When you have a gathering of IT and corporate employees, concern for others may not be the first thing that comes to your mind. The Vadaanya Janaa Society (VJS), however, comes across as something different.

Set up by a small group of like-minded techies in 2010, the VJS helps needy school children with food, education, clothes and other facilities. Every weekend, VJS members visit different government schools and conduct classes for students. The society has adopted Zilla Parishad High School, Balanagar in the city and has also donated a power-point projector and audio-visual equipment to help students understand academic concepts better.

To meet the expenditure, each member of the 200-strong society donates Rs. 200 a month towards a corpus.

While promoting education among children was the basic objective of the group, it also seeks to better health levels in old age homes. The VJS has three branches in Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, said Ashok, a member of the society.

This apart, sports and games, painting, dance competitions are conducted for students. “We plan to encourage orphanages and old age homes in becoming independent and self-employed through different training programmes,” said Ashok.

A special programme was organised here on Saturday as part of the society’s second anniversary celebrations.

Techies come together to help needy kids and the old