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Calcutta archbishop, cine stars join Children’s Day celebrations 

By Matters India Reporter

Kolkata: Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta on November 14 blessed 70 kids from the marginalized groups at a function to mark the Children’s Day organized by a non-governmental organization.

Diplomats and people from the cine world attended the program conducted by the Education for All at the Archbishop’s House in Kolkata. Educational kits were distributed to all the children during the program.

A group of children from Star Welfare Society, an NGO, presented the archbishop their paintings and drawings.

Archbishop D’Souza, in his address, recalled Jesus saying that one has to change and become like children to enter heaven. “Innocence, simplicity and purity are the qualities children personify and they lift our spirits,” the archbishop added.

Sundeep Bhutoria of Education for All thanked the donors who contributed for the children’s cause. “In the past 15 years, Education for All has provided assistance and scholarships to about 20,000 marginalized children and we would like to expand our reach to cover more children in the coming years,” he added.

Present on the occasion was Koel Mullick, an Indian film actress who appears in Bengali and Odia films. “This is one of the best occasions to begin my day,” she said while felicitating the donors with certificates of appreciation for their charitable act.

Pronab Dasgupta, advisor and patron of Education for All, described children as buds in a garden who “should be carefully and lovingly nurtured as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow.”

The event was attended also by the Consul General of Italy Daimiano Francovigh, Consul General of France Damien Syed, Deputy Consul General of Germany, Jurgen Thomas Schrod, Consul, Russian Federation, Gleb Gerasimov, Director of Alliance Francaise du Bengale, Fabrice Plancona and film director Goutam Ghose.

Children from Star Welfare Society performed a medley of song and dance on the occasion and the Director of Alliance Francaise, Fabrice Plancon and actress Koel Mullick joined the little performers in a jig.

Hyatt Regency, a hotel chain, provided food packets to the children as a part of their charitable initiative.

India celebrates Children’s Day on November 14, the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the country’s first prime minister.

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3 Responses to Calcutta archbishop, cine stars join Children’s Day celebrations

  1. Dr.Cajetan Coelho

    Children – they are the future torch-bearers of the Planet.

     
  2. santosh digal

    Congrats to the organizers for making the day for those 70 kids from the marginalized groups with dignitaries and stars. This is worth knowing.

    Let more and more people come forward to educate poor children because education is the most effective developmental program for poverty reduction. They must be happy today.

    What is most important is to educate them. More individuals and students could aim to break the chains of poverty in India by providing opportunities for a high school, college or vocational education for poor, underprivileged but deserving youth. Such development program could provide an environment for scholastic excellence reinforced with leadership and values formation to empower and enrich the lives of the youth in partnership with various implementing community partners among the dioceses, educational institutions, and others.

     
    • A. S. Mathew

      You have said it very precisely in the third paragraph. We all have a tendency to clothe our children with the brand name clothing-feed them too rich food-send them to the finest schools and colleges; but simply overlooking the desperate plight of the marginalized children starving for food in torn out clothing.

      If the Christians are not taking extra effort to help at least one poor child, then GOD is crying about our sin of omission.

       
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