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Institute of Development and Leadership Inaugurated

By Fr. Tarcisius Toppo
Fr. Claudio Bolla, President of Fondazione Fratelli Dimenticati, blessing and inaugurating the Institute of Development and Leadership
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Dimapur, Feb. 24. The Institute of Development and Leadership was blessed and inaugurated by Claudio Bolla SDB, President of ''Fondazione Fratelli Dimenticati Onlus'' (Foundation of Forgotten Brothers) on 24 Februrary, at Don Bosco School Campus, Dimapur. The event not only adds another feather to ANMA INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (AIDA), the development wing of the Province of Dimapur but also marks the beginning of the realization of another dimension of the ministry of the organization - development and leadership training.
Speaking on the occasion Claudio Bolla, expressed the fact that he was happy to be part of the organization and said that his organization would collaborate in whatever way it could. Calling upon the organization he hoped that the new centre would be a centre of formation in human values, education in rights and privileges and development of the people of the North East.

Addressing the guests and those present, Fr. Tony Pellissery, Director of AIDA, informed that so far AIDA had been involved at the grass root level empowerment of the society, having almost 1000 SHGs,  and catering to almost 12 thousand villagers on a monthly basis. It has over three thousand leaders who are trained in conflict management, primary health care, etc. There are 80 community based trainers, 100 health workers, 60 community school teachers and the training covers almost two to three thousand leaders yearly. The organization has 40 members on the staff, five hundred leaders and over twelve thousand men and women under its umbrella. He described the centre as another dimension to its work in the process of influencing policies and moulding and shaping development actors. He also highlighted the fact of the increase in the educated unemployed annually, and said that this centre would focus on employment education to people, such as Masters in Social Works.

Fr. Nestor Guria, Vice Provincial, thanked the foundation for the collaboration and pointed to the fact that North East India needs Leaders and Development. The mission of Don Bosco was to form good Christians and honest citizens, and this centre is a step towards realization of that mission, he added.

Present for the occasion were also Mr. Mario from Italy, and Dr. Martin from Germany, Fr. Nestor Guria, Vice Provincial, Fr. Joseph Pamapackal, Provincial Economer, Fathers, Brothers, staff of AIDA, Teachers trainees of Community schools, and the BOSCOME children of Dimapur.

It may be noted that ''Fondazione Fratelli Dimenticati Onlus'' was founded by Fr. Alessi Antonio, SDB, in Italy, with the aim, as the name itself suggests, of helping the less privileged brothers and sisters in Italy as well as in other parts of the world. The organization focuses on development works, education, assistance in terms of scholarships etc. Besides being present in other parts of the world, they are practically present in all the states of India
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