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875 AXA Project: Anti-Tobacco Awareness Session at Khadi Machine Slum

posted Nov 30, 2019, 10:07 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 30, 2019, 10:08 PM ]

Chinchwad (Pune), 29-Nov-2019: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad organized a health awareness session at Khadi Machine slum. 55 people participated in the session held under the aegis of ‘Health Risk Reduction Project’ supported AXA Business Services.

Dr. Narayan Jaibhay from PCMC hospital was the resource person for this session. The objective of this workshop was to educate people on the risky habit of consuming tobacco products and harmful effects of such habits. Dr. Jaibhay covered various topics such as composition of tobacco, forms of tobacco, harmful effects on body and mind, oral cancer, lung cancer and many more health problems associated with consuming tobacco. 

This was followed by question and answer session in which ladies asked many questions related to their tobacco chewing habit. The questions were all answered by the resource person. Mrs. Rajshree Deshkhire (Staff-DBDS) did the logistical arrangement for this session and organized women to participate in this session. The session ended with the vote of thanks by Mrs. Sarika Kadam (Staff-DBDS). After the session snacks were served to all.






874 Tuberculosis & Cancer Check-Up Camp in Indira Nagar Slum

posted Nov 30, 2019, 10:00 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 30, 2019, 10:03 PM ]

Chinchwad (Pune), 27-Nov-2019: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad organized a free tuberculosis and cancer check-up camp for the residents of Indira Nagar slum in Chinchwad. 140 (82 women, 20 Male and 38 children) people were examined by the medical team in this camp held under the aegis of ‘Health Risk Reduction’ project supported by AXA Business Services.

Ms. Lalita Chaudhari (Coordinator- DBDS) welcomed the doctors and their paramedical staff. Dr. Kaustubh Vilas and his team from Indrayani Hospital and Dr. Sanyukta Mahadik and her team from the Cancer Institute, Alandi examined the patients. T.B and oral cancer detection tests were done for all patients.

Six patients with tuberculosis were identified in this camp. Medicines for the people with illness were distributed free. Few patients were also referred to Indrayani Hospital & YCM Hospital for further treatment. Mrs. Rajshree Deshkhire (Staff-DBDS) did all the logistical arrangement and canvassing for this health camp.










873 MGL Disha Project: Edutainment for 234 slum kids

posted Nov 30, 2019, 9:46 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 30, 2019, 9:46 PM ]

Mumbai, 19-Nov-2019: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) organized an Edutainment (Education with Entertainment) trip to Nehru Planetarium and Nehru Science centre at Worli for 234 slum children who attend the daily remedial classes under the aegis of ‘MGL Disha Project’ supported by Mahanagar Gas Limited.

The trip was arranged on two different days for better facilitation. First trip was on 21-Nov with 118 students and second trip on 23-Nov with 116 students. The children first visited Nehru Planetarium Centre in morning where they gained knowledge on how planets work and the discovery of India. Students were given breakfast, lunch and snacks.

In afternoon, the students visited Nehru Science Centre in which the students experienced and enjoyed the basic principles and marvels of science & technology. Children gained knowledge on planets, science & technology and they were motivated towards the study of scientific phenomena. Students were given a booklet during this trip. Ms Surekha Pednekar (Project Officer-DBDS) supervised this entire event.















872 Women Entrepreneur’s form the slums interact with the Deputy Collector of Vadodara City

posted Nov 30, 2019, 9:39 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 30, 2019, 9:40 PM ]

Vadodara (Gujarat), 14-Nov-2019: Don Bosco organized an interactive session between the Deputy Collector and women entrepreneurs to introduce their product and business to the government functionaries. During the interaction women explained their business and also displayed their products. They also gave a sample of their products to the deputy collector and other government officers who were present at the occasion.

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – Don Bosco Development Society) said, “That this event was held to promote more and more women entrepreneurs from the slums of Vadodara – in order to enhance their spice making business.” This event was held under the aegis of ‘Spice making and marketing project’ supported by MIX FOR KIDS e.v., Germany.








871 MGL Disha Project: Free Health Camp in Saki Naka

posted Nov 30, 2019, 9:36 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 30, 2019, 9:36 PM ]

Mumbai, 20-Nov-2019: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), organized a free health camp for the residents of 90-feet road slum at Sakinaka. 162 patients (6 children, 37 men and 119 women) were examined by the medical team in this camp which was held under the aegis of ‘MGL Disha Project’ supported by Mahanagar Gas Limited.

Ms. Zarina Khan (Staff-DBDS) welcomed the doctors and their Para-medical staff. The objective of this health camp was to provide needed medical care to patients. Patients were screened for vision problem and anaemia using a symptoms questionnaire. Dr Dinesh Badani, Dr. Smita Trivedi along with 2 Nurses and 2 Medical Social workers examined the patients during this health camp. The doctors distributed iron, vitamin tablets and skin ointment to patients who were anaemic and suffering from skin infections.

The DBDS staff and volunteers from the slum were extremely helpful in logistical arrangements such as putting up 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 MGL and DBDS. Mr. Shakil Ahmed (volunteer) proposed the vote of thanks at the end.






870 MGL Disha Project: Income Generation Training in Mahim (West)

posted Nov 30, 2019, 9:33 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 30, 2019, 9:33 PM ]

Mumbai, 15-Nov-2019: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized a two days training workshop on 14th and 15th November on ‘Cooking & Snacks Making Skills’ for women residing at Ramgad slum in Mahim (West). This training was held under the aegis of ‘MGL Disha Project’ supported by Mahanagar Gas Limited. 

The objective of this training was to impart skills and knowledge on micro business for supplementary income to the families connected to this project. 28 women completed the entire training. Mrs. Vidhya Agawane was the resource person. During the training 8 different kinds of Nutritious recipes were taught to the participants. These included Fasting Vada, Kothambir Vadi, Vegetable Pizza, Suji Kachori, Poha Pakoda, Rava Kachori, Rava Chatpata Nasta, Raagi Dhosa etc. Participants of the training were selected based on an interview.

After this training Ms. Surekha Pednekar (Project Officer-DBDS) held a session on marketing, costing, budgeting, pricing and branding of product. Spices Raw material was also distributed to participants to help them in starting their business. After the training the Participants thanked MGL for supporting this training. Ms. Kavita Kamble (Staff-DBDS) proposed the vote of thanks.




869 MGL Disha Project: Income Generation Training for Slum Women

posted Nov 30, 2019, 9:30 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 30, 2019, 9:30 PM ]

Mumbai, 15-Nov-2019: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized a two days training workshop on 14th and 15th November on ‘Apron Making skills’ for the Self-Help Group (SHG) women residing in Ashok Nagar slum in Ghatkoper (West). The training was held under the aegis of ‘MGL Disha Project’ supported by Mahanagar Gas Limited.

The objective of this training was to impart skills and knowledge on micro business for supplementary income to the families connected to this project. 44 SHG women completed the entire training. Mr. Rajesh Mandvekar (Supervisor from J. K. Garment) was the resource person. During the training different kinds of Aprons were taught to participants. Participants of the training were selected based on an interview.

The trainer also conducted session on marketing, costing, budgeting, pricing and branding of product. Ms. Zarina Khan (Staff-DBDS) mobilized women to attend the training programme.







868 MGL Disha Project: Workshop on Financial Goals and Investment

posted Nov 30, 2019, 9:26 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 30, 2019, 9:26 PM ]

Mumbai, 16-Nov-2019: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized a training on ‘Investment Planning’ for women from low income group residing at Ganesh Mandir slum in Ashok Nagar (Ghatkoper). 62 women participated in this workshop which was organized under the aegis of ‘MGL Disha Project’ supported by Mahanagar Gas Limited.

Mr. Dinesh Dedhia (Public Relation Inspector) and Mr. Salve from Mahim post office were the resource persons for the training. The workshop focused on the saving and investment behaviour of people. They urged the participants to save money and invest smartly so that they could have good returns from the investments. Ms. Zarina Khan (Staff-DBDS) proposed the vote of thanks.





867 ANTI-TOBACCO CAMPAIGN: Health Awareness Session in Bandra

posted Nov 30, 2019, 9:23 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 30, 2019, 9:23 PM ]

Mumbai, 13-Nov-2019: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized an awareness and interactive session on ‘Harmful Effects of Tobacco and Gutkha chewing’ for the children of Shastri Nagar slum in Bandra (West). 45 children participated in this session held under the aegis of ‘MGL Disha Project’ supported by Mahanagar Gas Limited.

Ms. Safiya Khan (Part-time teacher) welcomed the participants and resource person. Ms. Kavita Kamble (Staff-DBDS) was the resource person for this session. The objective of this session was to educate children on the risky habit of consuming tobacco products and harmful effects of such habits. She informed children about the harmful effects of tobacco and not to consume tobacco in life. She also replied to the questions of the children. Ms. Mahejabeen (Part-time teacher) proposed the vote of thanks.




866 MGL Disha Project: Environmental Awareness Session in Wadala (East)

posted Nov 30, 2019, 9:21 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 30, 2019, 9:21 PM ]

Mumbai, 15-Nov-2019: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized an awareness session on ‘Environmental Pollution and Control’ for women residing in Panchasheel Nagar slum in Wadala (East). 40 women participated in this session which was organized under the aegis of ‘MGL Disha Project’ supported by Mahanagar Gas Limited.

Mr. Sunil Pandhare (Staff- DBDS) welcomed everyone. Ms. Surekha Pednekar (Project Officer- DBDS) was the resource person for the program. The objective of this workshop was to make people aware about clean fuel like Compress Natural Gas (CNG), renewal energy resources, pollution and health hazards due to pollution. The participants asked many questions which were answered by the resource person. The workshop ended with vote of thanks by Ms. Nanda Pawar (Volunteer).




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