On March 8th 2018, Women’s Day was celebrated across our projects with vigour, enthusiasm and passion.
At our Emergency Care and Recovery Centre, we were honoured to have Ms. V Rukmani Priyadarshini, the Superintendent of Puzhal Prison as our special guest. We began the programme with a prayer song, after which some of our long-term residents shared what Women’s day meant to them. Ms. Rukmani shared a story and motivated our clients and residents to do the same.
Clients shared their experiences; stories of hardship, struggle and resilience. These women described what their journey at The Banyan has been like, and how they feel that their lives had been transformed. They expressed their gratitude towards members of the staff that they look up to. The health care workers at the ECRC also were given the opportunity to speak about their jobs, many expressed that the work they are able to do gives meaning to their lives. The event culminated with a presentation of awards, as a token of appreciation, to our clients to celebrating their commendable traits and hard work.
At The Clustered Group Homes, residents put on a fresh original play about mental illness, family and resilience. Five residents from the home performed in this production, that was performed for residents and staff across The Banyan’s Kovalam projects.
The skit dealt with mental illness, homelessness, friends, family and the pros and cons of social media in the modern age.