Manaparivartan Camp

The Swami Vivekananda Manparivartan Camp is for children who have run away from home more than 2-3 times, who have been living on the station for more than 2-3 months or have a moderate addiction. The camp is conducted over a period of 45 days. 4 camps are conducted annually. The camp is there to inculcate good values and educate children on the dangers of running away from home. At the same time, there is an opportunity for the children to explore themselves and meditate on their lives.

Our camps are held on a large premise kindly donated by Hindu Seva Sangh in Mamnoli. Mamnoli is a village located on Kalyan-Murbad road which is 20 km away from Kalyan city. We hold our camps away from the city so that children will forget their past experiences at the station and will explore and enjoy themselves in a natural environment.

During the camp we trace their families and conduct a background check.

The Swami Vivekanand Manparivartan Camp is designed to transform these children into a good citizens and reunite them with their family. Every section of the camp is focused on their personal development including teaching them the importance of family. We give these children non-formal education to help them understand the importance of education for their futures.

Need for the Camp -

It must be remembered that when these children end up on the street, they learn about bad habits like: solvents, smoking, liquor and more. Many of these kids also get trapped into sexual harassment activities. They lose interest in education, and can be victims of serious crime. For this reason, this camp is of the utmost importance.

Activities -

Various activities are conducted to lift the spirits of the children. This includes Yoga, drawing classes, primary education, ground sports, group discussion, meditation, arts and crafts, adventurous sports and more. Activities help children to find their interests. It helps them to connect with the camp both physically and mentally.

Process of the camp -

The main goal of the camp is to rehabilitate these children, teach them good habits and to regain their love for their family which was lost from their mind while living on station. Various activities are held in the camp which increase their comfort level and encourages their inner talent to be showcased. Trained counsellors are appointed to the children so that we can understand the children’s backgrounds. Each child opens up during this period of days and provides us with the address and contact details of their family. The camp ends with a send-off ceremony where the child is handed over to the parent.

The camp is 5 weeks long and in each week we focus on different aspects. Throughout the camp we create a friendly bond with the children and gain their trust. Volunteers achieve this through various activities. They also take effort in helping children get rid of a dangerous life on a platform both mentally and physically.

1st week - Children get settled with the camp environment. The purpose of the camp is explained to the children through various sessions. During this week a primary check-up is also completed.

2nd week - A Timetable of activities is designed and discipline is taught by volunteers. They are educated about what is good and bad for them in life. With reference to different successful personalities, volunteers inspire them to behave well and become successful.

3rd week - Various stories are narrated which indirectly focus on the importance of family and relations in life. Then through counselling sessions, the background and problem of a child is taken into consideration. Counsellors try to gain contact details of the children's parent during this period. Volunteers study the mental situation of every child and help them to identify their interests in life.

4th week - Up to this period, volunteers get familiar with every child’s problems. Personality development, Art class, informal education and value added education are stressed more this week. These activities allow children to explore themselves and to judge their abilities.

5th week - Volunteers make children aware about the life outside of the 4 walls and its positives and negatives. This helps children to define life goals. Various career options are suggested to them. Meanwhile, on the other hand, parents are contacted and informed about the child. Children start practising for the send-off ceremony which includes cultural activities like singing and dance.

Many people visit the camp as a guest and interact with children. Activities such as music, sports, meditation, creates a homely feeling within the mind of these boys and indirectly influences their interest for family. Children compare such moments with the ones when they had at home and they start feeling homesick.