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1046 ‘Coronavirus’ Awareness Session for Slum Girls in Vadodara

posted Mar 20, 2020, 5:08 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 5:08 AM ]

Vadodara (Gujarat), 16-March-2020: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) Vadodara, organized an awareness session on ‘Novel Coronavirus and Precautions’ for the girls residing in the slums of Zanda Chowk in Vadodara City. 23 girls participated in this event which was held under the aegis of ‘Medical Care Project’ supported by MIX FOR KIDS e.v., Germany.

Ms. Jagruti Patil (DBDS– Coordinator) was the resource person. In her session she covered basic information about ‘Coronavirus’ and how it spreads. She also shared some very essential tips about precautions to stay safe and to stop the spread of this pandemic. The session was interactive and the girls from slums benefited a lot.
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1045 MGL Vidya Project: Anti-tobacco Exhibition in Tata Nagar Slum

posted Mar 20, 2020, 5:05 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 5:05 AM ]

Navi Mumbai, 14-March-2020: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), organized an anti-tobacco health exhibition for the families residing in Tatanagar slum in CBD Belapur. 70 people participated in this session held under the aegis of ‘MGL Vidya Project’ supported by Mahanagar Gas Limited. 

The Health exhibition focused on communicating the health risks associated with tobacco consumptions and its ill effects on health. The program started with the display of posters in the form of an exhibition to educate the visitors. The poster contained visual and written information on health risks associated with consuming tobacco and its effects on personal health, family and society. During the exhibition the staff explained the information to the visitors. Ms Megha Nikam and Ujjwala Majalkar (both DBDS staff) did the logistical arrangement for this event.
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1044 AXA PROJECT: International Women’s Day Celebration in Pune

posted Mar 20, 2020, 5:02 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 5:02 AM ]

Koregaon Park (Pune), 13-March-2020: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Koregaon Park celebrated International Women’s Day in Pune with 269 women participants under the aegis of ‘Health Risk Reduction Project’ supported by AXA Business Services.

The programme was graced by guests – Prof. Vrushali Randhir, Prof. Namita Pathak, Mrs. Lina Yawale ( Sangath- NGO), Mrs Sangeeta Bagul (Business Women). Thepr ogramme began with the lighting of lamp by the guests. Mr Nagsen Chavan (DBDS - Coordinator) shared the achievement of AXA project during the last four months. This was followed by key note address by the guests, Prof. Vrushali Randhir congratulated the women and shared her experiences on women empowerment in Maharashtra.

Prof. Namita shared her experience of working on de-addiction to tobacco among the people in slum. Mrs. Lina Yawale shared her experience of problem of mental health and stress among the women in slums. This was followed by cultural events in which Mrs. Sushma Bengale, Swati Kamble and Shweta Shinde left audience spellbound with their solo dance. Kharadi SHG presented fashion show. The programme ended with the vote of thanks by the staff and lunch was served to all.

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1043 Slum Women Entrepreneurs Participate In Trade Exhibition

posted Mar 20, 2020, 4:56 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 4:56 AM ]

Mumbai, 12-March-2020: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) in joint collaboration with Mendonsa Foundation, organized number of events from 1st to 12th March for fostering entrepreneurship skills among the SHG women residing in slums of Mumbai. These events were held under the aegis of ‘MGL Vidya Project’ supported by Mahanagar Gas Limited.

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS) speaking on the occasion said, “During the last one year we have trained more than 1000 women from the slums of Mumbai in various skills and now we are committed to give them marketing opportunities.”

Women who underwent income generation training for last one year, mentored by DBDS, participated in the trade exhibition held at Phoenix Mall in Kurla. The enterprising women of Krishna SHG and Anmol SHG exhibited their domestic cleaning products and various types of spices for sale. Shri Nawab Malik (Minister of Minority Development, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Government of Maharashtra) visited the stalls and encouraged them to expand their business to other areas as well.

In another exhibition held at St. Regis 7Star Hotel, women of other DBDS mentored SHGs exhibited their products like spices, candles and cloth bags, managing to make a good sale from those who visited the exhibition.

These events have not only empowered the slum women but also gave them a rich experience to learn and interact with other entrepreneurs and in networking with them. DBDS has organised many such events during the course of last one year to promote entrepreneurships skills and provide marketing opportunities.
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1042 AXA Project: Breast Cancer Check-up for Slum Women in Pune

posted Mar 20, 2020, 4:52 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 4:52 AM ]

Koregaon Park (Pune), 12-March-2020: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), organized a free breast cancer check-up camp at Don Bosco High School, Yerwada for 67 women residing in the slums. The camp was held under the aegis of ‘Health Risk Reduction Project’ supported by AXA Business Services.

The camp began with the welcome address by Mr. Nagsen Chavan (DBDS-Coordinator). Fr Micheal Bansode (Rector- Don Bosco, Yerwada) inaugurated the camp and thanked the team of Para Medical Staff for taking up this camp. Mrs. Rebecca Joseph and Mrs. Sangita physically examined the women for symptoms of breast cancer. 2 women were found to be having abnormal lump in their breasts that were referred for Mammogram in the hospital. An awareness session on breast cancer was also held in which Mrs Jospeh discussed about risks, tests and screening, symptoms and treatment of Breast Cancer.
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1041 Spice-Making Training for Slum Women in Vadodara

posted Mar 20, 2020, 4:43 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 4:43 AM ]

Vadodara (Gujarat), 13-March-2020: The Don Bosco organized a THREE-DAY training workshop from 11th to 13th March on ‘Indian Spices Making’ as a business activity. 20 women from the various slums of Vadodara city participated in this training workshop held under the aegis of ‘Spice making and marketing project’ supported by MIX FOR KIDS e.v., Germany.

The workshop was inaugurated by Fr. George (Director- Snehalaya). Mrs. Hemlata Kiran Patel were the resource persons. They taught 17 different types of spice making which included: Undhiya Masala, Dabeli Masala, Pavbhaji Masala, Biryani Masala, Mutton Masala, Chole Masala, Garam Masala, Sambhar Masala, Chat Masala, Tea Masala, Malvani Masala, Fish Masala, Punjabi Masala, Panipuri Masala, Chicken Tandoori Masala, Kolhapuri Masala and Chicken Masala. Tea and snacks were served daily to all the participants.

These training also included sessions on production, marketing, costing, budgeting, pricing and brand building of spice products. The participants learnt the production process and the business management lessons with great enthusiasm and were very positive on starting their own spice making business. Mrs. Jagruti Patil (project coordinator) did all the necessary arrangements for this training.
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1040 Health Awareness for Street Children in Vadodara

posted Mar 20, 2020, 4:40 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 4:40 AM ]

Vadodara (Gujarat), 13-March-2020: The Don Bosco Development Society in joint collaboration with Snehalaya organized a health awareness session for the street children of Vadodara city. 70 boys benefited from this session held under the ages of “Medical Care Project” supported by Mix for Kids e.v. (Germany).

Fr. George Miranda (Director - Snehalaya) was the resource person for this workshop in which he taught them about health and hygiene and sanitation.

Following topics were covered:

1. How to maintain cleanliness

2. Why cleanliness is necessary

3. We must always take care of our health

4. Why we need hygiene

5. How we must be hygiene

6. What happens when we follow health, hygiene and sanitation procedures

After the input session the children asked plenty of questions which were well-addressed by Fr Miranda. The workshop ended by vote to thanks and sumptuous snacks served to all.
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1039 AXA Project: Health Awareness Session for School Students

posted Mar 20, 2020, 4:37 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 4:37 AM ]

Chinchwad (Pune), 11-March-2020: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad organized awareness and interactive session on Harmful Effects of Tobacco and Gutkha chewing for the students of D.B. Nimbarkar School in Chinchwad. 58 students participated in this session held under the aegis of ‘Health Risk Reduction’ project supported by AXA Business Services.

Mrs. Rajshree Deshkhaire (Staff- DBDS) welcomed the participants and resource person. Dr. Vikas Chothe was the resource person for this session. The objective of this session was to educate students on the risky habit of consuming tobacco products and harmful effects of such habits. In the first session, Dr. Chothe spoke about the mobile phone addiction among young children and its harmful effect on human body and mind. After that he covered topic on types of diabetes, role of insulin, symptoms and physical exercises to control diabetes.

In the next session, Dr. Chothe covered various topics on composition of tobacco, substance abuse in adolescent, adolescent health problems in India, effect on liver, kidney, and forms of tobacco, oral cancer, lung cancer and many more health problems associated with it. Students asked many questions which were all answered by the resource person. The program ended with the vote of thanks by Mrs. Vibhawari Kamble (Staff- DBDS).
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1038 Anti-Tobacco Health Exhibition at Ram Nagar Slum

posted Mar 20, 2020, 4:33 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 4:33 AM ]

Chinchwad (Pune), 09-March.-2020: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad organized a health exhibition on harmful effects of tobacco at Ram Nagar slum in Chinchwad. 102 (96 Male and 6 Female) people visited this exhibition held under the aegis of ‘Health Risk Reduction Project’ supported by AXA Business Services.

The objective of this exhibition was to educate people on the risky habit of consuming tobacco products and harmful effects of such habits. The program started at 9.00 am in the morning with the display of posters in the form of an exhibition to educate the visitors. The poster contained visual material and written information on health risks associated with consuming tobacco and its effects on personal health, family and society. During the exhibition the staff explained the information to the visitors. Mrs. Rajshree Deshkhire (Staff- DBDS) did the logistical arrangement for the activity.
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1037 AXA Project: Diabetes Awareness Rally by School Students

posted Mar 20, 2020, 4:28 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 4:28 AM ]

Chinchwad (Pune), 07-March-2020: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad organized a rally to create awareness on Diabetes. More than 170 students and school staff from Mata Ramai Ambedkar PCMC School participated in this rally which was held under the aegis of ‘Health Risk Reduction Project’ supported by AXA Business Services.

The school children gathered at their school playground in afternoon where they were briefed by the project staff. From there they walked through the lanes of Ajantha Nagar slum. The children carried placards with slogans on diet, type of diabetes, insulin, symptoms and physical exercises to control diabetes. Children were very excited to participate in the rally and communicated their message to residents and commuters on the way. After the rally sumptuous snacks were served to all.
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