Deepalaya School Gusbethi is one of the most ripple-making school of Mewat district (currently Nuh District) in Haryana. To take the crusade against illiteracy a notch higher and to meet the community demand in one of the most backward areas of rural Haryana, Deepalaya is constructing a new school building with the generous help of its corporate partners.
Oriflame, one of the oldest and most significant corporate partners of Deepalaya NGO, has agreed to provide a grant in completing the construction of the school to be built on 90,000 sq. ft. over a period of next 3 to 5 years. With the roll out of this new infrastructure facility (extension of school building), the enrolment in the school shall go up to more than 280 more children immediately as the number of sections in each class will increase, and students who await admission in the school will finally get enrolled.
The inaugural ceremony of infrastructure development project with the CSR support of Oriflame was held on 13th June 2018 at the premises of Deepalya School, Gusbethi. Mr. Sergei Kanashin, Senior Vice President & Head of South Asia, and Managing Director-India, Oriflame graced the occasion as chief guest along with his wife Mrs. Anastasia Kanashin; Mr. Vivek Katoch, Director Corporate Affairs and Public Policy, Oriflame India, and 3 other Oriflame employees.
The guests reached the venue at around 10.30 AM; they were given a red carpet welcome by the school band. Students put “tika” on their foreheads and garlands around their neck. Hereafter, Mr. & Mrs. Kanashin unveiled a plaque in front of the newly constructed school building, and cut the ribbon to mark the formal inauguration of the project. A tree plantation drive was conducted on the school grounds by the Oriflame employees, which was followed by a cultural programme that began with lighting of the lamp and welcome dance on “Swag se Swagat” by the students of the school.
Mrs. Jaswant Kaur, Executive Director, Deepalaya delivered the welcome speech at the event. Mr. A J Philip, Secretary & Chief Executive, Deepalaya thanked Oriflame for the benevolent support Oriflame has been extending to Deepalaya for the last 12 years.
Mr. Sergei Kanashin said that Oriflame and Deepalaya have a similar mission of making people’s lives better and helping them utilize their inner potential, and in doing this, education always acts as a stepping stone. “It is heartening to see Deepalaya providing quality education to students in this area, and we have associated with them in this infrastructure development project so that we can together make people educated, self-aware, and build long-term capacity for sustainable livelihood,” added Mr. Kamashin.
On the sidelines of the speeches, a group of students from Deepalaya School, Gusbethi performed a Haryanvi group dance. Other groups performed on Bollywood songs like “Dil hai chota sa”, “Ghoomar” and “Bum Bum Bole”. Towards the end, there was a solo dance performance by one senior girl from Deepalaya Children’s Home, and prizes were distributed some of the most promising students of the school. The children were also given Oriflame hampers as a token of love. Mr. and Mrs. Kamashin’s son donated a set of his personal collection of books to the school library.