MARIS STELLA COLLEGE
Department of Social work
International Domestic Workers Day Celebration
The department of Social Work in collaboration with Montfort Social Institute (MSI) organized “International Domestic Workers day” celebration on 19th June 2019 at Maris Stella College with nearly 250 domestic workers. .Mr. Malladi Vishnu, MLA Vijayawada central was the guest of honor and his valuable presence made the day very special. The other guests include Br. Varghese, Director of Montfort Social Institute, Sr. Jasintha Quadres, Principal of Maris Stella College, Mrs. A. Seethamma, President of trade union, Sr. Lovely Jacob, former Head of the Department of Social Work and Mr. Ramesh, the city coordinator of Child line, Vijayawada .
The programme began with beautiful prayer dance by the students. After which Sr.Kumari the coordinator of the programme invited the guests. Sr. Jasintha addressed the gathering by inviting guests and domestic workers to Maris Stella College for this occasion. Br. Varghese after his speech submitted a Memorandum to Mr. Malladi Vishnu , the MLA in request of an act on demands and rights of the domestic workers. Mrs. A. Seetama. President of trade union gave a brief speech on the need for protecting the rights of the domestic works. The “E” T.V. channel interviewed the MLA.
Mr. Srinivas Rao and Mr.Govinthu the labor officers delivered a speech about the benefits of Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan scheme. The students of Social Work entertained the audience with colourful dance, song and skit. Sr.Sahaya’s short message to the domestic was inspiring and thought-provoking.
The program ended with a thanking note of Sr. Vyagula Mary and snacks and refreshment for all.
The day’s program was flashed in nearly 6 newspapers. The staff and the students of social work department is grateful to Sr.Jasintha for her support and encouragement.
Social work students visited the Chiguru , a Children’s village in Venkata Palem. It is residential home for the children of divorced parents, broken families, orphans, street children, rescued children. The vision of the home is “ A child friendly society where all children enjoy their right. This is centre is the branch of Navajeevan Bal Bhavan centre. It is home for the street children run by Don Bosco fathers. It has a residential bridge school for children and here children prepared to join the regular classes. They live in a small cottage in different groups. Group care homes one of the alterative forms of care with the view to give more individual attention. It also accommodates short stay home for girl children above 15 years and young women victims of sexual, physical and other forms of violence.They are given opportunity to have in-depth counseling, livelihood advancement skills training, life skills cum sexual health education etc. It was very inspiring to see the valuable service done for these deserving children.
INTERFACE MEETING WITH YOUTH ADVOCATES AND GOVERNMENT
The workshop on Youth Voice was organized by Mahita Plan International in collaboration with Child Line on 6th July at Child line office at Hanumanpet. The resource persons – Mr.Vijayanandhu, CWC chair person, Mrs.Aushya woman police from Hanumanpet. All the social work students attended . The theme of the workshop is on “Child Marriages and Child Trafficking”