summer vacation, between 1 and 20 May 2007, 23,000
BAPS children and 5,050 children’s activities
sanchalaks throughout India participated in the De-Addiction
Campaign organized by the BAPS Children’s Wing.
The balaks and
balikas were given intensive training on the message to be conveyed,
presentation methods and how to cope with the possible situations
they may encounter.
A total of 5,500
groups were formed, each comprising 4 to 5 balaks or balikas.
Each group was assigned a 10-day schedule to contact people
in their locality at their homes, offices, factories and in
public places, such as, bus and railway stations, parks, tourist
In total, the children
contacted 2,100,000 people of whom 630,000
pledged to give up their addictions to cigarettes, tobacco,
masala, alcohol and other destructive habits.
To create an awareness
among the public of the need to lead an addiction-free life,
the children also set up exhibitions at prominent places. They
also gathered large groups of people and showed a specially
prepared 15-minute video entitled ‘Stop… It’s
Not Yet Too Late’ showing the damaging consequences of
addictions in personal, family and social life.
In major cities,
thousands of children held colourful and inspiring parades to
convey the message of anti-addiction.
In addition, in
many places, children performed a specially scripted drama,
entitled ‘Tirad’ which portrayed the personal, familial
and social destruction caused by family disputes.
praised the bold and brave efforts of the children, commenting
that encouraging addiction-free lives will help to solve many
of the problems prevalent in today’s society.