VIRNODA: In a heartwarming display of community and joy, the Kathkari Tribal Children and their families at Virnoda experienced a day filled with sports, fun, and cultural activities.
The event, organized by the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Chotanagpur Youth Group, and Human Touch Foundation, took place on 30th December 2023.
The Sports and Fun Day was a resounding success, drawing in a large number of children and their families. The event kicked off with an inaugural speech by Peter F. Borges, Chairperson, Goa SCPCR. He emphasized the importance of such initiatives for the holistic development of tribal children and stated, “Today’s event is not just about sports and fun; it’s a celebration of the vibrant culture and spirit of the Kathkari children. The Goa SCPCR is committed to ensuring that these bright young minds receive the opportunities and support they need to thrive.”
Highlights of the day included various competitions, fun activities, and several traditional tribal games, showcasing the athletic talents of the Kathkari children, facilitated by youth from Chotanagpur Youth Group. The children also took part in cultural performances, which were a vibrant display of their heritage and traditions.
Fr. Michael Periera, SVD leading the Chotanagpur Youth Group, stated, “Seeing the children’s enthusiasm and joy today reaffirms our commitment to such community-driven initiatives. We believe in nurturing these young minds with opportunities for fun and learning.”
The day concluded with a prize distribution ceremony which was graced by Prof. Vanessa Colaco, Governing Body Member, Goa Engineering College and Dr. Clifford Castelino, Parish Priest of Korgao, where children were awarded for their participation and achievements in the sports events. The smiles and laughter of the children were a testament to the event’s success.
The joint efforts of the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Chotanagpur Youth Group, and Human Touch Foundation in organizing this event was highly praised by the community. It has not only provided a platform for fun and games but also highlighted the importance of focusing on the less privileged sections of society, particularly tribal children.
This Sports and Fun Day marks a significant step towards the inclusive development of tribal children in Goa, promising more such initiatives in the future.