Joy of Giving carnival in Chennai
Chennai, 30th August 2018: Good Shepherd Convent is a registered non-profit organization whose main focus is to “Reach out, Encourage and Empower” vulnerable persons, particularly girls and women. The programs include education, advocacy, prevention of human trafficking and protection of ecology. Through its various programs, children and women at risk become self-reliant, thereby becoming contributing citizens of society.
The congregation of the Good Shepherd Convent, runs open shelters, shelter homes, rehabilitation centers, medical facilities and education centers to empower the poor and marginalized girls and women of our nation. These centers set in remote villages all over Central, East India and Nepal provide primary need of shelter, food, clothing and care to the marginalized women and girls living in difficult circumstances who are without any social and economic support. They also provide emotional support and counselling to such women; rehabilitate them socially and economically through education, awareness, skill upgradation and personality development through behavioral training etc.
Most of these women and girls are deserted by their families and relatives and left uncared near religious places where they are victims of exploitation. They are from very poor and destitute families; survivors of natural disasters who have been rendered homeless and are without any social and economic support; trafficked women and girls rescued or runaway from brothels or other places or women and girl victims of sexual crimes who are disowned by family or who do not want to go back to respective families for various reasons.
Most of us have only seen Good Shepherd Convent School here at Chennai but are not aware of the main focus of this congregation here in India. Almost 90% of their work is in the interiors of unknown villages and towns of India. Now they would like to build better educational and medicinal facilities to support their major focus of empowering the girl child in these places.
The school grounds of Good Shepherd Convent, Nungambakkam, will for the first time, be laid open to the city of Chennai on September 1st, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in a bid to engage the community towards raising funds to support Girl Empowerment Programs. The ‘Joy of Giving’ Carnival so aptly named, invites everyone to participate and contribute in your own way towards the positive growth of the girl child on this fun filled day-out at the school premises with over 100 stalls catering to your varied tastes, including 50 food stalls, 60 game stalls, commercial stalls, as well as product & service stalls.
The chief guest for the event is Dr. Saradha Menon, India’s first woman psychiatrist, Padma Bhushan recipient, founder of Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), and an alumni of Good Shepherd Convent school. The carnival includes lucky draws every hour and celebrity visits like Rio Raj, RJ Blade Shankar, Babu Ganesh, Renjith Unni, Vijay Adhiraj, Srikanth Deva, Sanjeev & Manasa, RJ Sha, Mayilsamy, and many more. Among a variety of performances planned like juggling, beat boxing, music, etc, there will be exclusive performance by Koteswari Kannan, Hula Hoop world record holder. The entry fee is Rs.200/-, and this is a ‘day-out’ one would definitely not want to miss, and above all, when one attends the event they would truly experience the ‘Joy of Giving’, by contributing to the empowerment of those who do not have our privileges.