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Young at Risk of DBN Hyderabad have Great fun at Summer Camp 2014

By Fr Bellamkonda Sudhakar
The children and organizers with Fr Thathireddy Vijay Bhasker SDB, Vice Provincial
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Hyderabad, Jun. 2. Don Bosco Navajeevan Rehabilitation centre, Ramanthapur (Hyderabad), Home for Street involved and young at Risk Children, organized a month long summer camp which began on 1st May 2014 and ended it with sweet memories on 31st of May 2014. The children from Don Bosco Navajeevan, Nampally too came over to Ramanthapur for the concluding programme. Fr Thathireddy Vijay Bhaskar, the Vice Provincial of the Salesian Province of Hyderabad, was the Chief Guest for the event.
A month long journey with more than 140 children came to an end with a programme organized for this occasion. The camp commenced with an exam to assess the children's learning ability in English and accordingly special classes were organized for the students of Class X. They had special classes in English, Hindi, Science and Mathematics. Other children were given English, Computers, Dance, Music and Sports coaching. Clerics from some of the Salesian formation houses, volunteers from Germany and Holland, and some religious sisters came to help in the camp. Fr Showry the camp chief and Fr Ignatius were there to encourage them all through the camp. The Camp was a great success because of the team work and collective responsibility. During the Camp Master Kali, a deaf and dumb boy who scored 9.1 in the Class X exams was also felicitated.

During the closing ceremony Fr Sudhakar Bellamkonda, the Director, thanked each and every one who contributed for the success of the camp. He pointed out that Don Bosco Navajeevan family is experiencing daily miracles just as it used to happen during the time of Don Bosco in his oratory. He said that this was especially because of everyone's collaboration. He therefore exhorted the students to study well and use the opportunities and facilities with a sense of gratitude to the benefactors who support them.

It is worth noting that all the programmes and sharing of experiences were done in English. Prasanna Manga while sharing her experience, said that she was moved and touched by the planning and personal follow up of every child attending the camp. James was proud to tell everyone that thanks to the camp, he now has many friends. He found Don Bosco Navajeevan and all the organizers friendly and gentle. Bhaskar while sharing his experience said, ''I was not at all motivated to come for the camp but after reaching the camp and getting involved I got into the mood of the camp, and so now I feel that the camp got over too fast''. Siva Prasad of class X, said, ''In the beginning I too was not interested in joining the camp, but I had no choice but to attend. But at the conclusion I am extremely happy and full of admiration for Don Bosco Navajeevan for organizing the camp, which helped me to learn English well and have lots of fun''.

Fr. Thathireddy Vijay Bhaskar, the Vice Provincial of the Salesian Province of Hyderabad, while addressing the students pointed out that in India 19% of the people are below 18 years of age, and so reminded the organizers that ''we are helping our future competitors''. He exhorted the children to keep in mind four things: ''DREAM BIG, WORK HARD, NOT TO HAVE FEAR OF the UNKNOWN and BELIEVE IN GOD''.Referring to the life and works of Don Bosco, he appealed to them to have similar dreams for their own life.

All the participants of the camp were awarded prizes and certificates. Ms Julie and Ms Tresa, Volunteers from Germany prepared an enjoyable presentation culling together the lighter moments of the camp, to take away as sweet memories.
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