Young people come and sell their bread there, with the help of Tamana association. NGOs have to work with very little money. Large companies have the financial resources and networks needed to achieve what they want. It’s plain to see that when the two worlds meet, they can, together, and each according to their own capacities, help to make society better.”
Sandeep always enjoyed the support of his wife. “She has also worked to further various causes. Our shared commitment warms our hearts. Formerly, society helped us; now, it’s our responsibility to give something back. I’m very grateful to my manager, Mahalingam Venkat Ramanan, and Orange for giving me the opportunity to work for society.”

Portrait by Apolline Guichet.

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