Saraf centre holds alumni meet
The Women & Child Welfare Centre, promoted by the Saraf business family, recently held its alumni meet. Commissioner for School Education K. Sandhya Rani was the chief guest at the event.
Ms. Promila Saraf explained the services rendered by the centre for the benefit of poor women and children during the last four decades. The Woman and Child Welfare Centre was founded in the year 1975, by Ms. Promila Saraf as President in Shreeramnagar township in the remote village of Garividi in Vizianagaram district.
Mr. K. Jeevan Babu, Asst Director for Disabled Welfare, Vizianagaram, State Government applauded the services of Ms. Saraf by moulding the personalities of hundreds of differently abled children (DIVYANGULU) by running the Special Schools such as Drushti for Visually Impaired, Shabdam for Deaf & Mute and Manovikas for Mentally Retarded children and nurturing with parental care. It is because of her continuous leadership, these children could find better living style in the society today, he said, adding that he would extend necessary support from the State government, whenever necessary..
Mrs. S. Aruna Kumari, District Educational Officer, Vizianagaram appreciated Mrs. Saraf for her yeoman services.
Dr. Radhike Khanna, a doctorate in Special Education & Management Services, who has successfully placed over 1500 developmentally handicapped persons in productive roles in society with a mission for every student to ‘EARN A LIFE WITH DIGNITY’ by her three decade long services at Mumbai also attended as a Guest of Honor and found herself thrilled to see the success story of the old students of the special schools at the venue and praised Ms. Saraf for her committed services. She offered her support to the centre in future years.
What distinguishes Ms. Saraf is not just her fabulous riches, but her humane concern for the less fortunate women and children. Towards this enviable and inspirative service she strode like a colossus.
The centre is aided by specially trained faculty and other staff members who not only provide instructions but nurture the children with love and care.
In recognition of her yeoman service many an award came her way including, The Sulakshana Ram Janam Pande award for the year 1990-91 by National Society for equal opportunities for the handicapped, Bombay, The Bharath Cultural Integration Committee for National Integration honour in 1992, New Delhi, The Ugadi Puraskar Award in 1992 from the Madras Telugu Academy, Madras, The Mahila Ratan Award from the International Friendship Society and The National Award from the Ministry of Welfare on the eve of World Disabled Day Celebrations in 1993.
She is a source of inspiration and a role model worth emulation.