‘Daan’ and ‘Utsav’ are two words that describe our Indian Culture extremely well. Daan Utsav, also known as ‘The Joy of Giving Week’ is a Festival celebrated in India every year from 2nd October to 8th October. Launched in 2009, Daan Utsav celebrates the spirit and joy of giving. The festival encourages and empowers millions of people to give back to society in any way they can. It represents breaking down the conventional stereotype of philanthropy, by focusing on the simple act of making someone else happy. This act of giving can be anything from time, money, materials, necessities, or love!
Daan Utsav is a volunteer-driven initiative executed by a passionate group of volunteers who manage the activities of the festival. The festival sees people from all walks of life doing their part for the betterment of society. Its ideology is focused on allowing people to give back in any way they choose. No contribution is too small and every form of contribution is appreciated. Something as simple teaching your household help basic English or feeding a stray dog would be in line with the spirit of Daan Utsav.
In 2017 millions of people participated in more than 1,500 events across 200 cities, raising considerable amounts of money, collecting material donations and volunteering countless hours. Be part of a movement that is dedicated to making a positive impact in people’s lives, an initiative where every small contribution makes a difference.
ConnectFor is looking for volunteers in Mumbai, to participate in this year’s Daan Utsav. If you live in Mumbai or are visiting during the week of October 2-October 8, please consider volunteering! More the merrier, spread the message of Daan Utsav by bringing a friend or a family member along with you.
To RSVP, please click on the links provided below, and stay tuned for more updates!
Along with this ConnectFor is hosting a number of Donation drives across Mumbai. These drives serve as a great opportunity to positively impact the lives of those in need, by donating items you no longer use. Here is a list of NGOs you can donation at.
- Muskurahat Foundation - Muskurahat, as the name suggests, aims to bring about a smile on each person who dreams and wishes to fly. Here are some items they require — Notebooks, Storybooks, Encyclopedias, Science experiment books, Coloring books for small kids.
- Angel Xpress Foundation — Angel Xpress Foundation is a Mumbai-based NGO working to transform the lives of underprivileged children through regular access to educated adults. Here are some items they require — Hygiene products like soap, comb, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand towel etc. in the form of a small kit.
- The Wishing Factory — The Wishing Factory works for the welfare of Thalassemia major and Blood Cancer patients. Here are some items they require — Colouring books, Novels, Children literature/Short Stories, Encyclopedia, Books on Monuments, places of the world, Picture books, Drinking glass water, water purifier and Desktop Computer
- Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust — Ratna Nidhi has started an initiative called Vision 10000 with the objective of donating fine quality prescribed spectacles (facilitated by Essilor Vision Foundation) to 10000 underprivileged and needy individuals. Here are some items they require — old spectacle frames
- Saturday Art Classes — Saturday Art Class is where art and imagination uplift education. It is a uniquely-designed initiative that aims to enrich and develop children from low-income communities through a variety of holistic and value-based modern art curriculums. Here are some items they require — Camlin Oil Pastels, Fevicol, Poster Colours, Paint Brushes
- Kutumba — Kutumba Education & Knowledge Foundation aims to educate and add value to the lives of underprivileged children. Here are some items they require — English Dictionaries
You can drop these items at the respective NGOs anytime between October 2 — October 8, for exact addresses or if you have questions, please feel free to reach out to ConnectFor at +91 79773 47851.
Since giving back to our community can not be measured, even the smallest actions count. Do share your #SmallJoysofGiving moments with us on social media. Let’s connect for happiness!