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Community birthday at old-age home

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 16 - Many of them perhaps do not remember the date on which they were born, but there was a childlike enthusiasm among all the senior citizens of Mother Old Age Home at Jyotinagar East, as the occasion was their birthday!

Deprived of the affection of their families and near and dear ones, the 34 inmates of the old-age home, mostly women, celebrated their community birthday today, organised with the help and support of the local people of the area.

While some of the senior citizens recalled their childhood days, some others just enjoyed the occasion as a first-time treat.

�We cut three big cakes for the birthday celebration. This was followed by a cultural programme and an open meeting. All the elderly members enthusiastically took part in the celebration,� said Utpal Harshvardhan, incharge of the old-age home.

The open meeting was presided over by social worker Gopal Das, while Executive Director of Guwahati Refinery Jogen Borpujari was the chief guest of the occasion.

�We have inmates sent by various police stations, mostly those abandoned by their children. Some of the members are also suffering from mental illnesses and cannot remember their home address and other details. The old-age home is hugely supported by the people and we organise several programmes such as Women�s Dar, Mothers� Day, Bihu etc,� he added.

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Community birthday at old-age home

GUWAHATI, May 16 - Many of them perhaps do not remember the date on which they were born, but there was a childlike enthusiasm among all the senior citizens of Mother Old Age Home at Jyotinagar East, as the occasion was their birthday!

Deprived of the affection of their families and near and dear ones, the 34 inmates of the old-age home, mostly women, celebrated their community birthday today, organised with the help and support of the local people of the area.

While some of the senior citizens recalled their childhood days, some others just enjoyed the occasion as a first-time treat.

�We cut three big cakes for the birthday celebration. This was followed by a cultural programme and an open meeting. All the elderly members enthusiastically took part in the celebration,� said Utpal Harshvardhan, incharge of the old-age home.

The open meeting was presided over by social worker Gopal Das, while Executive Director of Guwahati Refinery Jogen Borpujari was the chief guest of the occasion.

�We have inmates sent by various police stations, mostly those abandoned by their children. Some of the members are also suffering from mental illnesses and cannot remember their home address and other details. The old-age home is hugely supported by the people and we organise several programmes such as Women�s Dar, Mothers� Day, Bihu etc,� he added.