- Nelson Mandela, Former President Of South Africa
- Jess Lair, Author
- Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady of the United States
- Jess Lair, Author
A just society in which every child enjoys childhood assured of his/her rights with dignity and happiness
Build a social movement that will uproot all form of exploitation and oppression of children and promote and protect the basic human rights of children enabling them to enjoy a dignified childhood Effect policy changes and ensure social justice through research, documentation, campaign and networking.
Arunodhaya initiated Ward level Child Protection Committee in Ward 38, Zone 4, Greater Chennai Corporation. The first meeting of CPC was held on 20th February 2024. It is encouraging to have the presence of all the members and an involved and insightful discussion on the child protection issues in the Ward. An action plan for the next three months was drawn and the Committee decided to meet once in three months.
Arunodhaya is implementing Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Programme in partnership with Omega Health Care Services. As part of this intervention a special health camp for women facilitated by Pen Nalam Hospital was organised on February 4, 2024 in Korukkupet. Screening for cervical and breast cancer was the primary emphasis of the camp. Fifty four women were screened by the team. In order to reach more women we intend to host health camps in other locations.
'Steps to Success' a motivation session for students appearing for board exams was organised by Arunodhaya on 28th January 2024. Eight nine students studying in 10th,11th and 12th standards participated in the training. Ms. Saraswathy from Action DnA interacted with the students on developing confidence, acquiring a positive attitude, time management and physical and mental preparedness to face the exams. Ms Divya and Ms J.C. Mettilda, teachers guided the students on effectively preparing for Mathematics, English and Science subjects and oriented the students on important guidelines to be followed while writing the examinations.
National girl child day celebration was marked by the release of the short film 'Matram'(the change) produced by Arunodhaya social media team. Drawing competition for school children, awareness sessions in schools and interaction with women police were organised as part of the celebration.
Provision kits, mats and bed sheets were distributed to 100 Irula families in Sadayankuppam and Athipet.
Arunodhaya is reaching out to the people affected by the flood in North Chennai.
Some pictures from the Confederation of Arunodhaya Children sangam annual convention and World children's day held on 19th November 2023.
Happy to join in the 15th anniversary celebration of Advesa trust. It is heartening to see people volunteering to promote reading habit among children. Advesa trust is running a library for underprivileged children in the premises of Jeevodhaya (hospice for terminally ill cancer patients). The children were articulate in sharing their experience and organised the programme effectively. Congrats to Dr Shanthi and her team.
Arunodhaya organised a workshop to hone the skills of children sangam members in Journalism. Twenty five children participated in the workshop held on 28th and 29th September 2023 at Youth hostel, Adyar. Mr. M. Mohan, Director, Vaalu TV, Dr. D Jayasakthivel, Professor, Dept. Of journalism, University of Madras and Mr. R. Muthukumar from University of Madras facilitated the workshop and trained the children to prepare their Journal. We look forward to seeing the children's newsletter.
Women from Arunodhaya had the opportunity to exhibit their embroidery items and artificial jewellery at the 'Textures of traditions-culture festival'on 17th September 2023 held at Kraft Retail dining, Nandanam,Chennai. Embroidered handkerchiefs, pillow covers, table clothes and artificial jewellery were displayed.
Arunodhaya started a new initiative- 'Sexual and reproductive health awareness among young women' in partnership with CSR initiative of Omega Health care Private Ltd. The community facilitators training was held from 22nd Aug to 26th August 2023. During the five days training, the participants were led through a process of discussion, presentation, games and exercises to appreciate their womanhood, feel comfortable on speaking about sexual and reproductive issues, explode myths connected to menstruation, gain understanding on menstrual hygiene, sexual health and how to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases.