CHENNAI, India — The courtyard of Melrosapuram CSI High School wore a festive look last week as students from ten nearby schools gathered there to celebrate their creative talents. The occasion was the inauguration of Ford’s eighth Global Week of Caring, under which the children were invited to take part in drawing, painting and essay-writing competitions.
Nearly 280 children from the nearby villages of Melrosapuram, Peramanoor, Keelkaranai and Tirukachur gathered for the event, which had various themes – birds & animals for drawing, nature for painting and the importance of education for essay-writing. This was the first of many events planned for GWC by Ford over the course of the week. Ford’s employee volunteers helped in directing the children to sit in an orderly way and supplied the paper and stationary.
Ford senior executives, including Tom Chackalackal, executive director, Manufacturing, , Senthil Kumar, vice president,, Powertrain Operations, Arthur Devadawson, area manager Engine Assembly, inaugurated the programme. One of the Ford Volunteers gave an overview of the Global Week of Caring, a global initiative under which Ford supports volunteerism by its employees across several continents to work for the betterment of local communities.
Lighting a lamp to inaugurate the event, Chackalackal said this is a unique initiative by the volunteers to bring the creative talent of the rural children to the fore.
“We are here to support you in your studies and extra-curricular activities so that you may have a well-rounded development. In the days ahead, our volunteers will work in your villages to improve health, sanitation, education and women empowerment and, above all, hope to spread smiles all around.”
A group of Ford College Graduates presented a short skit on the importance of education before the gathering. Kumar, who also spoke, thanked Ford volunteers for all their hard work and dedication to make the event possible.
Chackalackal and other Ford executives then put their hand prints on a huge banner to kickstart the event. The competitions, which went on for around one hour, produced amazing sparks of creativity by the children.
“I have tried to show the simple beauty of nature, with the use of oil paints,” said Jagadeeswaran, an excited participant.
Nine children who emerged the winners in the competitions will be awarded certificates during the Grand Finale.
Ford volunteers who helped conduct the competitions
A participant brings his creativity to life