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Giving a helping hand and hope

Techies come to the aid of the tsunami-hit



ROCKING TIME Children at the Home and the good samaritans from Allianz Cornhill

Six-year-old Asha has learned to smile again. The December 26 tsunami washed away her home and she was lucky to survive. Her parents, however, did not have the means to take care of their `Ashamol.' She was brought to the Maria Kiran Girl's Home run by the sisters of Divine Providence Visitation Convent, Vithura, about 30 km from Thiruvananthapuram.

The sisters at the convent look after Asha. Not only is she being fed and clothed, more importantly she is learning to wipe away the nightmare of the tsunami. Asha is one among the 50 children who came to the Home after the tsunami washed away their homes. Most children at the Home are in the age group of seven to 15, and she is the youngest. The Home already had around 50 children in its care. With 100 children to look after, the Convent was in need of funds.

Help

Meanwhile in another part of the city, far removed from the physical and material losses caused by the tsunami, at Technopark, a group of people decided to do their bit and try to help those affected.

Says Sindhu Vijayakumar, chairperson of the charity committee for tsunami relief, of the insurance major Allianz Cornhill, "An in-house survey showed that employees felt that there needed to be a sense of social responsibility among us. To give something back to society, and that is where this idea was born. We have a charity forum that is involved in other charity work, and we formed a separate charity committee for providing relief to victims of the tsunami."

Hope

The charity forum, aptly called `Hands of Hope,' is a staff driven programme with active support from the management.

The United Kingdom-based company donated Rs. 4 lakh to tsunami relief. According to Sindhu, who is a team leader with the BPO division, it was not just about giving the money and then forgetting all about it, "we wanted to be sure that it was being used properly. It is not going to be a one-time thing."

The company organised a visit for 25 employees and their families to the convent. They spent an entire day at the Home.

The visit was an eye-opener for executives such as Aditya Velagapudi, Haleena Mustafa and Somesh Jauhari, who learned a lot about their lives as well. It was a day of fun and games for the children and the guests. `Hands of Hope,' took the initiative to organise and raise the money for the visit. Rakesh Kumar Gupta, the chief operating officer of the company said the company would give Rs. 4 lakh per year to the Girl's Home for the next four years.

The Home

Mother Magdeline heads the convent, she is assisted by three nuns, including Sister Jessy, who counsels the tsunami-affected children. All the children go to local schools.

The convent employs teachers to teach the girls school subjects and dance. Cornhill staff also provided the girls with new umbrellas, raincoats and uniforms as well.

RENCHY ABRAHAM

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