Children today have taken a pledge from the citizens to protect children from all kinds of violence, exploitation, abuse and discrimination against children. On the occasion of International Labour Day at Raahgiri at Odisha’s Berhampur city, more than 395 citizens signed the pledge against child labour, child marriage and child trafficking, female foeticide, and discrimination. This has created a sense of care for the children among the citizens.
350 children from 40 slums participated in Raahgiri-4 in the city. They all participated in the ‘take a pledge’ campaign. Then they also participated in origami and prepared many items like rocket, animals, plants, cartoons etc. Children in large-scale also participated in the fun game ‘tug of war’. Children really enjoyed and participated
Among the guests, today’s Raahgiri chief guest DG Kerala, DIG, Berhampur Sri. Amitabh Thakur, President Berhampur Chamber of Commerce, Sri. Manoj Kumar Mohanty, Commissioner, Berhampur Municipal Corporation, Smt. Dipti Mahapatra, Secretary Berhampur Development Authority and Sub-collector Sri. Laxmikanta Sethi joined children and signed the ‘take a pledge’ note.
Youth for Social Development (YSD) has been working to improve the living condition of children living in urban poverty since 2012. Children from Raghupati Nagar, Jagannath Nagar, Gramdevati Bauri street, Old Berhampur Bauri street, Jagabandhu Bandh huda, Purnabasi Colony. Lanjipali Goudabandh street, Telgu street, Ankuli Gudia Bandh street, Ambapua Bauri street, Khodasingi Bauri street and Dhimira Bauri street participated. Youth volunteers Bala Das, Bidyut Parava Das, Pinky Das, Radha Dash, Banita Nayak, Jharana Das, Jyoti Das, Basant Das, Rinky Patra, Suprava Das and Sumi Maharana coordinated the program.