11 CHILDREN – hosts to Children

posted Nov 14, 2018, 8:16 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 14, 2018, 8:16 AM ]
Celebrating Children’s Day with a difference

Came November, and our excitement grew in leaps and bounds as November 4th dawned! The red letter day when we the members of our "NCC" (Neighbourhood Children's Council with children of all faiths) based at the Nazarene Society, Kharodi, Malad West, planned to celebrate 'Children's Day' with the children of 'Sneha Sagar' – an orphanage fairly close to us. Normally, our elders plan a celebration for us in our community; this year, we wanted to do something different. We children would host a party for the less privileged. Through our monthly Council meetings, we have come to realise how blessed we are in many ways: what security we enjoy in our families who provide all we need. We have so much, while there are other children of our age who have so little. This called us to SHARE - of our time, our talents, our resources with them.

Our planning began in September. Our mentor, Sr Manisha, guided us to reflect on more deeply what we had already verbalised, and to chalk out an action plan to express our awareness. To host the Children's Day celebration, we would need money, and this we would provide by collecting our own pocket money from that day onwards. Of course, we too would participate in the celebration! Joy shared would be Joy multiplied!