Sunday, November 7, 2010

Diwali is about awakening inner lights

Twelve-year old Nishchith moved his fingers on the musical keyboard to play the latest numbers from Endhiran and ten-year old Karan Dravid danced to the tune to entertain the less-privileged children of Mary Immaculate Bal Gurukul at Benson Town. When several hundreds were busy sending Diwali messages from their latest Corby and touch-pads, Nishchith and Karan thought it fit play music and bring smiles on children faces.

We have been observing Diwali festival in a different manner for a couple of years, said smiling Nishchith and Karan who are studying in class VII and V respectively in Kendriya Vidyalaya MEG & Centre, Bengaluru and they are the young social ambassadors of Indian Development Foundation (IDF).

Mary Immaculate Bal Gurukul is an empowerment education programme of Indian Development Foundation run by the Sisters of the Immaculate at Benson Town in Bangalore.
Indian Development Foundation celebrated Diwali Festival with the children of Mary Immaculate Bal Gurukul on 5th November 2010.

Rev. Sr. Florita, Mother Superior, Mary Immaculate Sisters of Bishop Morrow thanked the young social ambassadors, Nishchith and Karan, for spreading the message of love and togetherness among the Gurukul children.

Rev. Sr. Vincenta, Secretary of the Centre invoked blessings for universal peace and prosperity while Dr. S. Franklin, Manager of IDF spoke on the spirit of Diwali and blessed the children on the occasion. Social worker Nancy Das explained the children about the importance of Diwali and told them to wean away bad thoughts and instill good habits.

Sr. Caroline, Provincial of Mary Immaculate Sisters of Bishop Morrow, appreciated IDF for its commitment towards fulfilling the educational requirements of the needy children.

The excitements of the children in the centre were boundless and they were immersed in joy of dance and merry. One could see beaming happiness on childrens’ faces as they received sweets and sparklers.

Mr. Samuel Vincent and Mr. C.A. Mathew from IDF co-ordinated the celebrations while Ms. Vineeta, teacher of Bal Gurukul proposed a vote of thanks.

It was truly a celebration of light kindling the hearts of many children in the centre.

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