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AWWA week celebrated

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 12:14 IST

ARMY WIVES Welfare Association (AWWA) of the Sudarshan Chakra family celebrated AWWA Week from August 17 to 23, in Bhopal Military Station. Various events were organised during the week to make it a memorable occasion.

Sudarshan Chakra AWWA president Annie Panag felicitated all members of the association and exhorted them to extend a helping hand to the weak and helpless. Panag also expressed confidence that AWWA’s motto of ‘Sharing and Caring’ will further motivate members to commit themselves to noble causes.

The event was celebrated by all units of the formation with great gusto and zeal. Lt Col AK Parsai said a wide range of activities related to the welfare of army wives were undertaken by ladies of this formation.

The activities covered a vast spectrum including health and hygiene, vocational training, education, entertainment and ecology. A puppet show was organised for tiny tots of AWWA Nursery School, SI Lines, Bhopal. Panag presented a music system, 29” colour television and a VCD player to the school on the occasion. A suction machine and two over bed tables were presented by the first lady as an AWWA gift to the family ward of Military Hospital Bhopal.

A quiz contest organised for the children and families got an overwhelming response. A special family meet was organised at the Banyan Tree Sainik Institute and at 3 EME Centre with an enthralling entertainment programme for families of all ranks. A special movie was also screened for families.

A high tea for officer ladies of Bhopal military station was organised where the grand finale was a cake cutting ceremony by Annie Panag. The presence of Annie Panag in most of the functions galvanised the week long celebrations.

Selection Centre, Central also organised a Family Welfare meet for ladies of all ranks. A lecture on health and hygiene during the monsoons was delivered. Ladies were also informed about various rights and privileges they can benefit from. The meet culminated after the game of musical chairs and the good old tambola. A magic show was also organised by the children and families at the Banyan Tree Sainik Institute.

The genesis of Sudarshan Chakra AWWA dates back to 1993 when it became a registered body under the Societies Act Bhopal (MP) with the following aims:

1 Vocational training, Nari Shiksha and health care for families of members.

2 Financial assistance, rehabilitation and self-reliance of Veer Naris and widows due to other reasons.

3 Awareness through education, scholarships, counselling and guidance to school going children

4 Settlement of Field Area families and resolving marital discord.

5 Cultural and Environmental Awareness.

The aim of Sudarshan Chakra AWWA is to become a vibrant, dynamic and grow harmoniously, meaningfully and productively. It will play a significant role as NGO in social and developmental process of our country. It also aims to transform the ‘welfare approach’ to ‘developmental approach’. In keeping with the spirit of directives issued by President AWWA, it has been the endeavour of Sudarshan Chakra Corps to make the army wife self-sufficient, confident, independent and above all a happy positive person who would take pride to lead by example and contribute in the progress of the country.

In order to have unity in thought and action, an interactive session is held every month to provide a forum for ladies of all ranks to introspect on various subjects and thus reinforce the role they play as an AWWA member. It envisions the role played by every member to contribute meaningfully to the country and elicit ‘The purpose of life is a life of purpose’.
Did you know?

THE TERM Amazon most commonly refers to a female warrior society described in Greek mythology, it is also applied to an army of female soldiers in the pre-colonial kingdom of Dahomey. Originally called the ahosi, or ‘king’s wives,’ the female troops were first called Amazons by Europeans, and then by the Dahomeans themselves.

The Dahomean King Agaja in 1720 reportedly employed a small troop of women as night time palace guards. These women enabled Agaja to maintain his security while adhering to the royal dictate that ‘no man [shall] sleep within the wall of any of [my palaces] after sunset but me.’ Amazons also participated in select activities outside the palace, such as ceremonial parades.

According to Dahomean histories, nearly 8,000 women served in the Amazon forces, and they played a crucial role in many important battles. The force was essentially destroyed during the 1890 war; this loss contributed to the defeat of the Dahomean army during their second war against the French in 1892.

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