As part of HEAL Day 2015, pupils and staff at Paradise Village learned the new HEAL Pledge, which is designed to encourage good values and self-confidence among children and staff. All Paradise children took the oath with great confidence on the eve of HEAL Day celebrations.
CHILDREN from all of HEAL’s projects across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states came together to celebrate a regular new fixture in the charity’s calendar this year – HEAL Day.
And there was a double celebration on February 16 as this is also the birthday of HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru, who was visiting HEAL Paradise Village for the big occasion.
“From now on February 16 will be a special day for us all,” said Dr Prasad. “To have all the children together there at Paradise Village enjoying themselves was simply wonderful.
“We had children join us all the way from Bhadrachalam and then stay overnight, and also from our Children’s Village in Guntur and our other main Poverty Trap school at Kanuru.
“Our first ever HEAL Day was a truly memorable occasion… and it’s going to be even bigger in future years as more and more children arrive at Paradise.”
Using the school’s blog, one of the Paradise pupils, Srikar, reported on one of the most exciting day’s in HEAL’s 23-year history.
“We were able to have lunch at the boy’s dorm and we had a cake-cutting celebration there to mark HEAL day,” he wrote.
“The branches of HEAL from Guntur, Bhadrachalam and Kanuru visited with us to join in the HEAL Day celebrations and we were very pleased to have HEAL founders and sponsors with us to make the day more special.
“On the day prizes were handed out to the winners of the games which were held three days previous.”
Another element to HEAL Day was the new ‘HEAL pledge’, which is designed to encourage good values and self-confidence among children and staff. All Paradise children took the oath with great confidence on the eve of HEAL Day celebrations.
To encourage children to practice the pledge, a competition was held and everyone took part with enthusiasm. Competition winners included Mahesh, Srikar and Sai Keerthi, along with house mother Ms.Hemalatha.
On display at Paradise was the new HEAL ‘Welcome Tree’. Under the guidance of visiting volunteer teacher Anjana, from England, all the children and staff drew pictures of themselves to go on the tree.
The tree was officially unveiled on the day of the HEAL Day celebrations and provides a welcome to all visitors to Paradise Village.
The HEAL pledge is designed to encourage good values and self-confidence among children and staff