Around hundred and fifty Musahar children felt honoured to be at the grounds of Kurji Holy Family Hospital, Patna, for the annual the sports day organized on the occasion of the ‘Children Day’ (November 14) celebration on Nov. 15, 2016. Most of these children attend the four non-formal study centre set up by the hospital. A few others attend the regular government schools and come to the non-formal centre to get help with their home work. The children dressed in their best were brought to the hospital in the hospital mini bus by their teachers by 10.am. The administrator of the hospital, Jackulin Jesu, SCN, said, “The Musahar community has to be brought to the hospital by someone. They do not enter the compound by themselves.”

The hospital social worker, Sister Sophie, RSCJ, and the community health staff had been preparing the teachers and the students for the last couple of weeks. All the children who stood first, second, third and fourth in various competitions were given prizes by Sister Jackulin, Mrs. Anjana James, vice principal of St. Karen’s school, Mr. Sojo Mathew, representative of Caritas India and Sister Manju, MMS, assistant administrator of the hospital.

Just as the hospital is run with the help of collaboration by ten religious congregations and the partnership between the Medical Mission Sisters and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the non formal centre is also supported by the two city Catholic schools, St. Michaels’ School and St. Karen’s School. They contribute towards the salary of the teachers. Caritas India, Delhi office in Patna contributed towards the prizes and the lunch for the teachers and students.

With prizes in their hands, children were extremely happy to freely roam around the compound and to have a hot meal with their friends. Some of them were happy to lie down on the cool grass. They will surely remember this day and look forward to returning to this place again.

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