Friday, April 20, 2018

BIS #5543 MUMBAI LEADERS OF COMMUNITIES REVIEW THE YEAR

by Father Chris Valentino 

MUMBAI, APR 20, 2018: The Mumbai Salesian leaders of communities gathered for a day-long meet at the Don Bosco Provincial House, Mumbai on April 19. The meet was coordinated by Father Savio Silveira, the Mumbai Salesian Vice-Provincial. The purpose of this meeting at which 40 leaders were present, was to review the academic year 2017-2018, and to plan for the next academic year. 

The meeting began with a concelebrated holy Eucharist, following which Father Godfrey D’Souza, Mumbai Salesian Provincial welcomed and addressed the leaders. He invited the leaders to take note of the two big events at the national level, of which the Boscoree - the national gathering of Don Bosco scouts and guides - will be held at Nashik and the Brothers’ Congress scheduled at the same time in Bengaluru. He further added, “All our communities have expressed solidarity with each other. It is good that we continue this practice under the guidance of Father Manuel Murzello, the Provincial Economer. Furthermore, we need to prepare ourselves for the forthcoming Provincial Chapter 2019.”

Father Savio Silveira then coordinated the feedback and evaluation of the team visits, the PASIF, the retreats and invited the leaders to voice their opinions. The leaders then went through the draft province calendar, with suggestions and clarifications. Father Glenford Lowe, the provincial delegate for youth ministry then presented the highlights from the Salesian Family and Youth Ministry International Conference, in which along with Father Anton D’Souza and Father Richard D’Silva, he represented the province. He said, “It was a very good learning experience, especially in the light of the Youth Synod that is coming up and we have tried to invite some of the facilitators for our own Salesian Youth Movement animation beginning June 2018.” 

Post lunch, the leaders gathered together to evaluate the community lines of action within the perspective of the Provincial Chapter 2016. In a moment for group sharing, the leaders shared how the life of the communities has been enhanced, the key changes that these lines of action produced, and the issues that could have been dealt with but were undone. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate whether the objectives have been met through the lines of action, resulting in productive outcomes. The various commission heads then presented a brief report of the implementation of the lines of action expected, as a consequence of the Provincial Chapter 2016. 



The day ended with a hymn to Don Bosco with the leaders expressing their gratitude to Father Goyal Anthony and Father Vinod Mascarenhas for the warm and cordial hospitality. 

BIS #5542 FUN, LEARNING AND GROWTH

by Cleric Bless Rumao 

WALVANDA, APR 20, 2018: The community of Don Bosco Walvanda is busy this summer, aiding nearly 50 tribal students of the Jawhar and Mokhada blocks, who recently appeared for their standard 10 board exams, brush up their language skills through English camps, running from April 16- 28. 

The camp focuses on learning English but also gives the children a variety of experiences which contributes to their all-round development. There has been a positive response and feedback from the participants. They enthusiastically look forward to the different activities which are conducted each day. 

On the intellectual level, there are classes covering the various aspects of English language, knowledge of computers and how to use a tab. When it comes to the spiritual level, they have time for mediation. The day starts and ends with prayer and thanks giving. 

Coming to the human dimension, there is yoga, animated games, trips and hikes, various competitions and some time for work and cleaning of the surroundings. The youth are divided into groups consisting of students from different places. This gives them an opportunity to make new friends and provides time for fellowship. Two more camps are planned in the coming months for younger boys and girls. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

BIS #5541 PICNIC AT VASAI

by Valerian Rozario

WALVANDA, APR 19, 2018: Seventy-nine students pursuing an education programme and four staff members from Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha (BSVS), Walvanda attended a day-long picnic at the behest of Father Anaclete D’Mello, Director BSVS, at Vasai on April 14.

The education programme has been conducted under the leadership of Father Rixson Nigrel. A luxury bus took the children to Vasai for a day of fun. The picnic started at 7.00 am with a prayer song in the bus and the first stop was at the Jesuit’s mission centre at Manor. The children were served breakfast there and after refreshments they continued  on their journey towards Vasai Fort.

Johnny, from Vasai koliwada, along with his team welcomed the group at Vasai fort and briefed them about their activities. Father Rajesh Dabre, Prasad Dabre (professor) and four students from his college welcomed the students and briefed them about the history of Vasai fort and Vasai.

Residents of Vasai Koliwada had arranged for vada-pav and cold drink for everyone. Children were then taken to a small port from where they could see the Bassien creek and the railway bridge over the Bassien creek. They also visited a memorial of Chimaji Appa, who was instrumental in defeating the Portuguese in Vasai in 16th century. Prasad Dabre briefed the group about Chimaji Appa’s conquer over Vasai. 


In the Dattanni mall, the children were given free access to the games zone. Children took advantage of this opportunity and enjoyed a range of games. The group then headed to Naresh Lobo’s farm for biryani. 

The group proceeded towards Arnala beach, where they enjoyed rides on horse carts and played in the sand. Their final stop was at Jyoti Church, where children were served snacks and refreshments. The group then headed home after a day well spent.

BIS #5540 OYSTER MUSHROOM CULTIVATION BY TRIBAL WOMEN

by Father Rixson Nigrel
WALVANDA, APR 19, 2018: Ten women who attended the entrepreneurship development programme conducted by the Bosco Samajik Vikas Santha (BSVS), Walwanda in March put their new skill sets to use by launching a mushroom cultivation business in Walvanda.  

Kausalya Jayram Kirari, Sheela Prakash Sapta, Kamal Santosh Masra, Jaywanti Ganesh Sapta and Sevanti Bhaskar Mule amongst others expressed their desire to start a small-scale business to provide for their families. 
Ravi Bhasra, a staff member from BSVS and Father Anaclete D'Mello helped make their dream come true by preparing a business plan for them. The women were taken for an exposure to a local farmer, Deepak Mahale, who cultivates mushrooms in the village of Dehre. Brother Bless Rumao, scholastic from Divyadaan, coordinating the summer camp at BSVS accompanied the group for the exposure. After understanding the cultivation practices and marketing opportunities, the women decided to start mushroom cultivation in their respective homes.
BSVS helped procure mushroom spawns from Pune for the women. The women gathered raw materials locally, made stands and paddy straws to fill the bags with mushroom spawns. It would now take 21 days for the spawns to sprout and grow as mushrooms. These mushrooms are sold for Rs. 200 per kilogram and the funds will help end the financial woes of those concerned.  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

BIS #5539 CHILD FRIENDLY VADODARA

by Brother Royston

VADODARA, APR 18, 2018: 'Child Friendly Vadodara', an initiative aimed at creating awareness among the civil society about the dangers children face, was launched by Don Bosco National Youth at Risk (YaR) forum at O.N.G.C. Auditorium, Makarpura Road, Vadodara on April 16.

Representatives from NGOs, government departments, police, juvenile homes, senior citizen groups, organisations working for differently abled groups, amongst others were present at the meeting.

The Mayor of the city, Bharat Dangar, was the Chief Guest. The District Child Protection Officer- Amit Vasava, the Chief Medical Health Officer - Devesh Patel, the Secretary of District Legal Services Authority - M A Mirza and the Basin Manager of O.N.G.C. - Arun Kumar were the guests of honour.

Father George Miranda, Director of Don Bosco Snehalaya children's home, spoke about the dangers the most vulnerable section of society, the children, face today. The Mayor shared his views too.

During the event, posters and mascots were prepared for the initiative. The Chairperson of the Child Welfare Committee, Bhatt gave the keynote speech. In his speech, he shared his views on the Child Friendly Vadodara initiative.

It was stressed that children are also respectable citizens of India. They are the future. Their rights such as, right to survival, right to development, right to protection and right to participation need to be upheld.

It was also stated that the systems related to child rights, child rights committee, local fund generation for children and its management were the responsibilities and priorities of the local authorities. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

BIS #5338 HONOURING WOMEN

by BIS Correspondent

PUNE, APRIL 10, 2018: Nearly 200 women participated in International Women’s Day celebrations, organised by the Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Pune at  Anna Bhau Sathe Hall, Yeshwant Nagar (Yerwada) on April 7.

The event was held under the the aegis of ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain. Celebrations began with eminent guests, Dr. Asha Gurjar, retired professor and social activist, Kalpana Bagul, businesswoman, Uma Dhotre, principal- KMJGV, Pune, Mangal PSI-Vishrantwadi Police Station and Father Vincent Rasquinha, incharge - DBDS, Pune, being present at the lamp lighting ceremony. 

Nagsen Chavan, coordinator – DBDS, welcomed the guests, participants and spoke about the work of DBDS in making a positive impact on the lives of slum women. Mangal  then spoke about the importance of women’s safety and security, and also informed about the measures taken by the police in this regard. She reiterated that police are friends of people and citizens should approach them whenever they are victims of any crime.

Bagul, then spoke about women’s financial independence and financial security. She urged those present to start businesses and to provide support to their family and society. Father Rasquinha spoke about the issue of women leadership and initiative of social reformation. 
  
Dhotre, spoke about the importance of skill training programmes, small-scale businesses, government schemes and policies, and how women could benefit from these government schemes. Dr. Gurjar, shared her vast knowledge and experience to inspire women to be the change agent to empower oneself and others in their neighbourhood and also stressed on the need for women to come forward to claim their entitlements under various schemes.