Fomento Ganesh Utsav : A festival of togetherness
The Ganesh Utsav has a special place in the calendar of every Fomento family member. Six years ago, the senior management of the company decided to integrate the personal joy of every family member into the greater experience of enjoying the festival as one big family along with the local communities.
Spread over two phases of one week each - the pre festival and post-festival week, Fomento Resources organises several events mainly in schools as well as other locations. The pre chaturthi programmes began on Aug 23 and carries on till Aug 30. The activities encompass educational, vocational exercises and include friendly competitions such as the culinary competition for the local mahila mandal (women’s group).
Since most of the events will be held in schools and many students will be expected to participate, Fomento Resources has used the opportunity to address typical areas of concern and importance to students such as exam related stress and other problems. A talk on facing the exam challenge and a students counselling session are expected to be big draws.
A spelling bee competition along the lines of its more illustrious American counterpart will be held for students of class eight to class ten of the Somnath High School - Savargal.
The pre festival programme includes two talks, one on diabetic care and the other on the benefits of organic food. For the first time, a lecture on how to manage waste or garbage at home will be delivered. The alliance believes that segregation of waste and its scientific waste treatment at village homes will help greatly in reducing waste volumes. It has started deploying its waste management initiatives in towns and villages.
The pre chaturthi programmes held in Curchorem, Sacorda, Savordem, Panchwadi, Shigao, Savargal, Maina and Nhavalim across Goa will conclude on Aug 31 2010.
The action shifts to the Cuddegal Mines after a period of ten days, where under a grand pandal, reverence to Lord Ganesha will be performed in conjunction with a festive carnival. Drums, dance competitions, music shows, an orchestra and a regular feature at every Ganesh festival – the highly anticipated skit by the alliance employees. The festivities will draw to a close after the prize distribution ceremony with fireworks and a grand immersion ceremony as the finale.
Chairman - Auduth Timblo, who first encouraged members of the Fomento family to start the first Ganesh Utsav celebrations in 2004, said in the September 2009 issue of Touching Lives, the chronicle of the alliance which details its involvement with the communities in its operational locations: “The successful organisation of this festival has further strengthened one of our core beliefs - Human enterprise, capital and resources make a beautiful environment and for years, we have managed to nurture and fuel this environment, living upto the Fomento credo “Where people are our environment”