Panaji: The Goa Girls Islamic Organisation held a 10 day-campaign ‘My Parents My Paradise’ to educate young generation about the rights of elderly parents, and the children’s duty towards them. The statewide campaign was launched on September 1 and concluded on September 10.
The concluding event was conducted in Goa Central Library. Prakash Kamat – Sr. Asst. Editor The Hindu and Shashwat Gupta Ray – Resident Editor Gomantak Times were the chief guests.
Hani Pathan in her welcome address said, “The campaign have ended but the mission must go on”. A small skit about the elderly abuse was performed after the welcome address.
Gupta while speaking said, “Instead of banishing the elderly parents to old age homes, the people should make to feel important part of the family as they have crucial role to play in shaping the minds of their grandchildren.” He further added that it is not the end of the campaign but a new beginning.
Kamat in his concluding remarks said, “Elderly members are a binding factor for a family. They keep everyone together. They have rich experience in various fields which can be valuable even to the authorities. I have been associated with the work s of GIO. They are doing a great work and I will continue to support them.”
“Today, we see children abandoning their parents and disrespecting them. Sometimes, we even prioritize our career over them. Through this campaign, we want to tell the young generation that just providing monetary care and a roof over their heads is not enough. We should give them the love, care, attention and respect they deserve,” says Sharmin Khan, state president of the GIO.
The campaign which started with multiple inaugural programs across all major cities in Goa received positive response. More than 100 girl volunteers visited various schools and colleges across state to conduct sessions on adult care.
As part of the campaign, they have organised special workshops, corner meetings, bill board advertisement and distributed bands among the participating students.
While talking about the future activities, Khan says, “We are also hoping to initiate a state policy for senior citizens, and bring a desired change in the outlook of family members towards the elders in the family.”
GIO also plans to focus on isolation (loneliness) among elderly people. A research is being conducted to find the cause of the institutionalized and non-institutionalized loneliness.