December 2016

December 2016


Youngster Marathon-2016
Date: 21-Aug-2016
Venue: Nehru Stadium Opposite, Coimbatore

The Marathon was conducted to create awareness on the prevention of substance abuse among vulnerable children and youth in Coimbatore- an initiative of silver jubilee year celebration of Don Bosco Anbu Illam, held around the Nehru Stadium in which more than 600 youth participate.


Days, Weeks, Hours of Practice… finally came the day!!

Don Bosco Anbu Illam celebrated its 31ST Annual Day on 1 October, 2016 at Our Lady of Refuge premises (Don Bosco campus), Broadway, Chennai. The entire programme revolved around the theme “Save Trees, Save Earth”. The day’s event was inaugurated and solemnized by Mr. Shiva Jayakumar, District Child Protection Officer, Fr. Joseph Leo, Director of DBAI, Mr. Domnic Suresh (Counsellor DCPU Department), Fr. Rajan (Rector, Refuge campus, Broadway), Mr. Durai (Seva Neya Iyakkam) and other guests of honor. A tribal dance by Saranalaya girls in their eco-friendly clothing, a dance by children of Annai Sathya Nagar evening study centre a thematic skit on “Save Trees” by Otteri and Pal-lavan Salai children, a traditional folk dance by Thiruvottiyur Boys and Girls Club centre were the cultural events on the theme that was much appreciated. Fr. Joseph Leo audio-visually presented the well prepared Annual Report (2015-16). A wonderful street play on “Environment” by Bosco Illam boys was a fitting climax to the cultural extravaganza. An exhibition on “Go Green -Save Trees” was organized in which Thiru-vottiyur Boys and Girls Club won first prize and Annai Sathya Nagar Centre stood second. The chief guest and other guests of honor distributed trophies and medals to the winners. Three children from each community centres were appreciated and awarded for their regularity and academic performances. As a token of appreciation, the staff members, who have been working more than 5 years in DBAI were honored with special mementos for their dedication, hard work and tireless efforts for our vulnerable children. Education materials were provided for all the community children at the end of the programme.

YaR DAY 2016


MUMBAI, NOV 22, 2016: Around 600 children from various Don Bosco institutions in the city participated in International Children’s day, as the First Mumbai province Young at Risk (YaR) day entitled ‘Let’s Put the Last Child First’ at Bosco School hall in Matunga on November 20.
Don Bosco Balprafulta in collaboration with Shelter Don Bosco organised the celebrations and youth from several Don Bosco institutions – namely the hosts Don Bosco Matunga, Bosco Boys Home, St. Dominic Savio parish, Antop Hill, St. Joseph High School, Wadala, Shelter Don Bosco, Don Bosco Balprafulta and Anmol Girls from Wadala – were present for the event.
The registration began at 8 am. The children were welcomed by the staff of Shelter and Balprafulta and were served breakfast. The programme started with a short prayer service. Jayesh Chandan, President of the Don Bosco School Alumni, Matunga Unit, was the chief guest. Father Gregory D’Almeida, Director of Balprafulta welcomed those gathered.

Fifty three student volunteers helped in conducting the event. ‘Jannat Media Group’ then enacted a street play on the theme, ‘The Last shall be First’. Children got an opportunity to express themselves through a talent show in the afternoon. Many came forward to sing and dance.
After the talent show the children were entertained by the magician, Sagar Patel who performed a puppet show and a few magic tricks. Fete games were organised too. The highlight of programme was the dance competition and the cultural programme. The day ended with prize distribution and the vote of thanks by Father Roshan Gonsalves, assistant director, Shelter.


MUMBAI, OCT 26, 2016: Shelter Don Bosco, Wadala, hosted the Monthly Mela themed around Nutrition and Food for 72-street boys on October 20. The Mela began with a prayer service with registrations and breakfast thereafter. Father Gregory Almeida, Rector, Shelter Don Bosco welcomed all present and informed them about the topic of the day and gave them a few tips on how to maintain good health.

Thereafter a powerpoint presentation was done by Raymond, the coordinator of Saksham Project, where he explained that roadside food, though cheap, can be harmful to the body and does not provide the necessary supplements and nutrition that are required by the body.
He talked about the importance of Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, Vitamins and Minerals. The children then broke up for various activities such as hair cutting, nail cutting, bathing, medical care and distribution of clean clothes. Shabra, Monali and Gracy, shelter staff, taught the street boys how to make kandeels (lanterns) and lamps (diya) for Diwali. Salesian Cooperators from Our Lady of Dolours Parish, Wadala came forward as volunteers to help out at the mela.


MUMBAI, NOV 16, 2016: Jet Airways, India’s premier domestic airline carrier, joined forces with various NGOs and corporate partners to organise “Flights of Fantasy” for 31 underprivileged children from Shelter Don Bosco on November 12. Through the initiative, children from underprivileged sections of society are initiated into the world of aviation through a special dream flight around Mumbai.
To make this event more fun, cartoon characters like Oggy and Shiva were brought in to entertain them.
Children danced wholeheartedly to Bollywood music with Jet Airways staff. Bollywood personalities Athiya Shetty and Aditi Rao Hydari made a guest appearance at the event.
At the end, the children were taken on an hour-long flight. “I couldn’t believe my eyes as I was boarding the flight,” a child said.
“The experience left me mesmerised,” another child added.


Prevention of: 16 Years old girl child’s marriage
Call details: Save the children contacted child line and informed that 16 year old Mahalakshmi of Kottur, Village was going to get married.
Kottur police Inspector was contacted. The child was visited by Child line team members and Kottur Police Mr.Chandrasekaran. The child informed that she dropped out of class 9 as she was not interested in studies. She refused the fact that her marriage was arranged. She said she was at home. The child’s mother was met. She informed that the groom’s family just came home and met her daughter.
A written statement was obtained from the child’s parents that they will not get her married until completion of 18 years. The family was explained on the harmful consequences of child marriage and warned about the action taken according to Prevention of child marriage Act, 2006. The child’s family assured that they will not get her married until completion of 18 years.

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