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DB Kapadvanj Networks with NGO's for a Salesian Style Summer Camp


By Cl. Kiran sdb
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Mumbai, May. 31. A summer camp was organized for over 100 children in Kapadwanj, Gujarat, by V.S. Gandhi Charitable Trust in collaboration with Don Bosco Kapadvanj and Kapadwanj Kelavni Mandal from April 21 to May 26, 2013. For over a month the children got training in various fields of arts, culture and sports with the help of these NGO's.
The chief organizers of the camp were Dr. Harish Kundaliya and Fr. Mayank Parmar SDB together with a representative of Kapadvanj Mandal. There were eight staff from V.S. Gandhi Charitable Trust (VSGCT), Clerics Kiran and Sachin from the Salesians, and three youngsters Chirag, Nelson and Vishal from the Vocation Centre, to help out in the camp. There were around one hundred and ten children who participated in this summer camp.

The entire summer camp, held in Sharda Sunkul, one of the branches of VSGCT, was conducted in Salesian style. It was inaugurated on April 21, 2013 in the presence of many dignitaries, including Fr. Alexander Fernandes, Director of Amrutdhara, who represented the Salesians.

From morning the children who assembled at ''Sharda Sunkul'' were given various coaching by efficient instructors in dance, music, karate, drawing, table tennis, badminton and self-defence for the girls. The first fifteen minutes were dedicated for coaching in spoken English using Power Point Slides, a novelty in the Camp, which were seen as also very effective. These classes provided ample opportunity to the children to overcome fear of speaking English in public.

The rest of the activities of the camp were also very much appreciated by the children as well as the parents. The children were also delighted with the cooking competition and tracking to Don Bosco farm house during the camp period. The camp was concluded with a very elaborate cultural programme in Kelavani Mandal Hall. Many parents and well-wishers were also present for this program.

After the program many parents as well as children expressed their gratitude towards the organizers of the summer camp. They said that they are already looking forward to next year's camp.

One extraordinary outcome of the summer camp was the successful experiment carried out under the guidance of Fr. Mayank to make it possible for the mingling of higher and lower caste children easily, which does not happen in this region. The organizers are hoping to achieve gradually total integration in all the future activities.

This was the second year of such networking among Salesians and local NGO's for the running of the Summer Youth Camp.
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