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098 - Vocational Education for BMC Night Schools

posted by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated ]

Mumbai, July 2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Matunga successfully completed a Vocational Education Program for more than 400 night school children from Mumbai. This project was in collaboration with MASOOM organization and commenced on 03-October-2016 in 17 night schools run by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The vocational education program included: Electrician, Mobile Repairing, Beautician and 2-3 wheeler repairing. Night Schools which operate in the evening between 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, to serve the migrant / working class population were the venues where these skills were imparted.

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive director – DBDS) specially thanked Mr. Royal D’souza and the entire outreach department of DBCL, Kurla (Mumbai) for supporting DBDS team in the implementation of this project. DBDS staff conducted this program twice a week for two hours each, in all the 17 night schools. Students were motivated and also eager to learn new skills. In addition to the experience this program will also provide the students with an extra income through DBDS placement assistance in the respective fields.

Through this program, school dropout and unemployed youth got a chance to equip themselves with employable skills and those who were already working got a chance to upgrade their pre-existing skills. Another positive result of the vocational education program was that it saw an increase in the regular attendance of the night schools.

097 - Food Security Awareness Workshop in Mumbai

posted Jul 18, 2017, 4:03 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Jul 18, 2017, 4:03 AM ]

096 - An Opportunity to Earn an Extra Income for the Slum Women

posted Jul 18, 2017, 4:00 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Jul 18, 2017, 4:00 AM ]

Chinchwad (Pune) July 2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad organized an intense 5 days training workshop on ‘Phenyl, washing powder and liquid soap making Business’ from 4th to 8th July 2017 for the women Self-help Group members from the slums in Chinchwad. This training programme was held under the aegis of ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by AXA Business Services Pvt Ltd. 20 women successfully completed the entire training module.

The main objective of this event was that the women from the slums learn some skills and use them for earning an extra income for their household. Mrs. Lalita Mahajan (Jr. Technical staff), Mrs. Ramni Pillay (Sr. Technical staff) from Kasturba Mahila Khadi Gramodyog Vidyalaya, Pune and Mr. Tirandaj (Sub-Marketing Management), Bank Of Maharashtra were the resource person for the training.

Over a period of full 5 days, the women were taught different types of products: White & Black Phenyl, Dish Liquid, Washing /detergent powder, Hand wash and Toilet Cleaner. The resource persons also taught how small investment in this business can help them in earning income as it is a fast moving product. The training programme was well appreciated by the participants and many of them promised to try this business with little capital.

095 - Community Awareness on Child Abuse

posted Jul 18, 2017, 3:55 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Jul 18, 2017, 3:55 AM ]

Pune, July 2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Pune organized a community awareness session on child abuse at Saint Gadgebaba Maharaj slum in Koregaon Park (Pune) for the women from the slum. The main objective of this program was to create awareness on growing child abuse in cities – especially girl child. The event was held under the aegis of ‘Women Empowerment Project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain.

Mrs Archana and Mrs Devika were the resource persons from an NGO called Alochana Sanstha. The session dealt with the vulnerability of children to sexual harassment, types of sexual harassment, crime, etc. The resource people gave further insights on how women can protect their children from these kind of abuses.

A short film on a minor girl’s harassment was also screened. They also explained about the child helpline no.1098 for the immediate help and services available on this helpline number. There were number of queries raised by the women and important discussion was carried out. All the participants went back enriched and resolved to protect the children from abuse and trafficking.

094 - Door to Door Cataract and Diabetes check-up Camp

posted Jul 8, 2017, 5:42 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Jul 8, 2017, 5:43 AM ]

Pune, 4th July 2017:
Don Bosco Development Society, Pune organized a door to door Cataract and diabetes check-up camp for the senior citizens. This camp was organized under the aegis of ‘women empowerment project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain. The objective of this camp was to detect cataract and diabetic people in the slum of Tadiawala road in Pune. 

This camp was conducted in association with H. V. Desai Eye Hospital Pune. Over 66 senior citizens were screened free of cost in their homes. 30 people were detected suffering from Cataract and Diabetes. All of them will be treated for Cataract free of cost in H.V Desai Hospital

093 - Financial Planning Literacy for SHG women

posted Jul 8, 2017, 5:36 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Jul 8, 2017, 5:36 AM ]

Pune, July 2017:
Don Bosco Development Society, Pune organized a ‘financial planning literacy’ workshop for SHG women from Tempo Chowk slum. 43 ladies participated in this workshop which was organized under the aegis of ‘women empowerment project’ supported by Manos Unidas, Spain.

The workshop covered following 4 topics:

1) Thumb rules on saving and investment
2) Ponzi Schemes, Time value of Money, interest rates, Compounding, Discounting
3) Investing in Small saving schemes to meet Financial Goals
4) Life insurance, risk cover, health insurance and investment in insurance products

The workshop brought to the notice of participants the kind of financial discipline they require and plan they needs to make to achieve their financial goals. In a world where inflation is eating away the purchasing power of money, it is necessary that savings are invested in an instrument which gives better returns. A small and regular amount invested in a right instrument will create wealth for the investor. Schemes like Public Provident Fund is an excellent scheme for long term goals, Sukanya Samruddhi Yojana is an excellent scheme for girls upto 10 years of age to fund their higher education and marriage.

The session on small saving schemes gave them the knowledge of the various saving schemes run by post offices and how saving in these schemes can create wealth for them. The session on insurance gave them knowledge of the health insurance schemes and difference between risk coverage and investment in insurance. The workshop ended on a positive note where people invited the trainer to hold such sessions for their communities. People were motivated to start investing in small savings to meet their financial goals.


posted Jul 8, 2017, 5:24 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Jul 8, 2017, 5:24 AM ]

Pune, 7th July 2017
: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) promoted Self-help Group (SHG) women at Pune and Chinchwad to participate in the CSR event organized by AXA Business Services at their Pune Office. SHGs sold their products worth `10,100/- and earned a profit of more than ` 5,000 in one day. All the women who are part of these SHGs are from the slums of Pune and Chinchwad.

The event opened at 11.00 am and went on till 7.00 pm. AXA employees and employees from other nearby companies purchased the items produced by the SHGs. They specially liked the spices and liquid soap produced by SHGs. All the women expressed that “it was their first experienced and thanked AXA business services for providing this opportunity which has encouraged them to go ahead.” 

Mrs Ranjana Torane (Project Co-coordinator, DBDS) and Mr Nagsen Chavan (Business Trainer, DBDS) along with other Don Bosco staff participated in this AXA event and arranged facilities for the SHG members.

091 - Women in Jalna drive Panchayat to stop Liquor sale in the Village

posted Jul 8, 2017, 5:17 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Jul 8, 2017, 5:17 AM ]

Jalna, 5th July 2017:
The women who are the beneficiaries of the project run by Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra (BGVK) in Dhoksal village stop illicit sale of liquor in their village. It is a village which is 15 kms from Mantha Taluka in Jalna district of Maharashtra. All the women are part of the Self-help Group (SHG) managed by BGVK (a Don Bosco institute) for the last 6 years and were are also part of the rural development project run by BGVK in the 60 villages of the region.

Under the able guidance of Mrs. Rekha Shirgole (Project coordinator of BGVK in Jalna) an application was drafted and was submitted to taluka police station. SHG women along with the village Sarpanch took a Morcha (protest) to the police station. The application to ban the liquor was accepted by Sarpanch and immediately action was taken the very next day to stop the liquor sale in the village.

The transport facility available in this village is very poor. There is only one bus that comes once in a day to this village. The closest town for their daily needs is 15 km away i.e. Mantha. People have to find their own means of transport to reach this place. There is one Anganwadi and a primary school in the village without secondary school. For the last 8 years, two liquor shops situated on the village roads were causing lot of inconvenience and disturbance in families of the alcoholics.

The young girls and women found it extremely difficult to frequent to the schools and colleges due to the harassment from these alcoholics. Several times it was brought to the notice of the elders of the village but it fell on deaf ears. During the meeting of Don Bosco managed SHG the issue was discussed and immediately the action to ban the sale of the liquor in the village was taken.

The villagers were very happy at their achievement and expressed their heartfelt thanks to BGVK for constant efforts in making their village a better place to live.


posted Jul 1, 2017, 9:18 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Jul 1, 2017, 9:18 AM ]

089 - World Environment Day Celebrated with Children’s Rally

posted Jul 1, 2017, 9:14 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Jul 1, 2017, 9:14 AM ]

Pune, 24th June 2016:
Don Bosco Development Society, Pune organized a rally to create awareness on conserving environment under the aegis of ‘women empowerment project’ supported by Manos Undida, Spain. Over 100 school children from Moze Primary Marathi School, Yerwada participated in the rally.

The school children gathered in the community at 10.30am carrying placards with messages on creating awareness to save, preserve and conserve environment. School children urged people to save water, keep environment clean, save trees, stop using polythene bags etc.

Children were very excited to participate in the rally. The rally passed through various streets of Yerwada spreading the message to save environment along with their teachers. People from the slum also joined the rally to make it participatory and to reach out to more citizens.

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