CHILD WELFARE COMMITTEE BECOMES A VOICE FOR THE GIRL
Shemi K, a girl of 13 years, was rescued by Child Line, Ernakulam. Her parents had sold her for Rs 100/ when she was still in her child hood. She had to do household chores in various houses while on move from one family to another. When rescued, she was working as a servant girl in a family at Kakkanad, Ernakulam District. The Child Line of Cochin came to her rescue and she was placed in Valsalya Bhavan, an institution for girls, run by the Palluruthy Snehabhavan Project. A case was filed against the employer. The first class magistrate imposed a fine of Rs. 25000/ for violating the Child Labour Act. All who had championed the cause of the girl child felt that justice was done to her. This is an encouragement for all engaged in such causes and cases.

DON BOSCO, PALLURUTHY VENTURES INTO HOTEL MANAGEMENT
Don Bosco, Palluruthy has ventured into a new mission for youngsters who are downtrodden in society to begin a career. This is a venture under the Don Bosco Tech India Project run in collaboration with the TAJ Group of Hotels. Initially, we have started with house- keeping for three month course with on the job training in the Taj Group of Hotels. Thirty students have enrolled to be a part of this course. Most of the students come from BPL families and receive support from the MORD skill training project.

SNEHA BHAVAN BOYS IN CHARLES DICKENS “OLIWER TWIST”
The well- known novel in English literature, “Oliwer Twist,” by Charles Dickens is being staged as a musical play in the city of Cochin. The students from Sneha Bhavan are also a part of the cast of this musical play along with the students from other reputed schools of Cochin. The play is being organized by the Magic Theatre. Well known artists from Cochin are involved in the production of this musical. We hope this would enable our children to develop their talents and skills in music & dance and give publicity to our projects for the young at risk.

CORPORATION OF COCHIN FELICITATES THE SSLC STUDENTS

On July 14, the Mayor and the Municipal City Corporation of Cochin, accorded a felicitation to the students who successfully completed their SSLC, in a colourful function held in the council hall in the Corporation main office at Ernakulam. Sri Mani Shanker, the Deputy Mayor, felicitated the children and other dignitaries. 17 children from the Sneha Bhavan Project were lauded for their efforts at their studies and were encouraged to use all the opportunities provided to build up their initially traumatized lives into successful careers. They were given generous presents in cash and kind and were also treated to a dinner in the Indian coffee house. The children also voiced their gratitude to the Corporation for its protection and support.