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078 - Five Days Training on Home Based Spices for SHG Women

posted by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated ]

Pune, May 2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Pune organized 5 days training workshop on ‘Home Based Spice Business’ from 18th May to 23rd May 2017 for the women Self-Help-Group (SHG) members from the slums of Pune. This training programme was held under the aegis of ‘women empowerment project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain.

The objective of this training was to impart skill and knowledge on spice making as micro business for supplementary income. 20 women from the slums successfully completed the entire training. The training was imparted by ‘Kasturba Mahila Khadi Gramodyog Vidyalaya’ which is a government recognised training institution.

Participants of the training were selected after studying their needs and aptitude for setting up business. 15 different kinds of spice making were taught including Sabji masala, Sambar masala, Chana masala, Garam masala, Chicken masala, Meat masala, Sunday masala etc. It also included sessions on marketing, coasting, budgeting, pricing and brand building.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Nagsen Chauhan (Training Coordinator - DBDS) said “Our endeavour is to help women learn skills and setup small business so that they are economically empowered and we are also monitoring their progress.” Mrs Ranjana Torene (Co-ordinator - DBDS) added that “Our effort is to encourage poor women in slums to learn skills and start enterprises and for that our team holds regular meeting in the slums.”




077 - Free Health Camp for the Underprivileged of Pune: joint venture of Don Bosco and Manos Unidas

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Pune, 24-May-2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Pune organized a free health camp under the ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by Manos Unidas (Spain) for the people of Tadiwala Road slum in Pune. 165 patients (all from the slums) were examined by a team of doctors and para-medic staff from Aundh hospital.

Dr. Suraj Gaikwad (Physician), Dr. Deshpande (Paediatricians), Dr. Sneha Ansari (Ophthalmologist) and Dr. Nilofer (Gynecologist‎), Dr.Munde (Medical officer) along with number of other staff examined the patients in this health camp.

Ms Rita Jadhav (staff - DBDS) expressed her opinion that “along with holding free health camp we are also trying to change the health care seeking behaviour of women through education also.” Sharing his experience Dr. Munde said that “no major illnesses were found but there are cases of anaemia, cough, cold, worms in children, joints pain, low BP etc.”

Free medicines were distributed and people with serious illness were referred to Aundh Hospital. Ms Ranjana Pandit (Co-ordinator - DBDS) of the project expressed her satisfaction saying that “this was our first health camp in this slum and we got good response and co-operation from people.”




076 - Mumbai Police and Don Bosco Joined Hands for Underprivileged Youth

posted May 24, 2017, 4:48 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated May 24, 2017, 4:49 AM ]




075 - Workshop on Financial Goals and Investment

posted May 14, 2017, 7:38 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated May 14, 2017, 7:38 AM ]

12th May 2017, Pune:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Pune organized a workshop on ‘Financial Goals and Investment’ held under the aegis of ‘women empowerment project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain. 30 women belonging to Bopodi slum participated; the objective of this workshop was to create awareness and impart skills to women on financial goals and investments. Mr Mahesh Kumar (DBDS, Mumbai – staff) was the resource person for this workshop.

In the first session, Mr Kumar discussed about the effect of inflation on savings and income. He gave various examples how inflation reduce the purchasing power of money. He then explained about how to plan for financial goals.

In the next session, he informed the participants about the post office saving schemes, PPF, Insurance schemes, Pension plans, Sukanya Samruddhi Yojna etc. He then informed how these schemes can help people in achieving financial goals. Many of the participants agreed to open PPF, pension plan counts in post office.


074 - Workshop on Women Rights and Personal Law

posted May 11, 2017, 7:43 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated May 11, 2017, 7:44 AM ]

Pune, 6th May 2017: 
The Don Bosco Development Society organized a ‘Legal Awareness’ workshop for the women residing in the slums of Sidharth-nagar and Ramwadi - 38 women participated in the workshop. This workshop was part of ‘women empowerment project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain. The objective of the workshop was to create legal awareness among women about their rights and entitlements. 

Advocate Anupama Joshi was the resource person for this workshop. In the session she explained women’s Property rights, Marriage and personal laws, divorce and their provision under law, maintenance, domestic violence, inheritance law, Hindu Marriage Act, Muslim Talak system etc. She also encouraged women to speak-up their problems and act collectively. She than discussed Nirbhaya rape case and informed that how to help such a victim. Participants also actively discussed their problems and were guided accordingly by the resource person.

073 - Community-Based Projects at DRISTI

posted May 11, 2017, 7:31 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated May 11, 2017, 7:31 AM ]



DRISTI, Don Bosco (Kapadvanj, Gujarat) is of the center for implementing the community-based project funded by BMZ, Germany. This project is functional in 100 villages of Gujarat: tribal villages and backward villages.



Business Entrepreneur Training

On 08-April-2017 they had a Business Entrepreneur Training Programme for the project beneficiaries. The resource person was Kamal Sangeet.



Exposure Visit 

On 21-April-2017 the farmers who are beneficiaries of this project were taken to the Agricultural University, Anand (Gujarat). The focus of this visit was to teach the farmers from the villages advance techniques of farming.




IGP Training 

On 20-April-2017 they had Income Generation Training for the project beneficiaries. The resource person was Dr. Ashwin Patel. The training was focused on Organic Farming.

072 - Advocacy Workshop for Strengthening Food Security and Health

posted May 7, 2017, 11:29 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated May 7, 2017, 11:29 PM ]

Mumbai, 6th May 2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) Matunga in collaboration with Anna Haq Parishad (AHP) and SNEHA organized a workshop for the social activists and volunteers working in the field of food security and health issues in Mumbai.

Fr Rolvin D’Me
llo (Executive Director – DBDS) said, “This is an ongoing initiative of DBDS to strengthen civil society’s participation to strengthen rights and entitlements of people at the bottom of socio-economic pyramid”. Mrs. Affsaran Kaur, Project Director-SNEHA and Mr. Akshay Kamble-Programme Coordinator- SNEHA were the Resource Persons for the workshop. They introduced the participants to the concept of MAS (Mahila Arogya Samiti) and its functioning in the slum communities. A MAS should consist of ten women members and each woman will cover ten families. So effectively a MAS will cover 100 families taking care of issues such as Health, Sanitation, Domestic Violence and Education.

As MAS is a government recognised unit it will automatically co-ordinate and link to other government schemes also. The workshop also focussed on process of forming MAS, role of U-PHC, NRHM etc.

In the next session the Anna Haq Parishad activists explained about the progress made in review of Food Security Act in relation to PDS, informed participants on the new GRs, GR for creation of State Food Commission, GRs for increasing food supply quota, formation of Vigilance Committee at Ration Shop level etc

At the end of the workshop future line of action was discussed and all the activists resolved to unite and fight for these issues.


071 - 183 Underprivileged Benefit from Don Bosco-AXA Health Camp

posted May 6, 2017, 8:15 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated May 6, 2017, 8:15 AM ]

Chinchwad (Pune) - 5th May 2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) Chinchwad organized a free health camp under t
he ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by AXA Business Services. 183 underprivileged women and children were examined by a team of doctors and para-medic staff from Aundh hospital.

The health camp was held in Vidya Nagar slum in Chinchwad. All the beneficiaries were from poor and needy families who can’t afford private health care services. Dr. Suraj Gaikwad – (Physician), Dr. Deshpande (Paediatricians), Dr. Mane (ophthalmologist) and Dr. A.L. Doshi (ophthalmologist) along with 12 Nurses, one medical Social worker, 5 Lab technician and 2 MPW examined the patients in this health camp.

Ms Vibhawari Kamble (social worker - DBDS) expressed her opinion that “our effort is to improve the health indicators and environment in the slum communities under this project.” Ms Lalita Choudhary (Co-ordinator - DBDS) expressed that “no major illnesses were found but there are cases of anaemia, cough, cold, migraine, GRDS, worms in children, joint s pain, low HB etc. Free medicines were distributed and people with serious illness were referred to Aundh hospital for further treatment.




070 - Workshop on Financial Fraud and Right Investment

posted May 5, 2017, 1:47 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated May 5, 2017, 1:47 AM ]

Pune, May 2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) Pune organized a ‘Financial Literacy Workshop’ held under the aegis of ‘women empowerment project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain. 26 women belonging to various SHGs participated in this workshop.

The workshop focused on various fraud financial schemes in which people lost their money. Mr Mahesh Kumar was the resource person for this workshop. In the first session, he discussed about the anatomy of Ponzy schemes, their operation and mechanism. He gave example of schemes such as PACL, Speak Asia, Stock Guru, EMU farming, CITRUS Check-Inn, Royal Twinkle etc to explain how these companies looted the hard earned money of people. Lakhs of people invested in these ‘scams’ and how their money was lost in these fraud schemes. He also informed people how to check about such schemes and how they can avoid investing in these schemes.

The next session informed the participants on the type of investing in Gold. Investing by physical gold, gold saving schemes, gold bonds, gold ETFs etc The difference between various types of gold; white gold, green gold, grey gold etc and also difference between 24/22/18 Karat gold. He also informed how the gold smith price jewellery and how they can bargain with the jeweler.

There were few ladies who had invested in fraud scheme like Pancard, royal twinkle and they enquired the resource person, how they can get back their invested money. He shared his views with them. The women participants like the session and request to conduct such session in their locality with their husband/ head of the household so that they also benefit from such workshop. The resource person agreed on this.


069 - Legal Awareness Training for Slum Women

posted May 4, 2017, 10:45 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated May 4, 2017, 10:45 AM ]



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