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084 - DBDS Caters to 1301 Students through Vocational Skills

posted Jun 13, 2017, 12:34 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Jun 13, 2017, 12:46 AM ]
Mumbai – 10th June 2016:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai succeeded in its efforts to empower 1,301 people by imparting skill based training (government and non-government courses). All the students were from the poorest slums of Mumbai; 90% of these students were women. The 4th Graduation Day of the year in which 249 students were certified was held on 10th June 2017 at Don Bosco Matunga, Mrs. N. Ambika (Deputy Commissioner of Police) was the chief guest for the same.

Different courses like spoken English, basic computers, Tally, beauty culture (hair and skin), Mehandi and tailoring were conducted from June 2016 to May 2017. Each course with duration of 2 to 3 months designed to help the students earn their livelihood. The program began with a short prayer service at the Bianchi Hall in the Don Bosco International School Building. Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS) welcomed the gathering; he then encouraged all the students to use various skills that they have learned and earn some income for their families.

Mrs Ambika expressed her joy in seeing so many women being empowered through these skills. She further added the need of being a responsible citizens and how especially the youth ought to be more responsible. Fr Manuel Murzello (Provincial Economer) then spoke about the life of Don Bosco and how from a small beginning the works of Don Bosco are spread across the globe today.

The program ended with a short entertainment and cultural show put up by the students. It also included a display of the various things learned by them in their training period. The students went back home refreshed by the snacks and enriched by the training.