Special Correspondent

An opportunity to express their talents and abilities

NAGAPATTINAM: More than 700 children from 16 tsunami-hit villages in Nagapattinam district on Saturday expressed their talents in a mega children's festival at Velankanni near here organised by the People's Development Association, a Madurai-based non-governmental organisation engaged in tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Children from the Child Development Centres of the PDA and students of UNICEF-PDA bridge course performed entertainment programmes like dance, dramas and music.

Jacinta Joseph, Executive Director, PDA, who inaugurated the festival, said that the objective of this event was to give the children of the tsunami-hit villages an opportunity to express their talents and abilities.

It is also an occasion for the children to enjoy the company of a large number of children from different villages to come together and interact with each other irrespective of their caste, religion and all other considerations, she said.

Juliet Arputharaj, Chairperson of Velankanni Town Panchayat, who presided, said that each parent and child had the responsibility towards the future well being of the community and society.

Joe Velu, Director, PDA, appealed to the parents and the NGOs to work with compassion and creativity for the protection and promotion of the rights of the children.

Vincent Brotons Dias, Asian Programme Coordinator, Solidarite Laique, France,

Michel Debon of Solidarite Laique, France, Fabio De Benedettis and Sabina Ruffo of Italy participated in the function.

Mr. Vincent Brotons Dias, distributed prizes to the children.