‘The Woman and Child Help Centre’ at Trivandrum is a joint venture of Southern Railway, Trivandrum Divisional GRP & RPF, CHILDLINE and Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society, to provide emergency assistance, care and protection to those needy women and children reaching at Trivandrum. This is the first of its kind in the State, and probably first joint venture of RPF, GRP and an NGO (Don Bosco) in the country. We hope to replicate this service to other major Railway Stations gradually.
In the past years with the assistance of GRP & RPF Don Bosco Society and its CHILDLINE network have done commendable work towards the rescue and rehabilitation of wandering children and women. To streamline and strengthen this GO & NGO partnership under the aegis of Don Bosco a Centre has been constructed at the second platform of Trivandrum Central Railway Station and to be jointly operated by DON BOSCO, CHILDLINE, RPF & GRP.
At 10. 30 am Shri. Ashok Kumar (Additional Railway Divisional Manager, Trivandrum) inaugurated the Woman and Child Help Centre. Rev. Fr. George Ukkran S.D.B (Rector, Don Bosco, Trivandrum) presided over the inaugural ceremony. Shri. Vijayasreekumar IPS (Superintendent of Police, Railways, Trivandrum), Shri. K.K Asharaf (Divisional Security Commissioner, Trivandrum),Shri. C.M.C Nair (Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Trivandrum) and Shri .N.D. Premkumar (Station Manager, Railways, Trivandrum) have delivered the felicitation talks.
Rev. Fr. Philip Parakatt S.D.B (Director, Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society) extended a warm welcome and Shri .P.P.Joy (Inspector, RPF, Trivandrum) expressed the vote of thanks. Numerous railway officials, police personnel, NGO representatives, Women & Children attended the function. An exhibition highlighting the services of Don Bosco and its CHILDLINE services and Missing Child Search services were held. Hundreds of people, who passed through the railway station were given awareness on Child Protection and Child Welfare services networks as part of Children’s Day Celebration.