Underprivileged children basks in Independence Day fervour with Child Friendly Guwahati
The Child Friendly Guwahati Centre at Punjabi Harijan Colony, Last Gate, Dispur, Guwahati celebrated the 67th Independence Day with much enthusiasm. The centre was initiated under the leadership and guidance of Rev. Sr. Sharlene Pullickal SMI, the Provincial of Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Guwahati. 42 children enrolled to this motivational centre with their centre in-charge Sr. Marium SMI and Sr. Anita SMI of and the teachers of the centre Mrs. Latika Dutta and Mrs. Dipanjali Rabha organized this celebration. It was attended by Rev. Fr. VM Thomas SDB, Provincial of Don Bosco Society of Guwahati Province and the Chairman of Child Friendly Guwahati, Col. Manoranjan Goswami, Educationist, Ms. Ashima Bordoloi and Mrs. Dipali Das the newly elected Ward Councillors of Guwahati Municipal Corporation, Rev. Fr. Johnson Parackal SDB, Executive Director, Don Bosco Institute, Rev. Sr. Sharlene Pullikcal,? SMI ?Provincial, Rev. Fr. Dennis Solomon SDB, Coordinator, Child Friendly Guwahati , Sisters from the SMI Convent, CFG team Mr. Deba Kr. Dutta and Ms. Regina Sereng and? the residents of the colony . The programme began with National Anthem followed by a brief introduction by Mr. Deba Dutta, welcome note was delivered by Sr. Mariam. The esteemed guests were felicitated with traditional phulom gamochas. The young children of the centre presented Rhyme recitation and a patriotic dance. Speaking on the occasion Col. Manoranjan Goswami expressed that he was happy to be a part of this celebration and encouraged the children to learn and importance of inculcating good habits at young age. Ms. Ashima Bordoloi termed it as a good effort and emphasized on education and also pointed out to identify young talents and nurture them for greater benefits. To the children of the centre she spoke about the sacrifices of the freedom fighters and the value of education that through education that we can live better life. Fr. VM Thomas addressing the gathering said it is a happy coincidence to have Ms. Ashima Bordoloi, the granddaughter of the first Chief Minister of Assam Bharat Ratna Gopinath Bordoloi. And quoted; according to UN women and children are the vulnerable section of society; we can usher in progress through education. Fr. Thomas was very delighted to see the cooperative response of the community. This centre is only 15 days old the vibrant and positive response of the children to learn, especially the eagerness to go to school and complete their schooling is amazing. The cooperation extended by the community especially Mr. Pal Singh and Mr. Raju Balmiki is worth mentioning as it was with their readiness to help that a makeshift shade was made at their courtyard to run the CFG centre. According to Sr. Anita SMI, children here are drop-outs, the reason being lack of motivation and guidance. Interestingly, some children left school because they are naughty, one such child who changed 5 schools was not enthusiastic about going to school preferred to stay at home and stopped learning has now joined the centre and wants to go back to school and continue her studies. The reason is - they are given personal care and attention at the centre by Sr. Mariam and her team (Sr. Anita and teachers Mrs. Latika and Mrs. Dipanjali), making learning experience a joyful one by play way method and various educational activities which provide the children with a platform to perform their creativity and talents. The centre will be very soon shifted to a single room in the colony.