Asikkumar Banerjee (MeraNews, Ahmedabad): The third edition of the Ahmedabad ni Diwali event, organized by the Ahmedabad chapter of the Global Shapers Community, brought together 60 children from different communities and creeds on Wednesday with the aim of promoting harmony while at the same time getting the children more involved in the festivities.

Held at Ahmedabad Haat at Vastrapur, this year’s event also saw involvement from organizations such as the Ahmedabad Muslim Women Association (AMWA).

“The years, the AMWA and residents of Narol participated in the event, and it feels really good to celebrate Diwali with people from different backgrounds,” said Abrar Ali Saiyed, a professor of management at Ahmedabad University. The Ahmedabad ni Diwali event was started on his initiative.

“This year, we had around 60 children and 60 adults who participated. Also, people from more communities participated in the event,” Monika Yadav, the founder of Respire Experiential Learning and curator of Ahmedabad Global Shapers (AGS), which is also involved in activities including creating awareness of government schemes among the poor and providing menstrual kits for women, among others.

The event on Wednesday had the children playing games and working on rangolis and other arts.

The Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, is a network of inspirational young people below the age of 30 working together to address local, regional and global challenges. With more than 6,000 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 378 city-based hubs in 160 countries.

“This is a very good initiative as there is no discrimination. Children are given a chance to come and learn something new and good,” said AMWA coordinator Pathan Sanobar. Her organization is headquartered in Juhapura in Ahmedabad and has branches in Dhandhuka and Kalol.

“AMWA is currently working with around 800 women. We help them to establish their own small-scale businesses and become self-reliable,” she said.

“I joined AGS because I wanted to give something back to society, and such community programmes always give us a chance to communicate with different people,” said Ankit Jain, an entrepreneur who is a member of AGS.

Saiyed Nadimuddin, a resident of Narol, said, “This is the first time I have participated. The atmosphere is very good. Plus, AGS members come to our area to promote cleanliness, which is very important for us.”