Dear Donors / Benefactors/ Well Wishers,
Wishing you and all your family members a very happy 2013.
May this new year bring you
LOVE, PEACE and JOY.
Shelter Don Bosco, as part of its Silver Jubilee celebrations, organised a "Gratitude Day" on the 16th December 2012.
On March 8, Shelter Don Bosco boys along with the
staff marched towards Dongri children home for ’the Holi celebrations. Shelter boys
armed themselves with colors and snacks for the boys in children’s home.
The staff there gave us a warm welcome. The highlight of the day was a narrated
history about the myth and meaning of the celebration. Then the riot of colors
of various hues and shades took over. The boys enjoyed themselves by coloring
the faces of the staff members and their friends. Almost 30 kg of colour was used for
celebration, which was sponsored. Along with colors, the boys also tuned
themselves to the music in spontaneous dancing. After hours of playing and
dancing, the boys and the staff were provided with snacks and soft drinks.
The boys thoroughly enjoyed this celebration. It was a well planned event with
prior permissions taken from the competent authorities. This is one of the
strategic moves to network with the NGOs working for the children/ youth at
risk to arrive at our common goal, the holistic welfare of the youth/ children
On March 5, 2012 Don Bosco BAL Prafulta
Talash Staff encountered Master Rajendra Kumar, 13 and Master Ajay Kumar, 16
from Chhattisgarh at CST at 11:00 am. Don Bosco BAL Prafulta contacted Shelter
Don Bosco for the residential care for three days. After counseling by the
staff, family was contacted through mobile.
Master Rajendra Kumar son of Mr.
Gorelal, 38 (farmer) and Master Ajay Kumar attended a wedding in the village (vikrampur).
During which they followed the instructions of an anonymous person and later found
themselves at CST.
On March 7, 2012, after counseling the
children and the parents at Shelter Don Bosco. Master Rajendra Kumar was handed
over to his parents. Master Ajay Kumar
Is referred to Vikrampur children’s home in Chhattisgarh, since it seems he is an
‘German clowns without borders ‘–
an international group – had its origins in Spain in 1993 and in Germany in
2005. Their mission is to spread happiness where ever possible. They bring smiles
and laughter to the children and adults in need, especially the
underprivileged. This group of 7 (Andrea, Stephen, Alex, Georgia, Christina,
Herbert and Monfret) visited Sri Lanka, Thailand Romania, Georgia and now for
the first time- India. In Mumbai they
conducted a workshop at Dharavi.
On March 4, 2012 Shelter boys had
a two hour workshop between 10am-12pm. The objective of the workshop was to
teach the boys entertainment skills of a clown.
These ‘German Clowns without Borders’ were very efficient in captivating
the boys with their talents. The workshop included juggling, sound effects, and
actions, reflections, spinning plates and some skills and behaviors of a clown.
Boys participated whole heartedly with a lot of joy and enthusiasm. Boys were divided in five groups and rotated
every fifteen minutes from place to place.
Later in the afternoon, these
clowns put up an hour’s performance, entertaining the crowd with their
juggling, miming, music, clowning, singing, magic tricks etc. They brought in a
lot of joy and laughter. Fr Savio Silveira graced the occasion with his
presence. Parishioners from ‘Our Lady of Dolours and people from neighboring
slums were also present.
Indeed, it was a memorable day
all thanks to the initiative of Fr Savio Silveria and the group ‘German clowns
ladies from VDU, Germany visited Shelter Don Bosco on March 2 at 9:30 am in the
morning to have a glance at TDH (TERRES
DES HOMMES) work In Shelter. They were the delegates from TdH office
ladies were welcomed in an Indian traditional way with a Tikka and Aarti at the
Shelter entrance by the Shelter medical staff. Boys performed a mime showing
the various activities of shelter and entertained the guests with a thrilling
dance. The sixty were divided into 3 groups, and were showed the various places
and departments. The orientation on the Shelter activities was given with the
help of a Power Point presentation. Queries
were efficiently cleared by shelter Don Bosco staff after the PPT Presentation.
President of VDU highlighted three points appreciating Shelter, first, freewill
of boys, second work of parents done by Shelter and third work done by just
eleven staff (which is less). They also contributed a small donation and assured to raise funds from Germany. They
also purchased lot of articles prepared by the boys who made a good sale for
the hobby centre.
On Sunday February 26, at 10 am, a memory enhancing skills
session was organized for shelter boys in order to sharpen memory skills and
abilities of the boys. The resource person for this session was Mr. Sushant
Mysorekar, Memory mentor at Brain Rhyme. It was the initiative of Mrs. Sujata
Shetty an ex-staff of shelter (counselor) who arranged this event for the boys.
Mr. Mysorekar said that there is a system and a method to
study. When it’s time to study, study well and when time to play, play well. He
also differentiated the functions of right and left brain. Left side of the
brain does the logical work and right side picturization, thinking, sound and the
emotions. He highlighted three points for personality smartness first,
attention/focus, second, imagination/picturization and third memory/ mind.
The resource person with the help of power point presented
various techniques to enhance memory skills It is not just mugging up the
syllabus but take the following steps to understand the syllabus
Imagining should be absurd and
Colors play an important role in
Creative visualization of the
Add senses to your imagination.
Emotions make the association
Connect in sequential manner (two at
7. Put yourself wherever possible
It was an interactive session. Mr. Mysorekar brought out
responses from the boys by making them to imagine what they are studying. Lot
of excitement and eagerness was shown by the boys by their doubts in between
the session. Thanks to Mrs. Shetty for making this happen for the welfare of
On February 21, 2012 Mr. Kartik Jambhulkar, first year
student from TISS (Tata institute of social science) arranged a Career Guidance
session for shelter boys at 6:30 pm in the shelter hall. Mr. Vaibhav Pagare,
social worker and founder of Pagare Foundation was the resource person for the
session. Boys above fourteen from shelter attended the session.
Mr. Pagare in his talk brought out that, education is the
base to make a successful career. Identifying the interest in the process of
career has to be given priority. The need to career planning is very
important for a successful life. Mr. Pagare made use of the PowerPoint
presentation to educate the boys towards a better career. He also made the boys
aware of the career courses available in the reputed colleges and institutes.
Boys showed their thirst towards making their career with their queries and
doubts. Mr. Pagare cleared the queries of the boys efficiently. Arts stream was
highlighted, showing the career possibilities in various field as the shelter
college boys are mainly arts students.
Thanks to Mr. Jambhulkar for his initiative in arranging the
career guidance session for the shelter boys.
Raho Mai Diklai Prabhu Ka Jyothit naam, Don Bosco, Don Bosco azar amar wo naam”
these were the words that echoed during the whole month and especially during
the novena of the Saint. On January 20, at 10:00 am the Inugration for the
novena took place with a short prayer service. Staff were allotted a day to
animate the day’s Novena for boys at 11:00 am. Each day was animated according
to a specific topic like Loyalty, love, holiness, call to holiness etc from Don
Bosco’s life. Boys were divided into four teams and were named Rua, Bosco,
Savio and Magonne. Apart from the spirituality there was football, volleyball, cricket,
hockey tournaments, essay and drawing competition. Boys enjoyed every bit of
the tournament as there was a lot of fun and frolic. Prayer and entertainment
blended together during the Novena.
feast day Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. William Falcao (Rector) in the
Shelter hall along with the shelter staff and boys. The Holy Eucharist was
trilingual. The Eucharist was well animated by boys with the introduction,
Reading, Prayer of the faithful and singing. The written petitions of the boys
from the basket were burnt during the Prayer of the Faithful. Fr. Rector in his
sermon highlighted three Points from Don Bosco’s life, first, his positive
attitude towards the various adverse situations of his life, second, true deep joy, and third, his spirit of hard work.
the Prize Distribution staff and the boys were thanked for their participation
and collaboration. T-Shirts were given to each one as a feast day gift. Prizes awarded
to the all the winning teams. Team Rua was awarded a prize for their
outstanding in participation and was declared the winner.
Bosco celebrated the republic day with a small program. Mr. Ravi Nair, chief guest
(staff for teach India by Times of India) hoisted the flag at 9:00 am in the shelter
premises. Boys marched towards the flag post along with the chief guest. Shelter
boys delivered a speech in Hindi, a poem in English, and a song highlighting
the virtue of patriotism. Mr. Bhangade, the principal of Sewri –Wadala Marathi Medium
BMC School, the Guest of Honour, appreciated the talents and the qualities of
the shelter Don Bosco boys, which were evident in his school activities. Fr. William (Rector) in his welcoming speech
introduced the guests and made us aware that we are the keepers of the rules (constitution)
of the nation. Now the colonists are not there to make us keep the rules.
Shelter Don Bosco Animated the day’s novena in the Our Lady of Dolours church,
Wadala. It was nice to see the boys’ participating in the Eucharist. They gave
the introduction for the Eucharist, did the First, Second reading and the Prayer of the Faithful. Boys concluded the Eucharist by singing the last hymn
to Don Bosco in Hindi.