Missing Children’s Day Observed
An awareness campaign on International Missing Children Day was conducted on May 25, 2016 at Don Bosco Nivas, Trivandrum. The programme aimed at sensitising the Auto Drivers of Trivandrum city with the cooperation of Thampanoor police station and CHILDLINE Trivandrum. More than 70 auto rickshaw drivers registered for the innovative venture.
The inaugural ceremony began with a prayer song by the inmates of Don Bosco Nivas. Welcome address was delivered by Mr Manuel George, programme coordinator and senior team member of CHILDLINE. Fr Thomas P.D, Director, CHILDLINE and Nivas Trivandrum gave the keynote address on the importance of the occasion. He explained in detail regarding the observance of the cause, the plight of parents who miss their children
Adv Jayalekshmi. V, ward counsellor, Thampanoor delivered the presidential address. She stressed the significance of children in our society and the programme was definitely the need of the hour. She warned the audience on burdening the children with mark oriented academics. She also focussed on remaining patient while dealing with children.
Mr Prakash, the SHO of Thampanoor gave the inaugural address. He expressed the delight in seeing active participation from the auto rickshaw drivers. He conveyed that many children have been rescued by the intervention of rickshaw drivers and they could indeed be a caring community for children. The SI also noted that at many instances they create a better impact than the expensive CCTV cameras installed at various traffic points which remain futile.
The highlight of the session was an awareness class by Mr Jobi Kondoor, District Coordinator, CHILDLINE. He was very brief but precise on different days observed on children, rights of the child and how to raise one’s voice against its violation. As a future plan a community whatsapp group has been created with a view to report children related issues. This group has members ranging from auto drivers, social workers, CHILDLINE members, and also the top strata of the police community. Essentially a safety net has been created to save potential missing children through this initiative
Vote of Thanks was presented by Mr Sivaprasad, Team member, CHILDLINE expressing gratitude to each and everyone present at the function.