by Br. Sandeep
WADALA-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 25, 2014: Shelter Don Bosco conducted its Monthly Mela for outreach boys on October 20, 2014 for the outreach boys residing in Mumbai. There were hundred and ten boys who participated in the Mela. The Mela began with a registration of the names of the boys at 8:00 am followed by breakfast and tea. The idea of having snap registration was also initiated this time. After the boys had finished their breakfast, there was a short prayer assembly.
During the assembly the theme of the Mela which was "a new outlook at e waste "was introduced by the Rector, Fr. Gregory D'Almeida. He briefed them about various types of waste and explained in short about the e waste. There were various activities like hair-cut, cutting of the nails, medical checkup, bath, distribution of clothes and counseling that were carried out for the outreach boys.
There was a session on a new outlook at e waste at 11:00 am by Mr. Kaustabh Bhagat who is working with Development office at Matunga. The session was very informative and brought an awareness of utility and damage e waste can cause. This was a new concept for all the boys. Thereafter, some fete games. The boys had great fun playing the games. After which, the lunch was distributed for the boys at 12:30 noon which they relished a lot.
Post lunch, a dance session was organized. After the dance, it was a matinee time for the boys. The boys watched a new Hindi film named Haider. During the movie, the boys were taught to prepare lantern for Diwali by Grace, one of the staff members of Shelter Don Bosco. The boys were then given tea and snacks and were bid farewell. The boys left the premises of Shelter Don Bosco with a better perspective towards life and e waste. During the course of the day, there were many boys who were counseled and were given a correct orientation about life.