Mega Children’s Day at Kristu Jyoti College (Bangalore)
Social Service Guild (SSG), the Social Wing of Kristu Jyoti College, celebrated on mega scale Children’s Day on November 8th. The sky, dark with rainy clouds and occasional drizzling, did not in any way dampen the enthusiasm of the organizers or the children in making the day a memorable one. KJC compound was filled with happy children who came to celebrate their day in a fitting manner. Children who participated in the event hail from villages like Anandapura, Bosco Nagar, Chikkabasavanapura, Swathanthra Nagar, Priyanka Nagar, Halehalli, Bhattarahalli, Kithaganoor, Kithaganoor Colony, Janatha Nagar and Jyoti Nagar. Varieties of cultural competitions were held for the children of the villages to come out with their capabilities. The cultural competitions started at 8.30 a.m and lasted up to 5.30 p.m. and children participated well in all the programmes. The inauguration programme was graced with dignitaries such as Mr. Nanjudaiya (B.E.O., K.R Pura) and Mr. Veeranna (Former Councilor of Bhattarahalli), Fr. Thomas Tharayil (Rector) and Fr. P.I Thomas (Secretary, SSG). At 5.30 p.m. there was the solemn concluding programme of the day. The Catholic leaders of the place, Mr. Jacob and Mr. Sagayaraj addressed the children and motivated them narrating their own experience of being associated with KJC during their childhood. The children who came out as winners in different competitions were awarded prizes. All the children who attended the children’s day were given sumptuous lunch and solemn tea. Children went back to their own villages happily reminiscing different events of the day and dreaming of the children’s day next year.
Blessing of the Foundation Stone for Prayer Hall in Swathanthra Nagar (Bangalore)
From its inception, the Social Service Guild (SSG) always stood for and assiduously worked for the development of the poor. The highpoint was the liberation of the bonded labourers in the quarries of Chikkabasavanapura village in 1975. They were in the clutches of a contractor. It was the indefatigable work of the SSG members that freed them. They are now settled in a little village known as ‘Swathanthra Nagar’ (Freedom Town). In that village there are 30 to 35 Catholic families. Here they have a grotto of our Lady where they come and pray regularly. In the month of November they celebrate the feast of Swathanthra Mathe on the streets of the village due to the nonavailablility of proper facilities in the village. With much negotiation the SSG received some land from the government to put up a prayer hall for the villagers. The foundation stone of the intended building was blessed on 6th November by Fr. Provincial in the presence of Fr. Thomas Tharayil (Rector of KJC), Fr. P.I. Thomas (Secretary of SSG) and Mr. Balakrishna (Former councilor of Swathanthra Nagar).
Bro Jince K, SDB