Sukhi Parivaar’s History
‘We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.’
Today we see deterioration of family values, followed by the series of crimes, family violence, suicides, alcoholism, drug abuse and what not in the society. Tomorrow it will knock at our own doors, unless it has already done so, and we have to act now. The more we delay, the more the cancer will devour our lives. It is the sacred duty of each of us to take up the challenge.
The essential innovative concept in this program is that it appeals to parents and family members not only to meet daily for half an hour, but also to communicate to the other members what has one done and how one has spent the day. This can create a sense of trust and sharing within the family and enable character reform of all concerned.
The Sukhi Parivaar program was launched with the campaign to awaken the interests of parents, and make them aware of their duties and responsibilities. It took place on Sunday 12th November 2006 morning at 09.30 hours in Gayatri Bhavan, Riche Mare, in the presence of important personalities. It was directed by Mr. Haymant Ramgobin, a qualified social worker, and Prof. Soodursun Jugessur, an educationist. It was registered as an NGO on 18th January 2008, and was followed subsequently by over sixty seminars and workshops in different parts of the island. These involved qualified sociologists and stakeholders like youth leaders, teachers, rectors, presidents and members of socio-religious and socio-cultural organizations, chairmen of district and village councils, parent-teacher associations. In the seminars, families were awakened to their role as the first educators of their children, and to the need to transmit proper values so as to promote harmony and solidarity, with peace and happiness in the family.
With the assistance of an expert from the University of Mauritius, Dr. I. Koodoruth, sociologist, the draft project profile was enhanced and submitted to the Ministry of Family Affairs for financial support. There is an indication that the Ministry has programmed the project for September 2009. In the interim, a similar request has been made to UNDP that has shown a keen interest in the program. The main request here has been for sponsorship of a Program Officer who can follow the implementation properly. It has been noted that when it comes to voluntary social work, few people are prepared to sacrifice their time and energy for such an altruistic activity.