Jashoda Sadan : Gokul for cyclone-hit children

Published: Sunday, Nov 20,2011, 16:20 IST
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Man is helpless in front of the nature’s fury. However, the ability to recover every time from the extreme situations distinguishes a human being from other animals. It is therefore said that being human is more important than a human being. Jashoda Sadan has stood true to this fact by rehabilitating children hit by the devastating cyclone of 2009 that destroyed a number of lives in Orissa. Located in the city of Cuttack, Jashoda Sadan has a three storied building equipped with modern facilities that houses 65 cyclone-hit children who earlier were left helpless to starve under a pitiless sky, without a roof over their heads and scanty clothes to cover their bodies.

Emphasis is laid on physical, emotional and spiritual development of children. All the children attend the public schools nearby. Two study sessions are held daily, each lasting for two hours, in which the full time teachers appointed by the institution help children with their school work. There are also volunteers who work with the children regularly. The children are provided with textbooks, notebooks and all other necessary items required at school. Monthly practice tests are held in the institution to prepare the children. Extra coaching sessions are held during finals. Satsang in Jashoda Sadan is the time to regroup at the end of the day. After the evening prayer session, children hear about cultural, moral and spiritual lessons through stories and fables.

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Festivals and holidays celebrated at Jashoda Sadan help the children learn about the history and culture of India. Children are encouraged to take part in different cultural events held locally. The children of Jashoda Sadan have gained recognition for their stage performances.

Qualified doctors regular conduct check-up and precautionary measures are taken as per doctors’ advice. The children are encouraged to maintain a hygienic atmosphere in the premises. There is a fully furnished sick room at Jashoda Sadan.

The hardships of life have brought these children closer to together and they have formed a unique bond with each other. They have become a part of the big Jashoda Family.

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Extra curricular activities: Children are encouraged to take initiative in creative activities like art, music and dance. Education is required for the development of mind and physical activities like yoga and sports are important for the body, but art feeds the soul. It helps express the feelings of the heart.

Annual study tours and picnics are arranged twice a year so that the children can visit different places in Orissa. The study tours give them opportunity to get acquainted with the history and culture of the state. National holidays like Independence Day, Republic Day and different festivals like Saraswati Puja, Ganesh Puja, Holi, Raja Sankranti, Khudurukuni, Rakhi, Janmastami, Durga Puja, Kartik Poornima, Makara Sankranti are celebrated with great pomp at Jashoda Sadan.

Vocational training: Along with the regular curriculum, vocational training is also provided so as to boost their earning confidence. During summer and winter camps, children are trained in tailoring and chalk manufacturing. Effort are also being made to get the children acquainted with computers.

Contact :
Jashoda Sadan, Viswanath Mandir Complex,
College Square, Cuttack, Orissa, India, Pin - 753003
email: jashodasadan.orissa@gmail.com

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