This is the second year that we ETians celebrated the “Joy of Giving” week. We got together on Oct 10(Saturday), 2015 inviting 75 underprivileged children to share the day with us.
In typical ET style we divided ourselves into several teams each taking up a theme. On ‘D’ day we rented a ground where we put up stalls & activities of different kinds. We had food that we cooked, games that we organised, dance that we taught, shows that we did, and gifts that we gave away. All of it and more hit the mark on spreading a smile on 75 beautiful tiny faces.
In 2013, we upped our sights to help causes related to disadvantaged children so they could create their own future. We wanted to create glittering smiles on the little faces who hadn’t yet experienced many of the privileges of life that we have. We did that with great joy.
We identified a specific make-shift school founded by a local NGO for children of migrant workers. The children were between 6 and 12 years of age. With superhero-like enthusiasm and energy, we divided ourselves into 9 teams. Each team chose a theme; then the team members held internal workshops to design a full day of activity around the selected theme. It was cool and exciting, and creative enough to make the children delighted.
The themes varied from Planting Samplings, Art & Craft, Paper Bags, Health Sanitation, Poems & Rhymes, X-mas etc. Different teams from ET, on different days, spent an entire day with the children. Our idea was to contribute not just gifts or money, but spend quality time and energy around the theme. We were blissed out with our experience and we hoped to leave them motivated and cheered, with big dreams in their eyes.
Last year, we shifted our focus on elderly care and decided to spend quality time with members living in old-age homes across Bangalore. Some say, our CSR efforts are executed with as much passion as the birthday parties and marathons we run. We totally agree.
In 2014, when we decided to go to the other end of the spectrum from the previous year and work with Elderly People, it was also a time of deep introspection for us. Disadvantaged elderly people are lonely and depressed. Our aim was to bring a smile to their wrinkled faces and give them a really good time.
We formed teams and identified several old-age homes around Bangalore. All our teams came up with ideas on how we could spend quality time with the elderly and entertain them. We bought loads of goodies to treat them and ensured every team had a local language (Kannada) expert to communicate correctly with the elderly person.
Our experiences from one home to another, were varied. We faced myriad situations and life-contexts; heard stories that deeply touched us; saw scenes that definitely moved us. All our experiences were different, but we all felt the same way: deeply grateful for getting an opportunity to make a difference.