On the delightful morning of 18 May 2024, the PG Department of Business Administration (MBA), St Agnes College (Autonomous), Mangaluru orchestrated a heartwarming Extension Activity titled “A Day of Love and Laughter” at St Antony’s Charity Institute in Jeppu, Mangaluru. Departing from the college premises at 10:20 AM, the students and faculty arrived promptly at 10:45 AM, eager to engage in a day filled with meaningful interactions.

The primary objective of the Extension Activity is to foster empathy and social awareness among students by providing them with hands-on experience in community service. It sought to help students understand the importance of giving back to society, emphasizing the value of compassion and active engagement in addressing social issues. Through direct interaction and practical involvement, students are encouraged to develop a deeper connection with the community and a greater appreciation for the impact of their contributions.

Upon the arrival, Fr. Avinash, the Assistant Director, St. Antony’s Charity Institute in Jeppu, graciously welcomed the students and provided an insightful introduction of the Charity institute, delving into its rich history and the array of facilities it offers to its residents. Following this warm reception, a commemorative group photo was captured with the institute’s director before embarking on a tour of the premises.

Throughout the visit, students had the opportunity to engage with the institute’s residents and differently-abled residents, listening to their stories and experiences with genuine interest, empathy and also providing companionship.

The highlight of the day was a special program organized for the institute’s residents, commencing with a warm welcome and introduction by Harshitha. The serene ambiance of the chapel was filled with melodious prayers sung by Fabiann and Joanna, followed by a captivating dance performance by Susha and her group. The program reached its crescendo with a soulful group song performed by the students, culminating in a heartfelt vote of thanks delivered by Reema.

As the visit drew to a close, heartfelt greetings and good wishes were exchanged, leaving both the visitors and residents uplifted by the spirit of camaraderie and compassion shared throughout the day. Before departing at 12:30 PM, the MBA students and faculty extended their support by generously donating ricebag and soap to the institute, reaffirming their commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others.

The extension activity had a significant impact on the students and yielded several positive outcomes. It enhanced social awareness by helping students become more attuned to the social issues faced by the elderly and differently-abled individuals. Through their interactions with the residents, students developed a deeper sense of empathy and compassion, encouraging them to be more considerate and supportive towards others. The hands-on activities provided practical learning opportunities, emphasizing the importance of teamwork and cooperation in community service. The extension activity at St Antony’s Charity Institutes, Jeppu, was a valuable and enriching experience for the 1st MBA students of St Agnes College (Autonomous), Mangaluru. It not only provided them with a deeper understanding of social responsibility but also inspired them to continue engaging in community service. The visit successfully met its objectives and left a lasting impact on all participants.