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posted Nov 1, 2018, 5:57 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 1, 2018, 5:57 PM ]
Mumbai – 31-Oct-2018: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai succeeded in its efforts to empower more 270 students by imparting skill based training to them. All the students were from the poorest slums of Mumbai; 90% of these students were women. The ‘Graduation Day’ for these students was held on 31st October 2018 at Don Bosco Matunga, Mr. Nishant Kumar Sinha (CSR Manager - Mahanagar Gas Limited) was the chief guest for the same.

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS) welcomed the guests and audience. Speaking on the occasion he encouraged students to set high goals and make strategy to achieve them. Along with Mr Sinha, the other dignitaries present on the occasion were Mrs. Asmita Bhosale (Assistant Commissioner of Police) and Ms. Suhani Mendonca.

Different courses like Spoken English, Basic Computers, Tally, Beauty Culture (hair and skin) and Tailoring were conducted from July 2018 to October 2018. Each course was for the duration of 2 to 3 months, designed to help the students to earn their livelihood. The program began with the small DBDS video presentation in the Bianchi Hall at the Don Bosco International School.

Mr. Nishant Kumar encouraged the students with his motivational speech – he emphasised especially on using the skills that they have learned. Mrs. Asmita Bhosale (Assistant Commissioner of Police) 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 on social media. Ms. Suhani Mendonca expressed her joy in seeing so many beautiful women present for the function and in addressing the gathering she narrated her journey of life and her struggles in becoming an ‘independent women’ – which inspired everyone.

“Thanks to DBDS, I was able to learn tailoring completely free of cost. Today it had helped me to start a small tailoring shop near my home,” said Miss Samiksha Jadhav (Student – DBDS). 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.