Mumbai : The Urban Community Development Centre (UCDC), a Non-Governmental Organisation for the children of migrant workers at Bandra, organised a Christmas party for 80 inmates, children of migrant workers at the home.
Speaking to the Free Press Journal, Fr. Gopu Vinod Reddy from UCDC said, “On December 17, we organised a Christmas party at the Urban Communities Development Center for 80 inmates of the home between the age group of 5 to 10 years. The volunteers of the organisation conducted games like musical chairs, four corners, singing and dancing for the children. Lunch was also served to the children after the party. One of the volunteers dressed up as Santa Claus gave away prizes and gifts to the children.”
Most of the inmates of the centre are migrants of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. “Since we also run a balwadi and a creche too, the parents and children of the creche were also invited for the party,” added Fr.Reddy.
A Christmas Bazar was held on December 9 and 10 at St. Teresa church at Bandra by inmates, volunteers of the NGO and the parents from the creche. Nearly 200 members had set up 44 stalls. The residents of Bandra had also set up stalls. The Christmas bazaar witnessed a footfall of 1000 people. Food, clothes, decorative Christmas items and household items were sold at the stalls.
“We had charged Rs 500 per table as donation. The total amount of Rs 22,000 collected by the UCDC was used for arranging the Christmas party and lunch for the 80 inmates of the homes.
On December 24, the inmates of the home will be attending ‘Missa’ (midnight mass) at the church. The UCDC is a project of the Society of the Divine World established in 1971. Educational programmes, adult literacy classes, medical programmes are conducted for the poor. From time to time, medical camps are conducted at the centre and in slum areas.
The UDCD also has a legal cell where legal advice is given to the underprivileged. The NGO also has a senior citizens cell to help the aged with loneliness issues.