Celebrating Diwali in a different way

Diwali at Global Aid, an organisation which empowers girl children in Visakhapatnam. Photo: Rani Devalla  

Mothers in every other household discuss on new recipes to make for their children. Men, with little time at their disposal, explore the market to find the best offers available for firecrackers. Those who have been placed in the city for professional reasons have taken a break to visit their hometowns. Showrooms continue to be packed with shopaholics. Friends cannot contain their excitement as they exchange gifts with their loved ones.

The festival of lights has its own charm and brings cheer and joy to each one of us for a variety of reasons. Sadly, for some celebrating such occasions remain to be a long distant dream. For a change, why cannot we celebrate Diwali with the less fortunate ones, spending quality time and making a difference in their lives?

With the concept of bringing smile to the little ones, president of Global Aid Sai Padma, who is physically-challenged, entertained 11 hostellers from Vizianagaram. Her thought of contributing to their little pleasures of life makes her stand apart from others.

“These girls belong to different tribal hamlets. The hostel, run jointly by India Development Society, Lions Family Welfare Planning Trust and Global Aid, accommodates 50 such children who are economically hard pressed. We are glad that to entertain them in whatever way possible and make them feel at home,” she said. Most of the girls, from Class V to X, said that they were unable to define their happiness and the experience is altogether exhilarating.

“It was amazing to spend the whole day singing, dancing, relishing sumptuous snacks and bursting crackers. In fact we never knew that the festival of lights is such a fun-filled occasion,” explains Swapna, a Class VIII student.

Yamini, one of the girls, seems to be all the more excited when asked to dance. She enthusiastically turned the music on, asked her friends to accompany her and swayed merrily with perfect expressions for one of the catchy numbers from ‘Seethamma Vakitlo Sirmalle Chettu’.

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