by Father Kiran Salve
WALVANDA, FEB 8, 2017: Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha (BSVS), Walvanda celebrated the feast of Saint John Bosco for the Special Education Programme (SEP) children of Jawhar and Mokhada zone on January 27.
The main objective was to make the students, who numbered over 100, aware of Don Bosco- the founder of the Salesians and his work among the needy youth. BSVS also used the opportunity to give the youth a platform to showcase their talents.
As a pre-cursor to the event, animators of various SEP schools conducted competitions like drawing, essay writing, elocution and dance at their school level. The qualifying students came to BSVS to celebrate the feast, accompanied by their school in-charge.
The day began a prayer service conducted by Walvanda students. Father Anaclete D'Mello in his inaugural message told the students to excel in life. "What matters is not the external but the internal," he said.
After the prayer service, the elocution completion- with 32 participants - was conducted. Various games were organised thereafter.
The dance competition followed and the day ended with the prize distribution ceremony.
The objective of getting the children to BSVS, many having visited the campus for the first time, others who travelled for over 60 kms to get there, seemed accomplished with the joy on the faces of the youth.