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Daan Utsav Concludes, Peps Up Hope Of Renewing Bond Of Community And Humanity
LUCKNOW || In view of the physical distancing advised by experts, online events ranged from online sessions on Oral Hygiene by HASNAA foundation and Prithvi Foundation to campaigns on LGBTQ issues creating awareness to acceptance of everyone in our society.
Many organizations, schools, colleges collaborated by working online and on-ground support was provided by frontline NGOs like Sarthak foundation focusing on essentials like collecting spare phones for digital education, sanitary napkins and stationary for distribution, St. Teresa’s School took the very inspiring initiative of making and distributing cloth bags to local grocery stores with help from staff, to protect the environment.
On-ground activities by Robin Hood Army in 31 cities were conducted by the relentless action of RHA with their team members, known as Robins making a real difference to society and showing those in need that there is someone who cares.
Unity College collaborated with Eeshwar foundation to recognize Corona warriors at the hospital with cards made by school children that also brought joy to Cancer patients at KGMC and elders at Astha Old Age Home. Cloth bags were made for distribution for road-side dwellers who do not have a bag to carry their belongings.
UPNP+ working with people with HIV has truly celebrated Daan Utsav across 42 districts of UP and connected organizations to distribute essentials like stationary, sanitary pads, nutrition and connecting people who are HIV+ to relevant job opportunities.
Their teams have several leaders in the districts and the energy with which they participated and coordinated events inspired many around them. Vimlesh Kumar, Vihaan Project Manager said, “It was a very encouraging to see the enthusiasm and ownership of the people. This is because of the beauty of this festival that we all own it and no one controls it.”
While our city celebrated with all their hearts, the entire nation was also reveling in the joy of giving despite the pandemic. Across various cities in India, CMCA and Pad Squad are Sparking a Change to build menstrual awareness, increase empathy towards women and girls and provide much needed sanitary pads for menstrual Hygiene. They conducted an online competition to raise money for distributing sanitary pads. There were many cultural givings also by organisations like Adhata Trust from Orissa which started a session on classical dance for the elderly.
The Daan Utsav week has connected people from across the country and beyond, showing that the human spirit is inherently kind. This year showed the enormous amount of love spread everywhere clearly painted a picture that the despite all adversities, we still have the ability to reach out and make a difference to each other.