Amway and Deepalaya work hand-in-hand to educate the poor child.
As winter gave way to spring, it also ushered a new dawn in the lives of several underprivileged children. On 1st March 2014, Deepalaya and Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF) completed five years of prosperous partnership and celebrated it with a day long event consisting of music, dance, art and several other amazing performances.
The day began with a delegation from AOF, led by Mr. Anchita Banerjee (V.P. Distributor Relations and Training), visiting the Deepalaya School at Sanjay Colony. As the Chief Guest of the evening, Mr. Banerjee, along with Mr. Sakhi John (Board member, Deepalaya), inaugurated the day’s proceedings by lighting the lamp. Mr. Banerjee then proceeded to renew the partnership between AOF and Deepalaya for the sixth year by presenting a cheque of Rs. 1.76 lakh towards the education of 22 underprivileged children.
With the formalities finally out of the way, the children got their chance to shine in the limelight and kicked off the cultural event with song and dance performances on famous traditional and Bollywood numbers. Such was the dedication of the little Deepalayans, that the entire delegation of 40 AOF staff and their children sat spellbound during the act. This spell, however, continued to remain in place as the cultural performance was succeeded by a magic show and an art competition – ‘Nanhe Chitrakar’ that was organised by AOF.
More than 70 budding artists participated in this competition, which had a theme of ‘Nature and Environment’ and towards the end, little Pooja emerged victorious. When asked about how she felt, the shy girl from class II broke into a wide smile and told everyone how this was the first time she’d received a prize.
As the day wore on, the sun continued to climb in the sky and soon enough, the sound of tummies growling could be heard all the way in the nearby slums. Thankfully, this special occasion came with a special meal. AOF had organised with McDonald’s to provide burgers to these underprivileged students.
An eye camp was also organised at the premise in collaboration with Dr. Shroff Chartity Hospital. The children were given a free eye test and only 5 were referred for further check-ups
All in all, the day was an enjoyable experience that the children will definitely cherish for a long time to come.