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FEELING PATRIOTIC: CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY @ BOYS HOME, LAJPAT NAGAR
AN AFTERNOON OF DANCE, MUSIC AND ART FOR THE UNDERPRIVELEGED CHILDREN AT LAJPAT NAGAR

FEELING PATRIOTIC: CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE DAY  AT THE LAJPAT NAGAR BOYS HOME, KASTURBA NIKETAN

Date: 14th August 2012
Venue: Lajpat Nagar Boys Home, Kasturba Niketan

Manas Foundation, a mental health organization from the time of its conception in the year 2000, has been deeply committed to the cause of mental health in India. Manas believes in a positive approach to wellbeing and for this reason, keep innovating to promote positive mental health in India. Manas has been working with the underprivileged for the past 12 years and sincerely believe in bringing a change in their lives.

Lajpat Nagar Boys home run by the Delhi Government houses around 170 boys in the age groups of 10 – 18. The boys are usually children who ran away from home, were caught in child labour cases or abandoned by their families. Since these children have faced such harsh realities their childhood is fraught with these traumas and there is a lack of opportunities to experience the normative experience.
 Thus the team of psychologists, Psychiatrists and social workers of Manas Foundation running the Mental Health Unit in Lajpat Nagar Boys home, planned to get the residents in the festive mode by initiating Independence day celebrations.  Through their extensive work with the residents they understand that the boys are very receptive to the creative and expressive art forms and thus the event was planned to showcase their talents in music, dance and art.

The event took place on the 14th of August and was attended by Government officials at Lajpat Nagar Boys Home, the District officer, the members of the CWC and the superintendent. The chief guest for the event was the eminent interior designer Mrs. Payal Khurana. She also was a judge for the drawing competition that was held on 13th August with the theme “Freedom to me is….” The event saw around 70 residents participating.

The hard work put in by the participants was well received and contemporary song recitals like “Allah ke bande”, “Maa Tujhe Salaam” and “Naadan Parindey” were an instant hit with the audience. Manas Foundation realizes that the children in the home can sometimes lack positive reinforcement and recognition for their efforts and thus the event also included prize distribution ceremony for various achievements of the children. The winners of the Drawing competition, previously held carom competition and the children with exceptional performances in academics were all facilitated by the dignitaries. The boys shared their enthusiasm by reporting that they would all work harder to be called on stage for prizes the next time.

Thus the event was a roaring success and was instrumental in engaging the children in reflecting on the importance of Independence Day while simultaneously motivating them to become independent and responsible in their own lives
 
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