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She then tore clothes into smaller pieces, soaking them with water to make an air purifier of sorts to be placed over their noses and faces to keep carbon away. She then urged them to place wet cloth over their bodies to keep cool. Her instructions worked and bought those present time to stay safe, while the fire brigade carried out the rescue.
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by BIS Correpsondent
MUMBAI, AUGUST 20, 2018: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organised a two-day training workshop on 'Paper Bag Making and techniques' for 28 women from the slums of Sakinaka in Mumbai. The training programme was held under the aegis of a project supported by Auxilium India, Seregno – Italy.
Father Rolvin D'Mello, Executive Director – DBDS said, "This training workshop was not meant merely to teach women how to learn skills and earn some money; but it was all about our commitment to the environment and saving our planet from the biggest menace- plastic." Surekha Pednekar, project officer – DBDS, welcomed the resource person and the participants, and explained the objectives of the training.
Manjula Bhagwat was the resource person for the workshop. During the training, the participants learnt to make five different kinds of paper bags. Since paper bags cannot be used for carrying meat and fish, the women also learnt how to make nylon taffeta fabric, to make alternative bags.
Apart from teaching the women how to make the bags, the resource person also taught them marketing, costing, budgeting, pricing and branding of products. The participants dedicatedly learnt the skills and also discussed the possibilities of starting a small scale 'bag making' business.
Zarina Khan, DBDS – staff, mobilised the women to attend the training programme and also proposed the vote of thanks.
by Deacon Justus Mendis
DAKOR, AUGUST 20, 2018: On August 15, Don Bosco Dakor boarding, brought to a close the Marian month with a solemn Eucharistic celebration. The Pushpanjali community of Salesian sisters, the boarding girls, teaching and non-teaching staff of the campus, and the parishioners were present in deep faith for the feast.
The Marian month comprised of a number of activities to help children to have a better experience of Mary, as our Mother. The Marian month began on July 16, inaugurated by Father Godfrey D'Souza, Provincial of Salesian Mumbai Province; accompanied by Father Manuel Murzello, the Provincial Economer. Father D'Souza said, " Looking at the grand preparations, the children look very delighted to celebrate the festive month of Mary."
Each day a child would give a talk on one of the apparitions of our Lady, with the aim that Mary still gives her 'darshan' to all who seek her in purity of heart. This was accompanied by a novena prayer, animated rosary, and special intercessory prayer of three Hail Mary's, prayed by the children.
There were various activities held like singing with Mary, garba devotional dance for Mary, sketching Mary, letters to Mary, skit competition, essays on Mary, Marian quiz, testimonies on Mary and grotto competition. A Marian pilgrimage to Khambolaj and Marian Nite were the most popular.
The pilgrimage began with praying the rosary at various grottos of parishes and it culminated at the Shrine of our Lady at Khambolaj. Jaswant Zala, from class 11 said, "Getting a chance to come to a Shrine of our Lady in our neighbourhood is really an spiritual experience."
Around 275 children divided in 12 teams comprising of boys and girls, participated at the Marian Nite. The children learned much about Mary through various games. They also enacted some of the Gospel narratives on Mary through their game of charades. Jagruti Damor from class eight said, "I believe in the maternal care of our Lady. I believe the rosary is a powerful tool. It always works when I am in need."
On August 15, along with the hoisting of the national flag and celebrating the holy Eucharist, Father Lorenzo explained to the children that Mary is the perfect example of this year's school and National Boscoree's theme, 'Health, Harmony and Holiness'. He said, "Through her life, Mary maintained her emotional health during her difficult times; harmoniously built up relationships through her Visitation to the needy and remained Holy by being a true witness to what she believed was right."
As the Marian month drew to a close, the children and staff were filled with enthusiasm to grow in the graces received from Mary, and live in 'Health, Harmony and Holiness'.