Port Blair, May 14: The Directorate of Social Welfare organized public awareness program at Marina Park recently focusing on the functioning of the Special Cell for State Child Protection Society (SCPS), State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA), Child Helpline (CHL) 1098 and Women Helpline (WHL) 181. The event was designed to educate the community on the vital services offered by these initiatives and empowers individual to contribute to a safer and supportive environment for all.

The program started with a drawing competition open to all children by providing drawing kits to all. The competition not only provided a fun and interactive platform for kids to express themselves but also symbolized the importance of development and supporting the aspirations of our future generation.

Informative templates were distributed to the general public, offering valuable insights and resources on the objectives and functions of SCPS, SARA, CHL, and WHL. These materials served as educational tools to enhance awareness and understanding of the services available to those in need of support and intervention. Women Helpline (WHL) team performed a small Nukkad Natak on the theme ‘Stop Violence against Women’. The performance aimed to raise awareness about gender-based violence and the critical importance of advocating for women's rights and safety in the society.

Dr. Nitin Shakya Director (Social Welfare) expressed his gratitude to all participants and staffs of SCPS, SARA, CHL and WHL who contributed to the success of the awareness program. He highlighted the significance of engaging the community in dialogue and action to address critical social issues and support vulnerable populations effectively.

The winners of the drawing competition will be announced shortly.