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Sunday, August 31, 2008

NGO distributes free stationery

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NGO distributes free stationery
Posted On Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 03:17:50 PM

by Sangeeta Sharma

On Saturday, 23rd August, Umang Foundation-a Mumbai-based social activity group distributed notebooks and stationery items, in an event held in Ulhasnagar, to more than 170 underprivileged school children. It was done in coordination with AASRA-the Kalyan branch of the Mumbai-based, government- recognized 'Helpline' for the orphan, handicapped and all kinds of needy children.

Kids cheer after receiving notebooks and pens

The gift of books was like an academic lifeline to the deprived kids and appreciation was quick. "The day was marked with hundreds of starry-eyed, innocent, smiling faces with millions of dreams in their eyes, grateful, that their immediate academic needs had been catered to and they could now continue their studies without any stumbling blocks," remarked Ashish Goyal, one of the main organizers of the event. "We were keen to help these kids. They are the building blocks of our society and support should be extended from all quarters so that they are able to pursue education," said Deena Sawlani, one of the founder members of the Umang Foundation. The event started at 11:15 sharp with a Saraswati-vandana to invoke the blessings of the Goddess. Father George, Managing Director, AASRA, shared his experiences with the children and informed them how a child can take the help of 'Childline' by dialling a toll free no. 1098 and get immediate attention from rescue teams. It was followed by an inaugural message by Akshay Shah, a founder member, who shared the importance of studies and the cause of Umang.

This campaign was initially planned for 360 school students and it has been divided into three phases and will be conducted on September 6 and 13, 2008, wherein more than 200 school students of Ulhasnagar will benefit.

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