A workshop on Psycho-social Intervention for children appearing for 10th, 11th and 12th std examinations in child care Projects in Vellore Diocese.
A two day workshop was held at Kasam and Sainathapuram on the 24th and 25th of February 2018 to motivate and encourage the children appearing for the board exams under the Diocese of Vellore. There were nearly 135 participants who benefited through the well planned programme to facilitate their well-being to take on the examinations in an open and positive mind set. The guest speakers who facilitated the Programme were Ms. Saranya Sathish – Manger, Reaching Hand, Bangalore and Ms. Sandhy Catherine – Oasis India, Bangalore.
The first day of the Programme was held at DeValois Boys Boarding Home, Kasam, Project No. 20407 on the 24th of Feb 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm by both boys and girls from the following Projects / institutions:
A total of 100 children participated in the Programme and benefited from the same. All the children who participated in the programme hail from vulnerable and deserving families who were identified from the risk of loosing their right to education and basic living standards.
The programme on both the days were very interactive and the children really enjoyed in learning about their strengths and the various methods to overcome stress. The children were grouped and various chosen activities were laid out, which involved critical thinking and positive outcome, overcoming their fears and accepting the value of character building in line with their career vision. Through the power-point presentations children learnt about overcoming disabilities and disadvantageous situations by dealing the same with a positive attitude. The workshop also displaed various IEC materials on child care initiatives from the government, that the children can avail through various sources.
On the second day of the Programme, i.e., 25th Feb 2018, children with special needs were invited to the Programme which was held at ACTS (Arcot Theological Seminary), at Sainathapuram. These special children were from ADAIKALAM, Project NO. 20414 and Anbu Illam, Project No. 20412. The Project children from ADAIKALAM consisted for children who are infected / affected with HIV/AIDS, and the children from Anbu Illam are children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Here the children also displayed through poster presentation the crux of their learning, which was of great depth and learning from the field. They shared their feelings very freely through the group they were put in.
On both the days, children were gifted with books and pens, which was blessed by the Church elders and Project authorities. The children also enjoyed the scrumptious breakfast and lunch, as some of them had to travel for big distances to utilize this important opportunity which is seldom addressed by child care institutions. Most children found this programme very useful to overcome the stress and to take on life with God’s will and purpose.
We thank all Project authorities, Mr. Bhakta Kumar – Project Coordinator; Project Managers - Mr. Chandran Devanesan, Mr. Permanandam and Mr. ERS Kumar; Project In-charge, Mr. Devaraj, Mr. Jeeva and Mrs. Daisy Rani for all the required arrangements to facilitate the programme for the identified children. I special word of appreciation for the Cooks and Support staff who have contributed extensively for the well being of the children.
We also thank the Bishop and other Diocesan dignitaries, such as the Area Chairman – Rev. George Edwin and Local Church pastor, Rev. Shanthakumar.
Joshua Kenneth James