Friday, September 11, 2009

BIS #1547 NAVJEEVAN CHILDREN'S DAY OUT

Joy Nedumparambil sdb
MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009:
On August 29, 2009 the parish team of Our Lady of Dolours, Wadala organized an interaction program with the inmates of Navjeevan Centre, Grant Road who are the children of the exploited women of the city. The children arrived in the parish at 9am.

The children were excited to see the ground and the big hall as they are confined to the rooms of two municipal schools in Kamathipura. They went around the place, played on the ground and came back to the hall for the program. As they came to the hall they were divided into four groups of four each with a staff or volunteer and were given play things like ice cream sticks, drawings, and colour papers. This posed as a great means to develop their creativity and express their emotions. Children also got opportunity to sing and dance to famous tunes. The volunteers organized a game of musical chair for them which was very well participated though they were tiny tots. The last part of the program was the jam session and at the end of it they were ready to have a sumptuous meal and ice cream. The children had to leave by 2pm as there was fear traffic block due to the emersion of Ganesh idols.

The DCE and some parishioners contributed financially to organize the program. Each child was given a gift. There were many parishioners who came to help the children and be with them. These children miss their fathers and grand parents very much. And to some extent the parishioners with their loving presence had filled the vacuum that the children experienced. It was a great sight to witness the volunteers and children bond well.

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