Sunday, November 23, 2008

Children's Day celebrations...

Dear Friends,

DI Chennai team had wonderful time this weekend, thanks to the special children of Vasantham and residents of Kaakum Karangal.


Children's day:

As per the plan I met our friends Poornima [from Young Helping Minds], Jayasree [from India Sudar ], Partheeban, Vimala  at T.Nagar to leave for Vasantham Special School for  the Mentally Challenged. We reached at around 9.30 a.m. Meanwhile, Nagappan [ YHM ] also joined us at the school.

Hari and his friend Manjula, Chandru and his friend Durai reached Vasantham in a while few minutes. Senthil and Ramesh also joined us around 10.30am.

The programme started with lighting of Kuthuvilakku (traditional lamp).  Mr.Suresh Kamath, MD- Laser Soft Infosystems Limited and Mr.Kannan, retired IPS officer along with a few others wished the children with a special message.

Fancy dress competition really cannot be better than this.We had doctors, teachers, cop, old man,Thiruvaluvar,Swami Vivekananda, Pandit Nehru, Common man, Mahatma, Vegetable vendor, Goddess amman, Lord Krishna, tribal people and what not?!!! It was really an awesome display by kids and they even shook legs for the tunes played. It was a perfect treat to our eyes and heart!

We also had special performances by children from the same locality.These kids of around 10 -15years of age save their pocket money, collect funds from people and contribute regularly for their brothers sisters at Vasantham.

Another kid Pooja aged 10, a trained dancer of Jaya TV fame had a small performance to make the occasion more special [Watch the video ].

Prize distribution was followed by vote of thanks and National anthem. After that, a few of our friends joined us in serving delicious lunch to the children. Following this, we had lunch and left with our hearts completely filled with love of the special children at around 3 pm.


This week we had Hari, Elavarasi, Vimala, Chandru, Nithi, JP, Partheeban and myself at KK home. We had ordered "kal" dosai and vada for all the residents.

After the prayer session, we served the dinner around 7.40 pm. Regular visits to KK have made most of close pretty close with the residents of the home. They feel comfortable in sharing lot of things with us. Last weekend, when I went to KK I had told them about my mother's eye operation. This time, the first thing they asked me was about my mother's current health condition.

A few of them said that they would prefer coffee for vada. So, we have decided to prepare coffee at home and take it for them during our next visit.

They were extremely happy and told us that "Only when you people come, we feel so nice and happy to speak".

We were at KK home till 9 pm discussing lot of things. We have the feel of family with them.


Unfortunately, we did not take any snaps this time, sorry about that.


Overall, children of Vasantham and residents of KK filled the Sunday with joy.




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