There are more than 13 million orphan children in India and the orphanages they are lodged in are often devoid of proper facilities. People who have the capacity to donate must come forward to help them. This was the theme adopted by Enlight, an NGO, for an awareness programme conducted at the Agrini Residential Enclave in Madurai, on Sunday.
The programme was designed for residents to come forward to donate and to increase awareness about the plight of orphan children. Children from an orphanage took part in the cultural programme that was put up: they danced, sang songs, elocuted poems, enacted dramas and skits and interacted with the residents, who expressed their warm appreciation. In fact, the number of residents in the audience kept growing. A team of local musicians, who performed for free, kept the residents and children on their feet.
A team of students from American College, Madurai, performed a mime with a powerful message, asking people to come forward and donate for orphans. Volunteers from Enlight also put up performances. Residents were very forthcoming with donations, making their contribution even while the programme was on. Some of the residents gave motivational speeches. Rajadarshini, a spokesperson for Enlight, who quit a lucrative job as a software engineer to take up social service, said that there were many orphanages in Madurai, but not all children were receiving the help they deserved. She said that Enlight, which is composed of a band of selfless young volunteers, serves as a bridge between people and orphanages, a conduit for donations in cash and kind. People can donate daily essentials, Enlight having the means to pick these things up from the people directly, said Rajadarshini.