GUWAHATI, Sept 21 � �Girls are treasure to one�s family,�girls give moral strength to the family, girls are the future of every nation; girls need a little amount of care,�warmth and love;�and education to girls will lift the family. Let the girls also be smiling and happy.��
This was the message emanating from the recent Child Girl Day celebrations by the Child Friendly Guwahati (CFG), FMA Cluster, which consists of five centres � Auxilium Centre Christian Basti, Holy Child Chandmari, Railway Colony and St Mary�s Maligaon at Human Empowerment Development Centre Holy Child School to empower and to create awareness about education among girl children and to identify distinctively their qualities.
�Save the Girl Child. Think� a world without us. Empowered Girl, Empowered World� was the theme of the day celebrating the Girl Child day, a press release said.
The 120 children present on the occasion welcomed Hasina Begum, secretary of VIDES Association who was the chief guest of the day, besides Sr Alphonsa Kurisingal FMA, Bro Prasad SDB, project manager CFG and all the other invitees. Also present on the occasion were the headmistresses and principals of the schools.
The event began with a welcome song by the children of Auxilium Centre CFG. All the centres performed their colourful items to show that they were proud being a girl child.
Sr Alphonsa, cluster coordinator, in her welcome speech welcomed the guests and others present on the occasion. She said, �Girls are the precious gifts of God. They are made in the image and likeness of God.�
Hasina Begum, in her speech to the children, encouraged the young ones and said, �There is no work which girls cannot do. What the boys do can also be done by girls.� Giving various examples, she said that �they must be courageous and not afraid to face challenges and obstacles to come up in life.�
The principal of Santi Niketan School was also present on the occasion. He appreciated the efforts made by the Fathers, Sisters, Teachers and social workers to give education to the child dropouts and bring them to the mainstream.