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March 11, 2014
Times of India

MUMBAI: First came the poetry, then the paintings. As Ameeta Chatterjee, a GiveIndia donor, tried to find a way to raise more funds for Ekam Foundation, an NGO specializing in providing surgeries and medicines to children from underprivileged backgrounds, she decided to illustrate her book of love poetry with paintings by youngsters in her social circle.

At the fundraiser dinner, hosted by Ekam and GiveIndia on Monday, top honchos of the financial world trooped in to be greeted by 11 paintings by the children and four donated works of Paresh Maity, Nandita Chaudhuri and Rohit Sharma. "We have already collected Rs 75 lakh and hope to raise more through the auction of these paintings," said Chatterjee.

The reason for organising the event was the lack of financial support to children in need of life-saving surgeries and medicines. For instance, when Anisha Banu found out that her four-year-old had a congenital heart problem, she looked around for a way to fund a corrective surgery. Banu, a resident of a city slum, had lost hope till she came in touch with the Mumbai-chapter of Ekam, incubated by Chatterjee last year. The initial seed money for the chapter came from her husband Sonjoy Chatterjee, chairman of Goldman Sachs, and Amit Chandra, managing director of Bain Capital Advisors.

Later on, ICICI also chipped in to fund the training of several nurses attached to government hospitals in neo-natal care.

"I thought I will be able to get more people involved by asking children to create paintings for my book," said Chatterjee. Along with the four donated paintings, the works by children also found a place at the fundraiser.

According to Dr B Sailakshmi, founder-director of Ekam, the Mumbai chapter has helped more than 229 children so far. "We work by partnering with hospitals and here we are associated with several government hospitals and six private hospitals," she said. So far, the Foundation has helped with 50 surgeries and drug support for 150 children, said Chatterjee.

As the guests, including Aditya Puri, managing director of HDFC, and K V Kamath, former head of ICICI and Infosys, listened to some Sufi music by musician Sonal Kalra, more money and goodwill were generated. Meanwhile, copies of the poetry book, titled 'Journey of Love', with a forward by Kamath, are being sold by individuals who want to help the cause. The results of the auction bids will be known in a week, said Chatterjee.