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A replica of Don Bosco's house inspires youth to dare and dream in Guwahati


By Father. Bivan R. Mukhim
Guwahati, Feb. 3. A small structure to fuel big dreams. The province of Guwahati has installed the replica of the house at Becchi in Italy, in which Don Bosco spent his childhood, on the provincial house premises at Panbazar. The replica of the house of Becchi, a bicentenary tribute to the 'Saint of the Youth'  was blessed on the feast of Don Bosco 31 January. Ninety eight year old Italian Salesian Father Porcu Mario gave the message and the Archbishop of Guwahati John Moolachira blessed it. It believes the structure will inspire the youth to dream big like the 19th century Italian Catholic Priest.
''The house has been designed and built in a way to resemble the one where Don Bosco was born and spent his childhood. The architecture of the house was similar to those that existed in the hillside hamlets of Becchi, Italy, nearly 200 years ago. The house will have 40 paintings depicting different phases of Don Bosco's life. The paintings will give an idea to the current generation about Don Bosco's vision of life and education,'' Father V.M. Thomas, the Salesian Provincial of Guwahati said.
Father Thomas, who conceptualized the entire project, said the prime objective of this venture was to inspire the younger generation of the Northeast to dream big, like the saint. The house was built by a young artist, C.M. Jose.
''Don Bosco was born in a poor family and had lost his father at the age of two. Poverty came in the way of John Bosco to make a serious attempt at schooling. John's early years were spent as a shepherd and he received his first instruction from a parish priest. Despite such a tough like, Don Bosco dared to dream big from his small house at Becchi and in the later years, he was successful in becoming a great educator across the globe. Both his house and mother were great motivators for him. So I have decided to build a replica of his house to tell the story of Don Bosco's life, struggle and dream to the present generation,'' Father Thomas said.
Father Thomas said the Don Bosco Society has plans to convert the house into a museum in the coming days and a must-visit place for the younger generation. He said the house was also part of his initiative, Becchi to Guwahati, on the occasion of the bicentenary birth year of Don Bosco.
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