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Orphans find sisters in foreign guests

- Five girls of AIESEC project tie rakhis to inmates of Hirapur home

For the 17 inmates of Hindu Mission Orphanage in Dhanbad’s Hirapur, the festival of Raksha Bandhan turned out to be special this year.

Five foreign girls — Hannah Lennox from the UK, Theodore Crima from Romania, Sany Cugny from Switzerland, Alena Cortman from Germany and Khor Jaff from Malaysia visited the orphanage on Sunday to celebrate Rakhi.

The visiting students have been camping in Dhanbad for the past few weeks as a part of a project under AIESEC (Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales).

The girls reached the orphanage around 11.30am and tied rakhis to the inmates — all aged between 10 and 18 years. They spent about an hour at the centre, interacting and sharing their experience with their newly found brothers.

The girls were accompanied by Phillip from the UK, Khalid from Saudi Arabia and two ISM students Vivek Choudhary and Pranjal Agarwal.

“The girls tied rakhis to all the inmates of the centre and offered them sweets. Also, they took keen interest in the functioning of the orphanage,” said Choudhary, a BTech final-year student.

For the guests, the experience was great. “When I came to know about Rakhi, which celebrates love and bond shared by a brother and a sister, I got very excited. It was really a memorable moment for me to tie rakhis on their wrists, especially because they have no one in their family to take care of them,” Hannah said after coming out of the centre.