The 7th edition of Prevention of Child Abuse Campaign 2016 was inauguration by the Hon Minister for Rural Development Smt Alina Saldhanha at a programme held at Birla Vasco. This programme was organized by El Shaddai’s Ashraya Community Centre – Vasco. Guests present were Smt Tara Kerkar (social worker), Shri Saifulla Khan (Ward Councillor of Baina), Shri Hassan Khan (Vasco Muslim Social Trust), Shri Mohammed Azad (Zindagi Goa ), Shri Sindhanath Bhinge (Panch of Birla – Vasco), Shri Sunil Shetkar (Chief Editor of Gomantak Times). Also in attendance were Govt officials, police officers, social workers of Vasco, as well as representatives from the media such as RDX, Goa 365, Herald, and Gomantak Times. Children from the different centres and shelters of El Shaddai presented different cultural programmes. At the end of the programme all present pledged their commitment towards the campaign of preventing child abuse.
The programme began with the rally which was flagged by Shri Digambar Kamat (MLA of Margao Constituency) along with Vice Chairperson of Margao Municipal Council, Smt Doris Teixeira and El Shaddai Co-Founder Shri Mathew Kurian. The awareness rally was to make people aware about how to prevent the abuse on the children. During the rally colorful balloons were released. The rally had some children skating and cycling..
After the rally a cultural programme was organized . The Chief Guest for the function was Shri Ibrahim Moulana (Managing Partner of Quality Export). Other guest present were Shri Siddesh Bhagat (Youth Activist) Shri Hassan Khan (Founder of Old Age Home – Vasco ) Shri Krishna Panchwadkar (Zonal Health Educator). The- Shri Ibrahim Moulana (Managing Partner of Quality Export) in his address emphasized the importance of education for the future of all children and parental responsibility in ensuring that all children are educated.
The children presented different cultural programmes like dances, skits and songs.
All the staff of the different centres of El Shaddai’s along with MSW students from the Don Bosco College of Social work organized a Street Drama at different locations. This was done to raise awareness on Child Abuse. The performances were organized at the different locations in Madgao, Panjim and Calangute. Information on how to prevent Child abuse was given through a performance of dance and drama. All over Goa more than 2,000 people were given information through this programme. The street drama was focused on information on the different types of child abuse and its preventive aspects. The performers also focused on the importance of education. Information flyers on whom to contact in case to report such cases were distributed.
As part of the awareness campaigns information sessions were conducted at schools all over Goa.
The main purpose was to make the children more aware about what is abuse, the different types of abuses and what could be done and where to go in case you need to report an abuse. The sessions were conducted in an interactive way and the children were able to clear their doubts. Some of the children were surprised to be informed that even boys can be sexually abused..
In this year 2016-17 the home accommodates 64 children including cottage boys.
This year 21 children are admitted in Assagao Union High School, 6 children in Shree Ganesh Hr. Sec. School and 37 children are in Shanti Niketan School.
Events & Celebrations:
Games & Activities:Activities (Carom, Badminton, music chairs, trowing ball into bucket, Speedy competition, GK quiz & Volley ball are organized on a daily basis.
This month we celebrated 9 children birthday, where they got birthday gifts according to their wishes, with cutting cake, singing and prayer.
Our El Shaddai Sports & Cultural Club U16 boys played football matches in different places.
Tremara Community Center is looking after 76 children every day running 1 NFS class. The Centre provides the children with milk and nutrition. There are 65 children attending the tuition classes regularly and 22 children attend the slum classes. Vocational classes around 15 children attending computer classes, 34 women attending tailoring classes, 12 women are attending the Mehendi classes being held at the Centre regularly.
On the 19th November the centre conducted the Prevention of Child Abuse Campaign in Panjim and conducted awareness programs in the slum, school and church.
Immunization campaign was conducted this month according to the schedule. A total of 109 children were immunized, IEC was done and the staff and the medical team were also able to give information on family planning .
This month the Centre conducted the weekly (every Saturday) OPD health work for the community people. Around 116 patients were examined by the doctor.
Stepping Stone Street Child Rescue Center has around 120 children attending. Children come to the shelter every day for Education, food and for a safe place to rest. The shelter provides these children food, clothing, bathing facility and education. The Center also runs 5 slum schools in the different parts of Margao slums and construction sites. Around 110 children are given tuition class according to their School Syllabus.
This Month all the staff and children were busy conducting the prevention of child abuse campaign. The school going children had their Diwali holidays .
All the educational activities such as tuition and slum classes restarted from 22nd onwards. The staff at the shelter conducted the formal and non formal, nursery, literacy classes and Slum school regularly.
Networking was done from shop to shop, Government offices, Companies and Industrial area to raise the funds for the Prevention of Child Abuse Campaign. From the 1st to 19th the staff conducted different awareness programmes on the Street and Public places for the campaign
This month children had a Diwali break. School re-opened on 15th November 2016. The main highlights are Children’s Day Celebration, Interschool elocution competition, Inter school dance competition, Art workshop and Volunteer visit.
Children’s Day Celebration:
On 16th November 2016 we had Children’s day celebration. Program began with a welcome song by the teachers, followed by skits and dance. Students were excited to see their teachers performing on the stage. At the end of the program, Ravi and the team of members from Royal Assagao resort sponsored delicious lunch. All the children had an amazing time.
Interschool Elocution Competition:
On 17th November 2016, English interschool Elocution competition for junior orator was organized by Lions Club & Leo Club of Mapusa at Emerald Lawns Parra. Topics covered were : How an elderly family member can be integrated into the family, women empowerment, should parent monitor use of internet etc. Kundan bagged the third place.
REPORT ON INTER SCHOOL DANCE COMPETITION
On 23rd November 2016, Shanti Niketan School organised an Inter school Dance competition. The dance styles were Western and Garbha/Dandiya and it was being organized for the children of Pre – primary and Primary level. Miss Rolisha, extended a warm welcome to the jury for the dance competition; Mr.Agnel Dsouza – Manager at El Shaddai and Mr Siddesh Naik – owner of Born to Dance Academy were the judges.
In the Pre-primary section 2nd and 1st runner up were Dnyanprassarak Vidayalaya Mapusa and St. Michael’s School, the winner of the competition was Shanti Niketan.
In the Primary section 2nd and 1st runner up were Shanti Niketan School, Assagao and Janata primary School, Mapusa the winner of the competition was Saraswat Vidyalaya.
All the winners and runners up were awarded with a cash prizes, gift and with an Excellence certificates.
The program ended with the felicitation of the winners and vote of thanks.
On 24th November 2016, Renate Mennek and her team had workshop with the 50 children who are passionate for the Art. Children were taught how to paint by using their imagination and technique to mix the colours. Children painted beautiful patterns and showed their creativity.
On 25th November, Mr. Banana and the team, entertained our students they gave a amazing performance showed different tricks how to juggled with swords, vases, hula hoops, they also performed funny tricks, danced with hula hoops and had humorous acts. Children extremely enjoyed the performance put by this team.
This month the centre treated an average of 55 children and helped them in their education also provided them with care.
Staff from Ashadeep Shelter visited the centre to conduct an awareness campaign on the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Since the children were on Diwali holidays there were no formal classes conducted. There were re – creational activities and games conducted for both formal and non-formal students.
There are 17 ladies who come to the centre for basic tailoring classes.
Little Acorns Shelter offers facilities for non formal education for children tuition classes, primary first aid when necessary and one time nutritious meal. The shelter aims at admitting children into regular schooling and then supervising their attendance and educational progress. The Centre provides the extra coaching through the tuitions classes. Little Acorn’s outreach activities include slum schools, Medical/Vaccination camps in the slum, Awareness campaigns and Manna Khanna distribution.
40 packets of Manna food was distributed regular for children to get one day meal over street and slum.
On 14th Nov Children’s day was celebrated to make them importance, one of the hotel Hyatt Place came and supported this event, we had cultural programme and some games for them, at the end snacks were distributed. 80 children and 5 staffs were participated in the event.
11th Anniversary of Little Acorns: As Little Acorns completed its 11 years, A small get together was held at centre with shelter children and their parents. The parents came forward and shared their experience with other parents about the centre and appreciated the work of Little Acorns, Also children performed dances. 87 parents and children were participated in the event.
The staff visited cobra vaddo slum since there are many children who needs first aid medical help, visited and applied medicine to the children and advice the parents to take the
Nursery/Non Formal class and 42 children attend and for the tuition classes 90 children are helped in their regular homework, preparation for exam and in their difficult subjects.
The lum School was conducted at the Cobra Vaddo with 33 children, Dessai Vaddo 10 children, Probe Vaddo16 and Dongerpur with 21 children attend educational as well as recreational activities are conducted for these children.