Combining cookery and career counselling in Bawana
SOS Children’s Villages of India is a social development organization that provides care and protection for abandoned or orphaned children in India.
XL Catlin in India has supported SOS Children’s Villages through the annual Global Day of Giving initiative for 8 years. Initially, around 20 colleagues were involved in this project but, as it has gained traction, more colleagues have joined the Global Day of Giving volunteering team each year.
“SOS children now know some XL Catlin employees by name and are always excited to meet the India team every year,” says Anurag Jindal, the Global Day of Giving Project Leader.
The volunteers usually assist with preparing and delivering a range of activities, such as cooking classes with the child-care professionals, known as ‘SOS mothers’, and career counselling sessions for the children. Anurag has observed that some of the older children the volunteers have worked with previously have gone on to study at premier management institutes, and are now settled in their careers. “I feel very satisfied whenever I see SOS children getting educated and developing in their career,” he says.
According to Anurag, the Global Day of Giving experience is always a mutually beneficial one: “Colleagues also learn from the Global Day of Giving as they are able to develop skills in areas such as team work, creativity in designing career counselling & cooking sessions, as well as presentation skills. And as a Project Leader I’ve certainly developed my leadership qualities in areas such as planning and implementation, collaborating and motivating a team, and effective and timely communication.”
Plans for future Global Day of Giving events include continuing with the career counselling sessions and holding a workshop with older children so that they can develop their communication and presentation skills.
“On every Global Day of Giving I always feel proud to be a representative from XL Catlin India,” Anurag adds.