Thrive Thursday: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words at Hyatt Regency Gurgaon
“Behind every picture, there is always a compelling story,” explained Federico Mantoani, general manager of Hyatt Regency Gurgaon. It is the compelling story behind the picture seen above that won Hyatt Regency Gurgaon the 2014 Global Month of Community Service photo contest that was held for our hotels around the world this past April.
During this month (which is commonly known as our month of community service), hotels had to share photos of their inspiring community service events with the hashtags #hyattthrive and #inahyattworld, and they automatically were entered to win a grant for a charity of their choice. And out of the more than 1,500 photo submissions we received, this picture took home the top prize from our Hyatt judges since it evoked the true meaning of giving back.
The story for this hotel began a year ago in Gurgaon outside New Delhi, India when Hyatt colleagues crossed paths with a local 70 year-old retired teacher. She was spotted sitting under a tree teaching basic education to underprivileged children in the community. It was her simple gesture and sheer commitment to education inspired the hotel to get involved. The Gaurav Niketan School, started by this retired teacher and supported by Hyatt Regency Gurgaon, is now providing an education to 150 children each year.
The Hyatt Regency Gurgaon team remains enthusiastic and dedicated by regularly volunteering and donating to the school. So, when the time came to snap some photos during their event with the school in April for the chance to win a grant, the hotel team started snapping away.
The hotel received a $5,000 grant, which enabled the to carry forward the work they had already started with the Gaurav Niketan School. Some of the funds have already been used to improve the school’s infrastructure before the monsoon season begins.
The story of this teacher perfectly demonstrates how little acts of kindness can go a long way and touch the lives of many, and this picture perfectly illustrates how our colleagues can have a positive and lasting impact on their local communities.