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FOR A CAUSE: Film actors Mammotty and Kaviyoor Ponnamma at the inauguration of the senior boys education project of the Janaseva Sisubhavan in Kochi on Monday. - Photo: VipinChandran
FOR A CAUSE: Film actors Mammotty and Kaviyoor Ponnamma at the inauguration of the senior boys education project of the Janaseva Sisubhavan in Kochi on Monday. - Photo: VipinChandran

Staff Reporter

Under Janaseva Sisubhavan's initiative

KOCHI: The Janaseva Sisubhavan is now taking the next step towards rehabilitation of children rescued from the streets. Actor Mammootty inaugurated a senior boys education project of the Janaseva Sisubhavan here on Monday.

The proposed project includes constructing a three-storeyed building on the 6-acre land owned by the Janaseva Sisubhavan at Mekkad, Nedumbassery. "The facility is meant for boys aged above 10 years," said Jose Maveli, president of the Janaseva Sisubhavan.

Sixty-five boys would benefit from the project. "These boys are mostly from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. They were brought here as part of street circus and for begging," he said.

Those at the Janaseva are finding it difficult to provide education to these boys, as most of them do not have even the basic education. "They are being taught in English and Malayalam. We plan to educate them up to matriculation, along with imparting professional training such as computer skills, carpentry and masonry," Mr. Jose said.

The construction of one floor has been completed and the project is expected to be fully operational by December. The day also witnessed a rally to mark World Anti-Child Labour Day.

Mr. Jose presided over the inaugural session and Sister Christabel, Principal of St. Teresa's College where the function was held, delivered the keynote address.

Actor Kaviyoor Ponnamma administered a pledge on `Protecting street childhood'.

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