Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Last day of the Joy of Giving Week

The final day of Joy of Giving Week, and it was also Gandhi Jayanthi.

A group of students from IIIT went to Chavadi Poor Students' Ashram on the evening of Oct 2nd.

Chavadi was started for the welfare of poor, downtrodden and orphaned children of the society in the age group of 5 to 14 years, by providing them free food, shelter, clothing and education as well as vocational training including medical aid with a main aim to create an awareness among them that the education is the fundamental right of every child.

They advertise in newspapers to admit kids. It houses around 40 semi-orphan and poor students.

We had an introduction session where each kid introduced himself to everyone and then we introduced ourselves to them. Some kids danced to some songs, some kids drew some paintings. We spent a lot of time interacting with the kids and it was a very nice feeling. Finally, we distributed Samosas and Jalebis to the kids. We had to leave early as they have to study for their exams which starts from Monday, Oct 4th.

The secret of happiness lies in the joy of giving and sharing. As a child, we all have experienced this wonderful feeling of receiving chocolates and gifts from elders and friends. Even now, a lot of happiness is associated with receiving our birthday gifts, howsoever we grow up in years!

But the joy of giving something to someone who needs it is incomparable to that little flutter the joy of receiving something creates in our hearts. You will agree with me, if you have indulged in this feeling sometime, am sure you have!

If Mahatma Gandhi were alive today, his message to us would be to give and continue to give. Let us pledge to do so both today and for all the days to come. Giving can and should continue even when the Joy of Giving Week has come to an end.

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