To celebrate International Women's Day 2015, a group of women from our Beirut office visited local non-governmental organization, "Ashghalouna", with a donation of sewing machines. They then stayed to purchase some of the handmade goods produced by the women there. Ashghalouna trains widows in various types of sewing and needlework, giving them the chance to financially support themselves and their children.
A team from our Beirut Office took part in this year's BDL Beirut Marathon in November, joining more than 37,000 runners from 84 nations in one of the biggest sporting events in Lebanon. The SITA team of 13 participated in the 10k fun race which was attended by many individuals and corporate participants.
"Anandam" – the name means joy in a variety of Indian languages. This is what the team from SITA Chennai experienced with a group of elderly residents at the Anandam Home located in the suburbs of Chennai. In November 2015, preceding the Deepavali (Festival of Lights) week, the team collected INR 50,000 (US$800) to provide medicine to the residents. They also stayed for a day of companionship and care.
During the India ICT Forum on 12 October 2015, the local management team and staff sponsored a one-day lunch for 70 ashram residents. They also provided donations and groceries for a month to The Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa’s Home in Panjim, Goa. During the day the SITA volunteers visited this organization, met the sisters and spent quality time with the residents. They also spent time distributing lunch and learning more about the organization which is supported solely on donations. The team personally contributed of INR 20,000 (approximately US$300) to the organization to help with ongoing costs.
Staff at our new premises in Gurgaon, India honored World Environment Day on 5 June 2015 by “adopting” seven saplings and planting them near the entrance to the building. The team braved blazing 43°C temperatures, enthusiastically tilled, planted, and watered and then stood back to watch the young ficus and silver oak sway in the breeze. We wish these little trees all the best in their new forever home.