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Don Bosco Alumni to help open Child Care Centre in Guwahati

By SikhMd Sabah Al-Ahmed
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Guwahati, Oct. 6. The Don Bosco Alumni, Guwahati Unit in collaboration with the 'Child Friendly Guwahati' project and Don Bosco Society have proposed to open a Child Care Centre to cater to the needs of the underprivileged street children. This decision was taken in a meeting held recently at the Parliament Hall of Don Bosco School, Panbazar Guwahati, where members of the Don Bosco Alumni, Guwahati Unit represented by its President Pradyut Bhuyan and Secretary Veekash Agarwal, along with Don Bosco School Principal Fr. Antony Thekkel. Director 'Child Friendly Guwahati' Fr. Denis Solomon and Coordinator, 'Child Friendly Guwahati' Bro. Prasad were also present.
In the meeting, Bro. Prasad presented an enriching and thought provoking audio visual power point presentation of the project 'Child Friendly Guwahati' and explained at length about the need for such a project as well as the ways to make the movement a grand success.

Thereafter, Fr. Solomon and Bro. Prasad responded to the queries of the Alumni members and clarified concepts about the Project.

Some observed that since the targeted group of children were poor and have to work to earn to support their families, it may not be easy to get and retain them in the Project. This especially because both the parents of the targeted group of children are daily wage earners.

The parents often cannot leave their child alone at home for reasons of security. They prefer that their child is employed as a domestic helper in some better off families. This is in spite of the Labour Act which rules child labour as a crime and imposes heavy penalties for those promoting or abetting it.

There were members who opined that if the retention  of the targeted group of children is to be taken proper care of, they should be provided some incentives such as food, clothing, and allied necessities when they are allowed to go back home in the evenings.

Finally, the Alumni members accepted the proposal of the President to start with at least one centre, and to garner their funds to take care of it.

Summing up the deliberations, Fr. Antony thanked Fr. Solomon and Bro. Prasad for their zeal and determination to do something for the unfortunate children of Guwahati.

He also thanked the Alumni members for their keen interest, and further said that as Don Bosco School has its own Evening School catering to the unprivileged poor needy children of the locality, the proposed Alumni's new 'Child Care Centre' should be opened in some other needy area, and the Alumni members could regularly see to its maintenance.

The brain child of this project is Fr. VM Thomas, Chairman, Don Bosco Society, who is known for his visionary ideals about the youth, especially the underprivileged ones.


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