Bhubaneswar Railway Station became Art Station – An initiative by BAKUL Foundation and East Coast Railways #Bhubaneswar
The founding of Bakul in Orissa had 3 main provocations Individuals wanted change but were cynical about it and about their capability to bring about that change because they could only make small contributions. They, therefore, did little to bring about that change as well. The mistaken notion that change could happen only through big funding as if public participation was not needed. The public that wanted to participate, on the other hand, did not have a credible platform that generated trust for people to contribute. Our perception was that a major chunk of people from India and Orissa in particular wanted to give back to society. Most people did not trust NGOs and believed NGOs existed to make money.
NGOs made little effort to engage volunteers as well. For instance, after the Volunteer Fair 2008 in Bhubaneswar jointly organized by VSO and Bakul, most of the NGOs apart from Bakul did not really engage the young people interested in volunteering. With Bakul, however, though more than 200 had signed up, atleast 30 actively volunteered in the last few months and have brought in more of their friends. Therefore, the mission of Bakul is bring about an attitudinal change in individuals that makes them active citizens and this can only happen through a movement.