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365 GO GREEN: Workshop On Paper Bag Making for Slum Women

posted by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated ]

Mumbai, 14-August-2018:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized a two-days training workshop on ‘Paper Bag Making and Techniques’ for 28 women from the slum of Sakinaka in Mumbai. This training programme was held under the aegis of project supported by AUXILIUM INDIA (Seregno – Italy). Special thanks to ALICEE MASSIMO BERTINELLI (ITALY).

Fr 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’s all about our commitment to the environment and saving our planet from the biggest menace (plastic)”. Ms. Surekha Pednekar (Project Officer - DBDS) visited the workshop and welcome the resource person and the participants and explained the objectives of the training.

Mrs. Manjula Bhagwat was the resource person for this workshop. During the training the participants learnt to make five different kinds of paper bags. Since paper bags cannot be used for carrying meats and fish and hence this two days’ workshop also taught these women how to make nylon taffatto fabric which can be used for carrying chicken, meat and fish.

Apart from teaching the bag making process, the resource person also taught marketing, costing, budgeting, pricing and branding of product. The participants dedicatedly learnt the skills and also discussed on starting ‘making and selling bag’ as a small business. Mrs. Zarina Khan (DBDS – Staff) mobilized women to attend the training programme and also proposed the vote of thanks at the end.









364 INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION WITH SLUM CHILDREN

posted Aug 16, 2018, 8:26 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Aug 16, 2018, 8:26 AM ]

14-August-2018, Vadodara (Gujarat): Roshni Don Bosco organized the ‘Independence day’ celebrations with fun and frolic for more than 450 children from slums of Vadodara city. The celebrations were held under the aegis of ‘Education Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain. 

Children took special interest in making Indian national flag. They made paper flag on this occasion. The day was marked with remembering freedom fighters and saluting the national Flag. It was a moment of pride for the children to watch tricolour unfurl in their own locality. Children came with their own flags made of paper to celebrate this national festival. After the event sweets were distributed to all the children.























363 ANTI-TOBACCO AWARENESS SESSION FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

posted Aug 16, 2018, 2:44 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Aug 16, 2018, 2:45 AM ]

13-August-2018, Chinchwad (Pune): The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad organized an awareness and interactive session on ‘Harmful Effects of Tobacco and Gutkha Chewing’ for the students of ATSS college in Chinchwad.110 students participated in this workshop held under the aegis of ‘Health Risk Reduction’ project supported by AXA Business Services Ltd.

Dr. Vikas Chothe was the resource person for this session. The objective of this workshop was to educate children on the risky habit of consuming tobacco products and harmful effects of such habits. Dr. Vikas Chothe covered various topics on composition of tobacco, forms of tobacco, substance abuse in adolescent, adolescent health problems in India, effect on liver, kidney, harmful effects on body and mind, oral cancer, lung cancer and many more health problems associated with it. Students asked many questions which were all answered by the resource person. Mr. Arjun Sharnagate (Staff- DBDS) made the logistical arrangement and coordinated for this workshop with the school authorities.











362 ADOLESCENT HEALTH AWARENESS SESSION FOR SLUM GIRLS

posted Aug 16, 2018, 2:08 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Aug 16, 2018, 2:08 AM ]

13-Aug-2018, Chinchwad (Pune): The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad organized a health awareness session for the adolescent girls residing in the Durga Nagar slum. 19 girls participated in the session which was held under the aegis of “Health Risk Reduction Project” supported by AXA Business Services.

Mrs. Vidya Kale was the resource person for this session. The objective of the workshop was to educate adolescent girls on personal health, hygiene and sanitation, menstrual cycle and diet and nutrition. The resource person spoke about physical changes, social and psychological changes, vulnerability to reproductive health risks, reproductive health rights, contraceptives, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual abuse, drug and substance abuse etc. She also spoke about the safe and effective birth control methods.

After that she covered topics on risks of consuming tobacco. This was followed by a question and answer session in which the participants asked questions which were answered by the resource person. Mrs. Vibhawari Kamble (DBDS -Staff) did the logistical arrangement for this event and organized girls to participate in this session. After the session Sanitary Napkins were distributed to participants and snacks were served to all. .












361 MGL DISHA PROJECT: Free Health Camp

posted Aug 13, 2018, 9:49 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Aug 13, 2018, 9:49 AM ]

Mumbai, 07-July-2018:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), organized a free health check-up camp for the women and children residing in the slums of Khadi No. 3 (Kurla). 183 children and women were examined by the doctors in this camp which was held under the aegis of ‘MGL Disha Project’ supported by Mahanagar Gas Ltd.

The objective of this health camp was to provide needed medical care to patients. Patients were screened for anaemia using a symptoms questionnaire. Dr. Dinesh Badani and Dr. Smita Trivedi along with 1 Nurse and 2 Medical Social workers examined the patients during this health camp. The doctors distributed iron, vitamin tablets and skin ointment to patients who were anaemic. The doctors suggested that more health camps could be held in this area for patients suffering from Fungal infections & Scabies. 5 study class teacher volunteered for this health camp and were extremely helpful as they helped in arranging facilities, visiting slums and informing people about the health camp and managing the crowd.

“We are very grateful to Mahanagar Gas and DBDS for this health camp,” said Mr. Hansraj Yadav (one of the beneficiary of the health camp). Mrs. Zarina Khan (DBDS – Staff) along with the DBDS team made the logistical arrangement for this Health camp. She also proposed the vote of thanks at the end.










 

360 ADOLESCENT HEALTH AWARENESS FOR SLUM GIRLS

posted Aug 13, 2018, 9:40 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Aug 13, 2018, 9:40 AM ]

10-Aug-2018, Pune: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Pune organized an adolescent girl’s awareness session at Ekatanagar slum in Pune. 19 girls attended this session held under the aegis of ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain. 

Miss. Nilima Chandhare (DBDS-Trainer) was the resource person for this session. Mr. Nagsen Chavan (DBDS-Coordinator) welcomed the participants and spoke on various activities conducted by DBDS under this project. In her session Miss Nilima Chandhare covered following topics:

· Good clear Communication
· Psychological and emotional changes.
· How to keep balance of Psychological changes.
· Female reproductive system
· Importance of Family support
· Different aspect of growing stages
· Physical body changes and their stress.
· Body cleanliness
· Gender equality

The Participants shared their personal issues with the resource person. There was one to one counseling by the resource person. The programme ended with vote of thank by Mr. Nagsen Chavan.



359 GRADUATION DAY OF 51st SPOKEN ENGLISH BATCH

posted Aug 8, 2018, 10:31 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 10:31 AM ]

Mumbai, 08-August-2018: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) Mumbai, celebrated the graduation day of its 51st spoken English batch. Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS) speaking on the occasion expressed his joy that DBDS has reached out to 51 batches of poor youth from the slums on Mumbai. He also thanked Mrs Celine Miranda and all the other teachers who taught all the 51 batches of students.

The students performed various skits, dances and songs in the English language. It was also a great occasion for all the students to exhibit the skills they learned in the class. The students through this short program thanked all the teachers and staff of DBDS. The program ended with a sumptuous lunch for all.












358 HEALTHY INDIA PROJECT: Free Health Camp in Dharavi

posted Aug 8, 2018, 10:25 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 10:25 AM ]

07-August -2018, Mumbai: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized a free health camp for the residents of Matunga Labour camp slum in Dharavi area. More than 189 patients (women, men and children) were examined by the doctors in this camp which was held under the aegis of project supported by Auxilium India (Seregno – Italy) in Special thanks to PARROCCHIA SAN GIUSEPPE SEREGNO (ITALY).

Ms. Surekha Pednekar (Project Officer - DBDS) welcomed all the General Physicians and their Para-medical staff. The camp was held in collaboration with doctors and their team from Larsen & Toubro Ltd in Andheri. Dr. Dinesh Badani & Dr. Smita Trivedi along with other nurses and entire medical staff examined the patients. Patients were diagnosed to be suffering from Joint pain, Fungal Infection, Common cold, menstrual irregularities, Calcium deficiency, Gastric Problem, Skin infections etc.

The women from Kulswamini Self-Help Group and other volunteers from the slum were extremely helpful as they helped in logistical arrangement such as putting up chairs, tables, arranging water, visiting families in slums and informing them about the health camp and managing the crowd.

“We are very grateful to Don Bosco for this service – if not for them we would have never received such a great help,” said Mrs. Varsha (one of the beneficiary of the health camp). Mrs. Kavita Kamble (DBDS – Staff) mobilized people to attend the health camp. She also proposed the vote of thanks at the end.






357 CHILDREN’S EDUCATION PROJECT: Parent’s Meeting In Slums

posted Aug 8, 2018, 10:21 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 10:21 AM ]

6-Aug-2018, Vadodara: Roshni Don Bosco organized interactive meetings with the parents of children attending support classes run by Roshni Don Bosco in the slums of Vadodara. These meetings were held during 1-August to 6-August 2018. This programme was held under the aegis of ‘Children Education Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain.

The meeting focussed on the parent-child relationship and discussed the holistic development of children. These meetings were taken by Mrs Jaruti Patil (Project Co-ordinator). She gave following suggestions to parents:

· Listen to your children and understand his dreams and expectations
· Don’t scold or abuse your child
· Spend quality time with your child
· Compulsory remind him/her to do homework and class lessons
· Build moral character and self-respect

All the meetings ended on positive note with parents sharing their problems and experiences.






















356 TRAINING FOR SLUM WOMEN on Production of Domestic Cleaning Products

posted Aug 6, 2018, 10:10 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Aug 6, 2018, 10:11 AM ]

3-Aug-2018, Mumbai: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized a one day training workshop on ‘production of domestic cleaning products’ for 26 women from Nanabhaiwadi slum in Wadala. This training programme was held under the aegis of project supported by Auxilium India (Seregno – Italy) in Memory of CARLO TAGLIABUE

Mr Francesco and other members from Auxilium India were the guest of honour for the occasion. Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive director – DBDS) welcomed the guests and shared the special relationship between DBDS and Auxilium India (Seregno – Italy). He thanked Auxilium India for their constant support towards the activities in Mumbai.

Fr. George D’Abreo and Mr. Babasaheb Khrat were the resource persons for this workshop. During the training, the participants learnt to make eight different kinds of ‘domestic cleaning products’. These products included Phenyl, Detergent, Hi-tech powder, Hand wash, Dish wash, Floor Cleaner, Toilet Cleaner, Dress Shampoo. Apart from teaching the production process, the resource person also taught marketing, costing, budgeting, pricing and branding of product. The participants dedicatedly learnt the skills and also discussed on starting a small business.

Mr Francesco told all the participants that it was a great joy also for them to witness this program and he wished all the women a very bright future. After the program, the Italian guests visited the Ganesh nagar slum where they were warmly welcomed and had a short meeting with SHG women. “It was truly phenomenal to see the kind of work done by Don Bosco Fathers (priests) in the slums of Mumbai” said Mr. Francesco at the end of the visit. Mr. Sunil (DBDS – Staff) along with the DBDS team mobilized women to attend the training programme. He also proposed the vote of thanks.













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