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12.03.2016

Dear Jan and Lia,

Greetings and prayerful wishes to you from Dr. I. Sebastian M.A, M.B.A Executive Director, St. Joseph's Development Trust, Genguvarpatti, South India.

As you know every year we gather all the children of our orphanages in Pudhu Punal - Head Office and organize a camp during Christmas. Last Christmas also we had a grand camp with the active participation of all the children. Herewith I am enclosing a summary report of the same. Please do read through the same and if you have comments let me know.

Once again thank you very much for all your support.

Thanking you,

Yours fraternally in Christ,
Dr. I. Sebastian M.A. MBA

Executive Director

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION REPORT - 2015


It may be a cliché but all eyes indeed lead to “Christmas Camp”. Significantly, Christmas Camp has some unique features in the chronicles of St. Joseph Development Trust. All the institutions under the umbrella of SJDT assembled as one family received abundant blessings from God on this favorable day. It is an occasion for the children to discover and to exhibit their potentials and God given talents in the form of sports, elocution, poetry, drawings and essays. An opportune time for the children to know, share and love each other. For the children Christmas is not a season. It’s a feeling. They learn to accept success and failures as part of their growth. Eventually, they imbibe Life coping skills such as honesty, hard work, collaboration, sacrifice, sharing, duty consciousness, love as Christmas gifts.

Day one - (24/12/2015) Mega Confluence
Children from Pudhu Vasantham, Pudhu Irudhayam, Pudhu Yugam and Pudhu Punal gathered at 4pm on this auspicious day. Enthusiasm coupled with joy enveloped the Camp in an elation mood. Charles Schultz  reckons Christmas as doing a little something extra for someone. 


The chief guests and the well wisher for the mega event Mr. Jan and Lia and ther son Bjorn (from Childrenshome) distributed  new clothes to the children. The happiness in the faces of the little children was boundless. They recalled “Santa Claus “bringing gifts and blessings to them. Then the children left for the Christmas mass at RTU. The Kids stayed in the church attending liturgical services animated by Fr. Paulsamy and Fr. Bosco from 8pm to 9pm.



Soon after the Christmas mass the children left for Pudhu Punal at 9.30 pm. Dr. I Sebastian, M.A, M.B.A, the Executive Director of SJDT inaugurated the celebration. He remarked the importance and the relevance of Christmas to the children.

Then the details of the Christmas tree celebration were announced by Mr. Augustine Selvaraj. Instantly, the angelic voices from Pudhu Punal, Pudhu Irudhayam and Pudh Yugam greeted Baby Jesus and to everyone a ‘Merry Christmas”. Following the carol singing, the children were given cakes and snacks to enable them agile and active.


Mr. bjorn has ordered ice cream and all the kids, wardens and staff the cooks and the gatekeeper get a tasty ice cream. Miss. Joseline, the coordinator of the program read out the following day events and the responsibilities were shared by the wardens. As silent night gloomed the children went to bed.


Day two (25-12-15) (Cultural   extravaganza at SJDT)
Everyone was up at 6am. The children were getting ready to take part in the sports events excitedly. Children from Pudhu Vasantham, Pudhu Irudhayam, Pudhu Punal and Pudh Yugam proceeded to the ground accompanied by the wardens. The sports events were held in the presence of Dr .I Sebastian, Director, Miss Joseline, Mr.Packiaraj, Mr. M. Senthil and Miss Rajalakshmi. The events started with an atmosphere of prayer. They took an oath in the name of the Institution. Then the following items were organized as per the classes;

For first, second and third standards, 
Fifty meters running, biting murukku and carrying lemon in the spoon were conducted. Indeed it was spectacular to see the toddlers running, balancing and progressing in their motor skills. They were happy beyond limits. The kids prove that success is where preparation and opportunities meet. It was touching to see the toddlers playing around cheerfully.

Fourth and fifth standards,
the sports events include -100 meters running, Threading through needles eye & Filling the bottles. Given the nature of sports, it’s not surprising that children have had some inspiring and motivational things to exercise about hard work, leadership, perseverance, winning, and much more.

For Six standards 100 meters running,
Skipping and Basket ball. Sportingly these kids exhibit the five S’s of sports such as stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is “spirit.” Obviously the sports created enough space to build communities and team work.

For Seventh and eighth standard,
three competitions were held such as 100 meters running, filling the bottles, three legs running. The children prove that age is no barrier. It’s a limitation we put on our mind. Joyfully, the children were keen enough to take part in each event more enthusiastically and energetically.



For Standard IX and X 

contains 200 meters running, Shot put and three legs running. The expectations ran high for the girls as they compete with each other sportingly. While for the young the experience is novel, for the aged it is poignant. All the activities encouraged the children to move forward and progress positively.

For Standard XI and XII,
comprise 200 meters running, Long jump and Shot put. The sport implied and instilled the spirit of adventure, participation, team spirit and unity. They learned that union is strength. The performance showed that they were powerful.

The wardens boosted and motivated the children to bring out the best to accomplish the objectives. Feeling of accomplishment prevailed when children stood on the victory stand and all smiles on their faces. The best thing you can give children, next to good habits, are good memories.

The sports activities came to an end at 11am. The children were given a good breakfast which contained idly, chutney and Kesari of their favorites. They were overwhelmed with joy and satisfaction. After a good breakfast, the children took part in the elocution and singing contests. The children have endless energy to part take in these events. Incredibly Mr.Babu adjudged these contests. Following these competition a tasty lunch was served to the children. Having had the lunch, the children were getting ready for the mega cultural Dance fiesta in the evening.



Interestingly the dance contests were adjudged by two Franciscan sisters namely Sr. Chandra and Sr. Jensy who are experts in folk dances. The chief Guests Mr. Jan and lia and Bjorn were honored with Kumkum and garlands and were brought to the main stage with the traditional Indian music played by the children. The podium was decorated luminously. Then the chief gusts were invited to light the Kuthuvilakku (Indian Lamp) as a sign of beseeching God’s blessings. A meaningful prayer service was conducted by Mr. Augustine entrusting the events in the hands of God. After a prayerful   ambiance, Dr.I. Sebastian welcomed the chief guests and other dignitaries with shawl.


Varieties of folk dances such as Oyilattam, Poikalkuthirai, Puliattam, Karakattam and Mylattam were performed by the children. The audiences were enthralled to witness such fabulous and amazing show. The events echoed the quotes of Dr. Abdul Kalam, our former president, “Children are our greatest wealth. Every child born in this nation should be allowed to blossom.’ Astonishingly, every folk dance in the program has a unique feature and ecstatic. The patriotic dance “Vanthe Matharam” performed by Puthu Punal boys brought laurels from the audience. The judges made remarkable comments on the dance and appreciated them. This performance was the cynosure of all eyes.

The Dance festival came to a halt at 9pm. A festive meal containing delicious Briyani together with onion dishes were served.  Everyone enjoyed the meal excessively and went to bed satisfactorily. The chief guests and other guests too had their festive dinner and went to bed heartily.

26-12-2015. The Achievers,
The three days events culminated with prize distributions. Pudhu Punal received the overall championship for excelling in all the events. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. Pudhu Iruthayam got the second prize. It was the team spirit and coordination which helped them to bring out their potentials and talents. Kudos to the team. Pudhu Vasantham got the third prize. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. The winners were recognized with a shield and valuable prizes. It was a memorable day for the children to realize their worth. Confidant as they believe “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!


Conclusion
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. We thank the Lord for the abundant blessings showered on us to conclude our camp with positive and promising moments engraved in the lives and hearts of the children. Indeed the Christmas camp was a great success. Impressively, the experience had ripple effects on the lives of the children. Dear well wishers, we are grateful to you for making our dream come true. We also express our heartfelt thanks for your continuous and consistent support. Certainly, your thoughtfulness and magnanimity encouraged us to move forward and live life happily. The Camp concurs and affirms the words of Denis Waitely “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence”. Surely, we owe a great debt to Dr. I. Sebastian for his logistics support and guidance on every stage of our events. Undeniably, he was Sthe “driving force” to enable our dream to become a real possibility. Christmas Camp is a gift to behold, a gift to cherish and an experience to share. 

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven."  — Henry Ward Beecher.