The dawn of 18th February brought with it 65 children from Parikrama, a NGO based out of Bangalore to the doors of Fidelity Investments. The Fidelity Cares team welcomed these children with enthusiasm and open arms. The children belong to an age group of 8 to12. The motivation behind this visit was to give the under-privileged children a taste of the corporate culture.
With the mantra that ‘All work and no play make Jack a dull boy’ we organized some activities that catalyzed the bonding between the associates and the children. During the floor walk one child said, “I would like to work in this place tomorrow”. There could not have been a better metric for job satisfaction than this.
One of the teachers who had accompanied the children stated, “We focus on the abilities of the children and NOT on their disabilities”. This statement speaks volumes on their outlook towards life, it definitely changed ours. The toughest task was to part ways with the children at the end of the day. The children departed in their buses waving good-bye until we were just a speck in the horizon. We then retraced our path to our workstations with the smiles of the children etched in our memories for a long long time to come.
Another activity was the Human Chain Event to support the fund collection activity by Parikrama, a NGO supporting children education. The sight of all the associates in a never ending chain with empty cubicles all around was breathtaking. 700 odd associates at Manyata participated in this event ensuring it was a major success.
Total employee contribution across EGL & Manyata was an astounding Rs 3.68 lac. This will significantly aid the junior college building project by Parikrama.