GUWAHATI, Jan 6 - A number of non-governmental and social organisations rendering valuable service to the disadvantaged sections of society, differently able and rural poor, were feted at the Jeevan Kite and River Festival on the Brahmaputra riverbank today at the initiative of the Assam Foundation of North America (AFNA). The twin events – launch of AFNA’s annual calendar and release of the book Pursuit of Excellence written by Ankur Bora at the kite festival, provided a platform for a number of organisations working for women, children, differently able and marginalised sections to share their experiences of working in their respective fields.
Pursuit of Excellence – a collection of newspaper articles in English by Ankur Bora published in The Assam Tribune, was released by Executive Editor of the newspaper PJ Baruah.
Baruah in his speech said the philanthropic activities undertaken by AFNA and other organisations present an example for others to emulate. “From The Assam Tribune, we would continue to support and promote such selfless service to society, particularly towards the downtrodden. The more people know about such activities, the stronger such movements grow,” he added.
Born and brought up in Nagaon, Ankur Bora, a senior software engineer based in Dallas, has taken several such initiatives to give back to the motherland. Through AFNA, he has been associated with a number of such programmes.
Earlier, Ranjan Bezbaruah enthralled the audience with his rendition of Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s evergreen number Bistirna Parore in Sanskrit.
Representatives of Swawalambi, an organisation working for the differently able in rural Assam; Seneh, working for elderly women; representatives of Rickshaw Bank that provides microfinance support to poor rickshaw pullers; Shishu Sarothi, another prominent organisation working for the differently able; Snehalaya, an organisation running orphanages in Guwahati and Mission Birubala working in the field of eradication of superstition and witch hunting, were lauded for their services and copies of AFNA’s annual calendar were given to them.