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167 INCOME GENERATION SKILLS FOR SLUM WOMEN

posted Nov 17, 2017, 8:26 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 8:26 AM ]

MUMBAI, 17-November-2017: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized a two day workshop on the art of manufacturing ‘Indian Spices and Fancy Candles’ for the women of Self-Help Groups (SHG) from the slums of Mumbai on the 16th & 17th November. This training programme was held under the aegis of ‘Flood Relief Project’ supported by Don Bosco Mondo, Germany.

Ms. Surekha Pednekar (Programme Coordinator - DBDS) welcomed the resource persons Mrs. Ujjwala Dorugade and Mr. Pradeep Moon (Director of Dattopant Thengadi National Board for workers Education & Development). The objective of this training was to impart skill and knowledge on spice making as micro business for supplementary income of the families connected to this project. About 40 women SHG members completed the training.

During the training the participants were taught to make 8 different kinds of spices: Chole Masala, Biryani Masala, Sambhar masala , Malvani Masala, Pav Bhaji Masala, Kolhapuri Masala, Chicken Masala, Fish Curry masala etc. The participants were also taught marketing, costing, budgeting, pricing and branding of product. The participants dedicatedly learnt the skills and were determined to start-up a small business.

“I am grateful to Don Bosco for conducting this workshop and also for giving us the raw material required for this business – FREE of Cost,” said Ms. Vandana Pawar of Self-Help Group. Mrs. Ranjana (DBDS – Staff) along with the DBDS team organized this event; she also proposed the vote of thanks at the end.














166 FREE HEALTH CAMP FOR FLOOD AFFECTED SLUM PEOPLE

posted Nov 17, 2017, 8:16 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 8:16 AM ]

Mumbai – 15-November-2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) conducted a Free Health Camp for the women from the slums of Wadala - more than 154 women & men benefited through this camp. DBDS in association with the Seven Hills Hospital conducted it for the poor and needy people from the slums. This health camp was held under the aegis of ‘Flood Relief Project’ supported by DON BOSCO MONDO, Germany.

Ms. Surekha Pednekar (Programme Coordinator - DBDS) welcomed all the General Physicians, their Para-medical staff and Fr. Diego (Administrator – St. Domnic Savio Church; which was the venue of the Health Camp). During the welcome address she also placed on record her special thanks to Ms. Ranjana and Ms. Anita (Staff - DBDS) for arranging this camp.

The health camp saw ladies visiting in huge numbers as the slums in Bhimwadi and Wadala (East) lack proper public health care services. The Health Camp provided specialised screening and consultation with experts on Dental check - up Naturopathy, Eye check-up, Cancer, Kidney, Heart (cardiac) related problems.

The camp was held in collaboration with the Seven Hills Hospital, Mr. Shushant, Drs. Rohan Jadhav, Neha and Khwaja and their team examined the people during this health camp. People with defective eye-sight were given spectacles at a highly subsidized cost of Rs. 60 to 100 only.

The women were also grateful to Don Bosco and Seven Hills Hospital for offering such a wide range of check-ups free of cost. The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Mrs. Ranjana, who also specially thanked Fr. Diego for the excellent arrangements provided at the venue.













165 A Moment of JOY for the Slum Children

posted Nov 17, 2017, 7:25 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 7:25 AM ]

14th November 2017, Koregaon Park (Pune): Don Bosco Development Society, Pune celebrated Children’s Day with about 90 children who attend the ‘support classes’ in the slums of Pune. The programme was held under the aegis of ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain.

The program was held in the Laxminagar slum. The program started at 3.00 pm and concluded at 6:00 pm. Mrs. Vaishali Pol, Ms. Manisha Vishwkarma,,Mrs. Jacinta Sanglikar, Mrs. Monali Dolas and Mrs. Anita Patekar all the class teachers were present in this program. Children had lot of fun and gala time. They participated in fun games, they had dance performance, singing etc. Everyone was served with snacks and gifts were given to all the children. Children had a memorable day with delightful memories.









164 IMPROVING NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN (Includes Video)

posted Nov 13, 2017, 11:08 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 11:10 PM ]

Mumbai, 11-November-2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized a one-day workshop on ‘Improving Nutritional Status of Women and Children’. 83 slum women from different Self-Help Group (SHG) in Mumbai participated in the workshop, supported by Salesian Pastoral Youth Services, Malta.

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS) said, “In India we have the wonderful Public Distribution System under the Food Security Act. Through this workshop we want to explain to the women from the slums about their entitlements under the Food Security Act; so that they can demand them – and thus no one will ever go hungry”.

Ms. Surekha Pednekar (Programme Coordinator - DBDS) welcomed the resource person, Mr. Mohamed Anees (President - Anna Hakk Parishad). He gave some wonderful insights and detailed information about the Food Security Act in relation to Public Distribution System existing in India. He further explained role and importance of nutrition in health of women and children by elaborating on different types of food to be consumed and to be avoided, which was a new revelation for all the participants.

Mr. Anees also helped the participants to understand practically how they can access their entitlements under the Food Security Act. There were numerous queries raised by the participants which were answered satisfactorily. Mrs. Vaishali Kamble (a participant of the workshop) proposed the vote of thanks for the enriching workshop; thanking DBDS and Salesian Pastoral Youth Services (Malta).






163 DBDS ASSISTING THE UNDER-PRIVILEGED YOUTH

posted Nov 13, 2017, 10:58 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 10:59 PM ]

Mumbai, 11-November-2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) organized an awareness session on addiction for youth in Kaulabunder Slum (Reay road) in Mumbai. 81 youth participated in the workshop which was held in association with Nasha Bandi Mandal and Salam Bombay Foundation.

Mr Sunil Pandhare (Career Coordinator – DBDS) welcomed the resource persons and the participants for the session. He introduced the resource persons and spoke on the menace of growing drug abuse in the society. Mr Nandu Bansode and Ms Sonal Anubhavane (Staff - Nasha Bandi Mandal) along with Mr Vishal Gaikwad from Salam Bombay Foundation lectured on the types of addictions, its ill effects, possible treatment and de-addiction process. 

The resource persons through their sessions also created awareness on prevention and rehabilitation. Major focus was on addiction to smoking, alcohol and chewing tobacco. It was an enlightening session for all the participants. Master Alam Shaikh (a youth participant) proposed the vote of thanks. 





162 REBUILDING LIVES OF SLUM WOMEN: Through income generation skills

posted Nov 8, 2017, 9:21 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 8, 2017, 9:21 AM ]

MUMBAI , 8-November-2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized a two days training workshop on ‘Indian Spices and Fancy candle Making Business’ on 6th and 7th November 2017 for the Self-Help Group (SHG) women from Dharavi slum in Mumbai . This training programme was held under the aegis of ‘Flood Relief Project’ supported by Don Bosco Mondo, Germany.

Ms. Surekha Pednekar (Programme Coordinator - DBDS) welcomed the resource person. The objective of this training was to impart skill and knowledge on spice making & Fancy candle making as micro business for supplementary income of the families connected to this project. 40 SHG members completed the entire training. The training was held in association with ‘Dattopant Thengadi National Board for workers Education & Development’.

Mrs. Mahimai and Mrs. Ujjwala Dorugade were the resource persons. During the training 12 different kinds of spices and Fancy Candle making were taught to participants. This included Chole Masala, Biryani Masala, Dabheli Masala, Malvani Masala, Pav Bhaji Masala, Kolhapuri Masala, Tanduri Masala,Chicken Masala etc. Participants of the training were selected based on an interview. Mr. Pradeep Moon (Director of Dattopant Thengadi National Board for workers Education & Development) & Mr. M.V. Desai was the resource person for training on marketing, costing, budgeting, pricing and branding of product. The participants dedicatedly learnt the skills and were determined to start-up a small business. Spices and Fancy Candle’s Raw material was also distributed to participants to help them in starting their business.

“I was affected by the recent flood and heavy rains thereafter. I learnt new income generation skills here. I am grateful to Don Bosco and hopefully with this skill of Spices & Fancy Candle Making I will be able to generate some income for my family,” said Mrs. Sanjeevani Kharatmol. Mrs. Kavita Kamble (DBDS – Staff) along with the DBDS team organized this event; she also proposed the vote of thanks at the end.






161 FREE HEALTH CAMP FOR FLOOD AFFECTED SLUM PEOPLE

posted Nov 7, 2017, 3:42 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 3:46 AM ]


Mumbai, 4th-October-2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized a “FREE HEALTH CAMP” for the people residing in the slums of Kurla. 270 people including women, men and children benefited from this free camp, this health camp was held under the aegis of ‘Flood Relief Project’ supported by Don Bosco Mondo, Germany.

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS) visited the Health Camp and shared that, “the objective of this camp is to provide free medical help to flood affected families so that they can rebuild their lives.” Ms. Surekha Pednekar (Programme Coordinator - DBDS) welcomed all the General Physicians and their Para-medical staff.

The camp was held in collaboration with MUMBAI SMILES FOUNDATION & Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Drs. Jayendra Gawade, Shrutika Gawade, Naresh and their team examined the people during this health camp. Patients underwent examinations such as Blood Pressure Examination, Sugar Level Examination, Skin Examination & Eye Checked etc. People with defective eye-sight were given spectacles at a highly subsidized cost of 60 to 100 Rs. only.

Fifteen women 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. Sujaya Shetty. Ms. Zarina Khan (DBDS – Staff) along with the DBDS team organized this Health camp; she also proposed the vote of thanks at the end.












160 Five-Days Training for Slum Women

posted Nov 4, 2017, 8:32 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 4, 2017, 8:32 PM ]

Chinchwad (Pune), 31-October-2017: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad organized a five days training workshop on ‘Indian Spice and Pickle Making Business’ from 26th to 31st October 2017 for the Self-Help Group (SHG) women from Ramnagar Nagar slum in Chinchwad. This training programme was held under the aegis of ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by AXA Business Services Pvt Ltd.

The objective of this training was to impart skill and knowledge on spice making as micro business for supplementary income of the families connected to this project. 20 SHG members completed the entire training. The training was held in association with ‘Kasturba Mahila Khadi Gramodyog Vidyalaya’ which is a government recognized training institution.

Mrs. Rajani Attatde (Sr. Technical staff) and Mrs. Lalita Mahajan (Jr. Technical staff) were the resource persons. During the training 15 different kinds of spices and Pickle making were taught to participants. This included Tea masala, Biryani masala, kanda lasun masala, Sunday Masala, Malvani Masala, Pav bhaji Masala, Lemon-chili Pickle, Lemon Sweet Pickle, Karela Pickle and Imlee Pickle etc. Participants of the training were selected based on an interview. Mr. Mohan Dusane (Sub-Marketing Management) was the resource person for training on marketing, costing, budgeting, pricing and branding of product.





159 VISIT TO CHECK DAM SITE AT PIMPALGAONKAUDA

posted Nov 2, 2017, 9:08 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 2, 2017, 9:08 AM ]


Construction of five checkdams at Khandke Supa Site was the joint venture of Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra, Tata Power Community Development Trust and the villagers. The result is stupendous. All the nearby wells and bore wells are fully recharged. People in the villages are very happy because their drinking water problem has been solved. The newly elected Sarpanch (Mr. Dhawale) of the village Pimpalgaonkauda, the Headmaster of the village school (Mr. Ingle), Mr. Vishwas Sonawale (Associate TPCDT), Fr. George D’abreo (Director BGVK) and the villagers visited the dam site at Pimpalgaon Kauda on 1st of October2017. The villagers are very greatful to TPCDT and BGVK for their humanitarian work



158 FREE HEALTH CAMP FOR FLOOD AFFECTED SLUM PEOPLE (Includes Video)

posted Nov 1, 2017, 8:20 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 8:21 AM ]

Mumbai, 31-October-2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized a free health camp that benefited 110 women patients from the slums of Antop Hill & Wadala. This health camp was held in association with Raheja Hospital and Jyoti Polyclinic. This health camp was held under the aegis of ‘Flood Relief Project’ supported by Don Bosco Mondo, Germany.

Ms. Surekha Pednekar (Programme Coordinator - DBDS) welcomed all the General Physicians and their Para-medical staff. Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS) inaugurated the Health Camp and shared that, “the objective of this camp is to provide free medical help to flood affected families so that they can rebuild their lives.”

A medical team of 6 including General Physicians and their para-medical staff examined 110 women patients, about 30 women were identified to be diabetic patients. Sharing his experience Dr. Ashok Mishra said, “No major illnesses were found but there are cases of skin problem, cold, joints pain, low Blood Pressure, etc.” Free medicines were distributed and women with serious illness were referred to the Raheja Hospital for further treatment at highly subsidized cost.










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