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posted Dec 23, 2017, 8:03 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Dec 23, 2017, 8:12 AM ]
Mumbai (Matunga), 23-Dec-2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) celebrated the ‘Children's Festival 2017’ with 380 poor children from the slums of Mumbai. All the children were sons and daughters of the women from the self-help groups – who are beneficiaries of DBDS Slum Project. It was a whole day event with the theme of ‘Celebrating Childhood’. Apart from all the games and fun, attractive prizes and sumptuous meals; the children were also drilled into health and hygiene.

Dignitaries present for the occasion were Fr Manuel Murzello (Provincial Economer), Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS), Mr Jayesh Chandan (President of Don Bosco past-pupils – Matunga) and Ms Suhani Mendonca. The celebrations began with a prayer lead by a girl from the slum of Dharavi.

Fr Rolvin in his speech specially thanked Ms Suhani for sponsoring the breakfast for the children and the Past-pupils unit of Matunga for sponsoring the lunch and attractive prizes for the children. In the various speeches the guests exalted the children to enjoy their childhood and to study well – so that they can have a bright future.

One could witness the hustle and bustle in the air; which was intensified with creative games, songs and dance. “Today we are celebrating Christmas, Diwali and Eid all together for these poor kids and hence we have called it – Children’s Festival,” said Mrs Surekha Pednekar (Coordinator - DBDS)

After the sumptuous lunch and desserts the children put a cultural event with variety of rocking dances and performances. The celebrations ended with ceremonial vote of thanks by DBDS staff. Children went back home with lots of memories which they will cherish throughout their life and of-course with attractive prizes.