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Social Responsibility

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At Mandaara NEKK, we believe, social responsibility is an ethical framework that serves as an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large. While nurturing the cultural traditions, the endeavors must instill sense of community to generations; impress the young, youth and adults to evolve as better citizens to maximize harmony, to promote peace and to enhance quality of life everywhere.

Through “Seva”, the social service wing of NEKK, we strive to embolden the philosophy of “extending a helping hand to the needy” regardless of whether it is in “Janma Bhoomi”, the land of origin if applicable or in “Karma Bhoomi” where prime duty is performed, perhaps an adopted land for some.

Seva Mandaara’s Charity and Service Projects

Month & YearProject/Activity NameBeneficiary /ParticipantsBrief DescriptionAmount
Raised/
Contributed
Estimate of Articles DonatedTotal Hours of Volunteering
May 2013Food collection for Ashland Food PantyAshland Food PantryWhen we donate food to a Food Bank, we make a direct impact. Whether it is a can of vegetables or cereals, our donation satisfies several hungry families. During Ugadi event we collected quite a lot of food items for this great cause and donated to Ashland Food Pantry.
$300
Aug 2013Uttarakhand Flood ReliefAmerica India Foundation
www.aif.org
In response to the ‘Himalayan Tsunami’ – torrential monsoon rains in Uttarakhand and subsequent floods that devastated entire towns and destroyed livelihoods, NEKK Seva-Mandaara team collected more than $1150 through Email campaigns and personal outreach within NEKK community, to help more than 73,000 flood victims and their families. Seva Mandaara was happy to partner with American India Foundation (AIF) in their work to help the flood victims.
$1150
Nov 2013Toys, books, and warm clothes donationCradles to Crayons
www.cradlestocrayons.org
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. Seva-Mandaara team decided to bring some warmth to the life of less fortunate children this season by collecting and donating warm cloths, books, and toys worth more than $500/- during NEKK Deepavali event.
$500
Feb 2014Volunteering at Cradles to CrayonsCradles to Crayons
www.cradlestocrayons.org
Every year, thousands of volunteers pass through the doors of the 'Cradles to Crayons' Giving Factory warehouse to roll up their sleeves and help disadvantaged young children in Massachusetts. Together, youth and adults inspect, sort, and package all new and like-new donations into customized “KidPacks”. Seva Mandaara joined their hands in this great effort to do its part in which about 25 kids and adults provided their service for this great cause.
60
Mar 2014Carnatic Alchemy ProjectSeva Mandaara InitiativeSeva Mandaara involved in Deepti Navaratna's 'Carnatic Cadenzas' : CD Release concert of 'Ka' for its philanthropic initiatives, Thanks to Deepti.
$320
20
Mar 2014Kasadinda Rasa – A Earth Friendly WorkshopNEKK KidsWith the help of Uma Navaratna, Seva Mandaara team organized a hands-on workshop to make and decorate ethnic looking candle holders and household accents. Team Seva Mandaara provided the raw materials; participants brought decorative accents – old bangles, bindies, lace, glitter paper and so on, that were used to decorate the items
40
Apr 2014Portrait StudioBelaku
www.belaku.org
Seva Mandaara collaborated with Aneesh Puttur to raise money to support a nonprofit organization “BELAKU” in Bangalore, Karnataka. A portrait studio was setup for NEKK members to have their professional pictures taken and printed during the Ugadi event. Belaku Shishu Nivasa houses orphan, destitute and poor children whith an aim to provide them shelter, food and education. Belaku Vriddhashrama is a hope for the destitute elderly whose day to day expenses as well a medical needs are provided free of cost.
$1,150
Apr 2014Food collection for Ashland Food PantyAshland Food PantryWhen we donate food to a Food Bank, we make a direct impact. Whether it is a can of vegetables or cereals, our donation satisfies several hungry families. During Ugadi event we collected quite a lot of food items for this great cause and donated to Ashland Food Pantry.
$200
Apr 2014Walk for HungerProject Bread
www.projectbread.org
The Walk for Hunger is an extraordinary event sustained by ordinary people. The Walk brings together people from many different communities and cultures - and attracts parents, kids, students, and corporations. But everyone comes to offer hope to hungry people and to support Project Bread’s fresh approach to ending hunger: programs that help to provide sustainable access to healthy, nutritious food to those in need. Because the opposite of hungry isn’t just full, it’s healthy. Seva Mandaara grouped together about 20 NEKK members who wanted to support this cause and led the effort.
$1000
Apr 2014Geeta Mandaara’s Chinese to Kannada song projectGeeta Mandaara’s contribution to Seva Mandaara Geeta Mandaara team was approached by a Chinese American to create a Kannada song, the financial benefit of which was diverted to Seva Mandaara, thanks to SowmyaSri Sandeep and Madhu Akkihebbal.
$70
June 2014Lemonade/Cookie standSeva Mandaara InitiativesRamya Aiyar and her friends in Andover contributed $100 that they raised from their Lemonade/Cookie stand that they put up in June 2014, a hot day indeed.
$100
Sep 2014Book N Bake SaleMargadarshi
www.margadarshionline.org
Thrilled by the encouragement and support by NEKK communicy, Seva Mandaara team chose another nonprofit organization “MARGADARSHI” in Bangalore, Karnataka. The main purpose of “Margadarshi” is to help and support the most vulnerable groups of disabled persons towards their physical, social, psychological and economic wellbeing culminating in upholding human dignity along with becoming normal and contributing members in a society. Seva Mandaara organized a Bake Sale in which NEKK members contributed food items for sale during Ganeshotsava.
$1000
Sep 2014Community Harvest Project VolunteeringNEKK MembersWith the success and encouragement of hands-on projects in the past, Seva Mandaara team provided another opportunity for kids and adults to volunteer for a Community Harvest Project, at their farms in North Grafton. During this visit, we planted, tended and harvested fresh fruits and vegetables for homeless people who are in need.
10
Nov 2014Fresh Fruit Smoothy BoothSeva Mandaara InitiativesYuva Mandaara put up a Smoothie Booth during NEKK Deepavali event on November 1st. All proceeds after expenses were given to Seva Mandaara initiatives.
$63
Dec 2014Maadhurya Benefit ConcertSamarthanam
www.samarthanam.org
Ekal Vidyalaya
www.ekal.org
During December 2014, Seva Mandaara Team organized a grand evening of Music and Dance to raise funds in support of Samarthanam and Ekal Vidyalaya.
$6500
Jan 2015Jan 2015 Adopt one village school with lifetime supportEkal Vidyalaya
www.ekal.org
It is our pleasure to note that NEKK's Ekal Vidyalaya school has been located in the Gangawali village, Khanapur Tq of Belgaum District. We are told that the school will be named as "Mandaara".

You may recall that Ekal Vidyalaya was one of the beneficiaries of Maadhurya benefit concert. Additional funds were raised for Ekal after Maadhurya concert to be able to adopt one village for lifetime support. Now, Ekal has informed us about the location of this school that currently has 30 kids.
$1250
Feb 2015Volunteering at Cradles to CrayonsCradles to Crayons
www.cradlestocrayons.org
Every year, thousands of volunteers pass through the doors of the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory warehouse to roll up their sleeves and help disadvantaged young children in Massachusetts. Together, youth and adults inspect, sort, and package all new and like-new donations into customized “KidPacks”. Several of NEKK members joined their hands in this great effort to do their part.
80
April 2015Mandaara CookbookAkshaya Patra
www.akshayapatra.org
A unique project where community members came together to create a cookbook that captures some of the best Karnataka cuisine recipes. Proceeds from the cookbook were contributed to Akshaya Patra USA.
$2025
April 2015Yugaadi BakesaleKarnataka Forest WatchersKarnataka Forest Watchers are the front line staff of the department, responsible for managing the forests, environment and wild life related issues of a forest range. They assist the Forest Guards who report to the Range Forest Officer (RFO). Majority of the watchers are poor, live inside the forest, patrol the forest and they have very less facilities, some of the needs are very basic like boots, clothing/jackets, medication, water cans, and support for their children's education, etc.

$800

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