Giving back to specially abled children : The TAPMI way by SEG
Joyfest involves the aspects of giving to the less fortunate and sharing a part of our lives with them. It is a ‘festival of philanthropy’ to show our concern for and to the less privileged lot. This year it was held from the 17th to the 20th of October 2013 as a part of the celebrations of the Joy of Giving Week.
The Social Endeavour Group of TAPMI believes that the youth of India should take the initiative to sensitize people on the issues/problems faced by the underprivileged. The basic idea is to involve the management students of TAPMI in teaching under priviliged children dance, music, arts and craft in campus and finally organize an event showcasing their talent on the 20th October, 2013.
Also, as part of Joyfest, an NGO Mela was organised at TAPMI campus on 20th Oct. Four NGOs from in and around Manipal namely Namma Bhoomi, Siri, J.K Fashions and Nikreeksha sold their products in the campus. Some of the products these NGOs offered were Bakery Items, Ladies Garments, Tera cotta, jute & cotton products, Bio organic products, ayurvedic items. To promote the sales of the NGOs, a marketing competition – ‘Parivartan’ was organized. In this competition student teams from TAPMI were allocated an NGO and were asked to promote their products. The students very enthusiastically marketed the products, by putting up banners, posters at various places in the campus. The teams came up with many innovative ideas to help the NGO’s increase their revenues. The efforts certainly helped NGO’s increase their revenues.
Students from Govt. School (Rajeev Nagar), Children from Viswas Mane, Girls from Nittur and members from Spandana participated in the four day festival this year. While the kids were being trained in their domains of interest, a small surprise were planned for them on 19th October. TOM & JERRY were screened at the Canteen in TAPMI. Genuine smiles on the faces of the delighted kids were worth a watch. A group of volunteers for each of the discipline facilitated their learning as their mentors, aiding them throughout the span of four days. On the final day i.e. 20th Oct, a performance was put up by the children who had been trained in the discipline of their choice, such as singing, dancing, arts, crafts and dramatics.
Close to 60 volunteers schooled the children in various aspects of dance, music and dramatics, and the children responded by putting up an excellent final-day performance in presence of chief guest Mr. Venkataraman – Founder of Education for All. Staff and faculties of TAPMI, which included Prof. Vinod Madhavan, Prof. Raghunath Rudran, Prof. Debmallya Chaterjee and family, graced the occasion to encourage the children.
Simultaneously, a group of volunteers travelled to Childrens’ Home, Nittur to teach various disciplines to the children there. Leaving the college every day after classes at 5.30 pm, they would go to Nittur every evening to spend quality time with the children, and, in the process, teach the children the various disciplines of music, dance, drama, arts and craft.
Children presented group dance and music performances. The children trained in dramatics presented a patriotic skit depicting our Nation’s freedom struggle, and the children associated with the arts and craft put up an exhibition of their work, all of which were highly appreciated.
The role played by the student volunteers who acted as translators cannot be overlooked, as they were facilitators for the close relationship that the children shared with their mentors. The evening concluded with the guests distributing toys to all the children, the toys were obtained from ‘Toy Bank’ an NGO based in Bangalore, the distribution of toys was followed by snacks and tea. The children returned with promises of coming back next year, a promise which we look forward to, with great anticipation.