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Morung Express Feature
Dimapur | January 4
As the date draws nearer for the third season of The Joy of Giving there is a flurry of activity happening in Dimapur!
JOG is a movement that is spearheaded by young artists, entrepreneurs, social workers, and visionaries who have a desire to impact society through educating and mentoring underprivileged children. The purpose behind this initiative is not about giving these children some temporary respite in the form of gifts but to show them a different perspective- an alternative kaleidoscope from their present living environment and also to elevate their hopes and dreams and provide them an opportunity to better their lives. “We wanted to give the children a chance towards a good life and thus started our educational sponsorship program,” is the vision behind the cause.
In 2014, the first concert was successfully held at the premises of The Garden, Supermarket area, Dimapur. The funds generated from the concert supported the schooling expenses of 15 children. In extension, The Kids Garden, a sanctuary for fun, care, and learning was also initiated to help the sponsored children and even others. “It is not enough to merely enrol the children in schools and wash our hands off thinking we have done our part. The Kids Garden caretakers tirelessly work throughout the year providing educational, physical, emotional guidance and support not only to the little ones but extending assistance to the families.” Following this, the second Joy Of Giving concert also successfully managed to sponsor 24 underprivileged children.
Through The Joy of Giving, interested people have the opportunity to partner by either fully sponsoring a child or one time giving of any amount, volunteer to assist in the weekly meetings with the children, or simply spread the word and invite friends to join the cause.
The third season is in association with Hope Centre for Excellence, a premier music and performing arts institute in Nagaland. Sharing the stage are artists Nise Meruno, Aren and Lydia Longchari, Renbeni Odyuo, Kekhrie Ringa, Thunglamo Ngullie, Asin Shurhozelie, Koramensang Aier, Sophia Mozhui, Yanzo Kikon, Lanutemsu Lemtor. The first ballerinas of Nagaland Milovi Zhimomi, Sophia Mozhui, Vivien Shaw and Dora Arkha will also put up a spectacular performance.
The concert will be held on January 7th at Aiko Greens from 6:00 PM. Tickets to the concert will be available at the venue and priced at Rs 500. So come to witness and feel the true joy of giving!
Zubeno Mozhui, Director of Hope Centre for Excellence had this to say about the event: “Hope Centre by nature of our line of work we are constantly sharing our talents by ways of shows. But this time when we were approached by The Joy Of Giving to do a concert and raise funds we gladly stepped in because we wanted to use our talents and abilities not just for entertainment purpose but we wanted to be the voice for a cause such as this. When you believe in someone and help them, you give them hope. This empowers them and personally for me, this is what the joy of giving is all about.”
For member of JOG and musician Renbeni Odyuo, the event is important because apart from supporting the children’s education, it also shapes their values and morals. It provides opportunities to learn about building community, family and friends by teaching them the spirit of giving. I believe the children will be inspired to live better lives and also help others in the future. I think music is a wonderful gift and by sharing my talent, it shows the love and support I have for the children. I am truly happy to be performing at the joy of giving concert.
Akihito Kinimi and his wife from The Joy Of Giving team also invited everyone to be a part of this event saying, “The Joy of Giving event 2017 will be a fantastic show where attendees will enjoy a great evening of music and at the same time allow them to be a part of a good cause in supporting less privileged children. Through the event, many kids are getting the chance for a better future.”
A beautiful story of transformed life
There are many beautiful stories under the Joy of Giving umbrella. But this one particularly touches a chord in our hearts!
Four siblings whose parents lived in a remote village found themselves transported to Dimapur because their parents had to tend to the fields and could not look after them. They landed up at their grandmother’s door in Supermarket area. Uneducated and with too many burdens of her own, she couldn’t provide the care and love the four siblings required. Left to their own devices, the children were seen roaming around the Supermarket area all day long. At such a tender age, the children were also exposed to unhealthy activities happening around the rice and booze joints.
“At the time, when The Joy Of Giving met the oldest child, he was attending a Government School. Surprisingly, he could not even write his name. Under The Joy Of Giving concert sponsorship programme, he had to start from Class A. Initially, not only the caretakers from the team but the little boy himself underwent a lot of difficulties.
With special attention, his progress has been remarkable and today, we are all very proud of this gem of a person. Even his grandmother is so happy for him now. This little boy has been under The Joy of Giving wing for just two years and we are already excited and looking towards a bright and happy future for him and his siblings.”
These are just a few of the lives that have slowly been transformed by the initiatives of “The Joy of Giving.” The movement has grown in leaps and bounds since its beginning days and we look forward to changing more lives with education and your partnership of joyful giving.