by Ramona Crasto
KUWAIT, DEC 1, 2017: As part of the Christmas festivities, the Salmiya Parish Youth (SPY) from St. Therese Parish in Salmiya, Kuwait organised their annual picnic for Domestic Helpers' on November 24.
Nineteen youth members and volunteers arranged a fun-filled day for around 110 maids and drivers at a chalet in Kabd. After welcoming the guests, the day began with holy Mass celebrated by Father Lionel Braganza, spiritual director of SPY. This was followed by a day filled with games, food, music and gift bags for the domestic helpers. Father Blany Pinto, parish priest of St. Therese graced the occasion with his presence and joined in the fun and celebrations.
Domestic helper's day is SPY's way of giving back to the community at large. It is an opportunity to recognise and appreciate the domestic helpers who work tirelessly long working hours and often thanklessly for meagre salaries," Donovan Ferrao, member of the SPY core, said.
"Christmas is the season of giving and it is our great pleasure to be able to make this day special for these hard working people who are far away from their families for Christmas. The smile on their faces at the end of day fills us with the spirit of Christmas and also teaches us that even the smallest show of love can make a big difference in someone's life."
Elvira D'Souza, who has been working for 15 years in Kuwait as a maid, said, "SPY has been organising this annual event for many years now and we all look forward to attend it just like any other celebration. It was amazing to see so many youngsters cater to our needs for a change and I would like to thank SPY for organising this day of joy and fun for us in a very systematic way. God bless the youth and organisers who made this day feel like a break from our daily routine."