On December 20, when 36-year-old Manoj Yadav leaves home, he won’t go to his shop as usual. Instead, he will visit, along with 200 other carpenters, a school for the underprivileged. Over 22,000 woodworkers across the country will come together on this day to refurbish and conduct repair works at various institutions working for the underprivileged at over 145 locations across the country.
They are a part of a club that conducts activities in various beneficiary institutes. “The idea is to give back to the society by helping those in need. We want them to be assured that they have people who care for them,” Yadav says.
This is the third year that the day, December 20, is being observed as Shram Daan Divas. Last year, 15,000 woodworkers reached out to 306 institutes, including schools, hospitals and hostels, devoted to the welfare of the physically and mentally disabled, tribals, orphans, and the poor.
Nilesh Mazumdar, president, sales and marketing, Fevicol Division, Pidilite Industries said, “Our chairman and managing director MB Parekh formed this club under the banner of Fevicol with the sole purpose of making contractors independent. The club’s activities are focused in the area of bonding, training and charity.”
The joy experienced while helping others can’t be expressed in words, Yadav believes. “As a team our motive is to help the underprivileged and provide them with what they have been deprived of. It is for a good cause, so losing business for a day doesn’t matter.”
The club was formed in 2002 in Surat and Kanpur and eventually spread to other cities. The carpenters come together and fix things such as broken benches, desks and other things they can to make these people’s lives easy.