This is what Albeen a student of ADBU Child Rights course had to say about the session. The session was conducted on 11th 16 dec 2013 … hydroxyzine 25 mg effets secondaires hydrox purchase atarax March and 12th March 2015 at Snehalaya Paltan Bazar under supervision and leadership of Leeta Hazarika. It is an integrated course of two departments i.e. Students of Child Psychology and Child Rights. There were total 20 students (10 Child Psychology Student sand 10 Child Rights Students) who attended the two days workshop.
This workshop dealt with the practical knowledge of counselling and play therapy. Madam Leeta Hazarika through the session gave all the students a fair understanding of how one must conduct the session of therapy and counselling. The students at the end of the sessions came out with proper practical as well as theoretical knowledge and ideas. This session was highly an effective one as through this session one realised that a vast utilisation of all media tools can actually occupy the children. They develop interest and can stay focused. The children will tell the story either directly or indirectly and they are able to connect with their emotion.
Snehalaya celebrates another year of being in service for Young at Risk on 10th January 2015 at the playground of Don Bosco H.S School. The day marked the completion of 14 years of Snehalaya’s service to the vulnerable children. The Bicentenary flag was hoisted in this auspicious occasion.
Rt. Rev. John Moolachira DD, the Archbishop of Guwahati was present as a chief guest to grace the event. He lighted the lamp, shared his feeling and showered his blessing. Presence of other special guests like Fr. Sabestian, founder of Matri Mandir, Child counsellor, Mayor of GMC Abir Patra, Mrs Chanda principal of South Point School was encouraging for the little ones. The celebration included exhibition cum sale, games and food stalls, competitions, cultural programs etc.
The exhibition cum sale that was put up uplifted confidence of the children. They realized that their talent and abilities will never go unnoticed. There were various chance games and the winners were awarded. To excel we need to compete and win. This was done through various competitions that gave an edge to the children that if they put up their best effort they will excel. Finally the day closed with a cultural event. 6 academically bright students from all the homes of Snehalaya were given prizes as token of love for their outstanding academic performance.
Boys of Dhirenpara Children’s Home of Snehalaya are full of energy and fighting spirit. The caregivers at Snehalaya need to channelize their energy in a positive direction and nurture them to become independent and responsible human beings. Fr. Solomon, Assistant Director of Snehalaya, provided such an opportunity to these boys – to learn a martial art which might transform them into disciplined and strong youth. He contacted Coach Rojan Varghese, who is a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Taekwon-Do, from Bangalore to teach boys the basics of the Korean martial art. Rojan obliged happily and taught ten boys for four days, an hour each. To his amazement, the boys picked the techniques very quickly and showed promise of participating and winning in an open competition.
The boys got a chance to participate in a competition when Snehalaya came to know about the 2nd Inter District Championships in Taekwon-Do being organised by Taekwon-Do Association, Assam, (ITF) at Don Bosco, Pan Bazar on October 26th. Coach Rojan selected five boys to participate in the competition. However, Fr. Solomon, who inaugurated the Championship, had to request the organisers to waive off the entry fees for the boys which were agreed readily by them. The uniform and the material required for the competition was sponsored by Raju Varghese of Jessy Press without which they couldn’t have participated in the competition.
The boys proved their mettle by winning three golds, one silver and one bronze medal! It is first time in the history of Snehalaya that the boys have participated in a championship of repute with very little training and practice and have been able to defeat children with much training and practice. Aptly put by Fr. Solomon who was the inspiration and support for them, “We are very happy. The boys are really talented. They now have an option to choose Taekwon-Do as their profession. Not only have they made all of us proud, but have gained immense confidence and learnt the value of discipline. The martial art has the potential of making them spiritual, honest in control of their anger.”
For the consecutive eighth year Lions Club of Guwahati South celebrated Raksha Bandhan with the boys of Snehalaya. This year the club members with their families came to Snehalaya, Paltan Bazar on Aug. 10 to celebrate the festival. About 100 boys from Dhirenpara Children’s Home and Paltan Bazar Night Shelter and Drop-in Centre of Snehalaya attended the function. Girls and ladies from the club tied the propecia 10 years Rakhis to the boys of Snehalaya.A cultural program was presented by children of ‘Gitashree Kala Kendra’, a reputed dance academy of Guwahati.
A ‘Conversation’ was organised by Thumbprint web magazine on the burning topic of lowering the age of juveniles from 18 to 16 years in the proposed Juvenile Justice Bill 2014. The conversation was held on August 16, 2014 from 5.30 pm to 7.45 pmat Snehalaya, Paltan Bazar, Guwahati.
Matri is a union of resourceful and child friendly women associates of Snehalaya formed as an advocacy group for child protection issues.Thumbprint is contemporary news web-magazine focusing on the issues and stories of the Northeast region. Teresa Rehman, a journalist of repute and much experience, is the editor of the magazine.
The program began with hoisting the flag of Don Bosco as August 16th, 2014 marked the beginning of the year-long celebrations in the bi-centenary year of Saint Don Bosco.
The conversation among the experts such as child right activists, lawyers, psychiatrists, practitioners and academicians and the lay people such as students, housewives, and citizens was stimulating as well as insightful. Mr.Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, Addl. Director General of Police (Admin.), Assam, played the role of the moderator effectively by facilitating experts and the lay participants to express their view on lowering the age of juveniles from 18 to 16 as there has been an increase in heinous crimes committed by juveniles in the age group of 16-18 years.
The experts present in the conversation were Dr. Dwipesh Bhagabati (Psychiatrist), Kapil Bora (Actor), Ms. Indrani Raimedhi (Journalist), Fr. Lukose Cheruvalel (Director, Snehalaya and Chairperson, Child Welfare Committee, Kamrup) and Dr. Sabina Ahmed (Managing Trustee of Assam Autistic Foundation). Among others who made a point were Brother Prasad, Brother Manish, Arundhati Kakaty, Dr. R. N. Goswami, Rituparna Ghosh, Nazeen Hussain, Montu and Kamal.
Because lowering the juvenile age to 16 years from 18 years is not at all the solution, view of the majority was against lowering of the age to 16 years. It was gathered that the points that need to be looked into are
- Reforms in the Juvenile Justice System.
- Better implementation of existing laws on juveniles.
- Crime appropriate punishment (punishment corresponding to the misdeed).
- Separate reform homes for different age groups of juveniles.
- Provision of bringing parents/guardians to task for the crimes of juveniles.
- Changing the mind-set of the society towards children’s upbringing rather than only punishing them.
Ms.Kaveri Das Teron is a crafts person of repute. She has created her niche in the jute craft in the North East region. She has showcased her work across the country as well as in neighbouring countries. She contributed her time and skills to teach jute work to children of Snehalya during their summer vacation. Such activities are encouraged at Snehalaya so that children use their hands and mind creatively in their free time. Kaveri conducted classes in jute work for boys of SnehalayaPaltan Bazar and girls of JyotiSnehalaya in July 2014. The girls of JyotiSnehalaya enjoyed making hairbands and bags from jute.
Kaveri said, “I have been able to create my identity from jute craft. I teach craft to students from under privileged background so that they too have an opportunity to benefit from it just the way I have.”
On 12th July 2014, Snehalaya felicitated the 1st Batch of MA in Human Rights (Child Rights and Development) from Assam Don Bosco University. The course in uniquely designed to theoretical input as well as hands on experience in the field of human rights, child rights, juvenile justice system, child psychology and child counseling as informed by the founder director of Don Bosco Snehalaya and CWC Kamrup (M) Chairperson Fr. Lukose Cheruvalel. Apart from Fr. Lukose other eminent people present on the dais was ADBU Head of Mass Communication Fr C.M. Paul, SOS Village Director Sushanta Kr. Ghosh, World Vision Director Subimol Goldsmith and representative of State Child Protection Society.
We are ecstatic to announce that our beloved Kid Montu Kalita does us proud by getting through his Matriculation examination in first division with 3 letters in subjects English, Social Science and Computer Science. He is now all set to pursue his higher education. We wish him all the very best for his future.
Snehalaya (House of Love) is a social service programmee of Don Bosco Society for the care, protection and ultimate social reintegration of children in distress and Young at Risk (YaR) of all castes and creeds. The programme was officially launched by the Guwahati Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco, North East India on August 16, 2000 (on the 185th birth anniversary of St. John Bosco).
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