//`Baby bag' project for Kozhikode

`Baby bag' project for Kozhikode

KOZHIKODE: Stamps to the tune of Rs.2.75 lakhs have been distributed for sales, to mobilise funds for setting up the `Amma thottil’ (Baby bag) project in Kozhikode, under the aegis of the District Child Welfare Council.

Assistant Development Commissioner D. Johnson has said the objective of the project is to receive and nurture abandoned infants, and to provide them homes through adoptions, with the guidance of the Council. As part of the project, a `Balasevika Centre’ too will be set up to provide care for the abandoned infants.

The total cost of the two projects is estimated at Rs.7 lakhs. Of this Rs.5 lakhs would be provided by the Council and the rest garnered through the stamp sales, of the denomination of Rs.5.

Stamps worth Rs.2.75 lakhs haves already been distributed by the Social Welfare Department. More stamps are awaited for distribution to private hospitals and other establishments.

The seven cents of land in the possession of the District Child Welfare Council at Chevayoor in the city will be the site where the `Baby bag’ will be set up. A three-storeyed building is planned as part of the project.

Mr. Johnson said that initially only the ground floor would be built because of funds crunch. Later, with assistance of welfare associations, the other floors would be completed.

Government assistance was not expected in the venture, though funding from Government would be appealed for.

Assistance from the district panchayat too is being requested, Janamma Kunhunni, member of the Council said.

The first phase of the project will be completed by March. The foundation stone for the building will be laid soon, and the work will be completed in a time-bound manner.

The meeting of the Council held in this connection recently was presided over by Mr. Johnson. The meeting appealed for wholehearted cooperation of the general public in the sale of the stamps.

The State administrator Elizabeth Rosario said `Baby bags’ would be set up in all districts to receive and provide a home to abandoned infants, and later a good future through adoption.

The `Amma thottil’ set up at Thycaud in Thiruvananthapuram in 2002 has received as many as 54 infants.

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