Saral, the NGO of IMNU, celebrated its foundation day on 2nd October, 2013. This day, way back in 2009, Saral was formed to help the underprivileged children of construction workers living near the institute campus. What started as an evening activity has now graduated to coordinating with parents and schools to support and educate these kids. In addition, the children are given opportunities to perform at events of the institute to improve their skills. Evening activities are specifically planned in order to impart new skills and hone existing skills. Such activities include revision of school studies as well as lessons on social behaviour, hygiene, language, games, craft work, singing, dancing, etc. Saral’s school for underprivileged kids was inaugurated on May 6, 2012 under the STP programme of the Government of India. The activities of Saral have even been covered in the media.
The joyous occasion was graced by the Saral children, their parents, the Saral members including the alumni Harsh Mehta, Bhumika Shah and Margi Desai, and an enthusiastic audience. The event began with the recitation of ‘Hum Honge Kaamyaab’ by the Saral children. The hosts Darsh and Priyal welcomed the parents and reemphasized how Saral is ever striving to better the future of these children. Thereafter, the kids participated in two games, which were enjoyed by their parents too. The pouring rain did not dampen the spirits of those inside and children and students sang, danced and enjoyed the evening together, with dance performances by Saral kids and guitar-backed Hindi Classic and Punjabi renditions by Karan. It was a treat to see the children playing delightfully with the several colourful balloons and later on enjoying the snacks and milk. Finally, a big cake was cut and shared by all to epitomise the spirit of ‘sharing and caring’. Prizes and chocolates were also distributed in the end, ending the celebrations with a photo shoot.
The event finished on a happy note for the children. For the students of the institute, it ended on a note of joy and promise of continuing ever harder to change lives for the better. As Anurag Pathak has rightly described- “Samajh se khud ko jodne ki ye jo ek pahal hai, ye sada se sahaj thi, ye sada hi SARAL hai…”
(Content Courtesy: Jijo George Joseph , Prerna Shrivastava, Photo Courtesy: Pratikriti- The Photography Club)