by Father Solomon Rapol
MUMBAI, NOV 15, 2017: Five hundred youngsters from U S Ostwal English Academy (Primary section), Mira Road visited Bosco Boys Home, Borivli along with their class teachers on November 10, for an orientation on the life of the inmates at the Home.
The students arrived in the morning and assembled in the boys' refectory. Father Solomon Rapol, the Rector welcomed them. "Don Bosco wished that all children should become honest citizens and prayerful beings, " he said, adding, "All of us must strive for excellence and put in our best effort to achieve success."
Thereafter, Father Rapol led the group in a moment of prayer. He also introduced them to Young at Risk (YaR). YaR is a Don Bosco National Forum set up in the 1970s to address pressing issues surrounding youth in India. YaR embraces children and young people whose safety, growth and development are put at risk through indifference and neglect on the part of parents as well as society.
A YaR Day programme, themed on 'Caring for the Earth-Our common home' has been scheduled for November 19. It will be a gathering of youth from streets and difficult situations. Father Rapol asked the visitors to be kind to at least one poor person on that day.
The visiting students of class three and four put up a dance for the boys of the Home. The students brought some colour pencils, art papers and stationery for the inmates. Their gesture of love was deeply appreciated and the boys thanked the students and teachers for their generosity.
Sanchari De, teacher from the visiting school thanked the institute for welcoming them warmly. The visitors then toured the institute and departed with fond memories.