On 15th of February, 2019 from 9.30 am to 11.00 am the N.G.O: Salaam Baalak Trust in collaboration with Bosco Boys Home, (BBH) conducted an awareness programme for the boys of BBH sensitizing to them their rights and responsibilities towards the society as part of the project “The Invisible- Save the Children.”
Fr. Corlis Gonsalves the Director of BBH congratulated them for this benevolent gesture towards the most beautiful and feeble sector of the society and encouraged them to carry on this noble work passionately.
“Every child deserves the best chance for a bright future” shared Ms. Ashwini Shejwal, the program coordinator of the project for the Mumbai region; having a work experience of 12 years in the field of child protection. She along with Mr. Budhaji Jadhav (Team member) and Ms. Seema Vanarse (MIS officer) conducted this session. The theme of this session was to make these poor and abandoned children aware of their importance to the society and vice-versa. The session was very interactive and child friendly staring with icebreakers and action song. The highlight of the session were the two movies: “Komal” which stressed on the topic of abuse and a “Childline video” which brought to the forefront the evil of child labour. After this, the boys were asked to share their views on the videos and they expressed their views freely and clearly. The whole session ended with a motivational hindi song “Mera bhi tho aadhikaar hai” reflecting on the theme that every child even the ignored and the invisible have their rights and they should fight for it.
Vishal Gautam one of the boys of BBH shared, “Every child should get the basic needs of food, clothes, shelter and education because: We see tomorrow in today’s Child and progress of the country depends on the well-being of the children.” Ms. Shejwal while concluding the session gave the message, “real freedom is using one’s rights with responsibilities. You children are our future be aware of your rights and become responsible and productive citizens.”
In the vote of thanks, Deacon Romero D’Souza, the Prefect of Studies of the boys thanked the team of Salaam Baalak Trust for educating and making the boys aware of their rights and responsibilities and assured them of our prayers and support.