SILCHAR, Jan 10 - Responding to the call given by Cachar Deputy Commissioner, S Vishwanathan to donate toys and clothes to the underprivileged children across the district to help them to enjoy their childhood through the �Saishober Anando� project, Snighdha Bhattacharjee, a student of class V at the Daffodils English School handed over a packet stuffed with toys with which she used to play.
�I love playing with crockery toys. But I am sure there are many of my age with similar feelings. I have donated the toys I loved playing and whoever gets those will enjoy playing with them much I did,� Singhdha said. She also donated some clothes for her underprivileged counterparts.
Unfolding the project initiated by the Cachar district administration at a function on Friday at the DC�s conference hall in the presence of Dr Anwar Uddin Choudhury, the Divisional Commissioner for Barak Valley and Hills, Vishwanathan said that the childhood of a person shapes his overall personality. But there are only a few who are blessed with a happy childhood. If the children of today are provided with enough opportunities to enjoy a happy and playful childhood, we will help them grow and become responsible future citizens of the country.
�The goal behind the project is to give the lesser fortunate children in the slums, tea gardens and orphanages an opportunity to enjoy the joyful moments of childhood. It is a move to make their childhood memorable and it envisages collection of used toys and clothes from families which have otherwise become obsolete for their grown-up children and then distributing those to the Anganwadi centres so that the poor children get enough opportunities of joyful learning,� Vishwanathan said adding that cancer and HIV-affected children will be given special focus under the project. He made it clear that no cash will be accepted as donations. People interested in donating can come with toys, clothes and other gift items useful for the children to their nearest Anganwadi centres and the collected materials from the office of Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) at the ICDS block levels and the District Social Welfare Office along with the Central Destitute Home (CDH) in Silchar will be re-distributed to the children in tea gardens, slums, tribal belts and other economically-backward areas in the district, the Deputy Commissioner maintained. The collection will be done on Monday to Friday between 11am to 4 pm.
In his speech, Dr Anwar Uddin Choudhury lauded the initiative taken by the Cachar district administration and congratulated the Deputy Commissioner for his concern for the poor and needy. �There are many children who grow up uncared on the streets mostly in the metros. It gives a lot of pain when we look at the way those children live. However, the Cachar district administration deserves huge congratulations for taking up such an important and noble initiative and executing the same in an organised manner,� Choudhury mentioned. The District Development Commissioner, Cachar, MK Das and other officials from the departments of Irrigation, PHE have donated gifts towards the cause on the occasion.