It is thought that those with tiny, diminutive dreams are the ones who possess the power to move mountains and accomplish the impossible. The kind of dreams that most people scoff at, doubt and cast aspersions on – that kind of dreams.

Today, we’re talking about one such humble dream that very recently took flight on wings all of their own, and moreover, established an extraordinary precedent for others to follow while making way for setting a glowing example for others to pursue their tiny, diminutive dreams too!

The ‘joy of giving’ to those causes that need it the most.

What started as a philanthropic thought by Ms.Priya Seetharaman culminated into a ‘you share some, I share some, we all can share a lot’ kind of event.

Conceptualised entirely by Priya, the philanthropic thought was given shape in the form of a voluntary group towards charity- named appropriately as ‘Njiyo’.

The 1st step by Njiyo

As the driving force behind Njiyo, initially, Priya invited women to come forward and share foodgrains, nutritional snacks, and sanitary napkins to donate to an orphanage nearby. The fundraising initiative bore fruit and met with an amazing response from many women who came forward and shared with their heart.

But, this motivated Priya and the Njiyo team to take the fundraising to a new level.

In other words, this was a precursor to the grand initiative that Priya had planned, an initiative that was unheard of in the history of Nyati Meadows since the first brick was ever laid – Pulling off a month long mega carnival that would bring in more funds and would mobilise a large number of people in her resident housing society (Nyati Meadows) at one go.

The next, most definitive step by Njiyo

Bringing collaborative efforts together, the Njjiyo team required more helping hands to come forward and actively engage in volunteering for the fundraiser. A small army of children residing in Nyati Meadows (aged 5 years till 12 yrs) came forward and lent a hand.

Over 10 kids went door to door for over a month to request books/ old newspapers for donation, and for promoting the events planned.

And who can ever refuse tiny little hands when they come a calling?

Let the party begin

As participation for the different events poured in by the minute, so did the number of helping hands. In fact, the carnival received over 20 sponsorships for the various events spanning the carnival and each event received over 20+ participant entries.

Fashion show for ladies and kids

A grand Fashion show for kids, teens, and ladies was the opening event; and was in itself a stupendous, runaway success.

Pet Show

Following this an exclusive Pet show, a Food/ games/ craft stall sale night by children, wherein most of the kids donated their entire sale proceeds to charity were the special magnanimous highlights of the carnival.

Kids stall night

Following these events, the rest of the events too garnered an out of the ordinary, phenomenal response -A Cookery contest for Dads and kids was a mega success as was the kids dance competition.

Dad and child cookery contest

Kids dance competition

A colorful rangoli competition, a reverberating dinner and DJ night, and finally an exciting Couple’s sports event, were the popular crowd-pullers and show-stoppers.

Rangoli competition

Couple sports

The grand finale evening was rounded up with the volunteer children being presented with a certificate of appreciation for their active volunteering services towards a good cause.

Grand Finale : DJ night and dinner

For the children, it was a learning experience like no other, in that they learned effective communication skills, the handiness of volunteering, understanding the value of money and the challenging task of earning one’s keep.

No stone unturned here

Every prop, gift, winning prize, light and sound equipment, DJ, even the red carpet, was sponsored selflessly by enthusiastic sponsors.

While the participants, judges, volunteers and sponsors heaped generous amounts of love, enthusiasm and energy all through the way, the base objective (the tiny, diminutive dream we spoke of earlier) – that of mobilising a substantial amount of funds (over 30, 000/-) for donation, was big-heartedly, beautifully and benevolently achieved.

What the carnival response was

 

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I am a stay at home mom, having worked in the software technology services space for over 10 years. In my professional life I used to enforce quality standards like CMMi & Six Sigma to make developers and testers jobs easier & process oriented.In my current stint I am using similar techniques coupled with age old wisdom from my mom and grand mom to make our living healthier and medicine free. To start any new stint it helps if you read and train and so I got myself a diploma in Naturopathy from Mumbai.

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