Delhi: In a metropolitan city like Delhi, Diwali bazaars are sprouting in every colony. But some bazaars embody a greater spirit of giving. Every year, Arpana, a charitable organisation literally lights up lives.
The organisation has provided a journey of hope in the recent years. Slums were converted into colonies, street children with education and medical facilities for those who don't have the means to get treatment.
The organisation hopes to do much more in the coming year. Most of the things on display has been made by people trained by Arpana and the money it collects helps in funding future projects.
Actor, Sushma Seth has been a volunteer for a decade now. "We do a play every year and we have some 70 children of all ages participating."
And there is no shortage of volunteers. This year, Dr Rahul Gupta, his wife and two sons opened up their home for the sale. They also give free treatment at Arpana. "We all want to help, we just don't know how to. We have made a roster, some doctors come once a week, some come in twice," he says.
So while shopping is a must for the big festival, organisations like Arpana are hoping you will stop by, shop, and brighten up someone's life.