WADALA, MARCH 21, 2011: On March 20, for the first time in the annals of Shelter Don Bosco the Holi celebrations took place outside Shelter. When Shelter boys along with four staff members marched towards the Dongari Children Home, armed with colors and snacks.
The staff there gave us a warm welcome. The highlight of the day was a narrated history about the myth and meaning of the celebration. Then the riot of colors of various hues and shades took over. The boys enjoyed themselves by coloring the faces of the staff members and their friends. Along with colors, the boys also tuned themselves to the music in spontaneous dancing. After hours of playing and dancing, the boys and the staff were provided with snacks and soft drinks.
The boys thoroughly enjoyed this celebration. One of the juvenile staff commented, “A celebration like this is taking place after seventeen years in this home.” It was a well planned event with prior permissions taken from the competent authorities.
This is one of the strategic moves to network with the NGOs working for the children/ youth at risk to arrive at our common goal, the holistic welfare of the youth/ children the street.