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Treat for juvenile home

Two years after US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage visited Prayas ? Institute of Juvenile Justice, children at the shelter are glad that he has kept his promise.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 02:04 IST

Two years after US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage visited Prayas — Institute of Juvenile Justice, children at the shelter are glad that he has kept his promise.

"Though the 'big man from US' could not visit us again, he must have put in a good word, which is why we figure in First Lady Laura Bush's itinerary," said Aastha (name changed), an inmate.

First Lady Laura Bush is expected to visit Prayas during her three-day stay in the city. According to sources, the First Lady's visit is scheduled on March 2. She is expected to arrive at 11.15 am on Thursday and spend an hour interacting with the inmates.

During her stay at Prayas, Mrs Bush will focus on alternative education, vocational training for children and will interact with victims of child trafficking.

"Two issues have attracted her attention — one is alternative education for children above the age of 14 years that links them with the mainstream education and second, children who have been victims of child trafficking. The First Lady wanted to meet them," said an official.

The very special guest will also get to witness a special performance by slum children. "The children are very excited to have her here. They are preparing a Rajashthani folkdance item to entertain her," added the official.

Besides Prayas, Missionaries of Charity also figures on the First Lady’s itineraray.

First Published: Feb 28, 2006 01:38 IST