by Mahesh Kumar
MUMBAI, NOV 15, 2016: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) educated children on Child Rights, while they celebrated Children's Day with over 300 children - of women from self-help groups - from slum communities in Mumbai. The day-long event, themed on 'Celebrating Childhood' was held at the Don Bosco campus in Matunga on November 13.
Celebrations began with a prayer lead by a child. This was followed by a speech by Father Crispino D'Souza, Rector and Principal of St. Dominic Savio, Andheri, who was the Chief Guest. Through his own testimony Father D'Souza urged the children to enjoy their childhood, value life and never get depressed and commit suicide.
Jayesh Chandan and Kailash Parekh - president and treasurer respectively of Don Bosco Alumni, Matunga Unit- were the Guests of Honour. In his address, Chandan expressed his heart felt gratitude to his alma mater, Don Bosco High School and encouraged children to dream big and move ahead in life.
The Staff of the NGO, Childline conducted a session on Child rights and later interacted with the children too. It was a fun-filled day for the kids. Various groups sang songs, danced and acted on stage to make Children's Day a memorable event.
The programme ended with the vote of thanks by the DBDS staff. Children returned home with cherished memories and gifts. The food was sponsored by Don Bosco Alumni, Matunga Unit.