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295 SUMMER CAMP FOR SLUM CHILDREN

posted May 9, 2018, 9:50 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated May 9, 2018, 9:50 AM ]
Mumbai, 8-May-2018: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized five summer camps for the children from the slums of Mumbai from 13-April 2018 to 8-May-2018. More than 200 children between the age group of 8 to 15 years participated in these summer camps, which focused on “Educational and Health awareness to Children” and supported by Don Bosco Mondo, Germany.

During this period various activities were conducted for the children drawing, playing games and singing songs. The children also were able to participate in some education sessions, such as “our green neighbors”, health and hygiene, good touch/ bad touch, dance movement therapy and drug addiction in which they gained some knowledge in this topic, but also how to apply it in their everyday lives. The karate session also was very special for the children. In this session they learned how they can defend themselves.

DBDS also organized a picnic for these slum children. In total 130 persons (children and staff included) went to see the Nehru Planetarium in Worli, Mumbai. The children also visited the museum center and participated in the 1 hour show. In the show the children learned something about the stars, the moon and planets. After the show the group went to the hanging garden to have lunch and most important, to enjoy the wonderful garden and to have some time for playing games.

On the 8th of May, the summer camp ended with a big celebration around 200 children participated in it. Mrs. Surekha Pednekar (Project Officer-DBDS) started the celebration with a warm welcome to the children, staff and volunteers. After that, Fr. Manuel Murzello (Provincial Economer) and Fr. Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director-DBDS) empowered the children with an encouraging speech. Some of the children were honored with a prize for special activity in the summer camp. In the following, the children had some time to dance, play games and also taking lunch together.

Throughout the summer camp the children were able to gain some knowledge in the area of their own environment, in taking care of their health and in how to behave when taking part in a group of others. In the smiles, which were visible on the faces of these children, one could truly see their happiness, they enjoyed the games very much. When the sessions began, the children all were very excited, motivated and willing to learn something new.

To sum it up, this year’s summer camps were a great way to give the slum children an enjoyable time of their summer vacation.