On 8th March we the Navajeevan Family celebrated the International Women’s Day at Yuva Bhavan. The event was organised to appreciate our women staff for their valuable service to the children. This programme began at 1:45 pm with video presentation by Fr. Pradeep Reddy our Formal Education Director. In the video the history of International Women’s Day and its gradual development in various stages are shown. Then a short inspirational video was played about the achievements of Indian women in various fields. Fr.Pradeep told that women are bold and they are the essence of Navajeevan Bala Bhavan and only blessed people are born as women.
Mr. Vijay Kumar invited Chief Guest Soon after this there the dignitaries were invited to the Dias by. Soon after this there was lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries.
Then Fr Bala Showry Executive Director formally welcomed the gathering. He addressed saying that in Navajeevan women staff are majority. Navajeevan is proud of the women staff. Proud fo the role that they are playing and for their commitment in the ministry of child care. He was very much appreciative of the institutional care and women empowerment in which the women staffs is working. He said in Navajeevan they wanted gender equality for which purpose they chose 50 percent each for the management council. Further addressing the gathering he said though there are so much of opportunities for women and they need to be given more importance in our lives. He ended his speech saying whether Navajeevan recognises their good work or not but God will surely recognise the women staff service for the street children.
Mrs. Banu organised a formal welcome to Mrs Bettina and Sandra, volunteers from Austria. Welcoming with the garlands.
Fr. Balashowry along with all directors welcomed new married couple Mr. Sujai Prakash and Mrs Subbalakshmi. Mrs. Subbalakshmi delivered an emotional speech and said that the care that the Don Bosco fathers had given to the children was very much impressive. This life style and commitment of theirs gave her the boost to continue her valuable service in Navajeevan since 2007. She said she grew up as a girl to a married woman today in Navajeevan. Mrs.Subbalakshmi expressed her gratitude to Fr. Koshy and all the Fathers associated with Navajeevan, for their support in her work. With tears rolling down She thanked all of them and her tears rolled down.
Mr. Sujai Prakash told that he was a person who used to be frightened a lot and always nervous to face a crowd. But today he is much better; he credited his transformation to Navajeevan. He further said that whenever he draws out a programme list the colleagues used to ask his from where he got such clarity of expressing, he humbly said it is because of Navajeevan. Mr.Sujai profusely thanked Navajeevan.
Guest of Honour Mrs.C.Rajeswari (Woman Entrepreneur) addressed the crowd saying that encouragement alone can make us to grow as better persons. Mrs.Rajeswari shared some inspiring incidents from her life regarding support from her father and siblings who made her to grow as what she is today. So she said all the women have to be recognised and appreciated, so that they grow as stronger persons. She said women are like roses and they should never lose their fragrance.
The chief guest for the event Mrs. Vadlamudi Padma who is presently working as a sub-Editor for AndhraJyothy Newspaper. Mrs. Padma appreciated the video played by Fr.Pradeep regarding the origins of International Women’s Day as it was initiated as Working Women’s Day. Mrs. Padma elaborated the need for Women Empowerment.
Followed by this we had cultural programme where our women staff had come with beautiful dances. This programme was conducted by Mr. Anjaneyulu. It was indeed amazing programme. All came with their own creativity.
After a brief tea break, a few of women staff members shared their experience in Navajeevan Bala Bhavan and how Navajeevan helped them to realise their potential to service children better.
The programme concluded with Vote of Thanks by Mrs. Prasanna.
NAVAJEEVAN AT A GLANCE
|I) RESCUED CHILDREN DATA||Boys||Girls||Total|
|Total number of Street Children rescued by NJBB since 1993||45484
|Total number of Street Children Home Integrated since 1995||27038
|II) CHILD LABOUR RESCUED DATA:||Boys||Girls||Total|
|Total number of Child Labour rescued since 2002||6480
|Total number of Domestic Child Workers rescued since 2007||48
|III) CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY OF NAVAJEEVAN||Boys||Girls||Total|
|CHILDREN IN ORIENTATION CAMPS:|
|Orientation Camp through GCPC (Group Counselling thru Picnic Camp) at Shelter||23
|Orientation Camp at De-addiction Centre, Vimukthi, Nuzvid||16
|CHILDREN IN BRIDGE COURSES:|
|Children attending Residential Bridge Courses (RBCs) at Chiguru (Theeram for boys and Baalika for girls)||60
|Children attending Day Bridge Centre-cum-Play School – Ajith Singh Nagar, VJA||19
|Children attending Day Bridge Centre - Near Pamarru, Krishna district
|SCHOOL GOING CHILDREN:|
|Children attending schools staying in Navajeevan’s 6 Group Care Homes - 5 Moggas for boys and Ankitha Home for girls (mainly orphan & semi orphan children)||100
|Children attending schools staying in 5 Government Hostels & Boarding Hostel||12
|Children attending schools staying in Jyothi Boarding School, H. Junction||0||12||12|
|Children Attending schools staying in Auxilium Boarding School, Guntur||0||16
|Children joined in local schools (Attending schools staying with their families) (from CSN-18, BVK-11, Formal Education-1) during 2016-2017||30
|Differently abled children at IBM-1, Madona-KLC-5||05||01||06|
|COLLEGE GOING CHILDREN:|
|Students attending different colleges staying in various homes/hostels
|VOCATIONAL TRAINING COURSES FOR NAVAJEEVAN’S CHILDREN:|
|RVTC (Residential Vocational Training Course for the boys in 3 trades - Carpentry-5, Two wheeler mechanism-10 and Electrical & Plumbing-11) & VRB-5||31
|NAVEENA - A residential LAST (Livelihood Advancement Skills Training) in Beautician and Tailoring courses for girls at Chiguru||0||01
|IV) COMMUNITY PEOPLE IN THE FAMILY OF NAVAJEEVAN:||Boys||Girls||Total|
|Adult Activists Group Members/Volunteers under Child Safety Net (CSN)||406
|Child Protection Committee Members under Child Safety Net (CSN areas)||313
|Women cases registered at Family Counselling Centre at Hitaishi desk since 2009||1
|Volunteers working with Neethodu desk for Care & Support of affected/infected||1
|Adult affected/infected cases registered at Neethodu desk since 2009||175
|Children affected/infected cases registered at Neethodu desk since 2009||342
|V) NAVAJEEEVAN’S SUPPORT TO COMMUNITY PEOPLE:||Boys||Girls||Total|
|Provision of Evening Tuition Centres (ETCs) for the Children in Child Safety Net areas in 155 ETCs (30 in CSN-Penamaluru Mandal, 40 in CSN-Urban Slums, Vijayawada City and 85 in 17 Mandals of CSN-Krishna District)||2179
|LAST (Livelihood Advancement Skills Training) - Provision of Non-residential Vocational Training Courses (VTCs) in Beautician-17, Tailoring-17 & Computers-15||05
|Edu. Support to the school/college going children affected/infected by HIV/AIDS - 2016-2017||101
|Bi-monthly Nutrition Support to the affected/infected families by HIV/AIDS||20