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Rotarians, Don Bosco Open New ''Child Friendly Guwahati'' Centre

By C. M. Paul
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Guwahati, Sep. 15. The Rotary Club of Guwahati and Don Bosco inaugurated a new centre for ''Child Friendly Guwahati,'' (CFG) Saturday 14th September. The new centre is located at Multi-Service Centre, Rotary Lane, beside Ashoka Brahmaputra Hotel, on MG Road, Uzanbazar, Guwahati.
Some 500 children from the various CFG centres in and around Guwahati arrived at Don Bosco Headquarters at Pan Bazaar by 2.30 pm where the children had music, dance, Mind Power Expert and mouth watering snacks at the green dream garden.

After a photo session they moved to the venue where about 150 adults including Rotarians (30), CFG staff (25), Volunteers (20) and Guests and invitees (70) awaited them.

The inaugural programme started off with a prayer song entitled: There's a Candle' performed by Montfort Inclusive School Children.

The Chancellor of Down Town University Guwahati and MD of Down Town Hospital assured free health check up and treatment for all CFG Health Card holders. They also assured free education in the para medical course and other courses in the University, and the participation of Social Work students in the CFG programme, as well as outings and meals to all CFG children visiting the university campus.

The CFG Chairman Fr V.M. Thomas quoted the UN Commission for Human Rights saying that the progress of nations is measured not by the strength of the army, nor by the buildings, or the scientific advancement and much less by its nuclear weaponry but by the care, protection and development given to its most vulnerable population - children and women.

The centre for the visually impaired run by Venerini Sisters Jyoti Niketan children had a thematic dance and a well choreographed dance entitled ''Freedom'' from hunger, violence, hatred, corruption by DB Institute of Management Kharguli students. Pranab Jyoti Neog, Xavier's Foundation had by talk on 'Public Provisioning for Children.'

The chief guest at the function Shri. P.P. Varma, IAS, Chief Secretary of the State Govt. Assam, was joined by several guests of honour including Shri Rajnish Kumar, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India, Guwahati; Dr. N.N. Dutta, Past District Governor, Rotary Clubs of Guwahati; and Rtn. Kedia, Past District Governor, Rotary Clubs of Guwahati, and Rtn. Parthapratim Phukan, President, Rotary Club of Guwahati.

While Tinat A. Masoodwas was the compere for the programme, the CFG - Project Manager Br. Prasad Kalaparthy, SDB coordinated the event.

After the formal inaugural function children had a gala DJ evening followed by dinner.

'Child Friendly Guwahati' is a project intiative of Don Bosco Society  in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Guwahati, Church bodies of Guwahati, like-minded NGOs, State Government allied departments and other Civi Society groups of Guwahati, to create a movement in the city of Guwahati to champion the cause of its less privileged children, especially those out of schooling. It visualizes to reach out to over 10,000 out of school children in the city, to mainstream them back into formal or vocational schools, and make every citizen of the city a friend to every child in need of Care and Protection.
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