On August 15, India celebrated its 73rd Independence Day. Across Belden’s four Indian sites – Bangalore, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Pune – associates gathered to not only celebrate, but also to give back to the communities where we live and work.

This year’s theme was “Sharing Happiness.” Leading up to Independence Day, associates collected toiletries, medicines and food to be donated to people living in underserved old age homes.

“The response was overwhelming,” said Himmi Ray, HR Director, India. “Not only did we have strong participation in the drive, but employees got to meet the recipients in person and quite literally share happiness with them.”

Associates visited three old age homes to distribute the donated items:

The Earth Saviours Foundation is an internationally recognized NGO in Gurgaon, India founded in 2008 by Ravi Kalra. He is a well-known Karma Yogi, social activist and environmentalist. The Foundation is dedicated to serve abandoned senior citizens and mentally disabled people. The foundation is also committed to protecting the environment.

Belden employees volunteering to help senior citizens and the disabled

Belden employees volunteering

Kinara Vruddha & Matimanda Seva Trust is a nonprofit organization in Pune dedicated to help the poor, aged, blind and physically challenged. The main purpose of the organization is to provide free shelter with food, clothing, medical facilities, mental and emotional support.

Belden employees volunteering in Pune

Belden employees helping the Kinara Vruddha & Matimanda Seva Trust

The Little Sisters of the Poor is a Roman Catholic institute for women, founded in 1839 by Saint Jeanne Jugan. This NGO has locations in Bangalore and Mumbai. Their unique mission is to care for the elderly poor until the end of their lives.

Belden employees pose with nun

Belden employees volunteering their time during Independence Day

Belden employees volunteering with the elderly

Donated items from Belden employees