The CHILDLINE team filled HyperCITY, Malad with fun and frolic last weekend. With this fun filled outreach CHILDLINE achieved its aim of spreading awareness about Child Sexual Abuse and encouraging female volunteers to join the CSA awareness programme. This was done by interacting with the female customers and briefing them on the CSA awareness programme. We received an overwhelming response with many volunteers grabbing the opportunity to go to schools and conduct sessions on child sexual abuse.
The CSA awareness programme’s objective is to reach out to schools and spread awareness among children about ‘touching’ safety’. The volunteers are required to attend a two day training session over a weekend to gain an insight on how to explain to children the different concepts of a touching problem in a story-like way. After this they conduct sessions at schools in their locality. So if you missed us at HyperCITY, you can still become a volunteer by registering with us on our website. Click here to sign up: http://www.childlineindia.org.in/volunteer-for-childline.htm
The next activity children were eagerly waiting for was the painting competition. All the tiny and the not so tiny tots came geared up to give it their best shot. It brought the children’s imagination to life and helped them express their colourful world on paper.
The day got even more exciting towards the end with a puppet show on child protection. Bantu the protagonist was successful in connecting with the children and explaining to them what ‘safe touch’, ‘unsafe touch’ and ‘personal safety rules’ are. Bantu stole the show by winning the hearts of the many children at HyperCITY.
The concluding song of the puppet show left everyone at HyperCITY humming to the tune of the CHILDLINE song Dus-Nau-Aath.
*Aishwarya Mappat is an intern at CSI department, CIF.