Giving back to the society is in Mindtree’s DNA. Through our CSR activities, Joy of Giving is one of our many CSR activities conducted every year.
Joy of Giving, the festival of giving, celebrated in October across the world. In 2012, Mindtree joined in this universal endeavor to spread joy in the lives of deserving children.
We have been conducting this initiative of turning the dreams of rural school children to reality for the past six years. The children are given a wish card through which they can wish for any one of the three things listed in the card. Mindtree Foundation, in partnership with Sikshana Foundation, makes the wishes of these children come true through the generous contribution of Mindtree Minds.
‘Back to School’ program was included as part of Joy of Giving in Bengaluru for 2016. The act of giving was combined with the idea of inspiring children to come back to school, soon after their summer vacation.
When schools reopen, the number of children who turn out in the first two months (June – July) is quite minimal in rural areas and this adversely affects their curriculum. The Back to School program is aimed at motivating the children to come back to school at the beginning of the academic year.
Posters were put in schools in the month of March, informing them that a wish card would be given only to those children who came back to school in the first 15 days of the school reopening.
It was overwhelming to see that out of 11000+ children in 126 Government Schools of rural areas of Kanakpura Taluk in Bengaluru, 10570 children came back to the schools in the first week of June. This was a fantastic turnout of children in the first 15 days of school reopening, compared to the past years.
Mindtree Minds visited the schools and distributed gifts to the children. The enthusiasm and eagerness of the children when they received the gifts were unparalleled. Here are a few of them sharing their joy.
“I feel so happy to paint and color using the kit.” – Amrutha studying in seventh standard.
“I had to sit on the floor to write and my legs hurt. Using the study table I am able to read and write comfortably. My parents also want to thank you for helping us”. – Bhanu studying in seventh standard.
“I play shuttle badminton with my friend every day. I hope to play at the national level someday. I am thankful to Mindtree“ – Spoorthi studying in eight standard who got a shuttle kit.
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Some of the Mindtree Minds who visited the schools shared their experiences.
Deepak Babu says, “A great man said ‘Don’t count the days. Instead, make the days count’! Campus Minds of our batch did just that by taking part in this wonderful initiative and participating in large numbers!”
Suresh HP says, “We had a great time with children @ GHPs Seegekote. Needless to say, it’s such a humbling experience being with the gems.“
Siva Loganathan says, “Thanks for the wonderful opportunity. It’s been a great experience being part of the Joy of Giving program. This is my first experience with Mindtree Foundation. We could really understand the need of these kids. Very well coordinated by Mindtree Foundation and nice choice of quality gifts.”
Around 5006 Mindtree Minds contributed a total of 2062518.9 amount and made this initiative a big success. All locations of Mindtree are part of the Joy of Giving initiative. This year we have made a total of 11345+ children smile in 132 Government Schools of rural areas. This year, the opportunity to contribute was extended to Mindtree Minds across the globe and they could choose their preferred location.
The year on year increase in employee response has been greatly encouraging. Mindtree Foundation would like to congratulate and thank each Mindtree Mind who has been a part of this initiative. Let us keep up this spirit of generosity and take the program to greater heights by touching many more lives and spreading many more smiles in the coming years.