Sindhi’s from Kenya in long distance celebration

Sindhi Welfare Society’s long distance Makar Sankranti celebration

By Sikiladi

The Sindhi Welfare Society true to its name celebrated the Makar Sankranti/Uttran festival via a welfare activity crossing over the continent. The members unitedly maintaining social distancing and observing the Pandemic Protocols decided to make the festival brighter for those with meagre means for this Hindu harvest festival. The recipients were the Hindu refugees that have seeked a safe home in India having migrated from Pakistan.

The Welfare Society had few months ago also sponsored water hand pumps, footwear and socks, plastic canopies for roof tops besides doing a “Gau daan”(donation of a cow and a calf) at the same refugee camp during the Hindu Month Purshottam/ Adhik Maas. The Society expressed gratitude to the members Laveena Keswani, Monica Gokaldas and Kamal Tolia for conceptualizing and ensuring the smooth operation of this project with the efficient assistance of Mr. Lokesh Manglani from Delhi and Mr. Hari Om Sahoo from the Sharnarthi Camp.

SWS sponsored gifts of stationary items and traditional Sankranti eatables such as Peanuts, Revri and popcorn for the children at the Adarsh Nagar Hindu Sharnarthi Camp in Delhi, India. The items were distributed on the 14th January 2021 bringing joyous smiles on the little bright faces. The 220 children whose education has been ensured by funding the teacher’s salary by an informal group of Hindus known as “Sanatan Dharam Group” run by Kamal Tolia and Monica Gokaldas since mid-2018 were excitingly delighted to get the stuff as their Makar Sankranti gifts.

Published in The Asian Weekly, Edition 542, January 22nd – 28th, 2021
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