August 15

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Celebrating Rakhi… relationship of siblings

Rakhi is one of the family festivals in India, which celebrates the bond of affection between brothers and sisters. Sisters tie the silk thread called Rakhi on their brother’s wrist and pray for their well being and brothers promise to take care of their sisters. Refer below few pictures of Rakhis.

Rakhi is falling due on 18th Aug this year and I have been engaged in the celebration of this festival in a different way. As part of pre-vocational activities for the differently abled at Aashirwad school, we planned to engage the children in making Rakhis at a larger scale.

To enable this, I connected to GSK team in Gurgaon Office. GSK Team played perfect host to the Aashirwad Team for setting up a Rakhi kiosk to sell the Rakhis made by differently abled. This served as perfect platform to connect the school to the Corporates and Society. Pictures on well decorated Rakhi kiosk at the GSK Gurgaon office appended below-

GSK OHC Kiosk

Rakhi Kiosk at One Horizon Centre, Gurgaon

Experience of Rakhi kiosk at GSK office gave us encouragement to set up similar kiosks at other locations including Corporate offices, Residential complexes and Canada High Commission in New Delhi. There was immensely positive response to this initiative, which provided great motivation to the staff and children.

Canada High Commission

Rakhi Kiosk at Canada High Commission, New Delhi

 

These kiosks provided fantastic platform to roll out campaign to raise finance (flier on one of the campaigns appended below) for my project – “Capacity building for enhancing Rehabilitation services”. This project aims at setting up a Secondary Education cell, which includes study beyond the current primary level offered by the school along with Computer education.  This would enable these differently abled to move ahead in life preparing them for employment in few years time frame. This has been a great start which is paving the way to scale up pre-vocational activities at school!

ASES Flier

Would share more updates in the coming blog. Till then, thanks for your support.

Happy Rakhi to all my colleagues in India!

Gurpreet Singh