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posted Apr 19, 2017, 8:14 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 8:14 AM ]

18-April-2017, Pune:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Pune working on the goal of ‘QUALITY HEALTH CARE FOR ALL’ organized a free health camp for the residents of ‘Sant Gadge Baba Vasahat’ slum in Pune. More than 220 people including children, women and men from the poorest section of this slum benefited from this camp. This health camp was held under the aegis of ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain.

The health camp was held on 18th April 2017 from 10am to 3pm. The doctors and para-medic team from Aundh Surgical Hospital (Pune) examined the patients. Specialist doctors: Dermatologist, Gynecologist, Pediatrician and General Physician conducted the medical examination and distributed free medicines to them.

Ms Priya Sonawane (DBDS- Pune, social worker) who had done the outreach for this health camp went house to house informing about the people about this camp; she commented “people of this slum have welcomed the activities of this project by Don Bosco and are really happy about it.” People were extremely grateful to Don Bosco for giving them such a quality medical assistance free of cost at their doorstep.

066 - Cancer Awareness and Detection Camp for Slum Women

posted Apr 12, 2017, 8:13 AM by Don Bosco Development Society

by Mahesh Kumar 

Matunga (Mumbai), 12th April 2017: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) organized a 5 days cancer awareness and detection camp for women residing in the slums of Mumbai. Part one of this camp was held from 10th April to 12th April at the Provincial House in which 153 women were screened and the second part of this camp will be held from 20th April and 21st April at the same venue. The camp was held in association with Indian Cancer Society.

Speaking at the inaugural function Fr. Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director- DBDS) highlighted the commitment of DBDS towards ‘health for all’ and importance of healthy women in a family. 153 women from most poor families in the slums were screened for ENT examination (including indirect laparoscopy) and Comprehensive Gynaecological examination with Pap smear by specialized team of doctors and paramedical staff. All the tests and services were provided free of cost.

The two staff of DBDS: Basanti Solanki and Ranjana Gangurde did the entire ground work for this camp with the help of Ms Surekha Pednekar (Coordinator – DBDS). Sharing her experience Mrs Gangurde said “Cancer is mostly affecting poor people who have no information on this issue. Our effort is to create awareness and develop positive mind-set among women in slums.” Mrs Pednekar assured the women that the detailed report will be made available to them in next 10 days and those affected will be referred to hospital for further treatment.

Ms Kanchan Khandare who underwent cancer examination test expressing her satisfaction by saying “I had heard so many cases of cancer in my locality that I was deeply scared. Thanks to Don Bosco that they organized this camp. I acquired knowledge and underwent free cancer check-up.”


posted Apr 10, 2017, 11:36 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 8:02 AM ]

064 - SPICE MAKING TRAINING: An Extra Income for the Women from the Slums of Pune

posted Apr 6, 2017, 11:08 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 11:09 AM ]

Pune, April 2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) Koregaon Park organized a 5 days training workshop on spice making. 20 women residing in the slums of Pune completed the entire training; the idea being that these women earn a little extra income working from home in their spare time. This training workshop was organized under the “Women empowerment Project” funded by Manos Unidas (Spain).

DBDS (Koregaon Park) team identified the participants after surveying the income generation needs of Self Help Groups women in the slums of Pune. This training was held for 4 days; 14 different types of spice making were taught to participants. Mrs Rajani Attarde and Mrs Ramani Pillai were the resource persons, from the organization of Kasturba Mahila Khadi Gramodyog Vidyalaya, Pune.

Spices are an important ingredient of Indian cooking and are a fast moving product with huge market. The participants completing the training under this project are monitored by the DBDS staff. Mr Nagsen Chauhan (Training Coordinator) said “we are regularly monitoring the progress of women completing income generation trainings, we are linking them to exhibitions, companies etc.”

The spices taught were: Goda Masala, Sunday Masala, Garam Masala, Pulav Masala, Pavbhaji Masala, Chhole Masala,Sambar Masala, Tea Masala, Chat Masala, Kanda lasun Masala, kolhapuri Masala, kachhi dabeli Masala, Jaljira and Malvani Masala. The SHG women were very happy after completing the training and would soon venture into small business of making and selling spices.

063 - Awareness Workshop on Hepatitis-B

posted Mar 30, 2017, 6:54 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 6:54 AM ]

Matunga (Mumbai):
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) organized a workshop on Hepatitis-B infection on 23rd March 2017. This was a follow-up workshop for SHG members, social workers and volunteers to educate them on this infection. Last month DBDS had organized a Hepatitis-B vaccination camp at Antophill slum which got an overwhelming response. This workshop was organized in association with the organisation United Way - Mumbai. More than 40 participants attended this workshop.

“Most people from the slums of Mumbai are really not aware about Hepatitis-B and the possible vaccination – hence we at DBDS are committed to create this awareness,” said Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS). Ms Tara Raghunath (Executive- United Way) the resource person; began with an interactive session explaining the nature of virus of Hepatitis-B. She further explained the various symptoms, mode of transmission, vaccination, treatment etc.

The session ended with the vote of thanks proposed by Surekha Pednekar (Coordinator – DBDS). The participants went back enriched from the session.

062 - Don Bosco - AXA Committed Towards the Health of the Underprivileged

posted Mar 25, 2017, 4:58 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 25, 2017, 4:58 AM ]

Chinchwad (Pune), 23rd March 2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad in joint collaboration with AXA Business Services organized a one-day free Health Camp at Ambedkar Nagar slum, as a part of the ongoing women empowerment project. 76 women and children were screened by specialized team of doctors and paramedical staff. The aim of these camps is not just to provide health services but also to create awareness and sensitization among the people in slums towards health issues.

Dr. Amruta Bkashi and Dr. Vijyalaxmi Sawant and a team of Para-medics examined the beneficiaries and free medicines were distributed to patients. The health problems identified were eye infections, rheumatic arthritis, anemia, cough, cold, migraine, worms etc. DBDS- Chinchwad has been conducting health camps in slums every month.

Nine volunteers from AXA also participated in the health camp. The volunteers were extremely helpful as they helped in registration of people, arranging facilities, putting up banners, visiting slums and informing people about the health camp and managing the crowd. Few patients were also referred to Lokmanya Hospital for further treatment.

Ms. Lalita Choudhary (Project Coordinator) shared the progress of health activities as said “This AXA funded project which focuses on education, health and income generation is now well accepted by people in the slum communities and we hope to get better and better community participation in future.”

061 - Promoting Scientific Thinking and Attitude In BMC Schools

posted Mar 23, 2017, 11:30 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 11:31 PM ]

Mumbai, March 2017:
With the aim of motivating young minds towards science and scientific thinking, the Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) has entered into partnership with BMC schools. Under this partnership the Don Bosco High School, Matunga will supply the science and technology modelsand projects to DBDS who will donate this to BMC schools who are in need of such models.

These models and projects are created by the students of Don Bosco High School (Matunga) as a part of school curriculum. In a sense this is a “student helping a student” activity. On one hand it promotes curiosity, creativity, problem solving, team work, etc in students on the other hand it helps in better understanding of scientific and natural phenomena, aids teachers is communication, explanation and evaluation.

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS) said, “We are extremely grateful to the students of Don Bosco Matunga; if not of their efforts, the underprivileged kids from the slums would never have access to such good project models for their learning.” So far DBDS has donated these models to Sion Municipal school, Korabaaa Mithagar BMC school at Wadala, and MHADA BMC school at Antophill.

The recipient school’s principals and teachers have appreciated this initiative of DBDS and are using them in their classes. They also have expressed their sentiments of gratefulness to the staff and students to Don Bosco High School, Matunga.

060 - Reproductive Health for adolescent girls: Improving Self Esteem and Confidence

posted Mar 21, 2017, 8:43 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 8:43 AM ]

Chinchwad (Pune) 11th March 2017: The Don Bosco Development Society organized a training session on “taking care of reproductive health” for the adolescent girls residing in the Ambedkar Nagar slum of Chinchwad. This session was part of the Don Bosco-AXA project being implemented in Chinchwad. 22 adolescent girls participated in the session.

Mrs LalitaChaudhri (Project Co-ordinator) and Mrs. VibhavariKamble (Social Worker) were the resource persons for the session. Educating adolescent girls on reproductive health becomes important as these girls are in a transient phase from childhood to adulthood and they undergo many physical, psychological and emotional changes. The session dealt with anatomy of reproductive organs, early marriage, HIV/AIDS, STDs, nutrition, personal hygiene etc. The parents of the participants has appreciated the approach of Don Bosco on this issue.

059 Career Guidance Fair

posted Mar 17, 2017, 2:47 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 17, 2017, 2:47 AM ]

Mumbai, 16-March-2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) participated in the “Skill Development Career Guidance Fair” organized at YMCA on 16-March-2017. The fair was held in association with World Vision India. Mrs. Salma Prabhu (Executive Director - Academy for Counselling and Education Pvt. Ltd.) was the chief guest of the event.

The fair was meant for youth who are in the age group of 16 to 25 years studying or dropped out of school and looking for guidance in career options. 165 girls and boys from various slum pockets of Mumbai participated in the event. Majority of children were from the families where there is no one to guide them.

Mrs Surekha Pednekar (Coordinator – DBDS) spoke about the various courses that are conducted by DBDS at Matunga and in the various slum pockets of Mumbai.

In this event, DBDS had put up a stall where Mr Sunil Pandre (staff – DBDS) and Cleric Jeswin Mastan counselled 65 youth on various career options at DBDS and jobs available in the Market. It was a face to face, personal counselling on career in government, corporate and self-employment. It was quite an enriching experience for DBDS and the youth who participated in the Career Guidance Fair.

058 - Being the Catalyst of Change: Celebrating International Women’s Day

posted Mar 15, 2017, 6:18 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 6:18 AM ]

Pune – 11th March 2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) celebrated International Women’s Day on 11th March 2017 at Anna Bhau Sathe Hall, Yashawant Nagar (Pune). More than 200 women from the different women’s groups (who are also the beneficiaries of DBDS) participated in the event. The programme was organized by DBDS under the aegis of Women Empowerment Project funded by Manos Unidas (Spain).

The Program started with lighting a lamp and singing a welcome song by the students from the evening remedial classes. Mrs. Kiran Moghe (President - Janwadi Sangathna), Ms. Nandini Jadhav (Chairperson - Anti-superstition Act, Pune), Mr. Karane (Corporator - Yerwada), Fr. Nelson Carvalho (Rector - Don Bosco Youth Centre), Fr Vincent Rasquinha (Project Incharge) and Mrs. Sulbha Shirsagar (Ex Corporator - Yerwada) were the guests for the programme.

Welcoming the participants and guests, Fr Nelson greeted everyone on the occasion of International Women’s day and encouraged them to unite together for their welfare. In her address, Mrs. Kiran Moghe laid down the importance of women in society and need for building better society through gender equality.

Ms. Nandini Jadhav addressed the issue of superstition and witchcraft prevalent in society. She narrated story of women who were duped by Tantrik babas for their 100% effective magical powers which allegedly could get rid of any of their troubles in this world, make them rich overnight, blissful married life, guaranteed sons, etc. She demonstrated the tricks of these Tantrik babas and showed the scientific reason behind such tricks. She called upon participants not to fall prey to such people and use their common sense instead.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Karne Gurugi informed about the various government schemes available for the women and how they can take advantage of these schemes. He also shared his ideas on how women can make the slums alcohol free as alcoholism is one of the major reasons behind domestic violence and broken families. Mrs. Sulbha Shirsagar spoke about the importance of SHGs and how SHGs can be strengthened to become a medium for women empowerment.

This was followed by sharing experiences by participants where they sang songs and danced to celebrate the event. The programme ended with serving lunch and presentation of a gift to everyone as memorabilia for the event.



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