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The Joy of Giving Week – 2nd to 8th Oct

Next month is ‘The Joy of Giving‘ week which will be celebrated for the 5th time jgw.jpgacross India. Started in 2009, the idea for celebrating it didn’t came from a single person or organisation. Between Nov – 2008 and Feb – 2009, several individuals, NGO leaders and others got together and decided to launch an “India Giving Week”, that would be an open platform encouraging everyone in India to give back. Specific events were organised for the week and “Joy of Giving Week” brand identity was created in March 2009.

So, what’s the week? Well, it’s a festival for giving. The week begins on the birthday of the Father of our Nation and during the week various individuals, schools. colleges, social groups, NGOs, Companies organise various events to raise funds for donation. In 2012, events were organised in 70+ cities across India, so do check the website joyofgivingweek.org, there may be an event in your city that you can participate in or volunteer as there is always need for more volunteers. Do participate in the week and bring joy in someone’s life.

Now, for the people in Ahmedabad, “FoodforChange – 2013” is the event that is going to be held in the city on Oct – 6. Saath is a partner for this event and your participation will help Saath in providing education and nutrition to child labourers, offer skills to disenfranchised youth and women and in various other social development programmes. Details for the event are in the poster below and for any more information do write us at vama@saath.org.

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Don’t miss out on this week and celebrate the festival of giving and bring a smile in someone’s life.

NGO India 2012 Exhibition; a recap

From 16th to the 18th of March we were present at the first NGO India 2012 Exhibition in Gurgaon. The event was organized by UBM India, a reputed event organizer. The main objective was to bring non-governmental organizations and CSR professionals together. NGOs could present themselves to the visiting corporate houses who in turn got introduced to grassroot-level NGOs.

On the first day of the exhibition, this promise was fullfilled. We interacted with many CSR professionals from different corporate houses. After this first day we learned that especially youth employabiity and affordable housing were trending topics in CSR world. Most corporates were based in Delhi, but many of them had projects in Gujarat. Since we have a lot of expertise in especially youth employability, future alliances look very promising!Chetasi and Simea at the exhibition

On the second day, the exhibition was predominated by NGO’s looking for partnerships and funders. We interacted with many NGOs for possible future partnerships. Although we were hoping for more corporate houses, the interactions turned out to be fruitful, since we are looking to expand to other states.

The third day of the exhibition was open to all public. the audience was a mix of corporates, NGOs and individuals.  Many individuals looked for volunteering opportunities. We got in touch with some consultants that were interested in working for us as e-volunteers. Since most people were based in Delhi or Gurgaon, e-volunteering is a good way to bridge the distance to Gujarat.

The exhibition turned out the be a very inspiring event. Allthough we hoped for more corporate houses looking for CSR activities, we did meet up with many inspiring persons from a wide array of fields. Currently we are busy following up on the contacts that we have made during the exhibition: 27 individuals, 105 NGOs and 45 corporate houses. Ofcourse we will keep you updated about any new initiatives that will sprout from this event!

We’re looking forward to the next NGO India event in Mumbai!

Chetasi & Simea

PS We would like to give our compliments to UBM India for the smooth organization of this event.  From hotel to venue, it was organized perfectly!

 

 

Charity Tuesdays: QX Limited’s Charity event

Last August a team from QX Ltd.  visited our Urban Resource Centre in Vasna. QX is a UK based outsourcing company that offers finance and accounts, recruitment and IT solutions. Shomindra Chakravarti, an employee from the Ahmedabad branch of QX, came up with the idea to collect clothes for underprivileged people living in slum areas. In total he and his colleagues have collected six boxes of clothes. Once the goods were collected, they needed someone to make sure the clothes would reach the right place.

To distribute the collected goods, they approached our organization. On their request we organized a meeting at Vasna’s URC. Devuben, the co-ordinator of the URC, made sure that the collected clothes  found their way to the people who needed them most. Since she works and lives in this area for years, she knew exactly which family was in need of what. Through her and her colleague’s efforts every single item found a useful second life.

Along with Devuben, the QX team distributed clothes in the community to the identified families. They were thrilled by the fact that each and every piece was measured precisely, to make sure it would find its perfect match. The interaction with the community and the knowledge that the collected clothes found suitable users, made this a successful event for QX, our organization and the community.

Are you inspired by this story and do you wish to organize a similar event? Please don’t hesitate to contact us and drop us a few lines with your idea at rdc@saath.org.