Aashayein 2017 at Indian Museum
On the eve of World Day against Child Labour, CRY celebrated its 3rd edition of Aashayein, the day long fun filled event for children, in association with Indian Museum, at Ashutosh Birth Centenary Hall, this Sunday.
‘Aashayein’ was all about activities and workshop on self-defence, life skills, museum tours and performances by the children from the action areas taken care of by the CRY volunteers. More than 80 children and 120 Volunteers and CRY officials turned up for this daylong event, this year.
Self- defense workshop kick started with black belt trainers Ankush, Abha and Nishant who conducted taekwondo training. They were eager to interact with the kids and appreciated their love for learning.
This was followed by a session on life skill conducted by psychologist Ruchi Bakhai from Edupsych. She conducted an engaging and interactive session raising the spirits of the children with fun activities like drawing, singing where the children showcased their talent and appreciated each other with joyous claps and smiles.
Up next, was the inauguration of the initiative against Child Labour, by eminent guests, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Parno Mitra. The day concluded with cultural performances from kids belonging to the Volunteer Intervention action areas. Kids from Dhakuria performed a dance on Rabindra Sangeet – Alo Amar Alo, kids from Rajabazar performed an act raising awareness on child labour, kids from Howrah surprised us with synchronized drum and song performances, wherein the instruments were made by the kids themselves, from material readily available to them. This was followed by poetry recitation & song performances by kids from Dhapa.
Eminent actors, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Parno Mitra, graced the event with their presence, and spent quality time appreciating the performances of the children.
A month long awareness campaign on Child Labour, to be driven by Kolkata police, was launched by Mohua Chatterjee, Head of Programmes at CRY, East region, which comes as a part of CRY’s campaign in Delhi and Mumbai.
She motivated all to take a pledge to eradicate child labour and allow the latent individual qualities each child has, and thanked Kolkata Police for their support for the initiative
Regarding this, Parno mentioned, “We often say that children are the future of our nation, however, it breaks my heart to read about issues related to child labour everyday in newspapers. I really appreciate CRYs effort to bring a positive change in the same“. Prosenjit too, thanked CRY for taking up such an initiative, and said, “My appeal to all is to come together and ensure that all children get equal opportunity to live, learn, grow and play, and not to be within the confines of child labour. On behalf of the entire Bengali film industry, I am mentioning, that we would be happy to be part of such initiatives from CRY, in future.”
Special Thanks to Cabcon India Pvt Ltd and Denzong Kitchen for extending their support in sponsoring to make this a memorable one.