He who has never denied himself for the sake of giving,
has but glanced at the joys of charity. – Anne Swetchine
The above words directly resonate with the spirit of Daan Utsav, formerly known as the Joy of Giving. Daan Utsav is an annual week-long celebration observed across the length and breadth of India. It is the biggest celebration of humanity and the spirit of giving back to the society. The Joy of Giving Week brings people from all walks of life together to do something good for society, to help people in need, to spread joy and hope among those who needs it the most. More than charity, it is a platform that gives each and every one the opportunity to share whatever they have – from something as basic as food to resources, money, skill, and time. The Joy of Giving Week is all about what we have and how much we willingly share with those who lack in it.
Celebrate Daan Utsav with NGOs
NGOs across the country celebrate the Joy of Giving Week with much fervour and enthusiasm. They provide a good platform for everyone to involve themselves in the spirit of this philanthropic celebration because they observe it with the single intention of bringing hope and joy among their beneficiaries. Similar is the reason of The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s Daan Utsav campaign; it is solely intended to support children.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a mid-day meal NGO in India that has been serving nutritious school lunch to children regularly for the past 18+ years. Along with being the source of nourishment for children, mid-day meals also open the gates of school for children. This meal in more than one way has proved to be a potential incentive for education among children belonging to challenging socio-economic backgrounds. Presently, Akshaya Patra provides nutritious mid-day meals to more than 1.77 million children, on each school day across 50 locations of 12 States and 1 Union Territory.
Support children through Akshaya Patra’s #DaanUtsav2019
Akshaya Patra gives you many ways to spread joy and hope among children. Dedicate your Joy of Giving Week by contributing towards any of the below programmes implemented by the Foundation:
- Mid-Day Meal Programme brings children to school, eliminates classroom hunger, boosts learning, and supports continuity of schooling.
- Anganwadi Programme provides a healthy foundation for life right from the beginning by ensuring nutrient-rich meals for toddlers and pregnant women, and lactating mothers.
- Kashirampara Project promotes inclusivity by helping tribal children of Tripura to get mainstream education and wholesome food.
- Stainless Steel Meal Plate Programme allows children to consume their meals in a clean and hygienic manner.
Because all of us have something to give,
make #DaanUtsav2019 a bigger celebration of humanity and joy.
Nothing can be more satisfying or can give you more pleasure than knowing that whatever largesse you share will give direct benefits to the disadvantaged. It would be more so in case they are children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
What can you do to be sure that the donation you give is spreading happiness? On this Joy of Giving Week, also called the Daan Utsav, you can donate for a cause. While making others happy, you can be happy yourself by doing your mite for the needy.
It would make sense to do it through an NGO. You could do it through Akshaya Patra which is spreading happiness among the children during this Joy of Giving Week. An NGO knows the quantum of resources needed, and thus help direct your contributions to the right causes.
Let’s celebrate this week as a ‘Joy of Giving Week’ and feel the sense of happiness that would overtake you. Of course, it need not be about donating money alone. Here are a few ideas to celebrate the ‘Joy of Giving Week’.
- Offer service: Take time out to offer some services at schools for disadvantaged children. Many of them need you. You can spend time with the children there, teaching them and playing with them. Helping to supplement their schooling with tuitions would allow them to improve themselves and be on a par with other children.
- At school: You could spend a day helping spruce up their school.
- Serve them meals: During festivals, which is a time of celebrations, you can indeed feel the ‘Joy of Giving’ by serving them meals. The happiness on the face of the children can beat any happiness that you could ever experience.
- Help them in mental development: Gift the toys and indoor games that your children may have outgrown. Toys not only make the children happy, but would also help stimulate their brains, ensuring a better and wholesome mental development.
- Donate for nutritious meals: You could also donate to charity for some meals through Akshaya Patra.
These selfless acts can only ensure that you are contributing to a healthier and happier future for all these children. They face the danger not being able to have nutritious meal or even one-square meal a day.
Not to forget, you can also help out at the kitchens of Akshaya Patra that serve hot food to over 1.6 million children every day in 13,800+ schools in the country.
When was the last time you gave to society? Now that Daan Utsav (Joy of Giving Week) 2016 has arrived, it’s time you and I celebrate the festival along with the nation and spread kindness by giving what you can to society.
Daan Utsav, previously known as Joy of Giving, is a week-long festival celebrated in October all over India, since its launch in 2009. The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a children’s NGO based in Bengaluru, is happy to be a part of the initiative, by virtue of being a not-for-profit organisation.
This time of the year, many of us get busy looking for Joy of Giving Week ideas. What we don’t realise is that the most credible ideas are the simple ones – buying a meal for the ones in need, giving a blanket to the homeless, gifting a box of stationery to a child and many more. When we see someone on the street in need of support, we often tell ourselves that we do not have the provision to support that person. Well, you may not be wrong. After all, this person needs your consistent support and we as individuals are often capable of providing help in small measures. However, no act is too small in this regard. As the famous proverb goes – ‘Little by little, little becomes a lot.’
There are many NGOs in India serving a cause with a purpose to deal with pressing social and economic issues and to empower every citizen in the country. This year, you can celebrate the Joy of Giving festival with The Akshaya Patra Foundation. This NGO for Children provides mid-day meals to over 1.6 million children every day. Every meal is a joyous one for the child and for the Foundation. If you are looking for opportunities to give to society, you can collaborate with Akshaya Patra and support the leaders of tomorrow.
The Joy of Giving Week may end in a few days; however, let us continue to support society by giving. Get involved with Akshaya Patra and give to the future!