Tuesday, July 31, 2018


by Avril Baptista

MUMBAI, JULY 30, 2018: Children of all ages from Saint Dominic Savio Parish, Wadala, marked Parents’ Day – the Feast Day of Saints Joachim and Anne - on July 29, with a special event honouring the parents of Mother Mary, and their own parents.

In a first of its kind, the parish celebrated the feast on a Sunday morning to encourage active participation of both children and parents. Parish Priest Father Savio D’Souza celebrated the holy Eucharist with a meaningful sermon, skilfully connecting Parents’ Day to the Gospel of the day. This was followed by a programme in the church hall for the parents.

A psychedelic back drop welcomed the parishioners. The tiny tots, resplendent in red, welcomed the parents with a song dedicated to them. This was followed by different types of musical performances, by children of all ages, including the youth.

At intervals, there were innovative spot prizes, making the event interactive with the parents, who sportingly played along. Father D’Souza, in his speech, applauded the parents for supporting their children, keeping the parish vibrant and dynamic. He also encouraged them to stay strong during the difficult phases of adolescence and teenage, as their children grew up. His message was well received and appreciated by all present.

Later, again in a first, the children who excelled in the board exams were felicitated along with their parents to encourage others to emulate them. A gesture to encourage them, to show that with a little more effort, hard work can definitely pay off.

It seemed for a day that parents were children and the children behaved as adults. As one parent aptly said, “Through the year we are subject to brickbats from the children. It is nice to be on the receiving side of gratitude, basking in all this love and admiration, I guess we are doing something right in the end.”

Monday, July 30, 2018


by Father Shaun D'lima

GUJARAT, JULY 30, 2018: Twenty-three teams participated in the third annual rink football tournament organised by the Past Pupils of Don Bosco, Chhotaudepur on July 29.  
At the inauguration ceremony, Father Brian Boothello, the Rector of Don Bosco Chhotaudepur, welcomed the gathering by reminding them of the famous words of Don Bosco, 'Run, Jump, Play but do not sin'. Brother Ramesh in parallel to what Father Boothello had said, made a special rule in the tournament of not having any cards.

Bosco FC (past pupils of Chhotaudepur) and Don Bosco Snehalaya made the final, with the former outwitting the latter, 2-0, and lifting their third consecutive title.  The competition was held on a knock-out basis on two separate grounds.

All the past pupils remembered the training they received from the Salesians during their school days.  The day ended with the vote of thanks by Brother Ramesh to everyone for making the event a success.

Sunday, July 29, 2018


by Amarr Prabhu
MUMBAI, JULY 28, 2018: Seventy five members from the Mumbai Provincial Federation of Past Pupils of Don Bosco assembled at Don Bosco, Borivli for their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on July 22. The Federation is a brach of the Salesian family along with Cooperators and ADMA.

The meeting began with the past pupils observing two minutes of silence and a solemn prayer for the soul of Father Jude D'mello, who passed away on July 18.

Rajeev Mehra, the Federation and Borivli Unit Secretary, then took charge and welcomed all members by inviting all the dignitaries to light the ceremonial lamp. Thereafter, Father Solomon Rapol, Rector of Don Bosco High School, Borivli welcomed all the participants. On behalf of his community and past pupils local unit of Borivli, he told those present that he was very happy to host the AGM and asked everybody to be comfortable and feel at home.
Father Diego Nunes, Provincial Salesian Family Delegate, welcomed all the members and expressed his thanks and gratitude to the Chief Guest of the day, Father Valerain Pereira, the Rector of Don Bosco, Lonavla.

Father Pereira gave the key note address, highlighting the importance of past pupils by quoting life instances during Don Bosco's time and also during the present times. He urged the gathering to make best use of the opportunities they received as past pupils of the Don Bosco family.

The reading and confirmation of the last AGM 2017 minutes were read by the Provincial Federation Secretary, Rajeev Mehra and was proposed and seconded. Amarr Prabhu, the Federation President presented the various activities undertaken, like the career guidance seminar, cancer awareness camps, team visits to local units and various other animation programmes.

Joseph Gomes, the treasurer of the Federation, presented the audited account statement which was passed unanimously by the house. The annual reports of the units were also presented by Andheri, Borivli, Chhotaudepur, Kurla, Lonavla-Mumbai Chapter, Naigaon, Pune, Savedi and Wadala.

The draft annual plan of the Federation for the year 2018-19 was presented by the council to all the units and was accepted and will be implemented. The next AGM will be held on July 21, 2019 at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga.  Since it will be an election year for the Federation, Prabhu urged all the units to nominate the candidature for the elections.


by Sayali Patare
PUNE, JULY 27, 2018: Don Bosco Primary School, Pune, on the feast day of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mother Mary, organised Grandparents Day on July 26 in the school hall.

The students made the most of this opportunity and expressed their gratitude towards grandparents for ceaselessly being a strong moral support and making a difference in every grandchild's life. The programme was a special assembly by students of standard four, under the guidance of their class teacher and Principal, Father Bosco D'Mello.

The students enthusiastically acted, swayed, sang and gave their best on this occasion. What drew everyone's attention was the video produced by Aarti Katore, a teacher, and her students which consisted images of grandparents and their grandchildren. The grandparents were nostalgic and had tears in their eyes.

Grandparents also enthusiastically performed on stage. Joseph Sakare, a grandparent, sang the song, 'Jina yaha, marna yaha, iske siva jana kaha' by dressing up like actor, Raj Kapoor.

"Teachers at Don Bosco are gurus who have instilled the virtue of respecting elders into the little minds," Nilesh Randir, a grandparent, said. Sunanda Nikam, another grandparent, added, "I am privileged that my grandchildren are students in Don Bosco, the institute which instils good values in their students."

"I am overwhelmed with the kind of gratitude the students and the school is showing towards us. Today we realised that we aren't the forgotten heroes," Suresh Gharde, a grandparent, said. A student, Dhanviraj Komanapalli, from standard one, said, "I am happy that grandpa has come for the first time to see my new school."

Fun games were arranged by Father D'Mello and the school staff for all the grandparents and each of them participated with zest to win back gifts for their little ones.

Himanshu Agarwal, from standard seven and Pranali Lavahate from standard three claimed bicycles as awards for the 'Fifa World Cup Prediction'.  The students had been predicting the winner of the World Cup, and goal scores for every football match held in Russia. The intention of this game was to add to their knowledge of sports and global geography.

Sangeeta Patil, a teacher, thanked all the grandparents for their presence and all the wonderful performances by them and the students.  

Thursday, July 26, 2018


By Sheena Aery

VADODARA, JULY 26, 2018: The crux of the Salesian mission world-over is to cater to the marginalised sectors of society. The Salesians have championed the cause of the poor for decades. In Vadodara, Gujarat, a special felicitation programme was held on July 25, for the first batch of 'star kids' or underprivileged students to pass out of standard 12 from Don Bosco High School (DBHS), Vadodara.

The new graduates benefited from the 'E-Andolan' project which was launched in 2004. The mission of the project, now rebranded as Roshni project, was to educate underprivileged children. It was initiated by Don Bosco school under the guidance of, the then Rector Father Savio Silveira - pioneer of the E-Andolan project.

Various localities around Don Bosco school were identified and teachers from the school took an initiative to teach the students the basics of education for a month, before beginning their formal education. Fifteen students with a keen interest to learn were admitted to the main stream of DBHS, Vadodara. These students were called 'the star kids'.

The first batch of star education project passes out of standard 12 this year. One student will opt for medical, one for engineering, four will pursue graduation and one will be pursuing a para-medical course. Of the batch of 10 students, two opted for technical school after class 10 and one registered for National Institute of Open School (NIOS).

The programme began with a prayer, followed by Jagruti Patil, the coordinator of the Roshni project, taking everyone down memory lane. The Roshni  project has also opened Self Help Groups (SHG) for the empowerment of women as a primary focus and  income generation as a secondary objective.      

Father George Miranda of Bosco Snehalaya, Vadodara congratulated all those involved in nurturing these boys. "Train your mind to see the good in every situation. Be yourself," he said.

Kiran Lohani, a retired teacher, wished the students luck and advised them to be good citizens of India and make DBHS proud. Lourdes Mary, another retired teacher, added, "The DBHS fraternity feels proud of raising the shining stars, and the success they have achieved through their hard work, commitment and determination," she said.

Rahul Bhaviskar, a star student, who will pursue engineering said, "I am very grateful to the school management, staff  and my parents for nurturing and guiding  me with love and affection."

Nilesh Devre, another star student, who will pursue graduation said, "I am indebted to the management for the facilities and opportunities provided to us by the school in sports, co-curricular and studies."

Father Anthony Pinto, the Rector and Principal of DBHS, Vadodara addressed the students, saying, "Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success."


by Tejashree Vesvikar

MUMBAI, JULY 26, 2018: The enthusiasm of over 600 primary school students of Don Bosco High School was palpable on July 25, as they visited Kidzania, Mumbai's global indoor entertainment and learning centre located at Ghatkopar.  
The students from standard one to four were accompanied by Father Roy Noronha, vice principal and administrator of the school, Griselda Fernandes, head teacher of primary section, and the teaching and non- teaching staff.

The day began with Father Bernard Fernandes, the Principal, giving general instructions to the staff members, which was followed by prayer. The staff and students were then briefed about the programme and activities at the picnic venue.

'Get ready for a better world' said the slogan at Kidzania, as all its citizens prepared to enter with blue band detective bracelets and Kidzo currency. Kids explored the centre with over 100 real-life role playing activities. It was a blend of reality and entertainment.

The realism of role play helped children learn about different careers, nature of work involved, services undertaken, and how to earn and manage money. The activities included the role play of a pilot, fireman, dentist, radio jockey, detective, surgeon, engineer and many more professions with suitable costumes and the use of props.

"The motor school driving activity was my favourite. After learning to drive, I received a driving license," Adrian Borges, captain of primary section, said. Each activity had a task to be completed. After the completion of the task, the students earned money, certificates or a license as their reward.

The learning environment fosters a child's autonomy, creativity, decision making skills, problem solving and social values. "Kidzania is important to incorporate some form of entertainment into learning. It is a super fun place for kids and most importantly it is true edutainment which our kids received and had loads to explain to their teachers," Kashmira Rodrigues, a teacher, said.

The place provided an environment for the teachers to observe and evaluate the skills of their students, who were given a platform for a hands on learning experience. The day ended with happy memories for the students, who were excited to earn money and collect their rewards. The city of fun and learning combined, helped children foster higher aspirations.


Deacon Justus Mendis

MUMBAI, JULY 26, 2018: Thirty-five participants - comprising of Salesians fathers, sisters and the lay collaborators from Mumbai province - attended the workshop on 'Dynamics of parent-youth conflict in family and interventions' on July 23 and 24 at the Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga.
Father Glenford Lowe, the Director of Youth Ministry, organised the workshop by inviting Father Paul Raj Amal, the Director of Niraivagam: Don Bosco Institute of Psychological Services from the Salesian province of Chennai as a resource person for the workshop.
Father Godfrey D'Souza, the Provincial of Mumbai Province inaugurated the workshop by welcoming all to the resource-filled workshop. Father Savio Silveria, the Vice Provincial of Mumbai Province, also welcomed the gathering.
Father Amalraj was able to give his insights on the matter by conducting various group dynamics and then explaining the theory part of it. For instance, through the balloon game the participants were made aware of the endeavours of a family to maintain their peaceful co-existence. He stressed that families need to maintain their family health. He said, "A healthy family would contribute to healthy adults to the world but an unhealthy family would contribute to unhealthy adults to the world."
To maintain good health, the awareness of the developmental stages of the family was stressed. It starts from the married couples without children to the child-bearing family and ultimately to the ageing family members. To gain a complete understanding of a person's family, one of the tools named Genogram was used.  The participants were engaged in discovering their own family tree up to four generations through the means of Genogram.
Father Roshan D'Souza, the assistant director of Shelter Home, Wadala, from his experience with street children said, "Those who do not have families or had bitter experiences are in need of healing through various processes. This seminar did open various avenues for interventions in such cases." 
Within every family there is always a mixture of dynamics among the family members itself. Through the various role plays, the participants were shown how unseen boundaries get created unconsciously and its impact on the family health. The importance of communication among the family members, taking up the task of a leader in distinct situations and having a problem solving approach was very well brought out through the activity of 'Preparing the highest tower only with newspapers'.
Besides this, it was also stressed that counselling of families was also important. Various approaches were illustrated. In all these, the task of joining the family together would always be the focus. Father Dominic Martis, the assistant parish priest of Don Bosco Church, Vadodara said, "The workshop gave me the relevant tools to deal with family conflicts. It has also improved my counselling skills."

Sister Supriya, the Provincial Secretary of the Mumbai province, in her vote of thanks said, "The course helped us to see the family as a system and our role to intervene and help them when there is a dysfunction in the system." The workshop ended with a commitment to intervene in the dysfunctional families of youngsters and help the youth to live their lives in total fullness.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


by BIS Correspondent

MUMBAI, JULY 24, 2018: Don Bosco Research Centre (DBRC) conducted a training workshop for teachers entitled 'Learning Disabilities: Identification and Remediation' at multiple locations across Maharashtra in June and July.  

The first session was held at the Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga on June 22, Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar, on June 28 and July 12. The workshop was also held at Don Bosco High School, Panjim,  Goa on July 17.

Twenty teachers from six schools participated in the Matunga workshop; and 72 teachers from 43 schools participated across two days in the Dadar workshop. In Goa, 130 teachers from 49 schools participated.

Father Ajoy Fernandes, who holds a Ph. D in Counselling Psychology, with a major in Clinical Counselling was the chief resource person at these workshops. The workshop helped teachers understand the difference between children who have a low intellectual capacity; those who suffer from Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder; Specific Learning Disorders – dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia; and difficulty with visual-motor coordination.

Father Fernandes explained the nature of different kinds of intervention required for assisting children with each category of difficulty. He emphasised that interventions are most effective when initiated at a young age. Apart from illustrating his presentation with incidents drawn from actual life situations, he acquainted teachers with simple checklists that could assist in identifying children who might be at risk for learning disorders.

Participants were also informed about government-endorsed provisions for children with learning disorders; and centres to which children with difficulty could be referred for assessment and assistance.
"I now feel better equipped to understand the nature of children's learning difficulties, and the way in which they can best be helped," a teacher, who summarised the experience of her colleagues at the workshop, said. A number of teachers shared a similar sentiment.

Father Fernandes requested the participants to share the information imparted at the workshop with their colleagues in their respective schools. Given that there were representatives from around 96 schools, the benefit of the workshop is expected to extend to a large number of children across these cities. 


By Ratandeep Chawla

MUMBAI, JULY 24, 2018: Prafulta organised a free seminar entitled 'The Principals Toolkit'  for international school principals of Mumbai on July 20 at the Prafulta Psychological services Andheri, to help the principals establish a mental health programme in schools for the students.

Some of the key features of this seminar was to help the principals respond to crisis situations, understand anger, manage aggression and to gain an insight into the mental health referral system.

Principals, vice principals, special educators, head of care centers, coordinators and managers from international schools attended the seminar. Father Godfrey D'Sa, Director of Prafulta Psychological services, personally welcomed all the attendees and introduced them to the various works of Prafulta.  

Father D'Sa has done extensive work with youth for several years, "One must learn to waste time with children, as that helps to make the emotional connect with them, which is very important for the social and emotional development of the child and it brings academic excellence and success in life," he said.

He spoke about the importance of emotional intelligence and the RULER programme, which is a design to promote emotional literacy, and includes Recognising, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating emotions. This was also supported by a video that explained the child's trauma when the parent is emotionally unavailable.
Prafulta consultants, Payal Ubale, an experienced occupational therapist (OT), and Divya Nair, a clinical psychologist also addressed the gathering. Through an exercise involving all participants, they demonstrated how expectation causes performance anxiety which interferes with the task at hand and how in the moment of crises our functioning drops, when it is important to think and respond well and fast.  

They introduced the three levels of crises, which gave a complete picture of how children are exposed to the various parental and school expectations, and when they are unable to cope with it, the emotional damage it causes, and if they are unable to identify and express the emotion in a healthy manner, it can cause various other psychosomatic and psychological problems.

They also laid emphasis on the increasing cases of suicide, and how as parents and teachers they must battle the issue. Nair, who has extensively worked with children, said, "Never take a suicidal statement lightly, it is our perception that the child wants attention." She brought forth the important ways of dealing with such issues and mentioned that handling crises is a team effort. The guidelines for the school as a helping body consists of having a counsellor, clinical psychologist and special educator, provide training to the teachers and non-teaching staff.

Emphasis was made on the importance of a safe environment at school and appropriate referrals to psychologists as early as possible to prevent long term damages; psychiatrist referrals can be further made by them if required. Nair also gave a brief explanation of the common psychological assessments, its importance and how to deal with resistance that might come in the way of carrying out these interventions.

Ubale spoke about the role of occupational therapists and how they support the child, their family and other relevant people such as teachers, to evaluate challenges in doing daily activities.  She emphasised on the importance of early detection of a delayed milestone and appropriate intervention that can promote sensorimotor, psychosocial, and cognitive functions which may prevent disability or decrease dysfunction in order for the child to meet personal needs and adapt to the demands of the environment.

She also emphasised that occupational therapy facilitates children who struggle with everyday fine and gross motor tasks and helps their parents in coping effectively with the challenges of care giving and family life.

There were a few questions that were asked by the participants on the number of occupational therapy sessions required and how to deal with parent's denial for therapy for their child and stigma related to attending a remedial class, which were convincingly answered by the speakers.

Finally, a fun-filled physical exercise of stretching and dancing was taken by Ubale, which she stressed could be done on a regular basis with the children that would help them with coordination and sensory-motor development. 


by Rahul Ahir

WALVANDA, JULY 24, 2018: Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha (BSVS) implemented the distribution and planting of 8000 different varieties of fruit trees in Jawhar and Mokhada blocks of Palghar district on July 24.
Children attending BSVS' village education programme (VEP) and women from the Self Help Groups (SHGs) promoted by the organisation, received the trees and planted them.
Jamun, sitafal, ramfal and cashew saplings were distributed and planted at various locations. BSVS received the trees from the forest department nursery. Distribution programmes were organised in different schools and villages under the leadership of Father Anaclete D'Mello, BSVS Director. BSVS team members Krishna Shende, Praksh Wagh, Jithendra Jole explained to the children and women on how to plant the trees and methods of taking care of them.
Ravi Bhasra, BSVS staff, coordinated the tree plantation programme by getting the required sanction from the forest office, fetching the trees from the nursery and organising the distribution programme in various villages and schools.
An overwhelming response from the women and children in collecting and planting the trees astonished the organisation. Father D'Mello told the women and children that, the organisation would conduct a survey on the surviving trees after one year and would appreciate the women and children with prizes and an opportunity to participate in other projects of the organisation. 
Owing this programme, the organisers were able to bring about awareness on the importance of planting trees.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


By Sister Rosaline Pereira
MUMBAI, JULY 24, 2018: Sunday school children from Our Lady of Dolours Parish, in Wadala, solemnised the Eucharistic Celebration on July 21, remembering Saint Joachim and Saint Ann, the parents of Mother Mary.
 Children from standard nine marked the special Parents' Day celebrations. There was a well-animated introduction, symbolically depicting the acceptance, appreciation and gratitude for the parents and the children in the family. The children acted out the penitential rite.  Father Vivian D'Souza, the parish priest, was main the main celebrant, who in his homily spoke about the 'role of the parents in the family'.
After the Eucharistic celebration, all gathered in the school hall for a short programme. Father D'Souza welcomed the Chief Guest Father Rosario and Guests of Honour Allan and Audrey Rebello, followed by floral tributes to the chief guest and the guests of honour.

The children of the primary section welcomed their parents by singing a melodious song. This was followed by standards seven and eight staging a skit entitled, 'The dilemma the children go through'; it enabled all to reflect on how peer pressure affects children, yet they could be helped by the unconditional acceptance of their parents.  

Standards five and six performed a dance. The confirmation students expressed their gratitude to their parents by singing the song 'You raised me up'. Father Rosario, in his address, highlighted how parents often sacrifice their entire life for their children. Therefore, they need to be respected and appreciated. 
The high point of the programme was an emotional shadow play by youth of the parish that helped the children realise the need to cherish every moment with their parents since life is unpredictable. The shadow play brought tears to many an eye.
The programme came to a close with the youth organising a few games for the parents. Parents and parishioners appreciated how well the entire event was co-ordinated by the catechists – most of whom are youth. The talent, efficiency and responsibility shown by them was heartening and something to be proud of.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

BIS #5582 FAKE NEWS? K(NO)W MORE! by Sunita D’Souza

by Sunita D'Souza
MUMBAI, JULY 20, 2018: The Bosco Information Service (BIS) media workshop entitled 'Fake News and Journalism for Peace' for 80 BIS correspondents of the Salesian Province of Mumbai was held at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga on July 18 and 19.  

This two- day workshop was organised by Tej-Prasarini, the media wing of the province. On July 18, Father Joaquim Fernandes, Director of BIS warmly welcomed all the participants who were set to learn different skills and pen down their thoughts to become skilled reporters!

The workshop began with a prayer, which was followed by a session based on print media conducted by Ashley D'Mello, former assistant editor of the Times of India. He guided the correspondents about the ABC's of journalism, which is Always Be Careful, when reading articles. He distributed printouts of articles from leading newspapers like Mumbai Mirror (Times Of India supplement).

The correspondents read all the articles carefully to find what was missing in the reports and later to fill in the correct facts. In order to get a first-hand experience of interviewing, he instructed the correspondents to form pairs and interview each other for 15 minutes. The interviewer and interviewee recorded their interviews which were based on the topics they chose.

Father Christopher George highlighted the points to find out fake news, which every reporter must know and understand, like ideological factors, financial gains or nuisance messages. He used the term 'Mobocrisy' when people react to the news without thinking or finding out the correct facts. 

Brian Martins, a professional photographer led the session on digital photography. He gave the correspondents the finer details that must be kept in mind while creating the 'big' picture'; they are lighting (natural, tubelight, camera flash), composition (wide, mid and close-up pictures) and resolution (size of the picture), making the picture come alive!

In the fourth session, Karen Laurie, editor of BIS, province of Mumbai, conducted the session on Skype from Canada which dealt with the key ingredients in preparing a good report. The correspondents learnt how to keep the headlines short and catchy. They were taught to use the 5 W's: Who, What, Where, When, Why in their reports, and how to cover events and write effective articles. 

Day two of the workshop on July 19, began with Father Fernandes leading everyone in prayer. The session on radio journalism was led by Bosco Rodrigues, a radio jockey with 30 years' experience at All India Radio. He kept the correspondents tuned in with the perfect blend of learning and fun! 

As radio reporters we need to be aware to get all the facts right. "Know your voice, pitch, tempo and quality," he said. He then displayed a demo interview based on Anti-Tobacco Day with one of the correspondents, Ratnadeep Chawla, counsellor at Prafulta who is currently dealing with tobacco de-addiction.

Philip Varghese, city editor of the Afternoon paper, took the correspondents through his reporting journey in his session, Life as a News Reporter! "The real life of a journalist is when you are on the spot. Journalism is about meeting people. Every person has a story," Varghese, said. 

Father Fernandes advised the correspondents, "Do your research, before taking any interview, you need to know more about the person interviewed, their job profile and work experience." Martins took correspondents through the finer aspects of video recording, photo shooting and editing on day two as well. The participants learnt to make every picture tell a story. 

Father C M Paul, head of department Mass Communication, Sonada College, West Bengal, founding member of BOSCOM India and Director of Radio Salesian 90.8 FM concluded the workshop with reflections on journalism. Priya, final year BMM student, summed up the impact of the seminar, saying, "The workshop was knowledgeable. I never expected Don Bosco sessions in different areas of mass media like print, regional media, photo, broadcasting, radio and video reporting in journalism."   

Saturday, July 14, 2018


by Jittin Mathew
MUMBAI, JULY 13, 2018: The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai R-Central ward, Borivli West, Mumbai in collaboration with Bosco Boys Home (BBH) organised a health camp to administer tetanus vaccination to the boys of the Home on July 13.
Father Corlis Gonsalves, Rector of the institute, welcomed Doctor Hemant Vakare and his team. Father Gonsalves thanked them for their kind initiative and service offered to the institute. The camp was organised as a preventive measure to help boys and technical students build up their immune system, so as to remain healthy during the monsoons.
Deepak Thikkar addressed the gathering about the various monsoon-related diseases, like dengue, malaria and tuberculosis. An interactive session was then held, in which questions regarding the causes of these diseases and their preventive measures were discussed. 
The input session ended with the vaccination of the 127 participants with the Tetanus vaccine, which included the shelter boys, the technical students and the staff.