CHENNAI, India – As part of Ford’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, fifteen employees from Ford Technology Services India (FTSI) visited an orphanage for HIV-affected children last month.
‘Anandha Illam’ (Home of Joy) is located in Bandikavanur, on the outskirts of Chennai. Run by the Community Health Education Society (CHES), the orphanage offers food, shelter, medical care and education to children battling HIV-related complications.
Upon arrival at the orphanage, the FTSI volunteers were taken on a tour of the facilities, and then spent time playing with the children and talking with their caretaker, Muthupandian.
"It is nice to be able to spend some time with these kids. I feel like a child among them," said Jaya London Pullabhotla, FTSI volunteer.
The FTSI volunteers served lunch to the children, put on a magic show and distributed small gifts. Among the donations were toys, clothes, balloons and chocolate.
"Thanks to all of you for spending time with the kids; human touch is what they long for and your time here has made them feel connected,” said Muthupandian, thanking the volunteers for their visit.
Raja Vaiyapuri, who led the team of FTSI volunteers, was pleased with the day’s activities, saying: "It was an unforgettable afternoon that the children thoroughly enjoyed. And so did we! It is immensely satisfying to be able to contribute socially as a team of Ford volunteers.”
Anandha Illam houses over 70 children, ranging from newborns to 18 year olds. They are cared for by a dedicated 25-member team including resident doctors and counselors. CHES has been working exclusively with HIV-affected children for the last fifteen years and organises the administration of advanced Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and other medicines to help fight HIV-related complications.
|FTSI volunteers and the children of Anandha Illam had an afternoon of fun. |