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The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

The Ladies & Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore in Karnataka, India, organized a colossal donation drive to make a significant contribution to GOONJ, one of the most prominent non-government organizations in India.

GOONJ – which means an echo – was founded in 1999 and undertakes disaster relief, humanitarian aid, and community development in parts of 22 states across India. GOONJ’s mission is to channel discarded and under-utilized material of cities to rural India to address some ignored basic needs. By taking these materials and turning them into currency for rural development work, GOONJ has innovatively changed the dynamics of giving & receiving.

And to help with this important mission, The Ladies & Gentlemen collected and sent to GOONJ over 20 cartons of books, stationery, clothes, shoes, toys, and bags as well as linen that were collected, cleaned, and packed. These items will be shared with communities – both urban and villages – across India, helping to revitalize them with the material inputs.

This is a great example of how associates across Marriott International work together to help Nurture Our World, an integral part of Marriott’s sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction.

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