by BIS Correspondent
MUMBAI, SEP 24, 2016: Around 64 street boys from Shelter Don Bosco, Wadala, participated in the monthly Mela, themed to raise awareness for Tuberculosis (TB) for street boys, to get them back on their feet as responsible citizens.
The Mela began with a small prayer service and Father Gregory Almeida – Rector of the Shelter - spoke about the ill effects of TB.
Chief Guest, Dilip Laxman Khetade, District TB Officer from Transit Camp Sion West, was then invited to further enlighten the children and all present.
After a brief talk, a video clip was shown to all present. Following the presentation, the children were divided into groups in order to have their hair, nails cut, medical care given and clean clothes distributed.
Mathew George from Bosco Boys Home, was specially invited to teach the children, to make cards, which they enjoyed. The three best cards were given prizes.
Before breaking for lunch, Pooja Bavkar and Vanita Chavan – nurses from Guru Tej Bahadur Hospital (GTBH) Sewree - and Praful Kamble, Counselor Medicos Sin Fronteras, GTBH Sewree did individual and group counselling to explain how TB can be avoided.
Later in the day, the children were shown a film. A follow-up of the previous Mela on Vocational Training was done by Gracy John, who prepared and explained to the boys the importance of the Vocational Training course at Karjat.