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CHILDLINE - Kids find a new Dost in Vodafone

Mumbai. March 18, 2010, the Vodafone Corporate Office Terrace looked like it has undergone a makeover. A tent was set to slot in employee/volunteers for the day, dressed in Vodafone red T-shirts, CHILDLINE Team along with children from Yuva, Hamara Foundation and CHILDLINE Intervention Unit's shelters . It was mid morning, and the summer sun was bright, highlighting the enthusiasm and zest of the people standing at the terrace.

CHILDLINE had organized an outreach programme in association with Vodafone employees to spread awareness about Child Protection.

CHILDLINE - Kids find a new Dost in Vodafone

Sikha Grover, Senior Manager, Resource and Mobilization, CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF), briefed around 100 Vodafone employees about the organization and the task at hand. The briefing included an introduction to the outreach programme, its objective, conduct and methods.

After briefing, the gathering split into three groups. Each group had CHILDLINE team members also, to assist them. The groups spread out to three different locations: Lower Parel Station, J. K. Marg and Mahalaxmi Signal.

They set about distributing fliers, sticking stickers and posters in small shops as they spoke to the owners, dialing in to 1098 from phone booths to make sure the numbers connected, urging people to save the number 1098 into their phones and to call whenever they saw a child in distress.

CHILDLINE - Kids find a new Dost in Vodafone

The effect was such that the whole area was buzzing with questions about

1098. Some volunteer's enthusiasm also took them to a nearby Radio: Red FM's office and do a spontaneous awareness live on air. It also resulted in three cases of children in distress being reported while on outreach.

CHILDLINE - Kids find a new Dost in Vodafone

Back to base at the Vodafone office terrace, around lunchtime: the volunteers were greeted by CHILDLINE and the kids; with whom the employees had an impromptu dance session. This set the ball rolling for fun games, in which each employee participated with a child buddy for the day. There was also a sessions with colours, where they painted Mugs, bags, bookmarks, greeting cards with their little buddies.