Bhubaneswar , 4/5 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : On the eve of International Day of Service city based Bakul Foundation and Humara Bachpan Campaign celebrated it in around 20 slums of the city. On this occasion volunteers conducted doing different workshops at Mangala Basti, Unit 4 which was devastated recently in a massive fire. To bring out children from Psychological Trauma, volunteers also conducted Psycho Social Counselling.
Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing well it is useful. The International Day of Service (IDOS) is being celebrated across three countries India, Estonia and USA to celebrate the spirit of service and volunteering. In India, Bakul Foundation in collaboration with the national campaign Humara Bachpan, which works for 7.6 million children growing up in urban poverty came together to celebrate it in 22 cities, with 500 dedicated volunteers.
“Children are often neglected and invisible when it comes to developmental policies and schemes of the government. But, they are the ones who are vulnerable in the societal set-up. It’s time that our society and policy makers take cognizance of children as an important stakeholder in the change process. Therefore, on the International Day of Service, we have people coming from different domains to volunteer and reflect on the need of healthy living conditions for a child growing up in urban poverty” said Sradhanjali Sahu, East Zone Coordinator, Humara Bachpan Campaign.
“IDOS is observed across the world to celebrate the spirit of service and volunteering, and was created for the first time in 2011 by volunteers with Bakul Foundation taking the lead with VOLiNTEER and Meridian. This year, 2014, the Humara Bachpan Campaign is partnering with Bakul in organizing IDOS” said Sujit Mahapatra of Bakul Foundation.