Monday, November 26, 2012

Tharuni in Jamba cloud 10K Run on 25-11-2012 at Hyd

United Way and Program International , Procam  International in association with Hyderabad  10 K Run Foundation organised 10 K and 7 K Races on the Necklace Road in the early hours of  25th December 2012 . It is not only Run about health and fitness , but also for  the cause of the needy , with the solidarity shown by the Corporate Companies supporting, identified  Non governmental Organisations.The Organizers of the Event were instrumental in collecting contributions from these companies, for the activities being conducted by the NGOs for the welfare of the community.
Tharuni is one of such NGOs  identified , which was privileged to actively participate in the 7 K  Maza Run from People's Plaza to Sanjeevaiah Park.  Half a dozen of Koya  tribal boys from Eturunagaaram  in Warangal District, represented Tharuni in their traditional attire,  attracted the people. Dr Mamatha, Executive Director,  Raghuveer, Surekha Adimulam, Thyaga Raj  Kovvali and Ailesh , from Tharuni  have actively participated in the event.
Tharuni was supported by Franklin Templeton India Services Ltd. identifying Tharuni working for the Girl child. Students from educational institutions and  Employees  from other companies like Fact sheet Ltd. and I Spice  supported Tharuni by wearing the T-Shirts provided. The slogan on the T-shirts 'Save the Girl child" went through strongly during the Run.
Tharuni distributed its new Brochures to the participants. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Walkathan Rally at Warangal by Child Line , 20-11-2012

Walkathan Rally was conducted by Child Welfare committee and Child Line 1098 as part its Weekly Celebrations on child protection , from Police Head Quarters to the District Collectorate, on 20th November 2012, from 7 A.M.  I/C District Collector Pradyumna  was the Chief Guest to inaugurate the Walk. District Superintendent of Police, Rajeev Kumar  was the Guest of Honour  , who joined the gathering in the Walk, and spoke on the importance of rights and freedom of children to lead a healthy and rightful life in their childhood. C. W. C Chair person Dr. Mamatha Raghuveer, highlighted, that the children can contact through  the toll free number 1098 , when they are in distress. Child Line Coordinator Sudershan explained  about the child line in detail, to the gathering. Juvenile Justice Board Member Renuka, CWC.Members Chakradhari, Thirupathi and Revathi Devi, Tharuni, Pragathi Seva Samithi, MARI, FMM,all Non Governmental Organisation Members, Police, I.C.D.S. officials, Anganwadi Workers, NSS volunteers ,along with their Coordinator Dr. Suresh B. Lal from Kakatiya University, Students from schools and colleges , more than five hundred people, participated in the  Rally.

Tharuni and CWC jointly felicitated the persons who helped and saved , rendering outstanding services to the children,  with ' Bala Rakshak' Mementoes, and shawls. District Collector and Superintendent of Police were also specially honoured for their concern and great service  for the child Protection.  All the participants took part in the signature compaign and oath taken for child protection.

List of Bala Rakshak Awards-2012 by Tharuni & C.W.C

  1. Sri Chandraiah, C.I., KUC – Rendering services in Mentally retarded Deaf & dumb girl Gudia case & Stopping Child Marriages
  2. Sri Venkat, S.I. Kothaguda – Stopping 5 Child Marriages & creating Awareness
  3. Sri M. Rajkumar, PC -3396 Dornakal – Rescuing a Child in a train and handing over to CWC
  4. Sri C. Satyanarayana , PC - 1714 Dornakal – Rescuing a Child in a train and handing over to CWC
  5. Sri Rajender, PC – 2515, AR Constable – Reintegrating a child from Chattisgadh with his family
  6. Sri Basheeruddin, PC – 3041, AR Constable – Reintegrating a child from Chattisgadh with his family
  7. Dr Yerra Sridhar Raju, Psychiatrist – For his continuous services to children who need Psychiatric care & for taking up developmental activities in Children Home for Boys, Autonagar, Wgl.
  8. Mrs Madhavi, Counsellor, ICPS, Dept of Women & Child Welfare – for stopping child marriages and reintegration of trafficked girl.
  9. Mrs P. Mamatha, Team Member, Child Help Line – 1098 – for her services in rescuing abused girl Baby Pujitha from Kazipet Railway Station.
  10. Mrs Malathi, Anganwadi Worker, Village Ameenapur, Kesasamudram Mandal – for her services in rescuing a beggar girl in the railway station.
  11. Mrs Yashoda, Anganwadi Worker, Village Upparapally, Kesasamudram Mandal – for her services in rescuing a beggar girl in the railway station.
  12. Mrs Ramaleela, Director, Mallikamba Manovikasa Kendram, HNK – for her services in giving shelter and protection to Mentally retarded, Deaf & dumb girl Baby Gudia.
  13. Mrs - Sister, Neo Natal Ward, MGM Hospital, Wgl – for her services to Baby Manavi, amputated girl rescued from Kzpt Rly Station.
  14. Smt Mallamma, Ayamma, Sishugruha, Hnk – for her services to Baby Lakshmi who was operated for her legs.
  15. Sri Raghotham Reddy, Civilian – for his services to children in giving free medicine
    Sri Rajender, Attender, Children Home for Boys, Warangal for his services to children

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Child Rights Convention Week ,2012, by Tharuni

 As part of the "Child Line Se Dosti'-1098 Program, ( Child Rights Convention Week Celebrations -2012), Tharuni has conducted a' Walkathan' in Eturu Nagaram Mandal, Warangal District, to day 15th November 2012. About 400 students from Andhra Pradesh Residential Junior college, High School, and Kasturiba Gandhi Residential School Students, both boys and girls , 30 Anganwadi workers, local people and Police personnel , actively participated in the event, to educate the people on the rights of the children. Dr. Mamatha,and Coordinators of Tharuni also took part in the event. Child Line Protection Oath was held to the participants ,  under the leadership of  the Sub Inspector of Police, Eturunagaaram,  Sri Sanjeev Rao. A signature compaign was also held ,committing protection of child rights.
 Many Programs  will be conducted by Tharuni ,  like Dosti Corners, Free Medical Check up, competitions in Drawing, Essay Writing and Songs, along with Awareness compaign on Child Rights, in  this week. Same  Program is also being held by Tharuni at Mangapeta Mandal and also Thadvai Mandal,  during  this week, simultaneously.  

Children's Day celebrations, 2012

Tharuni Gurukul celebrated children's Day and Birth Day of Cha Cha Nehru The First Prime Minister of India after Independence, in the Branch Library campus , Nagarjuna Colony, Champapet, Hyderabad, on 14th November 2012. Gurukul Students participated in the celebrations actively. Dr. Hemalatha, coordinator of the Gurukul conducted competitions to the children, in Essay Writing,  Drawing, songs , Musical Chairs and Rangoli. Mementoes and Prizes will be given to the winners on 18th, as part of the Library Week celebrations from 14th to 20th November. The senior students of the Gurukul, students from neighbouring schools,Library Officials also took active part in the event.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pamphlet on the problems of Girl Child in Telugu

Tharuni has released a Pamphlet on the International Girl child Day, about the  main issues Girl child  is facing  in India. Let us all form into a Net Work to solve them in our day to day life. Click on the link above to see the pamphlet.

International Day of Girl Child on 11th October 2012

Tharuni celebrated the  first International Day of Girl child  initiated by the U.N.O. on 11th October 2012. A special issue of Tharuni News Letter was released by The Minister of Women and Child Welfare , Government of Andhra Pradesh,  Smt. Sunita Laxma Reddy, in her camp office Hyderabad. Dr. Mamatha Raghuveer, Director , Tharuni appraised  Smt. Sunita about the status of Girl children. The Minister    praised the efforts of Tharuni , to develop the girl child in the State.
The News Letter identified the problems of girl child, particularly the discrimination against her and how to overcome it.
Evening , Dr. Hemalatha, Retd. Professor, and Joint Director , Tharuni, released the Pamphlet on the Importance of International Girl child Day in the Administrative Office of Tharuni. Dr. Mamatha, Executive Director, and Coordinators of Tharuni, and girl children attended the event. News letters and Pamphlet were distributed to the community.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

'hak hai jeene ka" Compaign on Girl Child

The P.N.D.T.National Monitoring Committee Member  Smt. Asha Singh, visited Warangal District on 21st September, along with Members kalpana, Anuradha,and  Mandakini. According to 2011 Census there is low ratio of girl children below the age of 6 years in this District. So a Compaign  "hak hai jeene ki" is being initiated very soon, to save the girl child, they said.  Tharuni Executive Director, Member of the Advisory Committee, P.C.P.N.D.T.Act,  Dr. Mamatha Raghuveer accompanied the Committee to Devaruppula Mandal, and they met the Tribal women in" Dharaavath Thanda" to discuss on the issue.
Later Asha singh also visited a Nursing Home in Jangoan to see the records on infanticide, and another  private Nursing Home in Sayeem nagar in the head quarters.
The committee met District Collector Rahul Bojja, D.M.H.O. Dr. Sambasivarao, to discuss the issue of initiating the compaign. 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Rajeev yuva Kiranalu by Tharuni

Tharuni enabled training program in computer education for 42 adoloscent young women for the last two months, under Rajeev yuva kiranalu, Government scheme, and  35 girls got appointments in corporate sectors.

The girls are also trained in karate,sspoken English,and personality development skills. New batch is also started last week.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Launching of "Kids Help Kids" compaign by Tharuni

Tharuni has launched its compaign on "Kids Help Kids" at Oakridge School, Bachupalli, Hyderabad, on 8th July2012, amid  more than three hundred school children and parents.The President of Lok Satta and local M.L.A. Dr. Jaya Prakash Narayan has formally launched the compaign by releasing the Poster, prepared by Tharuni Organization.Dr. Mamatha stressed the importance of education for girls, the " future Mothers."Further she requested the children to help the needy girls of rural areas who are unable to get higher education, for so many reasons, like Yamuna of warangal District.She asked the parents and teachers, to teach philanthropy  and  sharing, from childhood, to the Kids.There are more than two thousand girls in Warangal district, to go for graduation during this year.
Any person can contribute from rupees Ten at least by each Kid  for this great cause, which  is accountable by Tharuni, Under 80G of Income Tax Act.

Tharuni Director attends International workshop at Malasia

Dr Mamatha Raghuveer, Executive Director Tharuni attended International Workshop on Resource Mobilization, from 3rd to 6th July at Koulalumpur, conducted by IWRM asia@resource, as  one of the Delegates  from India. The global network inspires philanthropy worldwide.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rajeev Yuva kiranalu(Employment generation (Mission) for Rural Youth

Tharuni in collaboration with the Project  for employment generation for rural youth has initiated training program on computer education   to 50 young women from the District of Warangal for 60 days, at the district headquarters from 25th June 2012. This is the only batch  of all girls, selected  for this computer training. Simultaneously  Tharuni also  took initiative to teach them Yoga, Karate and classes on personality development, by experts in the field, within this period.

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Balika Mela at Geesukonda on 26-06-2012

Tharuni in collaboration with UNICEF and Rajeev Vidya Mission  organised  Balika Mela (girls' Meet ) on 26th, at Geesukonda Mandal , Warangal District. Four hundred  girls belonging to Balika Sanghas attended the Meeting. UNICEF coordinator, MPDO, MEO, ICDS Extension Officers,attended the Meet along with Anganwadi workers and Supervisors.Dr. Mamatha, Director Tharuni while appreciating the active participation of the girls in the development of their villages, distributed mementos to 20 best Balika Sanghas. She also gave Appreciation Certificates to thirty girls who passed their xth (Tenth)  standard with more than 500 marks. The Speakers encouraged the girls to continue their group activities, contributing for the welfare and development of their villages, while educating themselves.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Village Tourism Development committee at Cheryala 16th May2012

Tharuni could initiate a Village Development Committee to be formed at Cheryala, with the Village Sarpanch as its Convenor . There are other nominated Members from a former ZPTC,Women's self help groups,youth groups along with Nakashi Painters to develop Cheryala as a tourist spot.  Eight more sub groups are also formulated  like food, travel,guides,home stay,livelihoods groups with Nakashi Painters, weavers on cotton cloth, sari weaving etc. A special committee has to decide to start Tourist packages from 1st June 2012.
The tourists can visit Kolanupaka,Komaravelli,Siddhula Gutta,Champak hills and Cheryala, under the package.Educational tours are arranged for Students.One day workshop on Nakashi Painting will be arranged for them. Summer Camp is also planned for local school children for Nakashi painting.
On 17th Sri B. Srinivas Executive Director, APTDC,Special Chief Secretary for Tourism smt. chandana Khan visited Warangal. Tharuni  Executive Director Dr. Mamatha apprised them about the status of  of Rural Tourism Project at Cheryala and Pembarthi. Smt. Chandana appreciated the artisans for their work and promised to speed up the Project.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

అమ్మ ఒక అంతరజ్యోతి

అమ్మ  ఎంత తీయనిదీ పదం. ఆత్మీయతకు మారు పేరు అమ్మ. అనురాగానికి ప్రతి బింబం అమ్మ. అమ్మకు అమ్మనయితే గాని అమ్మ ఋణం తీర్చుకోలేనిది. మా అమ్మ సూర్య కాంతమ్మ .సినిమాలో సూర్యకాంతం  పైకి ఎంత కోపం నటిస్తుందో అంతకన్నా పదింతలు వెన్నలాంటి మనసున్న మా అమ్మ . మా అక్కలిద్దరికి బాల్య వివాహాల వల్ల కలిగిన కష్టాలతో అంతులేని దుఖం కలిగిన అమ్మ   నన్ను కనీసం ఆంద్ర  మేత్రికులేషణ్  పరీక్ష అయినా రాయించాలని తహ తహ లాడింది . స్చూలుకే వెళ్ళని పరిస్థితులలో ఆమాత్రం చదివితే నయమని, ఐదో క్లాసు వరకే చదివి , పదేళ్ళకే పెళ్లి చేసుకోవాల్సి వచ్చిన మా అమ్మ. అమ్మతోపాటు  నాన్న కూడా ఇచ్చిన ప్రోత్సాహం తో పన్నెందేల్లకే మెట్రిక్ పాసయ్యాను . అప్పటినుంచి డిగ్రీ దాక పూర్తి చేయించారు 18 సంవస్చరాలకు ఊరిలో బి ఇది ట్రైనింగ్ లో చేర్చాక అమ్మకు భయం వేసింది అమ్మో పెళ్ళిచేయాలని , ఎందుకంటే ఆమెకు అప్పదికే గుండె జబ్బుతో ఎలా ఉంటానో అని, నాన్న చేయగలరో లేదో అని భయంతో ట్రైనింగ్ అవుతుండగానే పెళ్లి చేసిన అమ్మ ఏడాది తిరగకుండానే చనిపోయింది. 55  ఏళ్ళు వచేదాక పిల్లలు, మనుమలతో కలిసి చదువుకుని పీ హెచ్. డి.  చేసి ప్రొఫెసర్ గా రిటైరైన నేను అమ్మ స్పూర్తి తో నాకున్న ఒక్క కూతురితో పాటు ఎ ఆడపిల్ల కనపడిన చదువుకొమ్మని చెప్పుతూ వేలాదిమందిని చదివించ గలిగిన నాకు అమ్మే అంతర్జ్యోతి. అల్లాగే నా మమత కూడా అంతం లేకుండా సంపాదించిన  , సంపాదిన్చుతూ ఉన్న డిగ్రీలు ,నేను ఆమెలో కలిగించ  గల్గిన  అమ్మ స్ఫూర్తి కి తార్కాణం. అంతేకాదు ఈనాడు మమత వేలాదిగా  బాల్య వివాహాలు ఆపుతున్నపుడు, బాలికల ఉన్నతికి ఎంతో శ్రమ పడుతున్నపుడు , నాకు కలిగే తృప్తి, ఆనందం  మాటలలో చెప్పలేను. మా అమ్మ రగిల్చిన ఆ జ్యోతి కలకాలం అమ్మలందరిలో వెలిగి , ప్రతి బాలిక చదువుకుని, తన పిల్లలతోపాటు  ,  పదిమంది బాలికలు చదువుకుని , విద్యావంతులైనాకే  వివాహం చేసుకునేలాగు ప్రయత్నం చేయగల్గితే నాజన్మ ధన్య మైనట్లే.    

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Child Law Presentations at the Crime Meeting on 14th April 2012

Tharuni Director & CWC Chair Person Dr. Mamatha Raghuveer  attended the Crime Meeting of Warangal District Police, presided by the Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar on 14th April and made the following Presentations along with others. Children need to be protected from their vulnerability by the whole society, especially the Police.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

National Seminar on Gender Issues at Kakatiya University,17th&18th March

Center for Women's  Studies, Kakatiya University, Warangal, organized a two day National Seminar on Gender Issues:" Empowerment of Women" on 17th and 18th March 2012, in the Campus.Dr. Mamatha Raghuveer, Executive Director, Tharuni was invited to speak on social issues of  infanticide and child marriages.Vice Chancellor. K. U. Prof B. Venkatratnam was the Chief Guest for the Seminar.Dr. Jenneke Arens, Social Sientist Netherlands, Dr. Vidyavathi, Mohd. Iqbal Ali, Former Vice Chancellors, Prof. B. Vijaya Lakshmi Former  Dean, Law College, Dr. B. Vijaya Bharathi Former Director, Telugu Academy were special invitees.
Dr. Mamatha stated about the lowest girl child ratio in Warangal District where female infanticide is rampant. She requested the educated elites in the district to compaign against this issue among the public, particularly the rural people.
Prof. Manuja Devi, Director CWS, and Professor of Economics explained the activities of the center. A souvenir was released with the  abstracts of papers submitted on the occasion.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Felicitations to Tharuni Director Dr. Mamatha

08-03-2012:-Internationally renowned Organization, which is serving the needy people, 'She' Foundation headed by Dr. sunitha Divya Raj and 'Aswamedha Foundation jointly celebrated the International Women's Day at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan ,Hyderabad on 8th March 2012.
1st Lady of the State Her Highness Smt. Vimala Narasimhan, Dr. Gita Reddy Minister Govt. of A.P, Justice Chandra Kumar, Judge,  A.P. High Court , B. janarthan Reddy.I.A.S; Srinivas, Andhra Jyothi Editor, Chillara Bhavani Devi,Writer were the Special Invitees for the occasion.
More than fifty women  who have excelled  in different fields including  health, Education, Media channels, social service were felicitated, with festive look.They include Dr. Mamatha, Director  Tharuni organisation.The whole Tharuni Team, including Mamatha thank the Organizers for recognizing the services performed by Tharuni for more than one decade against child marriages.The honour really burdened Tharuni to do more services to the needy girls and women.

11-03-2012:-Sri Parcha Ranga Rao Smaraka Charitable Trust,Hanamkonda on the occasion of 116th Birthday of late  Rangarao,Advocate and a patriot, felicitated Vidwan Sri T. V. Subba Rao a great Educationist and Dr. Mamatha for her sincere services to the society, on 11th March at Sri Raja Raja Narendra Andhra Bhasha Nilayam. Prof. B. Venkata Rathnam, Vice Chancellor, Kakatiya University, Bar Association President Rao Amarender Reddy were the Special invitees to the occasion., presided by retired Prof. S. Lakshmana Murthy garu. PRSCT Secretary  Parcha Kodanda Rao, Trustee Parcha Mohana Rao organised the event in a befitting manner.
Dr. Mamatha expressed her gratitude for the felicitations by elders as a blessing and honour given to her. It enthused her zeal to do more services to the needy women.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

'W O W' 12" B.I.T.Narsampet

07-03-2012:-Balaji Institute of Technology, Narsampet, celebrated Women of worth 12 (W O W-12) at BIP Seminar Hall from 9-30 to 5-30 p.m, a memorable day for the 3000 engineering students.They have conducted different events like fashion parade miss Yuvaita, Innovation, Painting, Ramp walk, Hair Style, Man Hunt, Treasure Hunt,Best out of waste, and short films etc
GVN Bharatha Lakshmi, 5th Addl.Sessions Judge was the chief guest for the occasion.Dr. Mamatha Raghuveer, and Dr. Shobha Prof. in Pub. Admn.K.U. were the guests of honour.Dr. Mamatha in her speech stressed the need to develop life skills and human values as the youth are reaching their target in education,so that they can lead a peaceful and happy life.
Another event for the women in Central Jail, Warangal , was attended by Dr. Mamatha, wherein the women prisoners celebrated Women's day.She could touch their heart, by highlighting the importance of discipline, correct decision making and human values in their life.She advised them to best utilize this time for concrete progress by improving vocational skills, so that they can  lead a peaceful life.Jail Superintendent, officials, Police and inmates attended the program.

International Women's Day Celebrations- March 2012.

01-03-2012:- International Women's Day Celebrations are being held almost for the whole month of March.Each and every Department of the Government,Public sectors,Banks, Educational Institutions,non governmental organisations and private agencies are celebrating the event with full zeal and enthusiasm.It proves that Women are excelling in all fields,on par with men and men are equally  participating with women in these celebrations.
Tharuni Director Dr. Mamatha was invited as chief guest on 1st March by Kasturba Gandhi Mahila Mandali, Narsampet, a 53 year old organisation, serving the cause of women, with different activities and training programs.Dr. Chamarthi Usha Rani,President of the organisation, Dr. K. Sri Devi, Professor in Political Science,Mahila College, officials, non-officials and many women participated in the event.Dr. Mamatha stressed the need of net working among women to build a bright future for the country.
06-03-2012:-The District Police and Tharuni jointly celebrated Women's Day in A.S.M. Degree & P.G. College, Kareemabad  Warangal on 6th March. Dr. Lavanya Naik (Medcal Doctor), working as D.S.P.made a touching presentation on the crime against women.She advised the students and young women to not to take hasty decisions and requested them to reach their goals before entering wedlock.Dr Mamatha, Director Tharuni advised them to compete and excel with men in all fields.She also said that all women should unite to assert their rights.. They must have educare ie:not only learning the curriculum , but they also should learn life skills to reach their goals. College Principal Dr. Vidya Raniand all Faculty members participated in the event, which was telecasted in Sapthagiri Channel.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Juvenile Justice(Care &Protection)Act Workshop At Warangal,25-02-2012

The Andhra Pradesh Judicial Academy had convened a one day workshop on Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act 2000 with stake holders of four districts, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Khammam and Warangal, at Vagdevi college, Hanamkonda on 25th February.Fourteen Departments  Officials of the Government like Police, Education, Labour, etc. Judicial Officers, Child Welfare Committees and Juvenile Justice Boards of the four districts attended the Work shop.
Principal District and Sessions Judge K.A.P  Swamy  stated that there is need to pay special attention  for the welfare of Juvenile Offenders in the society.Warangal Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar assured that the JJ Board and CWC will be involved in their Crime Review Meetings. He also stressed the need to set up a Special Police Juvenile Unit in Warangal District. A.P. Judicial Academy Faculty Member and Judge Mangari Rajender urged the Police to be empathetic towards the children and there is need  of N.G.Os to interact with Police when they deal with the cases of Children. He  also requested the CWCs, Police and NGOs to coordinate with each other.Judicial Academy is going to release  Monthly News Letters on the legal issues he said. The day long workshop could enlighten the participants  on the JJ Act in detail.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sandhya was married to Ravinder

Tharuni was given a rear opportunity to get Sandhya adopted by Dr. Mamatha and Raghuveer   married to Gannarapu Ravinder (B.Ed; M.B.A.), son of Lingamma and Swamy  at Huzurabad in Karimnagar District on 12th February 2012. She was at Balasadan of Social Wefare Board  at warangal along with her sister and got educated. Sri Raghuveer had donated Rs.10000/-  for her marriage expenses.
We all wish you long and happy married life Sandhya and Ravinder.
Tharuni team and Balasadan friends convey their gratitude to Mamatha,Raghuveer,
for their  kind gesture.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

State Bank of India donated a School van to Tharuni to serve the Girl Children

Tharuni profusely thanks State Bank of India for giving the opportunity to serve the Girl children, by donating a 12 seater School Van, as part of its Community Service, on 17th February 2012.
Farooq Saheb, General Manager, SBI, Addl. General  Manager B. Shankar, Deputy General Manager Smt. Manju Agarwal and Vaddepalli Branch Manager Vijay Kumar have handed over the Vehicle to Dr. Mamatha Raghuveer Executive Director , Tharuni,  at the Arts College Auditorium.
Dr. M.Rajagopalachary, Principal, Arts College, I.C.D.S. Deputy Director  Smt. Mary Grace Kumari, Warden and Teachers and children of Balasadanam, Govt. Home for children and the Media Reporters graced the occasion.Dr. Mamatha felicitated  the Bank Officials with Cheryala Paintings  while thanking them, for their gesture and concern to do service to the community.
Farook Saheb , stated that State Bank of India is allocating one percent of their profits for the social service. He also said that 77 Branches in the District have donated ceiling fans to Govt. Schools. Smt Manju said that Tharuni is doing service to the Girl Child. Education for women develops the whole family. Shankar had handed over the Van keys to Mamatha. Vijay Kumar  had given blankets to the Bala Sadanam Children, who are the immediate beneficiaries to go to their Schools in the Van.Dr. Mamatha assured that the Van  will be best utilized with the cooperation of ICDS officials and the Bank for the transportation of Rural Girl children.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

UNICEF Awards 2012 for Gender sensitive Programs in T.V.

The Center for Media Studies in collaboration with UNICEF held the Awards Function For the third consecutive year at  Hyderabad on 6th February 2012. Fifteen popular Telugu TV channels, reflecting their commitment to social concerns, focused 93 hours of their prime time with 702 programs on various issues of girl child.The Jury of experts finalized the selections after the CMS scanned the recorded programs.The recommendations  by one of the Jury Members, Dr. Mamatha  were already given in the earlier Blog of Tharuni.
UNICEF through these awards, is keen to highlight the issues of girl child on different channels, so that it will have an impact on the minds of he people.
Tharuni congratulates all the Telugu T.V. channels for their wholehearted efforts to bring out problems of girl child before the viewers. Let us hope this initiative of UNICEF may provoke all Media Channels of communication in all languages, to relay the issues as well as the  solutions for the better status of the girl child. Tharuni's appreciation to the Center for Media Studies for their dedicated efforts to make the program a grand success.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Workshop on Juvenile Justice to Child Welfare Committees of A.P.

The Child Welfare Committees of Andhra Pradesh were invited to participate in the Workshop on Juvenile Justice on 28th January 2012 at A.P. Judicial Academy. The Hon'ble Chief Justice of High Court of Andhra Pradesh Sri Madan B. Lokur, Supreme Court Judge and senior Judges of A.P. High Court,Child Protection Specialist Sony Kutty George, All C.W.C. Chair Persons  and 115 CWC Members,Director of J.J.Act and Correctional Services Board Sri Kismat Kumar, Police Officers attended the Workshop.A.P Alliance for Child Rights and A.P. Judicial Academy collaborated to conduct the Seminar.

The Director of J.J Board  stated  that the Child Welfare Committee is the foundation of a Judicial pyramid having District Courts and the High Court working above it. CWC is the statutory body working independently  with judicial powers to protect the children.
Justice Lokur was amazed with the commitment and dedication shown by CWCs in the State to safeguard the rights of the children. He felt they lack sufficient human resources, stationary and infra structure and administrative costs and travel expenses which will be dealt by the Department soon..He advised the District Legal Services Authority to guide the CWC on legal  lacunae, and provide legal aid to Children. He also stressed to establish Advisory Committees under Sec.62 of J.J.Act.The workshop was very fruitful to discuss and understand the specific issues ,challenges and bottlenecks in the functioning of CWCs to protect the children.

National Girl Child Day celebrations on24th January 2012

National Girl Child Day was celebrated  organizing a Press Meet on 24th january at Hyderabad by the Child Rights Protection Forum Representatives including R. Venkat Reddy of M.V. Foundation, Dalit Leader  J. B. Raju, and Dr. Mamatha Raghuveer of Tharuni and others.They demanded  the Central Government for declaring 2012 as Year of  Empowerment of Girl Child. They all reiterated to protect the rights of the girl children  as they are facing discrimination with female foeticide, infanticide, child labour, child marriage and lower levels of education.
They requested the Government to establish a Child Rights Commission at State level, to solve these problems.They also stressed  the need to  release Rules and Regulations to the Child Marriage Prohibition Act 2006 very  soon. Free Education up to Degree level, free transport facilities, educational scholarships and free hostel facilities and toilets and sanitary requirements  have to be provided to  enable the girl child to empower herself, they said. Posters and  Pamphlets were released on the issues of girl child on the occasion.
Dr. Mamatha highlighted the issues of girl children on Vanitha T.V. and Sakshi T. V. which were telecasted on 24th January.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Suggestions for future media productions by our Executive Director, who was a Jury Member at the UNICEF Girl Child Media Awards:

It was an Honour for me to be a part of this Prestigious Project. Through out it was a Learning being the young member of the Jury and among so many 'Legends'. It was a really enriching experience to me as a novice to intricacies of TV Media Production. As a Child Rights Activist, I always looked at the Media Productions through the Rights perspective and use to argue with other members in most of the discussions. It was a Life time Memory for me to be part of this Noble Project in the cause of Girl Child. My submissions for the future Awards:

  • There was lot of competition between the channels for telecasting Girl child related subjects. But except one or two no one has put an effort to show the ground realities. Most of the scenes were down loaded from You Tube or they have used forieng national photos for depicting the A.P. Scenarios. Hence, from next year onwards, we should give clear guidelines to all channels to not to show You Tube shots or downloaded pictures.
  • Secondly, the Channels have taken up three or four major issues and showed only the negetivities. They had not shown any solutions to the problems. Media is an effective communication tool and can suggest solutions for the problems and save their lives. Next year we should tell them that proper research should be done on each topic chosen by them and suggest solutions / learnings for the viewers.
  • There was no single nomination for well researched program this year as no entry was up to the mark. The channels should use external research agencies / individaul researchers for picturising such in depth topics. Next year CMS can plan a booklet with comprehensive details about Girl child issues to all channels well in advance. This booklet can also give the last year Award winning stories, so that it becomes a Guide for the new Producers & Directors.
  • The Time period for this Awards can be extended to Six months so that it becomes a Habit for Media Cheannels to focus on girl child issues. The Time slot can be extended to six hours to capture all the programs which are gender sensitive.
  • Most of the channels which are competing for the Awards do not reach people and only 3 or 4 channels can be viewed by the rural masses. Hence, recheability also should be a criteria for giving Awards as through this effort we want to reach masses with good messages on girl children.
  • The Jury had observed negativism had become part and parcel of Media. They are not focusing the positive facts about the realities. Hence, awards were given to channels which are positive in attitude & Gave messages which are practical.

- Dr Mamatha Raghuveer,
Director, Tharuni.