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A day and night shelter for street children was inaugurated on 17th January, 2011 by retired General of Police, and former Commissioner of Police Mumbai, Mr. Ronald H. Mendonca at Kripa Dharavi, Mumbai, in the presence of street children, active drug users who had come to be detoxed, Mr & Mrs. Vivek and Zita Goenka, Fr Joe Pereira, Dr Maria Nigam and Kripa staff. Also present were police officers from the local police station and students of the Tata Institue of Social Sciences. Also on this occasion a low cost detoxification camp was commissioned.
In his address to the gathering Mr. Mendonca expressed full support of the present police force towards this noble work. Fr Joe in his address thanked all present for their love and encouragement to help the street children and the chemically dependent. He invoked God's blessings and protection on the street children who would use the shelter.
An impromptu programme of dance and poetry was presented by the children to the guests. Footwear, blankets and toiletries, were distributed to the children who would staying at the shelter. The programmed ended with the singing of the National anthem.