Celebrating childhood on Nov 14 – Children’s Day

On November 14th, 2015 as we commemorated the children's day, Buds of Christ took the opportunity of organising 40 orphan children and 15 care takers together at our center premises. The purpose of the meeting was to help each child enjoy being a child and not be overwhelmed by the thoughts and fears of their orphan status and living conditions.

The day started with active games to make them feel at ease, followed by the understanding of "why children's day is celebrated?"  and the rights of children under CRC. Following the presentation; competitions were organised for children on poem-writing, drawing and oratorical events. For many, participation in competitions and winning prizes have been for the first time. This gathering was unique in helping them understand the rights they enjoy, learn the rights that are denied and celebrating being children with peers orphan children.

Following the competitions, each child was celebrated by sharing the qualities of each child, those noticed by the peers and on the observation of the care-takers. This experience added an excitement, especially for children who have often felt less appreciated of themselves due to their Orphan status.

In the feed-back, the children expressed that they were greatly excited of being celebrated special; especially being showered with flowers (individually). 
Having competitions encouraged many to explore and learn about the topic and also present the same in front of audience. 

For the first timers they expressed “Though there was little stage fear, presenting in front of peers and care-takers and the encouragement they gave instilled hope and courage”

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