The youth activ8 foundation has launched a national campaign, focusing on combating alcoholism and suicides among the younger generation during one of its initial visits to Kerala.
The Jago Yuva Bharat (awaken young India) campaign was in Kerala since Jan. 13 and proceeded toward Tamil Nadu today.
“We highlighted the problems affecting youth like alcoholism, violence, corruption and suicides in Kerala,” Jomon Thomas Vellapally, one of the participants, told ucanews.com.
He said Kerala tops in consumption of alcohol and suicide.
Joyce Mary Antony, General Secretary of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement said, “the campaign evoked a good response from the youth.”
Bp. Vincent Samuel of Neyyattinkara Latin diocese, who welcomed the team, said, “I hope the journey will awaken the youth in the country for fulfilling the mission of the church.”
Fr. Jaison Kollannur, director of Kerala Catholic Youth Movement, said the journey aims to promote peace, respect for human rights and solidarity among generations, cultures, religions and civilizations.
The campaign was flagged off by Member of Parliament Helen David on Jan. 11 from Vivekananda rock in Kanyakumari.
The journey is being organized by the Youth Activ8 foundation, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) Commission for Youth, Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) among others.
Ms. Antony said the journey aims to sensitize the youth toward the issues plaguing the country and the world. She said the 30-member team will cover 4,000 villages in 18 states and present programs in 100 educational institutions and 150 public places during their 61-day journey.
The team led by ICYM President Ravi Raunak Robin will end its journey in New Delhi on March 13, she added.