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Concern celebrates 10 years in India

Concern Worldwide celebrated its 10th year of operation in India on 17 September 2009. An event was held that evening where guests celebrated the impact Concern’s work is having.

Partnership

The evening was opened with the unveiling of a quilt and lighting of a lamp by Kenneth Thomson, Ambassador of Ireland to India. The theme of the quilt was partnership. It was put together by Concern, with different pieces prepared by partner organisations. This was followed by Concern India’s Country Director, Dipanker Datta, giving his welcome address.

Celebration of Concern’s work

The celebration also included a short documentary film on Concern’s journey in India since 1999. Following on from this were speeches given by programme participants and distinguished guests. There was also a small poster exhibition which showcased various aspects of Concern’s work.

Commitment and courage

One of the speakers, Mr Jagadananda, Orissa State Information Commissioner, shared his experience working in partnership with Concern. He applauded Concern’s commitment and courage in supporting policy initiatives such as the Social Watch Report: a corruption study of states in India.

He also noted the importance of the support Concern has provided to partner organisations and the links they’ve made with the government and national activities.

Challenges ahead

Concern’s Howard Dalzell talked about Concern’s achievement in the last ten years. He said “now the real challenge is to uplift the people from below the poverty line to above the poverty line.” Kenneth Thompson shared the empathy of people of Ireland for India. He assured the audience that the commitments made by Irish Aid remain a priority, even at this juncture of global economic recession. He wished the team to continue the innovative and creative work in India.

The other distinguished guests who spoke were: Arbind Behera, Managing Director for IDICOL and Nikunja Kishore Sundaray, Managing Director for Orissa State Disaster Management Authority. Alliance 2015 partners, other NGOs, government departments and community members also attended.