How are you all? So finally here we are with all the news and everything that you wanted to know! After much delay due to extreme whether conditions and a lot of waiting, the New Year Gift Distribution was finally started successfully on Saturday the 25th of January and went on until Wednesday the 29th of January 2014.
This year our festival coincided with India’s National Girls Day. National Girls Day was inaugurated January 24th in 2009 to promote national awareness regarding the plight of females in India. Annually, January 24th is now celebrated to encourage meaningful contributions of girls in decision-making through the active support of parents and community members. It is also celebrated to increase awareness regarding the inequalities faced by females in the society. Some of the problems addressed include education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, protection, honor, child marriage, female infanticide, etc. This day of awareness, and the timing of our pack distribution coincided perfectly. How apropos since we are becoming an all girls school!
As for the girls they were really excited to receive their presents after waiting for so long.
|Gift packs contained:|
|* toothpaste and toothbrush
* woolly cap
* school bag (or carry bag)
* pencil / sharpener / eraser
* chocolate bar
* playing ball
|Total cost of distributed gifts was USD 17,651|
Shouts of joy and laughter were heard, smiles and expressions of amazement on their shining faces were seen, and the festive energy was contagiously felt.
The extra packs were taken to the poor children of various surrounding village schools of Vrindavan.