Fr. Isaac F. Arackaparambil, sdb
KAPADVANJ, DECEMBER 10, 2010: DB Tech is a network of hundred and twenty five Don Bosco skill training centers spread across twenty five states in the country making it the largest NGO engaged in livelihood training in India. All the centers provide employment-linked, market-oriented vocational training of short duration to the economically and socially marginalized youth. DB Tech has joined hands with the Ministry of Rural Development (MORD), Govt. of India, to impart vocational training to forty thousand youngsters over the next three years.
In July this year, Kapadvanj Don Bosco Society had started one domain under the DB Tech - MORD enterprise wherein it ran an IT Data Entry Course and English Speaking Course for the youth of Kapadvanj Taluka who are below the poverty line. Through this project we have recruited, skill-trained and placed these youngsters in a job to provide for their livelihood. The first batch had twenty seven students who successfully completed the three month training offered at the centre.
December 9 was an uplifting day as Kapadvanj Don Bosco Society had the inauguration of the second consecutive batch of students numbering thirty two, who have registered for this vocational training course. Present at this function was the MLA of Kapadvanj Constituency Mr. Manibhai Devjibhai Patel who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest; Mr. Khemchandani, DDM Nabard; Sr. Lavita D’souza, Director of the Social Projects at Pushpanjali Dakor; Fr. Mayank Parmar, Director Don Bosco Rural Integral Social Training Institute and Co-ordinator of MORD at Kapadvanj; Fr Isaac Arackaparambil, Director of Amrut Dhara: Don Bosco Animation Centre Kapadvanj; Social Staff together with the past and new batch of MORD students with a few parents and other invited guests.
In his welcome address to the assembly, Fr. Isaac gave a gist of Don Bosco’s mission for the poor youth and emphasized that Kapadvanj Don Bosco Society not only skill trains the youngsters in particular trades, but also offers life skills for a healthy and holistic existence.
Mr. Kemchandani expressed that he considered poverty a more deadly disease than cancer, and that the youngsters who were availing of the courses should use it as a stepping stone to alleviate their situation of poverty.
Mr. M.D. Patel in his speech said that while it is true that youngsters faced with poverty are economically backward, they should capitalize on the power of the mind. He also referred to people like Jamshedji Tata, Dhirubhai Ambani who in fact began very poor but made it big in life.
A few of the students of the first batch shared their success stories of how having been unemployed for a while after their schooling, they found their way in life by availing of the courses run by the MORD domain at Don Bosco Kapadvanj which trained and helped recruit them in companies.
Following this Mr. Patel, Mr. Kemchandani and Sr. Lavita distributed the certificates to the students of the first batch who had successfully completed the course, and Fr. Isaac with Mr. Sanjay and Sr. Lavita distributed the Identity Cards to the students of the new batch marking it as an official inaugural moment for the training ahead.
The students of the new batch put up a song and a short skit on the evils of addiction under the coordination of Mr. Sanjay Parma their trainer.
The function concluded with the vote of thanks delivered by Fr. Mayank Parmar.