Wednesday, May 29, 2019


by Ashwin Fernandes

MUMBAI, MAY 28, 2019: Members from the Mumbai unit of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) marked the 150th anniversary of ADMA worldwide and 10th anniversary of ADMA Mumbai with a series of well-planned events at the Don Bosco Madonna campus on May 24.

Father Anthony Goyal, spiritual director of the ADMA Mumbai Unit, conceptualised the Marian Magic 2019, which was held on the occasion of the Feast of the Blessed Mother, Mary Help of Christians. The celebration began with an enthronement ceremony of Mary Help of Christians by Father McEnroe Lopes.

An animated Rosary, with the help of a powerpoint presentation, specially prepared for the event followed. Thereafter, the members participated in several Marian games and quizzes, which were based on the Rosary and the life events of the Blessed Mother.

The enthroned statue of Mary Help of Christians was then carried out in a solemn procession, led by Father Goyal and ADMA President, John Mathias, from the Provincial House to the Crypt in the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna.

The Feast Mass was celebrated in the Crypt by Father Glenford Lowe, the Rector of the Provincial House, who, through his homily, based on true life testimonies, instilled in all ADMA members present, a strong belief that ‘Mother Mary is still alive and amongst us, today and forever’.

After Holy Mass, all members joined in the cake cutting ceremony. Father Goyal then announced the beginning of the 10thanniversary celebration, later this year, on September 8, the birthday of Mother Mary.

The Mumbai Unit of ADMA, under the guidance of Father Goyal, had earlier this year, hosted the first-ever interstate ADMA Mumbai – Goa Meet and a Lenten pilgrimage.

Earlier in 2019, ADMA Mumbai unit also witnessed fourteen member aspirants making their commitment on the feast of Don Bosco, on January 31, in the presence of the Salesian Provincial, Father Godfrey D’souza.


by BIS Correspondent
WALVANDA, MAY 28, 2019: Over a hundred youth attended the second edition of the residential English summer camp at Don Bosco Walvanda from May 16 to 26.

The primary aim of the camp was to create local children leaders in villages located in Mokhada and Jawhar. The children learned English, computer basics, life skills, value education, leadership, career guidance, and also enjoyed their time by playing many creative and innovative games.

Some youth were members of the children’s parliament from various villages. A parliament is a group formed with school children to create awareness among them about child rights.  

Father Anaclete D’Mello, the Rector of Don Bosco Walvanda, planned and prepared the camp facilitators and children for the event through various training workshops.

Father Kiran Salve inaugurated the camp in the presence of Brother Anthony D’souza. Cleric Aegidius Pereira and Saby Francis were the camp coordinators.

The children also participated in various competitions like singing, dancing, skits, and drawing during the camp which gave them the opportunity to display their talents.

Friday, May 24, 2019


by Brother Ambrose Monteiro
SUKET, MAY 23, 2019: Sixty participants from five districts of Madhya Pradesh - including six teachers from Suket, Rajasthan – attended an English camp themed 'Hope In Hop Out!’ at Don Bosco Alirajpur from April 12 to May 17.

The camp was a collaborated effort which was led by Brother Chris Ferreira along with three other religious- a Salesian and two SSPS Sisters, 12 volunteers and 20 standard eight mentors. The camp helped teach young adivasi children to read, write and speak in English. It also served as a selection camp for some children to join the School of Excellence and Don Bosco Academy - Alirajpur.

The camp consisted of regular classes in subjects specialising in English and Mathematics. Every week the students were prepared for a weekly test which helped gauge their effort. Being a ‘Bosco Camp’ it also had weekly competitions, a spelling bee contest – the first of its kind in these camps, swimming, drawing, drama, singing, lighting tournaments, football coaching, and other fun activities.

The camp was truly a school, a church, a house and a playground for the campers, just like how Don Bosco’s charism flowered.  


by Brother Joyston Machado
SAVEDI, MAY 23, 2019: About 16 boys from Uttan, Aurangabad, and Ahmednagar attended a month-long English speaking camp on the theme 4G – Gather, Grasp, Glow and Grow organised by Don Bosco Bhavan, Savedi from April 22 to May 22, 2019.
The youngsters attending the camp were young adults between the age group 16 to 20 years. The primary purpose of the summer club was to groom the youngsters in the English language, to make them good leaders and contribute to society at large.
The youth, during the course of the English-speaking camp, have also learnt to make new friends, work in a team and care for the environment.  A picnic to Pune with special halts at Katraj zoo and the Aga Khan palace developed their leadership skills by working together, praying together and playing in true sportsmanship.

The children have been in contact with Don Bosco Savedi through their parish priests and advertisements in various magazines. The organisers that hope the seed of love for language and goodness sown during the camp days will blossom at the completion of the camp.
Father Vishwas Pereira, Rector of Don Bosco Savedi, was the mastermind behind the English speaking camp. Brother Bless and Brother Joyston were coordinating and conducting various activities for the 4G English camp.
 “It was indeed a wonderful camp and beautiful time spent at Savedi,” Maclean Vadlea, a camp participant, said.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


by BIS Correspondent
WALVANDA, MAY 20, 2019: Over 70 tribal children are currently attending a month-long summer camp that focuses on talent development, English language coaching, and indoor games organised by Don Bosco Walvanda from April to May 25.
The youth attending the camp are from standard three to nine. The secondary purpose of the summer club is to groom children to become good leaders and effective citizens of their village and society at large. The children hail from villages around Walvanda.
The children, during the course of the summer club, have also learned how to make new friends, work in a team, care for the environment, develop their leadership skills, and how to live a healthy life by avoiding tobacco, alcohol, and smoking. They also attended career guidance sessions to help them plan for their future life.
The children have been in contact with Don Bosco Walvanda through its’ Sunday oratory. After the completion of the club, they will continue to be in touch with the organisation through the Sunday oratory.
Father Anaclete D’mello, Rector BSVS Walvanda, was the mastermind behind the club. Brother Aegidius Pereira and Saby Francis are coordinating and conducting various activities for the summer club.


by Brother Christopher Nadar
LONAVLA, MAY 20, 2019: One hundred and twenty-three youth attended the annual Vocation Camp organised by the Salesian Province of Mumbai from May 2 to 12 at Don Bosco, Lonavla.
Several resource persons conducted sessions on different Salesian themes every day. The sessions included animated prayer, games, activities, competitions for the campers which were exciting, entertaining, and moments of learning.
The campers responded positively and participated in everything. The main theme for the Vocation Camp was ‘Journeying with Don Bosco’. The highlights of the camp were the Savio Night celebration on the feast of St. Dominic Savio and the Grand Camp Fire.
The youth also went to the Rosary Garden in Khandala to pray the Holy Rosary. There was trekking organised with treasure hunts to add to the excitement. There was also an outreach programme organised to give the campers a hands-on experience of sacrificing oneself to help the needy.
The campers got a taste of the daily life in Don Bosco Lonavla, which is the Aspirantate of the Province of Mumbai. The camp ended successfully with all the campers carrying beautiful memories with them and enriched in the spirit of Don Bosco. 

Friday, May 10, 2019


by BIS Correspondent
WALVANDA, MAY 9, 2019: A ten-day long English language camp was organised for 85 high school students from Jawhar and Mokhada blocks of Palghar district at Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha (BSVS) campus on May 2.

During the camp, youth from standard five to ten will participate in competitive games, English and mathematics classes, team games, trekking, yoga, and will also have a picnic.

Brother Aegidius Pereira is the camp coordinator along with Saby Francis. Father Anaclete D’Mello, Rector, BSVS inaugurated the camp in the presence of Father Kiran Salve and Brother Anthony D’Souza.

Krishna Shende and Pradeep Ghute from the education and youth empowerment staff mobilised the students for the camp from various villages.   


by BIS Correspondent
MUMBAI, MAY 9, 2019: In a bid to mark its golden jubilee, Skill for Progress (SKIP) - an association of 219 technical institutions spread throughout the country - organised an Instructor Skill Competition at St Joseph ITI (SJITI), Don Bosco Kurla on May 2.

The institution is a SKIP member for the last 40 years.  The competition was conducted in the workshops and lab of SJITI. Fitter, electrical, welding, and automobile were the trades shortlisted for the competition. 

In all, 29 instructors participated in the competition. The event began with a prayer song with a deep meaning and melody.  This was followed by a welcome to all dignitaries on the dais, including Vinod Kulkarni, design head of corporate social responsibility, TATA Motors, Father Mario Vaz, Executive Director, Don Bosco College of Learning, Kurla, G A Soman, Principal, Don Bosco Maritime Academy, Dr. Joseph Stanley, General Secretary, SKIP, central office and Amarr Prabhu, Principal, SJITI and secretary, western region. 

Father Vaz then addressed the gathering and said winning or losing was not important, as everyone was a winner.  Dr. Stanley then took over by speaking about the quality of an instructor and a trainee. He also touched upon the technological changes happening and the role of instructors to update themselves. 

Kulkarni, the chief guest, then shared advice about changes in the methods and pedigree of skilling the trainees. Prabhu then introduced the format of the Skill Competition and the day’s events. 

Kulkarni blew the whistle to declare the Skill Competition open. All the contestants then preceded for the various tests to the workshops and labs. The practical test included high-level skills, workmanship precision, quality, completion of the given task on time, and attitude towards work. The competition was based on two components: testing of skills and knowledge. 

The contestants were also given a theory test to test their knowledge. The test papers were set by industrial experts.  The jury for the competition was from Mahindra & Mahindra, Godrej, and Master Craftsman.

The closing ceremony began at 5 pm with a presentation depicting the day’s activities. All contestants thanked SKIP western region and SJITI for organising such events and said that such competitions should be hosted on a regular basis. 

The jury members then shared their feedback on the performance of the contestants wherein all the four jurists expressed that all instructors should develop their skills and keep themselves updated with the technology, system, and processes followed in the industry. 

Vinod Naronha, Managing Director, Supreme Enterprise & Institute Management Committee Chairman of SJITI urged the trainees to be more competent and work towards enhancing their skills from time to time.

The contestants were given certificates of participation and screwdriver sets sponsored by J K Files. Pranay Patil from SJITI, Don Bosco, Kurla stood first, while Sambhaji Hindule from Don Bosco Private Industrial Training Institute Pune was first runner up for the trade of fitters. 

For the trade of welding, Bharat Mahadu Valimbe from Agnel Institute of Technical (AITTED) won top honours, with Derram Sekharam from Agnel Training Institute came second.

For the electricians' trade, the winner was Thomas Nadar from SJITI and the runner up was Rajeshbhai Vasava from Xavier Technical Training Centre, Gadkol. 

From the trade of automobiles, the winner was Bhushan Pathare from Samaji Vikas, Walwanda with Anthony Kittykal from SJITI, Don Bosco Kurla came second. 


by Brother Jittin Matthew
MUMBAI, MAY 9, 2019: The boys of Bosco Boys Home (BBH) Borivli attended a three-day session entitled ‘Craftopia’ organised by fashion stylist and lecturer, Eleesha D’souza from May 25 to 27.
Craftopia is a brainchild of D’souza and Larrisa D’Mello. The duo has completed their Masters in Home Science, with D'Souza lecturing at The Synthetic and Art Silk Mills’ Research Association (Sasmira) and D'Mello teaching at an NGO that trains teachers.
The theme for the first day was vegetable printing on cloth bags. On the second day, the boys learned the art of making pop-up cards and on the final day, they participated in the craft of clay moulding.
“Fabric printing is an extensive process usually not for children. We have simplified the activity using cut vegetables and paint to accomplish this task,” D'souza said. “This the activity focused on the sense of sight; engagement of sight with various colours, shapes, and texture. Varied sizes of potatoes were used by the children with shapes cut out. The children found this activity very interesting and made good final products out of the art.”
“Pop-up cards are a very creative way of wishing anyone. Handmade cards give one the opportunity to express themselves and adds a unique flavour to that expression. This activity explores the sense of touch and sight. Clay moulding is a sense of touch activity. It helps children develop their fine sensory motor skills,” D'Souza added.
“Thanks, Eleesha Didi for showing me how to make pop-up cards. Now I will use this method to make welcome, thank you, and birthday cards,” Pratik Gade, a standard five boy said.

Deacon Romero D’Souza, the Prefect of Studies at BBH, while explaining the concept behind this session said, “Craftopia's summer sensation is an elaborate series of activities planned for children to understand and hone all the five senses while learning a new craft each time. These activities are a good way for children to enjoy and put their creativity to good use. I thank Eleesha for her kind gesture and spending these three days with the boys teaching them and helping them explore their creative talents to the full.”

Sunday, May 5, 2019


by Amarr Prabhu 

MUMBAI, MAY 3, 2019: St. Joseph Industrial Training Institute (SJITI) housed in the sprawling Don Bosco Kurla campus collaborated and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) to train youth under Bachelor of Vocations Degree (Bvoc) Automobile Servicing Sector from June 2019.

The TISS-SVE has set up the school of Vocational Education (SVE) to provide immediate and definite interventions to improve skill levels of millions of youth through appropriate vocational training programmes.  The venture will help the Institution initiate a Bachelor of Vocations Degree (BVoc) for the first time in India. 

The view of this work-integrated training programme (WITP) is to facilitate today’s youth to take up Industry relevant skills training which will help them to secure a better livelihood, thereby consequently enhancing the economy of the nation.

The aim of this programme is to ‘Earn while you Learn’ because by the sound skills the students can engage in job training at the real shop floor of the industry/company along with theory training in the classroom.  With this enhancement, the trainee is able to earn a modest stipend during this on the job training.

Through these interventions, the past pupils of SJITI, who have passed from Mechanic Motor Vehicle ITI programme will benefit from this scheme. The eligibility criteria for this programme is HSC /equivalent or SSC and 2 two years of ITI education or ITI educated who are currently working, without any age criteria. 

The three-year programme of BVoc is designed to help the trainees qualify to a level of five, six and seven of National Skills Qualification Framework (NSFQ) which is equivalent to a diploma, advanced diploma, and BVoc degree.

This type of training enables those students who have dropped out from formal education after class 12, to pursue an education in the vocational stream, which gives them recognition in a vocational diploma/degree programme without having to leave their current jobs. It helps trainees/employees enrolled as students to undergo around 12 hours per week training in theory as well as practical whence on the job. 

The practical training that is imparted by skill knowledge providers (SKP) is based on specifically defined learning outcomes. Examination and certification by TISS-SVE brings in the required rigour and promotes high standards. The training programme will begin in the month of July. The strength of each batch will be 30 trainees. This is a privilege which cannot be lost or neglected. Hence the avenue is left open for every youth to take advantage.


by Brother Jittin Mathew 
MUMBAI, MAY 3, 2019: Thirty boys from standard five to nine of Bosco Boys Home (BBH) Borivli were treated to a day of storytelling and puppetry by Vanessa Essaki on April 27.
The session began with each boy sharing his name and identifying what he is good at. They were then led into a song and dance session and they boogied to the action song ‘Mere Jaisa Koi Nahi, Tere Jaisa Koi Nahi’, reinforcing their uniqueness while appreciating the same in others.
Stories were then told in Hindi using props and glove puppets. This was followed by a story facilitation round where the boys interacted with Essaki through a question and answer session to get a better understanding of the story.
A story imagery activity followed, wherein the boys expressed the story in art. “It was wonderful to see the colours and images they came up with, helping us understand what part of the story each of them registered in their mind and hearts,” Engelbert Gonsalves, one of the benefactors present for the session, said. 
Using puppetry, Essaki shared with the boys the stories of Bholu the Foolish Donkey and Sammy returns Home. “Thanks to Mrs. Essaki's puppetry, we learned through Bholu's story the importance of understanding ourselves, our uniqueness, being honest in all situations, and to be hard-working,” Pashruram Pujari, a ninth standard boy of BBH said.

“Sammy the bird gave us an understanding of why we need love and proper guidance, with an underlying message of good over evil. Sammy's experience with his (fish) machli-rani friend taught him the importance of giving proper advice and how careful one should be while choosing the right kind of friends. I liked it very much and learned a lot through it.”
Deacon Romero D’Souza, the Prefect of Studies of the boys, while explaining the concept behind the session said, “Using a puppet to tell a story is a wonderful technique that can lead children to discover the joy of literature and learning. Puppets help us to bring stories to life and to spark young imaginations anyway, anywhere and anytime.  
As a token of their appreciation, the boys made beautiful handmade 'Thank you' cards and presented it to Essaki.