Darjeeling Mary Ward Social Centre organised the One Billion Rising Campaign on 14th February 2019 at Loreto School, Panighatta with the theme, “Rising from a Campaign to a Way of Life”. There was a distribution of T-shirts and hair bands with the caption of the OBR theme for the year 2019. The programme started off with the declaration of ‘One Billion Rising’ by Sister Mary De Souza, followed by the release of balloons and flaring sparkles in the air. A colourful rhythmic tribal dance ushered the gathering to the auditorium of the school. It began with the lighting of the lamp by Sister Mary De Souza, Sister Flora Anthony, Mr. Amos Tshering from World Vision, Mrs. Rita Sen gupta, Fr. Tommy and Sister Amia Tete.
The organisation welcomed the representatives of the NGO’s like World Vision India, CINI, MARG, Tiny Hands, REAP Ministry, Light House Disha, Kanchanjanga Uddhar Kendra, Siliguri Nari Shakti, Jesu Ashram Siliguri, HLDRC, Anugyalaya Darjeeling, DEWS, Seva Kendra Siliguri and SRRM. Miss Magaret Horo and Miss Pema D. Lama from DMWSC welcomed the team members with tika and Mr. George Khati from Light House felicitated them with khadas. Mrs. Rita Sengupta from Prerana Educational Centre handed over the momentos to St. Teresa’s Darjeeling, Loreto Convent Darjeeling, Loreto School Panighatta, Nishkalanka Mata High School, Prerana Educational Centre and St. Mary’s School Pradhan Nagar. It was followed by felicitating Mrs. Shilpi Palit, Miss Prasansha Caroline Rai, Miss Nirmala Karjee, Mrs. Sangeeta Bomjan, Mrs. Mandira Subba, Mr. Bapi Ghosh, U. P. General Stores, Wai Wai Siliguri, Marina’s Motel-Bagdogra, Mr. Vineet Mittal, Mega Basket-Champasari, Aditya Cake Shop-Pradhan Nagar and Versatile Creation by Father Tommy from HLDRC. In this event, Miss Prasansha Caroline Rai read the concept note of the OBR in English and Ms Nirmala Karjee in Hindi.
Loreto Panighatta & Darjeeling performing the theme based dance
Perfomance by the children of the partner NGOs
This was followed by cultural performances related to the theme of the campaign. The cultural program had a two-themed dance performance “Break the Chain” by the students of Loreto School, Darjeeling, St.Teresa’s and Loreto Panighatta followed by a song, beautifully sung by visually impaired children from Prerana Educational Centre. Next, Mrs. Shilpi Palit mesmerised the audience with a melodious performance. Through her songs she shared with the audience the helpful and essential points for creating social awareness especially on trafficking of women. The first song was about how people should think about the security of their daughters when they move out in the evening; the second song was about the evils of the social media. The rapidly growing fake accounts in the social networking platforms created out of selfish motives of criminal minds is a well known fact. The song warns young girls against blindly trusting people met through social media, to exercise caution and stay grounded in real life, instead of getting carried away by social media fantasies.
A song on women empowerment by the staff of DMWSC
Then the staff from DMWSC sang a song related to women empowerment. World Vision India highlighted the importance of Martial Arts and Yoga for physical fitness and self defence. This was followed by a skit based on female infanticide performed by the students of CINI. The programme ended with a speech given by Sister Helen Borneo and lunch was provided for the participants.
St. Xavier’s Rajganj
Assistant Professor Sylvia Raha and Assistant Professor Persis Mukhia with their North Bengal St. Xavier’s College team of students (Pritha Guha, Surbhi Dutta, Pragya Nepal, Raktima Choudhury and Sristika Sharma)