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Changing lives of disarrayed slum youths for a better India


International Youth Day: Budding shuttler Fouzia Khan conferred ‘Indore Youth Icon of the Year’ award by Janvikas Society

Indore : Celebrating International Youth Day, Janvikas Society organised a cultural fest for underprivileged youth, who have been working for raising themselves and their families over financial obligations at their centre on Saturday.

The United Nations theme for this year’s Youth Day was ‘Youth Building Peace’. Col (Retd) DCV Shah was the chief guest. He also emphasised on the importance of education in their life and success through hard work.  Emerging badminton player Fouzia Khan, gold medallist of Amateur Games and Sports Federation International Badminton Championship, was awarded the Indore Youth Icon of the Year by Janvikas Society for her performance in sports. Around 300 youth gathered on the occasion from four slums of Indore.

Talking about the event, volunteer Jitendra Mehta said, “The society understands that the only way to improve the standard of life and skill set of students is providing them education and the freedom to explore with guidance.”

 “We are trying to educate them through practice while teaching them moral values and setting standards for them through ideological training,” volunteer Ashish Daniel said. He further informed that many students have overcome their addiction and drug abuse with correct guidance.

Talking about the event, volunteer Rahul Gupta shared, “I feel so happy to see these youth developing and growing to become happier individuals.” About two years ago, the same students were clueless, he added.

Sharing his experience, volunteer Krishna Arjun Barve said, “I feel happy to see them change, as it is this transformation that can change the culture and life in our country.”

What they Say…

It is truly a marvellous feeling to see these children conduct programmes and act independently. What they lacked for a direction and approach to their future. I am glad that we have been to help them -Subodh Karnik, Social worker

From addicts and directionless individuals, these children have now grown to determined and hopeful students. I am happy to see them working. I am proud of students like Vikas Rane, who have accepted education and brought changes -Roy Thomas, Director

Artist Amrita Kavishvar preparing eco-friendly idols of Lord Ganesha in Indore on Friday. These idols dissolve after being watered like plants rather than immersed in river or pond. The rise in demand of these idols shows increasing awareness in people on environment and they are also willing to cooperate to save it