ICYM organizes program for orphans

November 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Catholic, Church, India, Karnataka, newsletter-india

ICYM logoKarnataka, November 14, 2011: The volunteers of the Indian Catholic Youth movement (ICYM) in Bangalore organized a program for 700 orphans around the city on the eve of the Children’s Day.

Some 130 students of the Sampurna Montfort college too joined the volunteers in their efforts to make the day special for these children from nine orphanages.

The event included 20 game stalls, snack bars, cultural activities, and a magic show.

“The day was super. We had so many games and I won a lot of prizes. Apart from games, I really liked the cultural activity since we all got to dance,” said Ravi Kumar.

Ashok, another boy, liked the magic show. “It was funny to see the expression of the children when the magician made individual rings into a long chain and then made it disappear,” he said.

Sean Paul, a volunteer from ICYM, said, “We should all do this. Isn’t it the responsibility of people like us to give back to society?”

ICYM has been celebrating Children’s Day for four years now. Two years ago, Montfort College joined them.

“We wanted to expose youngsters to how different society can be from what they have experienced. When we did it on a trial basis the first time, the response was wonderful. We have been doing it ever since,” said Fr. Divya Paul, director of ICYM and head of psychology department at Montfort College.

He hopes that youngsters will find inspiration from such occasions.

“It is a powerful learning experience for them when they realise that something so small can bring so much joy. Imagine the joy when we do something bigger? That could actually change someone’s life,” he said.

– dna

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