18th DECEMBER, 2016.
Every year, a conglomeration of 3,500 innocent faces, some from over-burdened households, some with breached juvenility and some distressed by disabilities, are bound together in an experience called CHIGURU. This experience has given them a chance to escape from their humdrum routines and to celebrate the joy of living, despite hurdles. CHIGURU is an annual fest in Youth for Seva, where the talents of such kids are celebrated. Volunteers from not only different age groups but also from various walks of life viz., college graduates, corporate techies, NCC cadets, etc. are the stewards for this mega event.
In Hyderabad, CHIGURU was held on Sunday, 18th December. Children from 120 project locations i.e Govt. schools, destitute homes, orphanages, slum tuition centers, etc. have taken part in wide variety of competitions in Arts, Sports and Academics. 2 months prior to this event, volunteers from diverse backgrounds have been training these kids for the Finale. With the generous support of corporates like CA technologies, WellsFargo, NTT DATA, Persistent Systems Ltd. and VirtusaPolaris food, transport and prizes were provided to the kids. From past 3 years, the organization authority of G. Narayanamma Institute of Technology and Sciences has been rendering its continuous support in providing the Venue, free of cost. As a notion of our splendrous culture, all the kids were made to sit and were served Lunch at a time on banana leaves, in a traditional way.
320 specially abled kids (from centres like Akshayakruti, Medhosampatthi, Devnar school for blind, Autism Research and Multidisciplinary School, etc.) taking part this time, is one more highlight of the event. Visually challenged kids have performed few classical dances and sang heartwarming patriotic songs, the silent National Anthem enacted by hearing impaired kids has stolen the hearts of all the other kids . Prof. V. Rajashekar from English and Foreign Languages University and Dr. Santosh Kraleti, Advisor to National Health Assurance Mission & AarogyaSri Health Trust have passed on few words of wisdom to these special kids and their Center authorities.
Children from Kalavakurthy, with their exotic drums performance, have brought a festive vibe to the entire ambiance. 100 National Cadet Corps girls have volunteered in organizing Sports competitions and have served Breakfast & Lunch to children. The winners in all 15 competitions( Dance, Kabaddi, Rangoli, Clay modeling, Elocution, etc.) were rewarded with TATA Swacch water filters and TableMate’s study tables. All the 3,500 kids were fed bellyful throughout the event and were given Goody bags as return gifts.
Mrs. Leena Pandya-IT Director CA Technologies Hyd, Mr. Prasad Tipparaju- Director NTT DATA Hyd, Mrs. Kiranmai Dutt- Vice President AMD Greater Asia, Mr. Vasu Pendyala- Finance Controller VirtusaPolaris India, Mr. Sudheer V.S-Director DELL DCS Content Ops Hyd, Mr. Srinivas Bommena -Director JADE Global Hyd, were the guests of honor whose gracious presence is of great significance to the YFS team. Youth for Seva is grateful to the 600 corporate employees from CA Technologies, NTT DATA, DELL, WellsFargo, VirtusaPolaris, Thomson Reuters, Franklin Templeton, Persistent, Kantar, Rockwell Collins, Cotiviti, Bank of America, Jade global, Verizon, Sparity, Infor, AMD and CapGemini, for volunteering in CHIGURU and making it a huge success.
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Volunteers – boon, strength & asset of the organization !!!