by Brother Evangelo D'Souza
MUMBAI, JUNE 1, 2016: Shelter Don Bosco organised a month long summer camp from April 18 - May 23 at the their home for 'rootless and roofless' street children at Wadala, Mumbai.
Nearly 30 campers participated in the camp conducted by the staff of Shelter Don Bosco. The theme chosen was 'Aashayein,' which means Hope.
The camp song - sung by the boys – brought forth this message clearly, that in this world of despair and helplessness, one needs be an agent of hope to those they encounter in their life's journey.
The aim of the camp was to guide the boys in choosing a career, to get them thinking of a goal in life and work towards achieving it.
Career guidance sessions were conducted on various topics like how to become an IPS Officer, Electrician, Doctor, Photographer and Driver among others. Five campers successfully learnt the barber's trade.
The camp also focused on teaching the boys life-skills like cooking and basics in computers. Fitness and sports was also emphasised.
Singing, dancing, face-painting, hair-styling, cooking and rangoli competitions were held to bring out the talents of the youngsters and help them to develop their confidence.
A 'Fashion Show' and '30 seconds to Fame' programme was also conducted that saw a vivid display of talent.
A visit to the Taraporewala Aquarium and the picnic to Essel World and Water Kingdom were the highlights of the camp.
A Grand Camp Fire with comedy skits, tribal dance, yells, claps and the lighting of the camp fire were moments of great enthusiasm for the boys.
There was also the closing ceremony, which began with a prayer service thanking the Lord for the success of the camp.
It was interspersed with lively dances, a movie on the activities of the camp and a prize distribution ceremony, to felicitate winners of the various competitions.
Father Jesu Robinson thanked the staff, brothers and the volunteers for their tireless efforts in making the camp a success.