In 2021, ITONICS again launched its annual appeal for donations within the entire global team in the run-up to Christmas to share our gratitude with those going through difficult times. The amount raised, which came from both employee donations and voluntary contributions during our Foresight & Sustainability Summit, was doubled by ITONICS. The resulting considerable amount of money was used for the purchase of needed donations in kind, which this year benefited the children of the two SOS Children's Villages in Sanothimi and Jorpati, Nepal.
As a perfect opportunity to start the new year with something good, our team in Kathmandu visited the two SOS Children's Villages on January 2, 2022, to hand over the gifts. Sijan Shrestha, General Manager of ITONICS Nepal, emphasized during the handover in Sanothimi that along with education, extracurricular activities were equally important and that the purchased items would help the children to enhance their creativity as well as their physical and mental development. The donations included for instance stationery, storybooks, kid masks, and various creative games like Lego and building blocks or Monopoly.
The SOS Children's Village that our team visited in Jorpati accommodates children with disabilities. To make their everyday life easier, our colleagues provided them with important aids such as elbow crutches, pediatric folding beds, and mobility aids. After we handed over our donations, we were especially moved by the words of Rabin Nepali, Project Director of the SOS Children's Village Jorpati:
We receive donations from various organizations, but what was special about ITONICS was that they asked us beforehand about our requirements and what we need most. At that moment, we felt like God had come for our help.
Reactions like these keep reminding us why Corporate Social Responsibility is so important to ITONICS, especially towards those who are not doing so well. That's why we place such a high value on charitable projects like supporting the SOS Children's Villages in Nepal. A simple act of giving can positively impact the lives of so many. For ITONICS and our teams, the smiles and excitement on the children's faces was the best return we could have asked for.
Authors: Rosina Shrestha and Puja Bhaila, ITONICS Nepal
Note: All required safety measures were taken by wearing face masks and using sanitizer.