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408 “NAVRATRI” Festival Celebration with Slum Children

posted Oct 15, 2018, 7:26 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Oct 15, 2018, 7:26 AM ]

14-October-2018, Vadodara (Gujarat): Roshni Don Bosco organized the Navratri festival from 10th October to 13th October for the slum children from the city who attend the daily educational support classes. Around 600 children participated in these celebrations held under the aegis of ‘Children Education Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain. 

Children played Garba for 2-3 hours every day on the tunes of traditional music. The music system was arranged by the SHG women. Students came in traditional colorful dresses of Chaniya Cholis and Kurtas. The Navratri festival was celebrated with great joy and vigour. Navratri is one of the very popular festival in Gujarat.






























407 GLOBAL HAND WASHING DAY Celebrated With Slum Children

posted Oct 15, 2018, 7:11 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Oct 15, 2018, 7:11 AM ]

15-October-2018, Koregaon Park (Pune): The Don Bosco Development Society- Koregaon Park celebrated the Global Hand Washing Day with the children in Laxminagar Slum in Pune. 29 children who daily benefit from the support classes run by DBDS; participated in this event which was held under the aegis of ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain.

The objective of the event was to make children aware about the cleanliness and the importance of hand washing at critical points in daily life. The theme of the programme was ‘Our Hands, Our Future!”. Miss. Nilima Chandhare (DBDS-Staff) demonstrated the correct way to wash hands using soap and liquid soap. In her demonstration she stressed on the fact that hand should be properly washed after visiting toilet and before eating as hand are the primary source of spreading harmful germs.

Children were very enthusiastic and actively participated in the program. At the end, everyone took pledge to wash hand everyday using soap or liquid soap and also spread this message in their neighborhood. Mrs. Fatima Ajmeri (Part-time teacher) assisted in the smooth conduct of this event. Program ended with vote of thanks by Ms. Jyoti Sonwane (DBDS-Staff).







406 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR SLUM WOMEN

posted Oct 15, 2018, 7:07 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Oct 15, 2018, 7:07 AM ]

11-October-2018, Koregaon Park (Pune): The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) Pune organized a training on ‘business management skills’ for the SHG women of Gandhi Nagar slum. 17 women participated in this training programme held under the aegis of ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain. 

Mrs. Leena Gaikwad (DBDS-Staff) organized women for this programme. The participants of this programme had recently completed a training on ‘Spice making’ and were interested in learning about entrepreneurship and business management. Mr. Nagsen Chavan (DBDS - Coordinator) was the resource person for this training. In his session he focused on following:

Local market demands and Product selection

· Consumer need assessment 

· Product marketing and promotion 

· Packaging and pricing 

· Distribution 

· Purchase and sales 

· Accounts management 

Participants asked many questions which were all answered by the resource person. After the programme, certificates were distributed to those who completed the Income Generation Training on Spice making held earlier this month. Program ended with vote of thanks by Ms. Jyoti Sonwane (DBDS-Staff) and snacks for all.







405 HEALTHY INDIA PROJECT: Free Health Camp in Ganesh Nagar Slum

posted Oct 10, 2018, 8:52 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 8:56 AM ]

09-October -2018, Mumbai:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized a free health camp for the residents of Ganesh Nagar slum.166 patients (103 women, 13 men and 50 children) were examined and given medicines free of cost in this camp held under the aegis of project supported by Mr. Urs Schwiete (Switzerland).

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS) visited medical camp and personally supervised various activities of the health camp. Ms. Surekha Pednekar (Project Officer - DBDS) welcomed the doctors and their Para-medical staff. Dr Abhishek Jandade, Mr. Pramod Bhadavalkar and their team examined the patients. Patients were diagnosed to be suffering from Sugar, Blood Pressure, Joint pain, Fungal Infection, Common cold, menstrual irregularities, Calcium deficiency, Gastric Problem, Skin infections, vision problem etc.

The DBDS staff and volunteers from the slum were extremely helpful as they helped in logistical arrangement such as putting chairs, tables, arranging water, visiting families in slums and informing them about the health camp and in managing the crowd. The doctors suggested that people in this slum need awareness on management of Sugar level and Blood Pressure as many patients were observed to be suffering from diabetes and High Blood Pressure.

“Free health camp with free medicines is a great help for poor people like us, we are very grateful to Don Bosco for this service,” said Ms. Rekha Yadav (one of the beneficiary of the health camp). Mr. Sunil Pandhare (Staff -DBDS) mobilized people for this health camp and also proposed the vote of thanks at the end.











404 MGL DISHA PROJECT: Free Health Camp in Asalfa Sakinaka

posted Oct 9, 2018, 7:49 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Oct 9, 2018, 7:49 AM ]


6-October-2018, Mumbai:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), organized a free health check-up and Eye check-up camp for the women and children residing in Asalfa ,Sakinaka slum in Andheri east. 203 patients (26 children, 99 men and 78 women) were examined by the doctor in this camp which was held under the aegis of ‘MGL Disha Project’ supported by Mahanagar Gas Ltd.

Mrs. Zarina Khan (Staff- DBDS) welcomed the doctors and Para-medical staff. Dr Abhishek Jandade, Mr. Pramod and his team examined the patients. Patients were diagnosed with Joint pain, Fungal Infection, Common cold, menstrual irregularities, Calcium deficiency, Gastric Problem, Skin infections and vision problem etc. Ms. Surekha Pednekar (Project Officer - DBDS) monitored the administration of this health camp.

The DBDS staff and volunteers from the slum were extremely helpful in logistical arrangement such as putting up pandal, chairs and tables, arranging water, visiting families in slums and informing them about the health camp and in managing the crowd. Local people were very happy with this health camp and praised the efforts of Mahanagar Gas Limited. Naaz Raeen (DBDS -Volunteer) proposed the vote of thanks at the end.











403 ANTI-TOBACCO EXHIBITION AT THERMAX CHOWK

posted Oct 9, 2018, 7:34 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Oct 9, 2018, 7:34 AM ]

4-October-2018, Chinchwad (Pune): The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) Chinchwad organized a roadside exhibition at Thermax Chowk in Chinchwad for the commuters. This health exhibition was held under the aegis of ‘Health Risk Reduction Project’ supported by AXA Business Services.

The focus of this activity was to communicate health risks associated with tobacco consumption and its effect on personal and family life. The project team studied the spot in advance and found that thousands to people pass through this spot every day. The team assembled at Thermax Chowk in morning when there are maximum people on the road. They displayed the banners and posters with information on risks associated with the tobacco consumption. Through messages and visuals it highlighted the fact that easy availability of tobacco products and encouragement from peers, family etc. makes young people addicted to smoking and chewing tobacco.

The target audience of this street play was general public. Hundreds of commuters saw these posters while passing through this spot and around 78 visitors stopped to collect more information from the social workers. Their information was registered by the social workers. The social workers explained the information to the visitors and also shared information on the resources for tobacco cessation.









402 DOMESTIC CLEANING SOLUTIONS TRAINING FOR SLUM WOMEN

posted Oct 9, 2018, 7:28 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Oct 9, 2018, 7:29 AM ]

9-October-2018, Koregaon Park (Pune) : The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) Pune organized 5 days training on ‘domestic cleaning solutions’ for the women of Ramwadi slum. 16 women participated in this training programme held under the aegis of ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain.

Mrs. Sujata Kamble was the resource person for this training Program. The objective of this event was to learn and understand the process of making Phenyl, liquid Soap, Hand Wash and Washing Powder. Miss Nilima Chandhere (DBDS-Staff) conducted business Development session. She guided on marketing, sales, customer care, Production Budget, customer data management, Product sampling, Product advertising, Product coasting, Price negotiation, Business Account, Product stock management. Participants actively involved in training program.





401 EXPLORING NEW HORIZONS AT SUKET

posted Oct 9, 2018, 7:07 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Oct 9, 2018, 7:08 AM ]

Suket (Rajasthan), 08-Oct-2018: ‘Education and Health’ being a pressing need in most rural parts of the state of Rajasthan. The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) is exploring new horizons about some sustainable interventions in these field through Don Bosco Suket (Partner Organization – DBDS).

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS) made a visit to Suket and explored a few possibilities of interventions in the field of health and education. While on his visit, Fr Rolvin said, “The living conditions in this part of Rajasthan is quite pitiful and hence we are exploring possibilities of sustainable interventions.”

Fr Gregory D’Cunha (Director – Don Bosco Suket) briefed the team about the existing interventions in the field of education; both in the School and at the village level. He also showed great willingness to open up new avenues and promised his whole-hearted support to expand in the areas of health and Self-help Groups.

As part of the commitment of DBDS towards Sustainable Development Goals; in the near future one can expect variety of interventions in the field of education and health in Suket and also in the neighbouring villages.





400 FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR SLUM WOMEN

posted Oct 9, 2018, 7:03 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Oct 9, 2018, 7:04 AM ]

6-October-2018, Koregaon Park ( Pune) : The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Pune organized a workshop on ‘Financial Literacy’ for the Self-Help Group women from Rajiv Gandhi Nagar slum in Pune. 23 women participated in this programme held under the aegis of ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain.

The objective of this workshop was to create awareness and impart skills to women on financial goals and investments. Mr Nagsen Chavan (Coordinator - DBDS) was the resource person for this workshop. Ms. Nilima Chandhare (DBDS-Staff) welcomed the participants and the resource person.

In his session Mr Chavan explained various illegal financial schemes and scams, and frauds such as Speak Asia, Royal Twinkle Star Club Ltd, Pearl, Pancard, Stock guru India etc. He also explained various schemes such as PPF, Atal Pension Yojana, Jiwan Jyoti Yojana, Post Office Saving Schemes, and Insurance Schemes etc. Program ended with vote of thanks by Miss Jyoti Sonwane (DBDS-Staff).




399 ANTI-TOBACCO RALLY BY SCHOOL CHILDREN

posted Oct 6, 2018, 3:31 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Oct 6, 2018, 3:31 AM ]

Chinchwad (Pune), 6-October-2018: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad organized a rally to create awareness on addiction to tobacco in our society. More than 110 children from Sopanrao Madyamic School participated in this rally which was held under the aegis of ‘Health Risk Reduction Project’ supported by AXA Business Services.

The objective of the rally was to raise awareness on harmful effects of addiction to tobacco. The rally communicated the message that chewing tobacco, smoking or consuming tobacco in any form causes Cancer. The rally also focused on prevention, detection, and treatment of Cancer. School children gathered at their school ground in the morning at around 8:30 am where they were briefed by the project staff. From there they walked through the lanes of Kalbhor Nagar slum and Chinchwad railway station. During the rally, children carried placards with slogans to stop consuming tobacco, harmful effects of tobacco, cancer awareness, and effects of chewing Gutkha etc.

Children were very excited to participate in the rally and they shouted slogans to send their message to residents and commuters on the way. After the rally Ms. Lalita Chaudhari (Coordinator – DBDS) gave information on composition of tobacco forms of tobacco, harmful effects on body and mind, oral Cancer etc. Snacks were served to children and school staff after the rally.














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