The ‘Stars of North East’ (SoNE) undertook a blanket distribution project targeting the aimless and poor of Guwahati that began on the night of Friday and ended at the wee hours of Saturday. The SoNE team comprising of ten member volunteers braved the chill and ventured out on the streets of the city, starting from Bhootnath, and proceeding farther to Sukleshwar Ghat, Athgaon Kabarsthan, Fancy Bazaar slums, Lakhtokia, Guwahati Club, Bhangagarh (GMC area), G S Road up to Six Mile Flyover distributing blankets to the destitute and homeless of the city with the hope that it would surely warm up many of the have-nots in our midst and bring for the society good will and blessings from them.
The SoNE group appreciated and thanked Dr Maroof Alam, an in habitant of Assam presently engaged as a Research Associate at Harvard Medical School, Boston (USA); Khasrul Islam, Manager, Ajmal Foundation; Dr Rezwan Hussain, Corporate Executive; Rehana Choudhury, Managing Partner, Foresight India Communication; Sazish Ul Haque, Proprietor, R-Omas Restaurant; and Neyajuddin Ahmed, HR Executive, Ajmal Foundation for part sponsoring of the blanket distribution programme and extending various supports for making the event a success.
The programme was a brainchild of Salma Hussain, a leading human rights worker of the State.
It may be mentioned here that SoNE was established in September 2014 for unearthing, mentoring, and showcasing talents spread in the nooks and corners of the North East. The organisation has felicitated over 20 such talented youth including Nafisa Sadiq, international medal winner in rowing; Kismat Bano, recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi scholarship; Neida Khurshid, ‘Teach for India’ scholar; and Dr Ferdous Ahmed Barbhuiya, Associate Professor of IIIT Guwahati. One the sidelines, SoNE has also been undertaking community services projects, and recent times, extended support to Santi Niwas (old age home) in Nalbari and Destination (shelter for differently-abled children) in Guwahati.