Celebrating life and spreading happiness

All smiles

Armed with a strong belief that happiness is contagious and must touch as many people as possible, Make A Difference (MAD), a city-based non-profit organisation (NGO) working with children in shelter homes, recently flagged off the‘MAD Week’.

Spread over a period of seven days, beginning from November 1-7, this initiative comes with a wide array of activities for everyone – from children at shelter homes to Delhites to the volunteers at MAD – in an attempt to just make them smile. It is a week of celebrating life and spreading happiness.

The celebrations include setting up of mobile photo booths, free hugs and Hi5s across the city, Graffiti at Raahgiri in Connaught Place, painting and dance workshops, along with many other activities at shelter homes like Arya Anathalaya and Bachchon ka Ghar in Daryaganj.

The aim is not only to make the children and volunteers happy, but also to make them dedicate themselves to do at least one act of kindness every day on a personal level. Such an initiative would in turn go a long way in making this world a better place.

Nearly 300 young volunteers from Delhi will go to six shelter homes across the city to teach, mentor and guide nearly 400 homeless children. Apart from this, 50 more volunteers are engaged in organising events and campaigns to generate funds for the cause.

Make A Difference empowers children living in orphanages and street shelters to discover their true strengths and unleash their full potential. At present, across 23 cities in India, around 2,000 volunteers reach out to 5,000 children living in shelter homes. 

Volunteer profiles range from teachers, who work with a class of 10 children and teach English, Maths and Science. There are volunteers, who counsel and guide these children for a right career and also conduct activities to broaden their career horizon. Then there are fundraising interns, who raise funds to support education for such children.

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