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Celebrating the joy of childhood!
“Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow.” - Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s First Prime Minister
It’s a day we can never afford to forget at Sri Arunodayam – especially with 106 children in our midst! We decided to make it a day of celebration and fun, learning and healing. How we managed all that, you might ask. Here’s how.
Variety Entertainment Program – Staff entertain the Children!
This being their (children’s) day, we decided that a twist in the program would be most appropriate. Instead of the children doing the entertaining, the staff entertained them this time around through a variety program of song, dance and drama that were wildly funny but also carried good moral lessons for the children to learn. United Way Chennai CEO Mrs. Shyamala Ashok was our Chief Guest. The morning passed with much laughing and noise, music and dance.
Special Lunch – for a special day!
The children and staff were served a sumptuous meal topped with desserts like bread halva and ice-cream!
A visit to Premapuri – ‘healing the generations’ program
By around 3.00 pm we all trooped off in a chartered bus to Premapuri, an ashram for the abandoned aged at Thirumullaivoyal. The children and the old folk shared tea and snacks together and got along fine. We figured this would be an ideal opportunity to begin connecting these generations and letting them heal, together. We are really happy that this first connect was a success and we will be making the visit to Premapuri or having the grandparents over as a regular part of our ‘healing the generations’ program.
A visit to the beach – What better way to have fun!
Then, we took the children out to the beach and they went simply wild with joy. And we let them! There’s really nothing like the sun, sand and the inviting cool of the water to make anyone’s day! They played volleyball, ate pizza, and generally chilled out by the beach. That’s how Children’s Day celebrations culminated at Sri Arunodayam, and no one could have been happier than these little ones!
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Children spending time with the aged1
Children spending time with the aged 2
At the beach1
At the beach2