- Extends Educational Support for next four months
Kolkata, September 27, 2022 : The Countdown to Durga Puja, the Unesco tagged fesitival has started in right earnest. People are thronging the markets and malls to complete their last minute Puja Shopping in frenzy.
In a humble effort to bring cheer to the little faces of Pathchala, a non profit organization in Kalighat, Merlin I Am Kolkata the corporate social responsibility arm of Merlin Group has presented Puja clothes to 65 odd children. Merlin I Am Kolkata also has announced their educational support including food and educational stationaries, art and craft to Pathchala for next four months upto December this year. Merlin Group supported the children from time to time and organized their trip to Acropolis Mall, and presented puja donation of clothes and educational stationary.
At a formal function at the Princeton Club, Shri Saket Mohta , Managing Director, Merlin Group and founder of Merlin I Am Kolkata, presented puja clothes to the children of Pathchala in presence of Percussionist Ratul Shankar. Rukmini Paul , President, Pathchala was also present.
“ Durga Puja is the biggest festival in the world where lakhs of people congregate at the pandals clad in new attire. However I feel this festival belongs to all strata of society. Pathchala has been working to bring the Children of daily wage earners in and around Kalighat into the mainstream of education. Children here also have a right to wear new clothes and go on pandal hopping. I feel extremely delighted to present our humble offering to them to make my birthday more special. If our humble help can bring cheer to the little angels, we would feel more satiated. We have also contributed to their monthly requirement of educational stationary and food that would help them pursue education. We can extend more support to enable the children pursue higher education”, said Saket Mohta, MD, Merlin Group and founder, Merlin I am Kolkata.
“Pathchala is thankful to to provide us an opportunity to work for the less privileged children. We are happy to have received the support from Merlin I Am Kolkata . Merlin has always come forward to support us in their own ways from time to time , be it by providing support to promote the vocational skill of our children or by providing new clothes or educational stationary . Merlin always patronizes to less privileged people and we are thankful tothem”, said Rukmini Paul, President , Pathchala .
About Merlin Group:
Conceptualised in 1984, Merlin Group is now one of the pre-eminent conglomerates in the real estate industry in India, having a plenitude of prestigious residential and commercial complexes, office buildings, and townships to its credit over the past three decades. Its presence spans Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Raipur, Pune, Chennai as well as Colombo. With the shifting epoch, Merlin Group has now extended its movement to contemporary shopping malls, resorts, industrial estates, clubs, etc.
With a fleet of prestigious residential and commercial complexes spanning across India, Merlin Group has innovated with various formats and core projects including premium housing, essential housing, country homes and bungalows, specialty malls, office towers, I.T. buildings, hotels, new generation clubs, and resorts, serviced apartments, stadium, and townships.
Merlin I Am Kolkata is the CSR wing of Merlin Group . Merlin Group has already been supporting the community since its inception. However its CSR initiative has been rechristened as Merlin I Am Kolkata .The focus of Merlin I Am Kolkata is sustainability, education, healthcare. Merlin I Am Kolkata has been awarded The Times Philanthropy Honours for its work on climate and sustainability. It also got awarded by the Millennium Post for its philanthropic activities.
About Pathchala :
Established in 1997 by late Smt. Indrani Ganguly, Pathchala was founded by a group of like minded citizens of Kolkata. It was dedicated to helping the underprivileged children, primarily from the streets and from the areas marked as red-light zones in and around Kalighat . Late Shri Ashish Ganguly and Smit Krishna Gupta , a school teacher of Navanalanda , assumed the responsibility for Pathchala and expanded the work manifold.
Pathchala was awarded “The Telegrah School Award” (2009) and much such recognition came .
Currently Pathchala supports 65 children and their education and all round development including sports, menstrual hygiene awareness , value education and vocational education. Merlin Group supported the children from time to time and organized their trip to Acropolis Mall, and presented puja donation of clothes and educational stationary.