CHINAR’s most recent event in Handwara was a great success! On Saturday, May 17th CHINAR organized distribution of supplies to participants in the Remote Child Sponsorship Program in Handwara, which was accompanied by performances by the children and speeches by their teachers and school officials.
The event opened with a warm welcome and thanks by the Principal of AIIMS (Ain-lL-ILUM-Institute of Morality & Science), Suliman Mir. He thanked CHINAR for their aid, stating, “We are very proud of CHINAR who selected these poor families and their children and provided them educational support”. He mentioned that Child Nurture & Relief is the only non-government organization working in the Upper Rajwara area of Handwara, making CHINAR’s work even more imperative.
In the following speech by CHINAR’s Programs Manager, Yassar Shah discussed the role of CHINAR in the community and their work to provide a quality education to vulnerable youth. He told guests that CHINAR’s program in Handwara began in August 2013. Now coming up on its one-year anniversary CHINAR is proud to see the improvement in its beneficiaries and add more families to the Remote Child Sponsorship Program to continue this support.
After speaking of the work CHINAR is doing for the education of children, guests were able to witness this progress for themselves in their presentations. Students performed songs and poems for the audience, demonstrating the immense impact education has had on CHINAR’s participants. Third-grader Sajid Mansoor War’s presentation titled “A School Without a Teacher is Just Like a Body Without a Soul” captured this spirit perfectly. “I could not believe my eyes when I saw the performances of all the kids. They have achieved and learned a lot in these months”, said Project Co-Coordinator Salma Ashai.
After these touching performances the CHINAR team and AIIMS School’s principal distributed summer supplies to the children. Their new supplies include school uniforms, casualwear, school shoes, and school bags to prepare them for the summer months. Additionally, they were given medicine to aid in de-worming to ensure the children’s health and nutrition. The event also included the signing of contracts with 9 new families. These families will now be offered support under the Remote Child Sponsorship Program. CHINAR is happy to be adding new families to their programs and empowering these children through education initiatives.