Celebrate Daan Utsav with Oxfam India

Celebrate Daan Utsav with Oxfam India

What is Daan Utsav (Joy of Giving Week)?

Daan Utsav or the Joy of Giving Week is celebrated from October 2-8 every year. Marking its onset on Gandhi Jayanti, this week-long celebration aims at engaging people from different walks of life in various ‘acts of giving’. These acts include giving time, money, resources, and skills. The idea behind Daan Utsav is to not only inculcate the habit of giving but also realise the happiness that can come out of an unadorned act of kindness.

The Joy of Giving Week is widely popular among schools, colleges, non-profit organisations (NGOs), and government and private institutions, especially corporates, as it helps them fulfil their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Why should you be part of Daan Utsav?

“Giving is the master key to success in all applications of human life.”- Bryant McGill

  1. Giving makes you happy

Small acts of giving can be supremely empowering. It makes you feel good about yourself and leaves you satisfied. The joy of giving lasts much longer than the joy of getting. Having the power to make a difference in someone else’s life is rewarding in itself.

  1. It strengthens values

An act of giving can be very fulfilling for one’s social conscience. When you give, you validate your completion of your moral responsibilities, which in turn makes you feel content. 

  1. Inculcating the habit of sharing

There is no greater happiness than that which comes from sharing your time, resources, knowledge, and money with others. It helps you realise your own privileges and be grateful for them at the same time. Simple acts of giving can set examples for future generations to learn the art and inculcate the habit of giving respectably, nurturing their innate generosity.

  1. It motivates peers

Indulging in acts of kindness is infectious. When you perform an act of giving, it naturally encourages your friends, family members, and relatives to do the same. It is inspiring and helps augment familial bonds by striving towards a shared goal.

Celebrate Daan Utsav 2019 with Oxfam India

Oxfam India is building a movement of people and grassroots organisations, working together to fight injustice and discrimination. We work to bring deep-rooted sustainable changes in people’s lives. We do this through long-term development programming and link it to positive policy changes at various levels. We work for the socially excluded and most marginalised communities by mobilising them to campaign for greater economic and social reforms, giving them a second chance at a fulfilling life. We save, protect and rebuild lives in times of crisis and humanitarian disasters.

To celebrate Daan Utsav 2019 with Oxfam India, you can:

  1. Donate for dignity

Dalit communities are forced to practice manual scavenging even after years of banning caste-based discrimination in India. A law was passed in 1993 to ban manual scavenging in India and punish those who employ manual scavengers, yet the plight of Dalits continue.

While caste-based discrimination is a sad commentary on the progress that we have made so far as a developing nation, rooted within it is an additional layer of patriarchy that piles on the most dehumanising jobs on women within Dalit communities. Women are forced to clean human excreta from dry pit latrines for as little as two rotis a day.

Oxfam India along with its partners have been working to end discrimination in India, especially among women. Your support will amplify our voice against manual scavenging.

Donate to support Oxfam India’s #DonateForDignity Campaign and give women a life of dignity this Daan Utsav.


  1. Donate for girl child education

Over 80 lakh girls in India under the age of 14 have never attended. These girls belong to marginalised communities and are denied their right to education.

Oxfam India has been working to ensure proper implementation of the RTE Act, spread awareness about the importance of educating the girl child in underprivileged communities, and monitor the delivery of quality education in its five focus states including Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Odisha.

This Daan Utsav, give a girl child the gift the education.

Donate to Oxfam India to enrol girls in schools, promote inclusive education and form student support groups to generate awareness of their rights. 


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