We are delighted to annouce that Robert who founded Goa Outreach has been rewarded for his hard work by Childline Goa.
The award states :
"This is in deep appreciation for the services rended to Childline Caritas Goa"
Robert was delighted to receive the Award at Childline's Panjim offices. The event was headed by distiguished guests, with the current Director of Women and Child as the chief guest. Two other people were also rewarded for their help in supporting child welfare and child rights. The event was the start of a week long project highlighting 'Childline Se Dosti'.
Childline (1098) has worked with Goa Outreach on several occasions during the last year. Due to this increased knowledge about Goa outreach, Childline has kindly invited some of the children to a special Children's Day party on the 14th November.
Before the party, Childline wanted a group chat with the children to inform them about what Childline does and how the children can get help if they need to. Two social workers from childline came for the day and spoke to 30-40 children at the local park. It was a nice day in the shade of the trees and we would like to Thank Childline for their continued help for children all over India. Here are a few of the photos from the day.
Thanjani a Christ Institute of Management (CIM) student from Pune contacted us as she wanted to put on a small programme for the older children. We organised for her to pop in for a chat and to meet some of the children, Robert and Thanjani had a good talk and she met a few of the children who had come to the centre to learn cross stitch and do homework. Thanjani was given a 'crash course' on everything about 'Goa Outreach'.
On first meeting Thanjani you realise that she is full of energy and ideas, even though she only found out about us the night before, she crammed in lots of research and completely understood who we were and how we ran, even before arriving. After spending an hour and a half chatting away she mentioned that she hoped to return and put on a small programme for the children.
The next day, Thanjani came in and was eager to get started; she had been working hard the day before creating two large charts outlining the paths the older children could take after they pass 10th Standard (Similar to GCSE level in the UK). As it was a little short notice we took a drive down to the slums to see who was available, unfortunately even though it was school holidays a few of the older students had gone to school for extra classes.
We rounded up the remaining children and brought them to the centre for a small talk about their futures. It might seem like miles away for some of the children but for others these decisions are important as they have their final exams coming up in April when they need to start thinking about their future.
Thanjani wrote -
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. And for children´s to know what they love is to find one. The students of 8th, 10th and 11th today underwent a career guidance session. They learnt what courses are available post 10th and 12th grade. The 1 hour session was an overview on various opportunities available for students in India for education. The students who knew their goals found certain paths to explore while the young kids could think of possible choices and start preparing. The session was concluded with how to set SMART objectives and a quote - "Write Your Own Story".
Thanjani spent around 3 hours in total with the children, meeting them in their homes and providing an engaging talk with around 20 children in total. We would like to thank her for her time and energy, it was a great day. Thank You