PUNE, INDIA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/28/13 -- Courtyard by Marriott, Pune City Centre celebrated its two year anniversary in the city this month by kick-starting the 'Charity Week' -- an initiative by the HOPE Foundation.
The idea behind the Charity Week is 'gratitude' -- showing appreciation for the blessings we receive in our life, and to return kindness to the less fortunate. The Charity Week included various activities such as feeding programs, providing new skill training, financing small scale business start-ups, distributing educational material, organizing entertainment & awareness programs for the children and conducting a medical camp that will support 800 kids and their families for the month of August.
In support of the Atmanirbharata Group -- the HOPE Foundation's initiative for empowering single mothers -- Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre with its team of expert chefs took up the initiative to impart culinary expertise to these single mothers that would help them launch their small-scale catering business. The Pune, India hotel invited around 20 women for a master class by Executive Chef Shubhendu Kadam and his team who showed them how to make six different types of pickles. In a city that appreciates good food and supports small and medium independent businesses, this initiative promises to add a new line of budding business women.
The timing of this initiative undertaken by the hotel, which is located near the Pune Rail Station, not only marked its two year anniversary, but also coincided with India's 66th Independence Day. The Hotel is helping HOPE Foundation in their effort to help such single mothers to earn their own livelihood and be 'independent' in the truest sense.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Caroline Audoir de Valter, Managing Trustee & Founder of Hope for the Children Foundation said, "The Charity Week has become an integral part of HOPE for the Children Foundation calendar. During the week, we will collaborate with like-minded organizations and individuals who want to 'give back to society'. This is a continuation of the commitment we have pledged for the past 7 years and to fortify the work we have done so far. We want to embark into newer projects for the benefit of the children and mothers of the community."
Executive Chef Shubhendu Kadam stated, "Our team is glad to contribute towards enabling these women to run their own catering business that would get them that extra income to support their families. We hope that the pickle-making demo has been helpful and we wish them success."
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