GUWAHATI, April 18 - The Guwahati Refinery donated a school bus for the marginalised children of the city-based orphanage Snehalaya recently, a press release stated.
On behalf of the IOCL Guwahati Refinery, Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora, president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha and Jogen Barpujari, Executive Director, Guwahati Refinery handed over the keys of the school bus to the authorities at Snehalaya amidst a large gathering comprising IOCL employees and local people of Noonmati area during the inauguration of the Bihu celebrations by Noonmati Bihu Sanmilan at Sector II playground.
The 25-seater �Mahindra Tourister� school bus has been provided under CSR initiatives of Guwahati Refinery to facilitate commutation of the children to a number of schools of the city.
Since 2001, Snehalaya has been sheltering orphaned children, homeless children and children in distress, providing them education in various government schools of Guwahati with a vision to provide right to survival, protection, development and participation for the poorest of the poor child. Currently, the organisation houses 250 children in its five shelter homes strategically located at Paltan Bazaar, Dhirenpara, Beltola, Noonmati and Betkuchi, who are being taken care of by a team of 70 trained staff members. Besides education, Snehalaya has also been providing food, clothes, medical care, training on skill development, recreation, counseling, and opportunities for developing their hidden talents.
In his speech, Barpujari reiterated the commitment and responsibilities of IOCL Guwahati Refinery towards CSR and for working towards development and enhancing the well-being of the underprivileged of the society dwelling in the vicinity of the Refinery.
Earlier this year, Guwahati Refinery had gifted a �Force Traveler� school bus to Shishu Sarothi, a city-based NGO working for rehabilitation and training of children and adults with multiple disabilities.