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Mela of crafts

The `Y' Friends Fair' is being organised on February 8 to raise funds for the various welfare activities of the YWCA.

THE YOUNG Women's Christian Association (YWCA) is organising a `Y' Friends Fair,' on Saturday, February 8. As a part of the fair, the association will put up stalls and an exhibition, projecting the work of women entrepreneurs on its campus on Poonamallee High Road. The stalls will include food, garments, saris, jewellery and terracotta, apart from lucky dip, games and fabulous prizes for the visitors. Prema Lamech, president (YWCA), says, "The fair is part of the association's fund raising effort to support its various projects." One of its primary projects, `Pastor Pfeiffer Home', a refuge for destitute girls started in 1955, provides care, education and recreation for girls who are orphans or destitute. The Navajeevan project (a halfway home for cured mentally ill women) was started at the request of Dr. Sharadha Menon, former superintendent of the IMH. This home seeks to provide a serene and restorative atmosphere to women cured of mental ailments. Under `Sahodari', the association offers solace to women in distress, sexually assaulted girls, unwed mothers and abused wives, most of whom are from the lower strata of society. The Mary J Cherian Cottage, which opened in 1987, is a haven for the elderly from middle class families to spend the sunset of their lives in peace. Among its latest venture is the Community College, which enables school dropouts to be trained and employed as nurses and shop assistants.

SANGEETH KURIAN

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