All the Children and Staff were taken to the Grand Hyatt, Bambolim Property to celebrate Holi Festival in February along with other friends and guests. It was an enjoyable day for all our Children. They used colour on one another and celebrated and took part in the dance and other activities. All the Children got T Shirts provided by the Hotel and also special Lunch and snacks for all. They really enjoyed different types of snacks they could choose from and had a wonderful time there.
At the end we had a group photo with the General Manager, Manager, and other officials of the Hotel along with the Children and Staff. It was a day to remember for all our Children. Special thanks to the Grand Hyatt for inviting our Children for the programme.
All the Children and Staff were invited to the Grand Hyatt once again to celebrate Easter with them. There was a special Sailing sport organised for all our Children and they have divided into groups and went in 5 different sailing boats and they enjoyed wearing life jackets and going into the sea. It was a life time experience for all the Children. Then the Children were treated to some very good evening snacks and refreshments at the Hotel. They enjoyed the snacks and then there was a Cricket match organised and all the Children participated. At the end prises were given to the winning team and individual player of the match.
After that finally all the Children were allowed to swim in the sea and they really played and enjoyed themselves for an hour and we left back home with fond memories of the time they spent in the hotel. We also got some snacks to take home. Thanks to Mr. Vinay and Mr. Roger who organised the days event for the Children.
A session was conducted for the Girls in the Girls home by some of the staff of Grand Hyatt under the able leadership of Farhin there were other girls who spent some time with the Children talking about hygiene and they had brought snacks for the Girls and then had a group photo with them.
The Children were invited for Easter fun and breakfast at the Panaji Municipal Garden by the General Manager of the Watson Hotel. The Children had games, special songs, and fun together and later had breakfast in the open, which was enjoyed by all of them and they had arranged a bus to take the Children both Boys and Girls from home and back. Thanks to the organisers for helping our Children to enjoy the morning.
As usual the Trustees took all the Children and Staff to their home for new Year and had snacks and dinner in their home at Dona Paula. The Children were free, they played games, sang songs and had fun together. It was a relaxing evening for all. We ended up taking a group photo. Children really enjoyed the snacks and the dinner provided for them, it was very different from their routine dinner.
One of the Naval Officer invited all the Children, Staff and Trustees for a day in the Naval Museum in Vasco. It was a life time experience for all the Children. They had a warm welcome and then provided some cold drinks and snacks and then taken in groups along with a guide to help them for the whole trip. They enjoyed taking photographs near aircrafts. They also had a one hour video presentation in their hall which was enjoyed by all of them. They could also interact and ask questions.
One of the Commander came and visited the Children during lunch time and interacted with them. Packed lunch was given for all and they enjoyed the day at the museum. Thanks to the Naval Officers for inviting us and helping as guides to explain things to the Children. All the Trustees and Staff were given beautiful Naval Caps and the Children were given gifts.
In the last quarter we had three swimming sessions for girls and instructor Mr. Walter taught them swimming and some girls learnt and have done well. They were taken to the International Centre at Dona Paula for their classes. There will be one more session for the girls and they the boys will have their sessions. Thanks to Walter for teaching our Girls swimming.
This time Mother’s day was celebrated in a different way, all the Children and Staff were taken to an Old aged home in Saligao, by Murgesh and Sidhi and the Children spent time with the inmates and gave them gifts and performed songs and dance for them, they also played games with the elderly people in the home. Snacks and cold drinks were provided. Thanks to Murgesh and Sidhi.
Members of this group visited the Children during the last 6 months and had different activities for them. They also took them to an old aged home in Old Goa where the Children spent time with the elderly people and had games and sang special songs for them. They all danced together and enjoyed the day in the home. They all had special lunch on that day in the old aged home. All the Children were given bags for their personal use by the Star Group as they were celebrating their anniversary.
A trip to the Spice plantation was organised by Murgesh and Sidhi for all the Children and Staff for the whole day. The Children enjoyed the day in the spice plantation as they were taken around by the people in charge to show them different spices and explained to them in a way that Children could understand. A special lunch was prepared for the Children and all of them enjoyed the day in the spice plantation, they could also see some monkeys, and had games, and special song together.
Later on our way back we took the Children to the Old Goa Bom Jesus Church and we had group photo there and then returned after we stopped for tea on the way. This day also was enjoyed by all the Children. It was a very different experience for all of them.
SNAKE AWARNESS PROGRAMME
Murgesh and Sidhi organised a snake awareness programme by inviting Mr. Amrut Singh, from the Animal Rescue Squad, Bicholim. He came with many different types of snakes, both venomous and non venomous snakes. Some of our Children were bold enough to hold some snakes and it was a very great experience for the Children. This was held in front of the Girls home, where all our neighbours were also invited to participate. Children could ask questions to clear their doubts regarding snacks. They also sang a welcome song for the guest who came to demonstrate.
Our Beloved housing board minister Mr. Jayesh Salgaonkar came to celebrate his Birthday with all the Children in our home and he really enjoyed his time in the home with the Children. He was welcomed by two of our girls with flowers and then they sang a welcome song for the minister. The Children also decorated the home with flowers and arranged the place for the Minister to feel at home.
The Minister cut his Birthday cake while the Children sang for him, he then gave cake pieces to all the small Children who were next to him. We had balloons that we released in the air on this occasion. The Children made a special card for him and he like it very much. One of the Girl gave a speech and a boy prayed for him. The Director spoke a few words welcoming the Minister and also sharing about the Care and Compassion work. The Minister then spoke to the Children and encouraged them to do work hard and do well in their studies and come up in life. We also organised couple of games where the Minister also joined with the Children and played and every enjoyed the evening. He then signed our visitors book and was very happy he came to be with the Children in our homes on his Birthday.
Our Staff who worked with us for three years was leaving for his higher studies to Pune so the Children put up a special programme for him and gave a warm farewell to him. They had drama, dance, special song and variety programme for him. It was participated by all the Boys and Girls and a Special Lunch was prepared for his farewell. We miss him as he was good in taking care of the Boys. Let us pray for his higher studies that he may do well.
MRS. GOA PAGEANT
The Children specially the small ones participated in the Mrs. Goa Beauty contest that was held at the Calculo Hall and 6 of our girls took part in the pageant and walked the ramp. It was a life time experience for the Girls. Their special costumes were stitched by students of the Government Polytechnic college, Altinho. One of the judge who was present was very happy to see the children walk the ramp. Mr. Akhil Raju was the one who organised everything for the Children. Special thanks to the Director and Manager Mr. Thasveer Salim for inviting our Children for this event. The Director Mr. Prince Aaron also got a chance to share about Care and Compassion and also had the privilege to give away awards to all the beauty contestants. It was also a wonderful evening enjoyed by all.
LEGAL SERVICES GOA
The Goa legal Services of the Bombay High Court, Altinho invited our Children to perform a special welcome song for the Chief Justice of India and all the other Judges who came from other parts of India. The Children sang in English and it was appreciated by all the guests who were gathered for the occasion.
This year we have some achievements to share.
Rani completed her B.Sc in Nursing and is working in a hospital in Panaji, she is also trying to go abroad if it is God’s plan for her everything will be done smoothly.
Priyanka Kamble also completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology and is working on temporary basis in Ezekiel Methodist School as a Teacher and Counsellor. She is also trying in other places for a better job.
Suvarna has completed her B.Sc in Bio Technology and now has got admissions for her Masters in Bio Technology in Goa University.
Soniya has completed her B.Com and now has got admissions to do her Masters in Commerce in Goa University.
Priyanka Srivastav and Yalava have successfully completed their high School that is 10th standard and got admissions for their 11th standard in Santa Cruz higher Secondary School.
Padmarag and his family came from Kolhapur and visited our Children in their home and was very happy to do so as they were supporting this work of ours in Goa.
We also had Mr. Jay and Mrs. Sharda who came with their daughters from England, Sheetal and Sonal with her family to see all the Children, they provided a heavy evening snacks for all the Children and Staff with Ice Cream. They had a good time of interaction with the Children and were able to spend time with them. The Children also entertained them with special songs that they really enjoyed listening to. They also provided lots of story books for all the Children in the home both boys and Girls.
Another newly married couple came to celebrate their wedding anniversary with all our Children in the home and they cut the cake and gave to children and also had special candle light dinner for all on banana leaves which was something different for a change. All enjoyed the evening.
Many other families and individuals came to celebrate their Birthdays or special occasions with the Children by providing snacks and lunch for them.
2 Laptops were donated for both the Boys and Girls homes by a family from Dona Paula and the Children are very happy to use the new laptops for their assignments. Thanks to our friends who donated the laptops for the Children. It is has been very useful for the Children.
Many individuals and families came to give ration for the home, clothes for Children and also some eatables. Some of them gave money for the expenses in the home towards the Children’s education, uniform, College fees etc. We want to thank all of them for coming and some have come on a regular basis during the last 6 months. May God bless you all for your loving donations that you gave and because of which we are able to do so much for the needy Children in Goa.
We had 8 ladies who completed their course during thelast 6 months and were given certificates. Babita is doing well as a teacher there.
We are still not able to find a good Teacher to take care of the Children’s club in Vasco. Please do let us know if anyone is interested in doing this. It is from 10 am to 1 Pm daily except Sundays.
The Home Ministry has given us the renewal Certificate for FCRA for another 5 year till 2021. Thanks for all your Prayers.
We have covered the roof of the house in Sarzora to protect it from the heavy rains this season. After the rains we plan to put metal roofing, and raise support for that project as early as possible.
LEGAL SERVICES GOA
The Goa legal Services of the Bombay High Court, Altinho invited our Children to perform a special welcome song for the Chief Justice of India and all the other Judges who came from other parts of India. The Children sang in English and it was appreciated by all the guests who were gathered for the occasion.
Members of this group visited the Children during the last 3 months and had different activities for them. They also took them to an old aged home in Old Goa where the Children spent time with the elderly people and had games and sang special songs for them. They all danced together and enjoyed the day in the home. They all had special lunch on that day in the old aged home. All the Children were given bags for their personal use by the Star Group as they were celebrating their anniversary.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
We had a special flag hoisting programme at the Girls home for all the Children and Staff and our Chief Guest for the day was the newly elected Panch from Calangute, Mrs. Cheryl Lobo who hoisted the flag and all the Children, Staff and Trustees families sang the National Anthem wailing the national flag in their hands. It was a great day enjoyed by all of them. The Lunch was sponsored by the Chief Guest and family and they prepared nice food for the Children and served them with cold drinks on that special occasion.
CHILDREN RIGHTS IN GOA
They have started a talk and workshop for Children from the age group of 10 to 17 from the 14th of August this is a 20 session programme for the Children in the Girls home.
MEDICAL CHECK UP
Dr. Kamat our Doctor came to both our homes for Boys and Girls and had a Medical check up for the Children and gave certificates for all the Children. He also prescribed some treatment for a couple of them. They are all healthy and doing fine.
PENGUIM THEATRE UK
We had about 6 students from the Penguim Theatre in the UK visiting the Children on the 31st of July and they had a two hour programme for Children and an activity also together. The programme was arranged in Keni’s Hotel in Panaji. It was a wonderful evening that was enjoyed by all the Children and Staff.
NEW CHILDREN AND STAFF
In the month of July we had two new Children added in our boys and girls homes. Their Mother works in the Girls home as a cook. The Father has left them and they were without any support so we decided to take them into our homes. They have started going to School and Jeena is in the 2nd standard and Joseph is in L. K.G.
Now we have a total of 22 Children this academic year, with 14 Girls and 8 Boys.
The Star Group celebrated their Anniversary and during this time they gave all our Children bags with their logo on them, the Children enjoyed the bags given to them.
We had other families and individuals who came during this quarter and gave ration, food items and other house hold items for all the Children in the home. Some people also brought clothes for the Children and some even gave financial assistance to the homes.
We want to thank all our donors for helping us and please continue helping us do improve our work with the underprivileged Children.
US PEARL HARBOUR NAVAL SHIP
The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Goa for a scheduled port visit on Thursday. The USS Paul Hamilton DDG 60 arrived at the Momugao port recently as part of a four-day general visit to Goa, to build a close relationship with the Indian navy.
The USS Pearl Harbor is a Whidbey Island class (cargo variant) amphibious dock landing ship with a crew of over 700 sailors and embarked Marines, said a statement from the American Embassy in New Delhi.
While in Goa, the ship's sailors and Marines will conduct exchanges with the Indian Navy and Indian Navy Marine Commandos relating to amphibious warfare.
"They will also engage in community relations events and have the opportunity to experience Indian culture," the statement said. This is the ship's first visit to India.
"We are thrilled by the opportunity to visit India," said Commander Theodore Essenfeld, USS Pearl Harbor's commanding officer.
The ship has a crew of 320, including 7 female officers, 5 female chefs and 58 other crew members. We will be staying in Goa for a period of 4 days,” said Cdr. John Barasano, executive officer of the USS Paul Hamilton.
“We will have a basketball and football match with the Indian Navy, besides a reception and get-together with the Indian navy. Though we won’t have any drills or exercises at the port, it will help build the relationship with the Indian navy,” added Cdr. Barasano.
"The sailors and Marines of Pearl Harbor look forward to experiencing the culture and traditions of India while strengthening our long-standing partnership with the Indian Navy."
A team of 18 Officers came to visit the Children in our home on Saturday the 26th of August at 3 PM and had a power point presentation and talked about their jobs on board the ship and they gave pizza for all the Children. All the Children played games with them, interacted and sang some songs in different languages for the guests. The Children were also given some toys and games as gifts.
Three Officers from the US Embassy in New Delhi were also here to arrange their travel and safety in Goa. Thanks to the US Embassies in Delhi and Mumbai for coordinating with us and helping the team to visit the Children in our home during their short visit to Goa. It was a privilege for us to host them. Everyone enjoyed their time.
They organised a special Art and Craft workshop for all the Children on the 29th of August 2017 at the Youth Hostel. Mira mar, Panaji, Goa. Special thanks to the Manager of Youth Hostel Mr. Anand Joshi who graciously allowed us to use the premises for the workshop. We thank the Teachers who came to help the Children both for Seniors and Juniors. The Children were divided into two groups as Seniors and Juniors and they had a wonderful time together and later had games and snacks together. On behalf of Care and Compassion – Goa two Children, Ajit and Chanchal gave vote of thanks. It was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Star Group who organised this workshop.
They organised a Painting and Art workshop for Children in our homes for the age group of 10 to 15. This was held at the Art Centre at Fontainhas, Mala, Panaji on the 30th of August. Altogether 10 Children boys and girls participated in this workshop and they all enjoyed it.
The Communicare Trust also this festival season raised lots of food items through their food bank and gave a portion of the collected food item to our home during the month of August. We want to thank the Trust and all their volunteers for providing the food for our home.
We had a special Medical Camp that was organised by Child Rights in Goa under the leadership of Namita Parulekar and Snehal Salgaonker for all our Children on the 6th of September with the help of Dr. Vikram Patel, three Nurses and medical team from Manipal Hospital, Dona Paula. They did a regular check up of all the Children and also prescribed medicines to a few of them who needed treatment. A couple of them were referred to other Doctors.
The Blood tests of all the Children were taken and the reports will be sent to us as soon as it is done. All the Children will be given a Medical Card with all their details in it.
NEW GIRLS HOME
We were able to find a nice house for the Girls to stay during this quarter at Alto Santa Cruz, close to the boys home. We have made an agreement for three years and may be extend for some more years later. We have moved into the new house with all the girls, lady staff and all their belongings in the month of November after the Schools and College examinations. The Girls are all very happy with the new house and have adjusted over there.
We specially want to thank our Friends Bijal and her husband for helping us find this house and doing all the agreement. Thank you very much and God bless you.
The Star group of friends arranged two different programmes for all our Children during this quarter.
On the 3rd and 4th of October all the Girls were taken to a Beauty Parlour in Caranzalem called Daffodils, for haircuts, make ups etc. They enjoyed the choice of treatments they had those two days.
On the 8th of October all the Boys, Girls and the Staff were taken for a Movie at Samarat Theatre in Panaji for a new movie, M.S Dhoni and it was enjoyed by all of them. They were sponsored by the Rotary club of Panaji. Pop corns, sandwiches and cold drinks were provided for all of them and they enjoyed that evening very much. Thanks to the Star group and Rotary club Panaji for making this a memorable evening for all of our Children and Staff.
On the 18th of October all the Children were given their wish gifts by the Star group. The Children enjoyed their gifts and were very happy.
On the 22nd the Star Group also conducted a special Career Guidance programme that was conducted by Professionals in the Girls home for both boys and girls in our home. It was very useful and all were benefited by that course.
On the 23rd all the Children and Staff were taken to Verna Fr. Agnel Ashram Hall for a special get together where all the Children were given their wish gifts and they had some games, face painting, fun together and also refreshments. All the Children loved their gifts given to them.
They visited the Children again on the 7th of December and were asked to make Christmas cards, they treated the Children with homemade Pizza and other snacks that they enjoyed.
We had Kevin and Maureen, Steve and Bee Foster and Amy Hall who came on the 13th of October to spend a few days in Goa and visited the Children and interacted with them. It was nice to have them with us during those days. They returned back after their visit back home safely. They gave gifts to all the Children and Staff.
CHILDREN WHO LEFT
During the last quarter we had the following 3 boys who left our home.
- Michael John who was back with us after two years, stayed for 6 months and felt he wanted to leave and continue his studies from his home. He was 20 years old.
- Vasanth Kumar aged 17 left us as the mother wanted him back home and he will continue his studies from home.
Anna, Lotte, Mette and Caecilia all four had a wonderful time here in Goa and specially with our Children in our homes for the last 5 months and returned back home in the month of November. The Children had a wonderful farewell programme for them and miss them a lot. It was nice to have these friends with us during the last several months. Pray for their future studies back home and hope to keep in touch with them.
Anna celebrated her Birthday in the Children’s home according to their Danish culture as a person completes 25 years they have to be tied to a pole and spray soft drinks and some powdered spices on her. It was great fun and all the Children and Staff did so and played games and had a special meal for all present on that occasion. Anna brought three different cakes and cut it with all the Children around her. It was enjoyed by all. The Children sang happy Birthday song for her in English, Hindi and Danish.
Mette one of the Volunteers had to leave one month earlier than the other three girls as she had to attend to some important work back in Denmark, so all the Children gave her a small farewell programme in the home.
The Country Inn Hotel in Panaji invited our Children to the Hotel for the annual Cake mixing event, it was great fun for all the 9 girls who went and they all enjoyed it and had lots of snacks and refreshments after the cake mixing.
They also invited some of our Children to sing Carols in their hotel on the 24th and 25th evening, it was enjoyed by all and then the Children were treated with refreshments.
We had some friends who came and gave donations in form of ration, clothes, School items, gifts, etc to all the Children in the home during this quarter.
Special thanks to the Communicare Trust for their Christmas ration donated to both our homes.
Also thanks to some friends who gave gifts to all the Children during Christmas and sang songs for them using guitars, violins etc and played several games with the Children in their new home.
Thanks to Wendy and her friends who gave ration for our home on the occasion of Christmas.
We had a friend Mr. Kevin who is a football player himself and a P.E Teacher in England came on the 28th of November and will is going to be here till the 19th of December.
He goes out to the Football ground at Santa Cruz with all the Boys from the home and also some other boys from that area and gives them coaching in Football. It was a great learning experience for all the boys in the home. They learnt new techniques, and skills to play better football.
All our Children and Staff were invited for a special Christmas Tree programme on the 19th of December at the Methodist Church Hall in Panaji, the Children performed a drama and two special songs for Christmas. They were all given a good dinner and then gifts for every Child. They enjoyed the evening.
All the Children participated in the Special Christmas Service at Panaji Baptist Church and were given snacks and gifts. The boys gave a special Christmas song and the Girls performed a special dance for Christmas.
The Children and Staff had a photo session in the home and also had a special get together lunch with special dished for Christmas.
On the 24th night the Children and Staff came together for some fun and fireworks followed by snacks and Christmas cake.
Children both Boys and Girls were busy decorating and put up Stars and lighting up the homes for Christmas. They enjoyed every moment doing that.
It is a privilege for us to come out with new 2017 wall calendars with details and photographs of all our Children and Staff and different programmes where Children participated. We also printed some book markers with a new year 2017 Calendar and photo of the group of Children on one side. Hope you will get one and remember us throughout this new year.
This new Restaurant in Panaji city invited all the Children and Staff for a special Lunch on the 24th of December. The General Manager, Mr. Rajnesh, Director and also the Manager of the Restaurant were so kind enough they sent buses to pick the Children and drop them back to their homes. The Children enjoyed the hotel environment and the different food items that they tried. It was enjoyed by all of them. The hotel also provided 100 Kgs of Rice, 50 Kgs of Lenten, 50 Kgs of sugar, Biscuits etc for the homes. Special thanks to all of them for making this day a memorable one for all our Children.
Vodafone organised a drawing competition for some of our Children and they gave prizes, gifts and refreshments for all of them on 14th November, Children’s day celebration at their Panaji Gallary. It was enjoyed by all the Children.
Child line had organised a programme in Panaji Emmaculate Church hall for a whole day on 19th December for Children and they had drawing, art work, etc for the Children and provided snacks, lunch and gifts for all the Children who participated.
Henry who worked for us for almost 10 years left his job as a driver as he became ill and was not able to drive so from the 1st of December we relieved Henry of his responsibilities in Care and Compassion – Goa, the Children and Staff would surely miss him a lot. We have to continue to pray for his good health. We have found another alternate driver in his place to drive the vehicles and his name is Mr. Ramachandra Pujar and he joined us on the 25th of November and he stays in the Boys home and helps with our work, hope he remains with us for some time.
Everybody’s dad & mom
Offering empathy, not sympathy, Prince and Sujatha, a couple who are raising 22 street children, have thrown open the doors of their home to unknown urchins hoping to offer them a better future
Bharati Pawaskar / The Goan 19 January 2013
Four-year-old Michael was the youngest sibling in a family of a widowed mother and her three kids. It was a sunny morning when he left his tin shelter in the Sangolda slums to look for some food in the only place where it could be hopefully found – the public garbage dump. Little Michael sat on the heap of waste, hunting for leftover morsels from thrown away plastic bags and containers.
It was a coincidence that Prince and Sujatha Aaron Golden, a couple with no children of their own, were driving by. Seeing a four-year-old child all alone in the midst of garbage, the couple stopped, and Prince got out of his car. As he walked towards Michael to find out what he was doing, the child ran for his life. His little brain judged that he must have committed some crime for which the unknown man would now punish him. Prince followed him, only to learn from the locals that this was an everyday story.
Moved by the sight and plight of this child, the Aaron Golden couple made a life-changing decision; to look after destitute who were nobody’s children. Prince and Sujatha had to overcome many hurdles before the Care and Compassion Trust was born on November 28, 2002. Michael was the first child who stepped in. Today, he is a young man who could rise above his poverty and lead his own family to a life of dignity. “I am not ashamed of my unfortunate past. It was my past that inspired the birth of ‘Care and Compassion’ that brought me in,” he says.
Welcoming children from the streets, broken families, shattered homes and abused backgrounds, this registered charitable trust grew as years passed by. Exactly a decade later, 20 homeless and kinless children live here today. There is currently a girl’s home at Altinho and a boy’s home at Santa Cruz.
“The quality of a society’s well-being is decided by the healthy growth of its young children. Well cared, educated and adequately nourished children turn into responsible individuals and contribute to the healthy growth of the society. It is sad that many young children are left as orphans by their own parents to grow in utter poverty. Total neglect of their needs and health slows mental growth and puts these helpless children not only in filthy surroundings but socially dangerous situations as well,” feels Prince.
“It’s a home where our kids live with dignity, go to good schools in Panjim, nurture their hobbies and follow their ambitions. Each one of them has his/her own identity,” shares Sujatha, who sees to it that each of the kid is hale and hearty.
Picked up from negative environments, footpath, shanty shades and filthy slums, today it is a bunch of smiling, energetic, healthy and welcoming children who help each other in their home works, run errands, sing, dance and paint.
“Sunday is full of activities. Volunteers visit our home to teach various arts and other skills to our kids. We have outings, picnics and many birthday celebrations in a year. We do not ask for aid, but those who know about our mission donate generously,” shares Prince, pointing out that the world is a better place than most think.
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We want to thank our friend Mr. Anix from Chennai who agreed to sponsor by paying for the uniforms for all the Children who sang in the Choir for all the various Christmas Programmes. The Children loved their uniforms which was white tops and red skirts for the girls and for the boys; black trousers and white shirts. There were 6 girls and 3 boys in the Choir.They went carol singing to different homes on the 21st and 22nd of December night wearing their new uniforms. They also performed a special Carol in the Church on Christmas day. In addition all the 20 Children had new sets of clothes for this Christmas. Thanks once again to Mr. Anix and may God bless him for providing uniforms for all our Children.
Four Girls Achama, Soniya, Priyanka and Suvarna had the privilege to sing 7 Christmas Carols on Glory Television which was shown on Television from the 23rd of December onwards. It was a good programme. Many people liked their singing. Soniya played the Guitar. We have now copies of the DVD made for those who are interested in our work, they can pay a donation and get a copy. All the money collected will go for the Building Project in Margao.
RADIO INDIGO FM GOA
Four Girls sang a Christmas Carol on Radio Indigo and the programme was aired on the 23rd of December. It was a great experience for the girls to sing on Radio this year. Thanks to Collin who invited us to come and sing.
Over the past 2 years, Tara Trust and Care & Compassion have been developing a pictorial record of all the children and staff in the children’s home. This record as been published in the form of a book called “Together we are part of the world”.
The book gives a brief description of the children’s background, hopes and ambitions and has proved invaluable for the children to express their view of the world based on their personal experiences.
On the 30th of November, a special book launch was organised at the girls’ home in Altinho.The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr. Carlos Gonsalves who is an International musician from Goa. He is a simple, humble person and he encouraged the Children to focus on achieving their goal.
We had also invited other special guests like Mr. Walter Mascarhenas, a renowned athlete living in Goa. The founder of Tara Trust Mrs. Katharina also spoke on the occasion about their partnership with Care and Compassion and was happy to say that this was one of the best places where they have been working as it is not an Home / Orphanage but a home with parents like Prince and Sujatha and these 20 children. They love working with the Children here every Sunday. The Director of Care and Compassion Mr. Prince Aaron explained how he came to start the home and shared his vision for the future.
JuhiPandey was the one who compered the programme that evening. We also had Liz from the Sunaparanta, in Panaji, Mr.Anant Joshi, Ex-Navy, Director of the Youth Hostel in Mira Mar, Panaji, Volunteers from Tara Trust and Care and Compassion, Miss. LavinaMelwani who was the first volunteer for the Care and Compassion home Children, Mrs. Guilly Teacher in Auxilium Convent where some of our Children go to school.
Three Boys Michael, Kiran&Sonu and two girls Laxmi and Achama shared their experience in Care and Compassion and the benefits of Tara Trust workshops.
The Children also performed 2 short sketches to illustrate a typical day in the Homes including the routine on Sundays when the volunteers from Tara Trust come to work with the children.
All the Children sang the Tara Trust anthem together with the older girls composing and performing a song written to mark the occasion. The chief guest,Mr Carlos Gonsalves, joined by playing the drums along with them. It was excellent.
Special thanks to Tara Trust who sponsored the printing of the book. Many thanks to all the other people spent time collecting materials and designing the book as it looks wonderful. God bless you all for this great effort to realise this worthy project. The Children are proud to have a copy of their work printed. We plan to give these books to those who are interested in our work and raise some money towards our building project for a new home for the Children.
To order a copy please contact: Prince and Sujatha by mailing to or email@example.com
On the 1st of December the Director of Youth Hostel Mr. Anant Joshi invited all the Children and Staff for Dinner to the Youth Hostel. It was a great day as the Children played Basket ball, they cycled, and tried roller skates, walked along the beach and played games together. There was a special programme that was presented by the Children including a few songs and sketches with the Director Prince sharing his work at the Care and Compassion.
Others present on that occasion were, one retired Admiral from the Navy and three Captains of the Indian Navyand also Dr. Beena Martins who is a homeopathic Doctor. The Dinner was very good and all present enjoyed the evening. Very special thanks to Mr. Anant Joshi for arranging this programme.
GOA DENTAL COLLEGE STUDENTS:
We were so happy to have 40 Students from the Goa Dental College, Bambolim, Goa come along with their Professor, Dr. Anita to celebrate Christmas with the Children in the home. They brought lots of gifts, sweets, chocolates and snacks for all present on that day. They also played different games with the Children and gave them prizes. They sang several Christmas Carols to entertain the Children and then it was the turn of the children to sing them Carols; every one enjoyed the day and it was fun. The students promised to come again and have other programmes for the Children like a Dental Medical Camp in the home sometime during 2013.
Celebrations began from the 3rd of December itself by making a crib and decorating the homes. Both the Boys and Girls had to do that separately and the best crib would be given a prize. The Boys did a very good job by making a nice crib and decorated the house well with lights and stars. A local TV channel, Prudent Media, recorded the crib and was hoping to broadcast prior to Christmas. The Boys home got the first prize for Crib and decorations. The Girls home got the second prize; they also did a good crib and decorated the house well. Their work was judged by Eddie, Josiane and Sujatha.
Christmas Eve was a special time for all the children. All the children got involved by performing sketches, singing carols, competitions, quiz, and generally enjoying themselves and at midnight, they had fireworks.
They got gifts from Prince and Sujatha, Eddie and Josiane, Liz and two Danish friends. They loved all their Christmas gifts this year.
The Girls participated in the Sports competition that was organized by the local residents of Altinho on the 27th in front of the High Court Building and they won many prizes. All the girls participated in the competitions. A successful and enjoyable evening for all involved!
We bought two new sewing machines for the Tailoring class in Vasco. Our special thanks to Josianewho sponsored these two sewing machines for the Women’s Tailoring class in Vasco. On the 27th of December the machines were handed over to the Director Mr. Prince. God bless her too.
One of our ex-students has now purchased her own sewing machine and started a home based business making clothes for her local community. Let’s wish her luck in her new venture.
On Sunday 9thand 16thDecember all the Children were invited to Sunaparanta for an Art and Painting Workshop. It is one of the major art galleries in Altinho, Panajiset up to showcase Goan art and culture. They had a new experience of going to another institute and working there. Thanks to Liz, one of the project director of the above organization for inviting all our Children for this workshop. The children worked with some professional artists who gave them some training on techniques.
There was a special workshop organised for all the Children at the Panjim Municipal Garden on 16th December and it was a very good workshop, they did T shirt painting, drawing, craft, story telling, singing,etc which was organised by an organisation called Bookworm. This was also an exciting time for all the Children.
Walter Mascarenhas is an Ex-Squadron Leader- Indian Air Force. He has been trained in Chandigarh, Kanpur & Mumbai under expert swim coaches, some of who are from NIS, Patiala. He is also an internationally certified Scuba Diver & has many dives to his credit. As such he has trained more than 500 people of various nationalities, various age groups & even helped many to overcome their fear of water. He is also an Engineer (Gold Medalist) & a Post Graduate in Management, with over 24 years of work experience in human resources, business & management consulting. He is now an owner of couple of businesses & works as an independent consultant & corporate trainer for soft skills. More details about Walter can be found on Linkedin & Facebook with email .firstname.lastname@example.org
Walter is a good friend of the Director, Prince Aaron Golden and he coache’s students in International Centre swimming pool, Dona Paula and Goa Sports Complex Swimming pool, Campal. He plans to take our Children in groups of 5 whenever it is possible for the Children to learn swimming. We are in need of swimming costumes for all the 20 Children, we would kindly request our friends to keep this in mind so that we can get some donors for this cause.
Walter has a passion for swimming and so he does not charge any fees for coaching the Children. We are so grateful to him for his wonderful service to the Children and Staff of Care and Compassion – Goa. May God richly bless him for all that he does.
We hope that all our Children will be good swimmers and that will add to their confidence and good health. We are so happy that the Goa Sports Authority Director, has granted permission to use their beautiful swimming pool for our Children.