A Tile for a Smile – How we did it at Savetime?

jagritiLast week the entire country celebrated the “Joy of Giving” week (02-October to 08-October) by sharing money, time, resources, skills with the less privileged. This is one festival that has gained a huge prominence over the years and though there should not be a fixed period of sharing but having one such week in a year helps focus energies.

At Savetime we celebrated the Joy of Giving week this year by doing our bit, a small contribution for “NFBM Jagriti School for Blind Girls” which is situated at Alandi, Pune.

Jagriti School for Blind Girls is a non-religious and non-political entity, they take care of 140 blind girls who come from across Maharashtra. They provide food, shelter, education, vocational training, help with employment, etc. and tries to make them self-reliant. The school is for the blind and managed and run by the blind. It strives for Equality of Opportunity for the Blind in their Education, Training and Employment.

They have an ambitious goal of expanding their campus by constructing a Hi- Tech Model school complex, which comprises of a school, a hostel and a vocational training center of excellence. Despite of 4 years of construction efforts, the work progress has been slow. The construction is entering a critical phase where flooring needs to be done. They require 10,000/- pieces of tile slabs costing Rs 350/- each.

In an effort to reach out to the community, they have recently launched “A tile for a smile” campaign. The idea is for an individual to at a minimum sponsor one tile that can help bring smile on the faces of the blind girls and can pave the way for their bright future.

We at savetime are proud to be associated with them and happy to help them out in our small way. You too can help them out by taking this campaign to your office, societies or at an individual level.

Many times we want to do something for the less privileged and help out the ones in need but we don’t know how?”.  So we thought of putting our experiences together with the intent that perhaps it will help some of you to plan it in your organizations. Here’s how we did it:

1. Communicate and explain verbally – Now a days there is so much literature that floats in our email box that sometimes we miss the important things. So we communicated verbally about this campaign in a short meeting. This helps as people who have questions can ask them upfront and confusions about the objective can be resolved. In the end tell everyone to expect an email with the details so that it doesn’t get lost in the melee.

2. The Logistics – We kept company envelopes (plain white/brown works too) in which people can put their contribution (Cash/Cheques/DD). Put a notebook along with a pen so that donors can write their name, address, contact number and place it along with their donations, this is very important because anonymous donations are not accepted by NGOs and also because the receipts for the same will be forwarded by the School in the name and address of the contributors. And a glue stick so that people can put their contribution amount, their details and seal the envelope, this is important to keep the secrecy of the donations made. The envelopes are later on opened by the Jagriti School only. Last item, we kept a cardboard box wrapped with a white paper (you can put your company’s logo or any small message for donors) that can hold envelopes (have a big enough box so that it can hold all the envelopes or be ready with multiple boxes if the size is small). You might be surprised with the response by your colleagues, we definitely were.

3. Send out that Email – Once you are ready with the logistics, send out the email giving a context of the earlier discussion. Giving a little detail about the Jagriti School. We used the following in our email:

As part of Joy of Giving week we are supporting the “NFBM Jagriti School For Blind Girls” initiative of “A Tile for a Smile.

We have kept a box in the cabin near reception, if you are interested in donating please put your donation (Cash/Cheque/DD) in the envelope kept alongside the box and drop it in the box. Also provide your details Name, Address, Contact# so that the school can provide you the receipt for the donation amount. Please ensure you stick the envelope before dropping it in the box which will ensure the secrecy of your donation.

Minimum amount for donation is INR 350 (the cost of 1 tile) and you can even donate more if you can and would like to.

If you are writing a cheque or DD, please make it in the name “NFBM Jagriti School For Blind Girls

The box will be kept till 08-October and after that we would forward the donations to Jagriti school.

Please note, this is not mandatory but we would encourage, if you can then please donate.

If you have any questions please revert back to this email.

4. Keep the box for a few days – Depending on the size of your organization keep the box for a few days, even if your organization is small keep it for a minimum of 2 days because sometimes people are just busy, sometimes they forget to carry donation amount, etc.

5. We did it! – At the end of the period call up Jagriti School and someone will be at your office to pickup the donations. Hand over the box infront of everyone to Jagriti School personnel.  Hurrah you did it!

6. Thank Everyone – In the end, don’t forget to thank everyone for their contributions without them it wouldn’t have been possible and give a pat on your back too.

A small initiative of yours can help brightening the lives of many blind girls and they can have a future they never imagined for. So please go ahead and Just Do it!

If there are any other queries regarding arranging the drive you can mail as at accounts@savetime.com. If can find more information about Jagriti School at www.nfbm.org or you can contact Mrs. Sakina Bedi from Jagriti School at 9823061133.

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