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Outreach Programme In Mumbai Children's Home


By BIS CORRESPONDENT
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Mumbai, May. 15. Don Bosco Balprafulta, Andheri, organized a ten days outreach programme for the Care and Protection Of children and Juveniles in conflict with law of Government run children's Home in Dongri-Mumbai from 2 to 10 May, 2013.
During the programme the children were trained in scouting and helped to imbibe values which would enable them to empower themselves to face problems, and build their inner selves. The Programme included input sessions which were conducted in four batches. The sessions were more of a participatory learning activity designed to support a therapeutic process. The boys were shown the value of healing their past and to look positively to the near future.

The input sessions included a lot of drawing and art work. The children responded quite wholeheartedly and  gave vent to their pent up emotions expressing themselves freely through symbols and drawings.

The children were gradually introduced to Scouting through clippings about Baden Powell, camp life, scout prayer song, tent pitching, scouting as a world wide movement and also use of basic knots. Don Bosco Youth service, Matunga, lent their scouting tents which the children pitched. They found the tent pitching was very exciting.

In the activity schedule, an entire day was dedicated for the Juveniles in Conflict with law, and activities like hula hoop accompanied with music and dancing were conducted. 'Sahi Disha' (Right Direction), a movie which imparts good values to lead a productive life was also screened for them. The daily games, songs, yells and claps made the outreach programme an unforgettable experience for all these children.

Another part of the schedule was Hair cutting session.  The boys who willingly wanted to trim their hair were given an opportunity to do so with the help of Br. Michael. Eighteen boys made use of the opportunity.

The Children's faces were lit up with joy and contentment as they expressed their gratitude for the programme. The intervention was also a fulfilling experience to the Don Bosco Balprafulta team. The Children were so pleased with the programme that they expressed their desire to have such programmes conducted for them again in the near future.

The DBBP staff also received great insights into the hard realities of these unfortunate children (boys) who have landed in these rehabilitation Homes, which will help them to conduct such programmes further in the near future.

The outreach was conducted by DBBP staff under the able guidance of Br. Michael Gaikwad SDB.
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