The send-off ceremony is a unique activity conducted by Samatol Foundation. In India, it is the only organisation, of this kind, who reunites children to their families through a ceremonial goodbye. Samatol invites all members of the family to cherish this moment.
We want to bring awareness in the society about this issue of runaway children. So we hold send-off ceremonies in various parts of the city. They are also organised by different trusts and clubs. By informing society of this issue, it prevents children from running away in the first place. By making it a celebrationm it highlights importance of family and makes it a family achievement.
Before the ceremony takes place, we ensure all the parents are counselled. This happens 2-3 days prior to the event. We talk about the problems the child is facing, his progress during the Camp and what the parents can do to ensure the child’s wellbeing in the future.
This ceremony is held on last day of Man parivatan Camp. During the event, the children get an opportunity to perform and showcase their talent. They sing various prayers learnt during the camp and preform a dance on patriotic songs. Afterwards, the children meet their parents directly on stage. This makes the ceremony very emotional. Watching the children meeting their families after a long time instils an atmosphere of great joy and happiness for everyone at the venue. These children are handed over to their families with great honour and love in front of an array of people from different sections of society which makes this event even more special. We invite a special guest for this event who comes from a variety of fields. Samatol try to invite personalities from different backgrounds so that they will become familiar to this topic and eventually share their perspective of our organisation. The ceremony is also held in the presence of the trustees of the foundation, donors, Samatol friends, media people and all other people who want to witness this once in a lifetime moment. Till today, 38 send-off ceremonies have been conducted. This day becomes the first day of the child’s second life.
Samatol’s goal is to make society Child Friendly and the send-off ceremony plays a vital role in this.