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278 FREE HEALTH CAMP FOR SLUM CHILDREN AND WOMEN

posted Apr 14, 2018, 8:01 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Apr 14, 2018, 8:04 AM ]

13-April-2018, Mumbai:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), organized a free health check-up camp for the Women and children in Ashok Nagar slum (Kurla). 176 children and women were examined by the doctors in this camp held under the aegis of ‘MGL Disha Project’ supported by Mahanagar Gas Ltd.

Mr. Nishant Sinha (CSR Manager) and Mr. Vinod Negi (Assistant Manager – CSR) both from Mahanagar Gas Ltd. graced the occasion and inaugurated the health camp. They also interacted with the children and teachers of the support classes which are running daily in the slums of Ghatkopar and Kurla as part of MGL Disha Project too. Mrs. Surekha Pednekar (Project Officer - DBDS) welcomed all the General Physicians and the Para-medical staff for this camp.

The purpose of health camp was to identify anaemic children and women in the slum. Patients were screened for anaemia using a symptoms questionnaire. This camp was held in association with Larsen & Toubro LTD in Andheri. Dr. Dinesh Badani & Dr. Smita Trivedi along with 1 Nurses and 2 Medical Social workers examined the patients during this health camp.

Ten women and teacher volunteers from the slums itself 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 Don Bosco for this service – if not for them we would have never received such a great help,” said Mrs. Guddi (one of the beneficiary of the health camp). Mrs. Zarina Khan (DBDS – Staff) along with the DBDS team organized this Health camp; she also proposed the vote of thanks at the end.









277 EXPOSURE AND TRAINING FOR SHG LEADERS

posted Apr 14, 2018, 7:55 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Apr 14, 2018, 7:55 AM ]

11-April-2018, Mumbai: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organised an exposure visit to Micro Business Enterprises situated in Walvanda, Jawhar – Maharashtra; for the Self-Help Group (SHG) women residing in the slums of Mumbai. Women leaders from different SHGs participated in the exposure visit conducted and held under the aegis of project supported by Don Bosco Mondo, Germany.

The purpose of this exposure visit was to give an opportunity to women to practically experience the working, operations and functioning of a small business by interacting and speaking to the entrepreneurs. The visit to ‘Bosco Samajik Sanstha’ located in Walvanda which is working with tribal SHGs was very enriching. The women witnessed successful models of other women who had turned entrepreneurs through the sale dry fish and drumsticks. This business was started by a SHG and they collect/procure drumsticks from all villages and sell the same in the market.

The participants were very much fascinated and thrilled by the visit and most of them are very excited to start their own small business. 7 staff from DBDS coordinated this exposure visit. “We are certain that at-least a few of our women will start some small scale business in future after completing the entire series of exposure programmes that we have organized for them,” said Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS).






276 FINANCIAL LITERACY SESSION FOR SLUM WOMEN

posted Apr 14, 2018, 7:49 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Apr 14, 2018, 7:49 AM ]

11-Apr-2018, Pune: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) Pune, organized an interactive training session on ‘Savings And Investment Schemes’ for the women in Subhash Nagar slum in Pune. 22 women participated in this training program held under the aegis of ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain.

The objective of this programme was to create awareness on the saving schemes and prevent people from falling prey to Ponzy schemes. Ms. Nilima Chandhare (Trainer-DBDS) welcomed the participants and introduced them to the works of DBDS.

Mr. Nagsen Chavan (Coordinator-DBDS) was the resource person for this training workshop; he explained various ponzy schemes in which people lost their savings such as Speak Asia Online, Royal Twinkle Star Club Ltd, Pearl, Pancard, Samrudha Jivan Yojan, Stock Guru India etc. He also explained how these schemes work and advised them to keep away from such schemes.

In the second part he explained about the investment and insurance schemes such as PPF, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Atal Pension Yojana, Post office small saving schemes etc. Participants were actively involved during the programme. Program ended with vote of thanks by Ms Jyoti Sonwane (Staff - DBDS).




275 ROAD SAFETY AND TRAFFIC RULES SESSION FOR SLUM CHILDREN

posted Apr 11, 2018, 10:31 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Apr 11, 2018, 10:32 AM ]

9-April-2018, Chinchwad (Pune): The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad organized an interactive session on ‘Road Safety and Traffic Rules’ for the children of Khadi Machin slum in Chinchwad. 25 Children participated in this session held under the aegis of ‘Health Risk Reduction’ project supported by AXA Business Services Ltd.

Ms. Lalita Chaudhari (Coordinator - DBDS) introduced the project and shared information about the project with the children. Mr. Devrao Adhav (Police- Mitra) and Mr. Mohan Joshi- (Journalist) were the resource persons for this session. In their talk they covered various DO’s and DON’Ts related to road safety. They laid special emphasises on following points:

• Speed limits, helmet
• Drinking and driving
• Honking, headlight and use of dipper
• Traffic signals, waiting time
• Zebra crossing, speed breakers
• Emergency medical services, etc.

They also educated children on helping victims of road accidents. In case of accidents always call police by dialling numbers: 100 & 103. In the end snacks were served to all the children and Ms. Chaudhari proposed vote of thanks. Mrs. Rajshree Deshkahire (Staff-DBDS) did the logistical arrangement for this session.






274 ROAD SAFETY SESSION FOR SLUM CHILDREN

posted Apr 10, 2018, 10:40 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 10:40 AM ]

7-April-2018, Chinchwad (Pune): The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad organized an interactive session on ‘Road Safety and Traffic Rules’ for the children of Vidya Nagar slum in Chinchwad. 35 Children participated in this session held under the aegis of ‘Health Risk Reduction’ project supported by AXA Business Services Ltd.

Mr. Sachin Pawar (DBDS - Staff.) was the resource persons for this session. In his interactive session, he covered various DO’s and DON’Ts related to road safety and also explained various traffic symbols used in day to day life. He laid special emphasises on following points:

· Speed limits, helmet
· Drinking and driving
· Honking, headlight and use of dipper
· Traffic signals, waiting time
· Zebra crossing, speed breakers
· Emergency medical services, etc.

He also educated children on helping victims of road accidents. In case of accidents always call police by dialling numbers: 100 & 103. After the session snacks were served to all the children and Mrs. Rajshree Deshkahire (staff- DBDS) proposed the vote of thanks at the end of program.






273 HEALTH RISK EDUCATION FOR ADOLESCENT GIRLS IN SLUMS

posted Apr 9, 2018, 10:46 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 10:46 AM ]

6-April-2018, Chinchwad (Pune): The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad organized a health awareness session for the adolescent girls residing in the Mahatma Phule Nagar slums. Around 14 girls participated in the session held under the aegis of “Health Risk Reduction Project” supported AXA Business Services.

Mrs. Sarika Shivaji (Asha Worker- Dattanagar) 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. Vrushali Unhale (DBDS -Staff) did the logistical arrangement for this event and organized girls to participate in this session. The end snacks were served to all the girls.




272 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATIONS

posted Apr 9, 2018, 10:34 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 10:34 AM ]

7-April-2018, Pune: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Pune celebrated International Women’s Day on 7th April 2018 at Anna Bhau Sathe Hall, Yeshwant Nagar (Yerwada). All the women who participated were the beneficiaries of the works done by DBDS in the slums of Pune. Over 187 Women Participated in this Women’s Day Program held under the aegis of ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain.

The event began with lighting of lamp ceremony by eminent guests which included: Dr. Asha Gurjar (Retired Professor & Social Activist) as Chief Guest, Mrs Kalpana Bagul (Businesswomen), Mrs Uma Dhotre (Principal- KMJGV, Pune) Ms. Mangal (PSI - Vishrantwadi Police Station) and Fr. Vincent Rasquinha (Incharge - DBDS, Pune)

Mr. Nagsen Chavan (Coordinator - DBDS) welcomed the guests and all the women participants and spoke about the works of DBDS and how it is making positive impact on the lives of slum women. Ms. Magal (PSI- Vishrantwadi Police Station) spoke about the importance of women’s safety and security and also informed about the measures taken by police in this regards. She announced that the Police are friend of people and they should approach them whenever they are victim of any crime. Mrs Kalpana Bagul (Business Women) spoke about women’s financial independence and financial security. Women should start business and provide support to their family and society and avoid depending on other family members.

Mrs Uma Dhotre (Principal- KMJGV, Pune) shared importance of skill training programs, small scale business, government schemes and policies and how women can benefit from these government schemes. Dr. Asha Gurjar (Retired professor & Social Activist). She shared her vast knowledge and experience to inspire women to be the change agent to empower oneself and others in their neighborhood and also stressed on the need for women to come forward to claim their entitlements under various schemes. Fr. Vincent spoke about women leadership and initiative of social reformation.

Ms. Nilima Chandhare (Trainer - DBDS) performed the anchoring of this event. All the staff members shared the responsibility of this event’s administration and management. Program ended with the vote of thanks by Ms. Jyoti Sonwane (Staff - DBDS)










271 PAINTING AND CRAFT ACTIVITY FOR MORE THAN 275 SLUM KIDS

posted Apr 6, 2018, 1:03 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 1:03 AM ]

Vadodara (Gujarat), 4-April-2018: Don Bosco Roshni organized a painting and craft activity for more than 275 children from the slums of Vadodara (Gujarat). The programme was held under the aegis of ‘Children Education Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain. This activity was held in support classes during 2nd to 4th April, 2018. Children from 13 slums areas who are regular students of the daily support classes participated in this event. 

This activity was conducted to educate children about the usefulness of various plants, understanding shapes and sizes of leaf and to learn decoration and painting using leaves. Children made leaves using colours, they also printed them on paper, and they made ‘Toran’ and various designs and patterns using leaves. Children had lot of fun doing this activity.



















270 ANTI TOBACCO CAMPAIGN FOR YOUTH IN CHINCHWAD

posted Apr 6, 2018, 12:51 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 12:51 AM ]

3-April-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 youth at Ram Nagar slum in Chinchwad. The event was held under the aegis of ‘Health Risk Reduction’ project supported by AXA Business Services Ltd. 

The programme started with the introduction of the resource person by Mr. Sachin Pawar (DBDS- staff). Mr. Sukhdev Ahire (Don Bosco Technical Institute) was the resource person for this workshop. The objective of this workshop was to educate youth on the risky habit of consuming tobacco products and harmful effects to such habits. 16 youths participated in this workshop. Mr. Sukhdev Ahire Covered various topics on composition of tobacco, forms of tobacco, harmful effects on body and mind, oral cancer, lung cancer and many more health problems associated with it. Participants asked many questions which were all answered by the resource person. Mr. Aditya Gujale (DBDS- staff) proposed the vote of thanks at the end of program.





269 AWARENESS SESSION ON ROAD SAFETY AND TRAFFIC RULES FOR SLUM CHILDREN

posted Apr 6, 2018, 12:47 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 12:47 AM ]

4-April-2018, Chinchwad (Pune): The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad organized an interactive session on ‘Road Safety and Traffic Rules’ for the children in Indira Nagar slum in Chinchwad (Pune). 30 Children participated in this session which was held under the aegis of ‘Health Risk Reduction’ project supported by AXA Business Services Ltd.

Mr. Sachin Pawar (DBDS- Staff.) was the resource persons for this session. In his interaction he covered various DO’s and DON’Ts related to road safety. He explained the meaning of various traffic signals, traffic signs and traffic rules to be followed on roads. He also educated children on helping victims of road accidents. In case of accidents always call police by dialing numbers: 100 & 103. Then Mrs. Vrushali Unhale (DBDS-Staff) spoke about health and hygiene. Mrs. Vibhawari Kamble (DBDS- staff) proposed the vote of thanks at the end of program. After the session snacks were served to all the children.





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