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Time to give in steel city

The Joy of Giving Week kicked off from the XLRI campus in Jamshedpur on Tuesday making it a time to give away one’s favourite possessions, knowledge, time and even a smile.

Coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti and World Non Violence Day, the start of the Joy of Giving Week saw a clothes collection drive for the poor, street plays to invoke kindness among people and health initiatives for rural women.

Vastra Samman, the clothes collection drive, started on the XLRI campus. It is a project that has taken shape in association with New Delhi-based NGO Goonj to provide basic necessities to people who are devoid of them. The initiative featured for the first time since the steel city began observing the Joy of Giving Week four years ago.

“We have started collecting clothes from the campus. The drive will continue throughout the week and schools and corporates will participate in the donation drive,” said Anubhuti Jain, an External Linkages member of XLRI.

About 20 girls from the business management and human resource management streams visited Musaboni village on Tuesday to educate rural women about personal hygiene, which is often neglected in rural areas. This drive will continue in other villages.

A street play was organised in Bistupur to raise awareness about the importance of giving and bringing joy in other’s lives. XLRI also screened the documentary In Search of Gandhi by Lalit Vachani. Also on the cards is raising funds to donate food items and products for the Baradwari-based old age home Nirmal Hriday.

“We have several programmes lined up through the week. The XLRI alumni, staff, students, schools, corporates and NGOs are all a part of it,” said faculty member Madhukar Shukla.

Like last year, this year too XLRI and Jharkhand Tribal Foundation (JTF) have come together to sponsor the education of tribal children in and around East Singhbhum.

Last year, 25 children were sponsored. This year, the target is 53 children and eight have already received sponsorships.

The programme selects children from three schools St Thomas School, Gandedhungri where the annual requirement per child is between Rs 1200-1500, Holy Cross School, Chowka, where the annual requirement is Rs 12,600 per child as it is a residential school. Also children needs sponsorship from St Ignatius High School, Rengra, where the annual requirement is Rs 1,500 a child.