Mangaluru, Apr 05, 2018: Johnlyn Toy Exchange delighted 34 residential kids of Chinnara Thangudhama (a transit home for urban education-deprived children) at Kapikad, Bejai, in it’s secon outreach round.
It is run by Prajna Counselling Centre helmed by Prof Hilda Rayappan. These children, both boys and girls, in the age group of 6 to 14 years, were each presented with gift hampers comprising toys, play-things and children’s books, along with a rocking horse and other play apparatus for collective use. Also presented were 14 pairs of trousers which Prof Hilda Rayappan said would suit older boys who had left Thangudhama and whose progress she tracks.
Before the presentation of these gifts, the children enthusiastically participated in a short version of Bondel Laughter Club session anchored by John Monteiro, who leads the Toy Exchange Project and the Laughter Club. The children sang songs and danced to the delight of all.
Speaking on the occasion, Mohan Monteiro, part of the core team of the Toys Project, said that what it has so far done at two children’s homes is only the beginning, and the challenge is to reach out to the rest of the 2,020 children in 68 such homes in Mangaluru and its suburbs.
He appealed to prospective donors of toys and books to join the action and help the toy project in its long haul.
Toys and books in good condition can be delivered at Johnlyn Cottage, Vijaya Bank Lane, Bondel Junction.