GUWAHATI, Nov 8: Topcem Cement distributed school stationeries to the needy children of 10 nos. of Child Care Homes in Guwahati. In a function organised on Monday in Guwahati, the school stationeries were handed over to Kalyani Niwas- Children Home for Girls Rupnagar, Open Shelter Home for Boys – Ulubari, Snehalaya Paltanbazar, Children Home for Girls, Jalukbari, Snehalaya Dhirenpara, Children Home for Boys Fatasil, Jyoti Snehalaya Beltola, Auxilium Snehalaya, Noonmati, Illa Snehalaya, Betkuchi and Assam Shishu Kalyan Sadan, Jalukbari by Dr. Anil Kapur, president Sales & Marketing, Meghalaya Cements Ltd. The distribution was made in these homes depending on the requirements of the children as put forward in a proposal by Childline. Officials from Childline Guwahati were present along with the representatives of all the institutions and took part in the School stationeries distribution programme. The initiative will provide school stationeries (which include copies, pens, pencils, etc.) to more than 400 nos. of needy children of these homes so that they may be able to develop their educational standard. This initiative will also help needy children to be conscious towards education, get better opportunities to be educated and to contribute to the development of the society.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Anil Kapur said, “It is very important that the children from all social strata receive proper amenities so that there are no hindrances in their right to education. Keeping this concept we have taken up this initiative so that we are able to fulfill the needs of these underprivileged children.”
India’s literacy rate in 2021 was reported to be 74.04%, and although on a steady rise every year since Independence when it stood at a mere 12%, there is still a long way to go with India having the largest population of illiterate adults of all countries, more than a third of the world’s total number of illiterates. This is so because millions of people in India are dealing with their poverty stricken condition which restricts them to have even the basic education. Moreover, those who are able to go to school often avoid schooling frequently because they cannot afford the materials required for education.
The initiative by Topcem Cement is a part of the welfare services undertaken for the needy people of the Society. Through this initiative, Topcem Cement is hoping to set in motion the educational journey of these deprived children.
CHILDLINE 1098 is a national, 24 hours, toll free phone service for the children in need of care & protection. It was started in Guwahati on February 10, 2001. CHILDLINE Guwahati/ICCW-ASB intervenes in all situations and provides the necessary emergency assistance to children and also connects them to relevant services for their long term care and rehabilitation. It is associated with all the Child Care Homes in Kamrup Metro.