The Daan Utsav, or the Festival of Giving and Joy, is an annual festival in India which brings people together from all walks of life to celebrate the joy of giving back to the community. It is a volunteer-driven event and there are plenty of ways to get involved. The only rule is you must give back to the community in some way. Daan Utsav started in 2009, and as of 2015, more than 1000 cities in India participate in this festival.
The StreetSmart team in the Bangalore, India office participated in the Festival of Giving by creating a “Wish Tree” for the office. The tree contains “Wish Fruit,” or donation requests, and employees can donate gifts or money to grant the wishes.
Each year employees select a local organization to sponsor, and this year they decided to donate to the Ankura Foundation. The foundation supports government school children and children with special needs by focusing on early development with programs tailored to the children’s profile and needs.
With the large number of donations received from the StreetSmart team in Bangalore, the office was able to add to Ankura’s toy library, a collection of educational toys that will continue to help develop the motor and problem-solving skills for children in this organization.
Giving back to local communities has always been an integral part of StreetSmart, and employees look forward to every opportunity where they can make a difference in their community. To learn more about StreetSmart and other community outreach programs, subscribe to the StreetSmart blog today.
The Ankura Foundation was started with the objective to educate and care for all children, including those who are underprivileged or have special needs, through innovative and alternate methods of teaching. Ankura means blossom, and in Sanskrit it symbolizes growth through nurture and transformation.
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