Wednesday, March 29, 2017


by BIS Correspondent


KAPADVANJ, MAR 23, 2017: International Womens' Day was celebrated at Don Bosco Kapadvanj on March 23. The theme was 'Swasth Naari, Swasth Samaj', meaning 'Healthy Woman, Healthy Society.' Over 1250 women belonging to 130 Self Help Groups (SHGs), from 65 villages of the Kapadvanj block of Kheda district in Gujarat, participated in the event.  


Doctor Antima Patel, M S – gynecology, examined over 80 women as part of the 'Health Check Up' programme. A poster exhibition depicting 'Healthy Woman, Healthy Society' around the campus made a significant impact on the participants. 


Doctor A S Shanghavi, health officer – Kheda district was the chief guest on the occasion. Expressing happiness at the organisation of the event, he said, "I congratulate the institution for its tireless service for the uplift of women in the villages." He also highlighted various schemes for women which would be beneficial in further improvement of their lives. 

A well conceptualised cultural programme in the form of mono acts, skits and dances, by the women of the SHGs, voiced the concerns, anxieties and worries that rural women face. 


Sanjay Parmar, field coordinator of DRISTI Don Bosco was felicitated for his dedicated service. Bidding farewell to the institution, he said, "Today what I am is because of the institute, and I will be forever indebted for it has helped me to grow to be a better person."


Father Mayank Parmar, director of DRISTI Don Bosco highlighted the importance of working for the betterment of the society as Don Bosco and his Mamma Margaret did in their times.  A few participants said, "This annual feature, celebrating women is a great opportunity for us rural women to come together, celebrate our lives and bond with one another."

Monday, March 27, 2017


by Father Rolvin D'Mello


PUNE, MAR 27, 2017: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Chinchwad in joint collaboration with AXA Business Services organised a one-day free Health Camp at Ambedkar Nagar slum, as a part of the ongoing women empowerment project. 


Nearly 80 women and children were screened by a specialised team of doctors and paramedical staff. The aim of these camps is not just to provide health services but also to create awareness and sensitisation among the people in the slums towards health issues. 


Doctor Amruta Bkashi and Doctor Vijyalaxmi Sawant and a team of para-medics examined the beneficiaries and free medicines were distributed to patients. The health problems identified were eye infections, rheumatic arthritis, anemia, cough, cold, migraine, worms among others. DBDS- Chinchwad has been conducting health camps in slums every month. 

Nine volunteers from AXA also participated in the health camp. The volunteers were extremely helpful with the registration of people, arranging facilities, putting up banners, visiting slums and creating awareness about the health camp and managing the crowd. Few patients were also referred to Lokmanya Hospital for further treatment.

Lalita Choudhary, project coordinator shared the progress of health activities, "This AXA funded project which focuses on education, health and income generation is now well accepted by people in the slum communities and we hope to get better and better community participation in future," she said. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


by Wilfred Vaz


KUWAIT, MAR 21, 2017: "Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world," said Pope Pius IX. The parishioners of St. Therese of the child Jesus set to pray the rosary as a response to the invitation of the Bishop of the North Arabian Vicariate, Camillo Ballin. 


In the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia (AVONA), the year 2017 has been dedicated the Mother Mary, being the centenary of her apparition at Fatima. 

Bishop Ballin suggested that the Holy Rosary be recited together by all the families residing in a building, at each respective home, with the statue or picture of Our Lady of Fatima. Lionel Pereira, a parish council member said, "In the past, consecration of nations and parishes to Mary, brought special graces on them. I am certain that the consecration of our vicariate to Our Lady will bring us closer to her in devotion and bring peace and stability to the region of Gulf." 


To inaugurate the event of Our Lady of Fatima visiting every home in the parish of the Church of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, a recitation of the Luminous mysteries of the Holy Rosary was organised by the Small Christian Communities (SCC) group on March 18. 


The parish council members and also the coordinators of the groups who do not have representation in the parish council participated in the Rosary along with the entire parish.  The parish priest gave a brief introduction to the congregation about the programme. Father Francisco Pereira conceptualised and animated the recitation of the Rosary.  

The prayer and intentions for each respective mystery were said by Elizabeth D'Souza. The first part of the Our Father and the Hail Mary were recited in five different languages, while the latter part of the Our Father and the Holy Mary were recited in english by the congregation. The different languages represented were Filipino, Malayalam, Konkani, Singhala and Tamil. Annette Pereira, the secretary of the parish pastoral council said, "When we gathered and prayed the rosary, each leading in their own language and all responding in English, I felt privileged, blessed and anointed to be part of the prayerful gathering."

As the recitation of each mystery began, a designated parish council member placed a lighted candle at the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, symbolising the dedication of the parish and the respective groups to Mother Mary. 


At the conclusion of the recitation of the five Luminous mysteries, framed pictures of Our Lady of Fatima were given by Father Blany Pinto and Father Ben Barrameda to Anand Sequeira, coordinator – SCC group, to the parish council members and to the other representatives. It was a gesture to commence the recitation of the Holy Rosary in the members' respective groups and buildings.


Christopher Rosario, a council member said, "My wife and I attended the rosary. Both of us felt serene, peaceful and reassured of the presence of Mother Mary amongst us." The event concluded with all the parish council members and representatives, along with the priests, going in procession from the church to the courtyard.

Friday, March 17, 2017


by BIS Correspondent


NAGPUR, MAR 17, 2017: Fifty five women from five zones of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Nagpur participated in a special Women's Day celebration, marking the importance of women, on March 12.     


The chief guests for the gathering were Praful Gudhade - Nagpur  Municipal Corporation (NMC) corporator, Asha Bankar -  NMC corporator and K O Orion, a social worker. 


Rector, Father Manuel Murzello welcomed the dignitaries before they lit a customary lamp and recited a prayer. The dignitaries stressed on the importance of women and the girl-child in society. 


Father Richard D'Silva, the administrator of the institute, then organised some games to keep those present entertained. The event ended with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


by BIS Correspondent


BARODA, MAR 15, 2017: Over 450 women hailing from various slums in Baroda came together to celebrate International Women's Day at Roshni Don Bosco, Baroda on March 8.


The participants belonged to 40 Self Help Groups (SHGs) actively working in Baroda. Father Rolvin D'Mello, executive director-Don Bosco Development Society, was the chief guest for the programme, the guests of honour were Patankar, collaborator - Roshni and Shashi Singh, chief manager- Allahabad Bank.


The programme began with the lighting of the lamp and was followed by cultural programmes on the theme 'unity in diversity'. Women then presented the traditional dances of various states dressed in colourful attire, dancing to folk tunes.


Addressing the gathering, Father D'Mello stressed the need to build equality among sons and daughters in the family. "The perception of society must change towards the girl child," he said. 


This was followed by a short documentary on 'oppression of women' highlighting how women were denied their rights for centuries. The programme ended with a Gujarati dance. 


by  Supriya Joshi

MUMBAI, MAR 15, 2017: Planning is a stepping stone to effective decision making. An effective plan in turn leads to well thought out decisions that in turn leads to realising one's goals. Keeping this in mind, Don Bosco Balprafulta organised a seminar on planning entitled 'Session Plan: Why and How' for the staff of Young at Risk (YaR) houses on March 11.

Supriya Joshi, the coordinator of Don Bosco Balprafulta, Matunga, was the resource person for the event. She began with a simple team-building exercise that focused on leadership and followership. The activity was aimed at helping people rethink about the day-to-day activities in the organisation.

She stressed on the difference between a 'need' and a 'want' and emphasised on finding a need before a plan is executed for a major event or session. The importance of session planning, the factors that play a role in planning a session was also discussed.

There was also a fun activity included in the discussion that helped understand the difficulty in writing a set of instructions in a session plan and a worksheet on its outcome. Those gathered were then asked to draw up their own session plans, which would be reviewed as a follow-up activity.