Events
Republic Day Rally
Community Service Day At Panvel
After Care Workshop
Parents' meeting at Govandi
Monthly Mela held in Children's Home
Don Bosco Balprafulta was invited for a presentation by HSBC Bank, Mumbai
Exposure visit to Aquarium
Awareness Campaign organised by Don Bosco Balprafulta at Chatrapatee Shivaji Terminus (CST)
Bal Mela at the Dongri Children's Home
Summer Camp organised by Team "Saksham"
Partnership visit of Railway Children, Delhi
Don Bosco Balprafulta received "Rashtriya Sanman Award" and "Quality Brand India Award 2015 -17"
Award received by Don Bosco Balprafulta staff on the occasion of Women's Day
Towards safe cities for children: Endeavor organized by CCDT, UNICEF, Pratham and Yuva
Exposure visit to Nehru Science Centre organized by Talaash Team
Parent's meeting organized by Don Bosco Balprafulta
Meeting held with the Senior Station Manager for advocacy related issues
Advocacy meeting with DCP Mumbai Police for the safety of the girl child at CST Railway Station
Training session organized by Don Bosco Balprafultawith for the Railway Protection Force (RPF)
Fun Filled Mela
Awareness Campaign oraganised by Don Bosco Balprafulta at Chatrapatee Shivaji Terminus (CST)
Rally For Cleanliness in Govandi organised by Don Bosco Balprafulta
Bosco Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota
Visitors from Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Child Protection Committee meeting held at CST Railway Station
Parent's meeting
Fun Filled Event (Mela)
Kalyan Base Line Study
Christmas Celebrations at Don Bosco Balprafulta
Swachhta Abhiyan
Reaching The Unreached
Quarterly Review of Project "Saksham"
World Children's Day 2014
Visitors from UK

Diwali Celebrations
Quarterly Review of Project "Umeed"
Review of the Project "Talaash"
Implementing Drug Use, Prevention and Treatment Services by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Garba Celebration at
Childrens' Home
Sports Day Celebration at
Childrens' Home
Financial Literacy Project
Mela - 25th August 2014
'Child Protection Committee', formed at CST
Workshop on Financial Inclusion conducted by Axis Bank
Visit of The Talaash Team at Reay Road

Celebrating 68th Independence Day
Govandi De-addiction Awareness Program
Session on Addiction
Iftar Party held on 24th July, 2014
Mela - 3rd July 2014
Annual Thanksgiving Day 2014
Awareness Campaign
Govandi Centre Inauguration
Sessions On Financial Literacy
Fun filled Day Event (MELA)
Haldi Kum Kum Parenting Session
Annual Day 2013
Awareness Camp on CST
Dance Therapy Session
Independence Day
MBA Student Visit

EVENTS

Republic Day Rally


On the occasion of Republic Day, 26th Jan. 2016. Our Team Saksham conducted a Rally along with the Children of Govandi An awareness was created in the Community on Cleanliness issue. Children voiced out through placards, slogans highlighting on Safe environment and healthy living. Activities like Flag hoisting, songs and speeches were performed to mark the Importance of the event. The programme ended with children being given snacks and soft drinks and a message of cleanliness and need for safety of the environment.




Community Service Day At Panvel


Community Service Day was celebrated on 23rd January 2016 at Dr. K M Vasudevan Pillai Campus, Sector 16, New Panvel.

Sr. Jacinta was invited as one of the speakers for their inaugural function to talk on the DBBP works & services of the Organization. to an audience of students and faculty members from various institutions.

46 children from our centre in Govandi were invited along with the team to have a day of fun and games.

Thanks to the Management and staff of Pillai University




After Care Workshop


Don Bosco Balprafulta, Matunga in collaboration with Railway Children organized one day workshop on "After Care for 18+" for NGO's, GO's & YaR centres of Mumbai region. It was held on 8th Jan, Friday from 9.30 am to 5 p.m. at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga. The objective of the workshop was to create a platform (Forum) to share the array of information and knowledge on After Care with likeminded people from different disciplines and to prepare an Action Plan that is useful and beneficial to young people who move out of our institution.

The resource persons were Dr. Asha Mukundan, TISS faculty member, Mr. Nitin Maske,DWCW member of Mumbai region, Fr. Xavier Devadas from Don Bosco Karjat, Mr. Tyagarajan, Director of Vinamay Trust and others from Prerna and Prayas organization.

Dr. Asha spoke on the need to reflect, share, revisit and review available programmes in order to strengthen the strategic functioning across different NGO's and GO's. Mr. Nitin Maske spoke on the different Govt. schemes and programmes related to after care. Fr. Xavier and Mr Tyaagarajan shared their Holistic and successful models of After Care programmes in order to empower the marginalized youth. Mr. Vijay from Prayas and Mrs. Prachi from Prerna also shared, their different and innovative models related to aftercare programme. Fr. Vinod Mascranhas, Provincial Secretary, at the end synthesized the talks given by all the resource persons and helped in formulating a way forward for After Care Programme.

The outcome of this workshop proved to be practical and useful. The suggestions that came forward was to revive the CCVC group, conduct similar workshop or seminars on After care on a regular basis, Prepare Directory of information related to After care programmes and institutions and services available on after care programmes, work on advocacy issues, prepare modules of life coping skills and implement in children's home or special homes before 18, to prepare young people on career, marriage and job counselling and to network with likeminded NGOs. Finally, the vote of Thanks was given by the Director of Don Bosco Balprafulta, Fr. Gregory Almeida




Parents' Meeting At Govandi

Parents' meeting was scheduled on November 21, 2015 at Govandi Center to create awareness on Bosco Detoxification Center (BDC). Mr. Jitesh Pillai, coordinator of the Ashiana Project coordinated the event. Team Saksham (Khatija, Ganesh, Monali and Jitesh) conducted home visits to personally invite all the parents. About 20 parents attended the meeting and were glad to know about the issues being addressed. Jitesh explained the detailed process carried out at BDC. The presentation was concluded with a lively question and answer session and a parting note introducing the entire Saksham team. Parents were eager to get their doubts clarified and it turned out to be a very fruitful meeting.




Monthly Mela held in Children's Home

The Fun-filled mela was organized by the Umeed team on 18 November 2015, in children's home at Dongri. The main objective of the mela that the children enjoy fun playing outdoor games. During the mela 20 Volunteers from Nirmala Niketan College (NSS) had participated. All children were divided into groups. For each group two volunteers were assigned and they played various outdoor games like Object relay, Human knot, Idli vada, throwing the ring, skipping, catching the partner, crossing the hurdles and rope game. Each group was enthusiastic in playing the games. The games helped children to learn team co-ordination and also at the same time to vent out their energy. All the games helped the children to boost their concentration. It was heartfelt to see all children playing freely and venting out their emotions. The children informed that they enjoyed the day and were eagerly waiting for the next mela.

All children participated with joy and enthusiasm. In all 65 girls and 233 boys participated.We realized all the children wait eagerly for such monthly melas as it gives them the time to enjoy together and helps them to interact in a positive way.




Don Bosco Balprafulta was invited for a presentation by HSBC Bank, Mumbai

Don Bosco Balprafulta was invited for a presentation by HSBC Bank, Mumbai on 30th September. It was a great opportunity to display our Organization's activities and achievements. Thanks to HSBC!




Exposure visit to Aquarium

Children learn all the time be they are inside their primary setting or outside. Experts state that experience is the actual Active learning which remains unforgettable especially for the naive.

Saksham Team Organised an exposure visit to Aquarium, Mumbai for a small group of 30 slum children. The objective of the visit was to harness the curiosity, Physical energy, and the mental development of the children and channel these into learning activities. It was a welcoming break as well as hands on learning experience for them. The event made possible with the support given by "Don Bosco Alumni Matunga Unit". We are thankful to our partners and The Curator of Tarapur Aquarium.




Awareness Campaign organised by Don Bosco Balprafulta at Chatrapatee Shivaji Terminus (CST)





Don Bosco Balprafulta's Talaash team in collaboration with Nashabandi Mandal Maharashtra organized an awareness campaign at Mumbai's Chatrapatee Shivaji Terminus (CST) to sensitize the society on drug abuse and its easy availability at a low cost, to reach out to the masses of people and make them aware that the procurement is near the CST station and the day may come when our children are prey to such things, so "Let's take a STAND to raise our voices in solidarity to the menace of drug abuse." It is the society's responsibility to take an action towards the selling of such substances. So Don Bosco Balprafulta along with Nashabandi Mandal Maharashtra and Anti narcotics Cell organized signature campaign and made people aware to support us for the cause of Substance Abuse.

The campaign was inaugurated by Chief Guest Mrs. Rajeshwari Redkar (Assistant Commisioner of Police, ACP) of Government Railway Police and Ms. Chatupadhyay, (Assistant Security Commisioner ,ASC) and the guests for the event were Mr. Rakesh Kumar (RPF inspector), Mr. Gangele,Health Officer, Mr. Divati, Station Manager, Mr. Amol.S.B.Madame, President of Praja Sathak Bharat Sanghatana, Ms. Varsha V.V, Secretary of Nashabandi Mandal Maharashtra and Mr.Dalvi (GRP inspector) of Chatrapatee Shivaji Terminus (CST). Through Poster exhibition, pamphlet distribution, songs & slogans, testimonies of children rescued by Talaash and through signature campaign the team gave a message that substance abuse is very rampant and has to be STOPPED.

Don Bosco Balprafulta got a good response and support from the railway authorities and as well as from the crowd. There were people who would approach the organization after looking at the street plays or reading the pamphlets, People who were on drugs shared their experiences and also asked for help to come out of it.




Bal Mela at the Dongri Children's Home

On 30th May, 2015, Bal Mela was organized for the children at Dongri home. The guests invited were experts in conducting talks about positivity and arranging fun-filled games at for the children.

The talk started in the girls section, where a fun activity for the girls to introduce themselves was arranged. Thereafter, all the girls enjoyed the activity of arranging themselves in a line one behind the other only using gestures. The girls did as they were told amidst a lot of laughter. This was followed by a balloon game, in which half the girls were given balloons and told to blow them and the other half were told to burst the balloons. The ones who manage to save their balloons from bursting would get a prize at the end of the game. The girls thoroughly enjoyed this activity. The lesson learnt was that the girls should help one another win and move forward, not just in games but also in life. Towards the end, the speaker asked the girls to showcase their talent in front of everyone. Many girls sang songs and prayers. The rest of the girls mentioned that they had a very good time and learnt from the last activity of showcasing talents and agreed to explore any hidden talents. The girls heartily thanked the speakers for the wonderful time.

In the boys' section, the speakers introduced themselves and kick started the fun-filled session. The boys were given instructions on how to play the balloon game. The boys engaged in this activity with a lot of zest and excitement and were eager to play even more games. A Polo-Tube game was introduced to teach the boys the importance of team building and trustworthiness. They were told about the importance of helping and relying on others. The boys understood the message and were very happy about the way it was taught. The boys were asked to showcase their talents and the ones who did were cheered by the rest.

The Mela concluded with the children from both sections profusely thanking the speakers for the value education and the fun activities which helped them learn important lessons.




Summer Camp organised by Team "Saksham"


A Five day Summer Camp was organised by Team "SAKSHAM" in Govandi wherein 60 children enjoyed a coalesce of indoor and outdoor games along with other sports activities. The camp also focused on specific team building activities to improve their social skills. The third day of the camp was spent with the books and activities. Hand writing and storytelling competitions were held in order to develop a reading habit in children, inculcate moral values, increase their imagination and develop their vocabulary building skills. The Summer camp ended with the prize distribution.




Partnership visit of Railway Children, Delhi


On 11th - 13th May, 2015, Railway Children held a knowledge sharing workshop for its partners across the country. The main focus of discussion was Good Practices by the organisation. The three days workshop highlighted exchange of ideas and sharing of good practices through charts and presentations, thus, enabling the team of Railway Children partners to adapt certain focus points on the good practices that are specific to the organisation. Such events pave the way forward to strengthen these practices and to use them in their respective areas of work within their organisation. Sr. Jacinta Pinto (Assistant Director) and Saloni Shah (Project Co-ordinator - Talaash project) attended the same.




Don Bosco Balprafulta received
"Rashtriya Sanman Award" and "Quality Brand India Award 2015 -17"

Don Bosco Balprafulta, Mumbai received the "Rashtriya Sanman Award" and "Quality Brand India Award 2015 -17" on 30 April, 2015, the eve of Maharashtra Day, at Hotel Kohinoor Continental, Andheri (Mumbai, India). The award is a recognition and appreciation for the social and humanitarian work done in the field of promotion and protection of child rights by Don Bosco Balprafulta from its inception in 2000. Don Bosco Balprafulta is a project of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Mumbai, working for saving and rehabilitating marginalized children in the City. It functions as a Child Rights organization, aiming at the holistic development of the child, and focuses upon enabling children to procure their rights through state and civil participation. The award was given away by eminent Hindi film playback singer, Mr Ghansham Vaswani.

The award ceremony began with a conference on the theme ``National Growth through Individual Contribution`` by Sangeeta Chacko, Percept Communications Ltd., and Mr. Ashok K. Maitre, Managing Director, SRRIOM Management Consultancy Group. Film personalities Jayshree T, Asawari Joshi, Dev Malhotra (Director), Rangeet, Dr. Damodar Khadse and Kishori Ambiye were present to grace the occasion.

The awards were received by Fr. Gregory Almeida, Director of Don Bosco Balprafulta, and Fr. Jesu Robinson, Assistant Director of Shelter Don Bosco, Mumbai. ``The credit for the award definitely goes to all the past directors and staff members who have been associated with Don Bosco Balprafulta``, said Fr. Gregory Almeida on receiving the award. This is the first time Don Bosco Balprafulta is receiving such a National award.

Speaking about the projects in which Don Bosco Balprafulta is involved, Fr. Gregory Almeida revealed that Don Bosco Balprafulta has currently three projects: ``Project Talaash`` (Search) for the benefit of runaway children at Mumbai CST Railway Station, ``Project Umeed`` (Hope) catering to children in the different Juvenile Observation Homes in Mumbai, and ``Project Saksham`` (Empowerment), aimed at children with substance abuse and school drop outs at Govandi and Mankhurd areas of the City.

The director also announced that from June this year, Don Bosco Balprafulta will launch a new project, ``Project Ashiana``, for children who are involved in substance abuse in major Railway Stations. Children below 18 involved in substance abuse and opt to be part of the project will be sent to Maria Ashiana, Lonavla for detoxification and therapeutic treatment.




Award received by Don Bosco Balprafulta staff on the occasion of Women's Day

On the occasion of Women's Day, Railway Commissioner of Mumbai had organised an award ceremony for women who have excelled in different areas. Don Bosco Balprafulta staff, Mrs.Shashikala Kale had been felicitated by the Railway Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ravindra Singal, for her extensive work at CST Railway Station, Mumbai.




Towards safe cities for children: Endeavor organized by CCDT, UNICEF, Pratham and Yuva

Committed Communities Development Trust (CCDT) has organized a one of its own kind event, in partnership with pioneers NGOs like Pratham and Yuva and supported by UNICEF on 28th April, 2015 at Hotel City Point, Dadar, Mumbai. This was a novel platform wherein all the NGOs working with children came together for a bigger cause and shared their work and views towards making Mumbai a safer city for children from all walks of lives.Sister Jacinta Pinto (Asst. Director) represented Don Bosco Balprafulta as a one of the panelists for the discussion on "Child protection: Prevention & Response initiatives of Organizations". She briefed about the work of the organization and emphasized that every child on street needs care and protection and our collective response would be to adopt a preventive approach of building a safe environment for children in community. She said that Don Bosco Balprafulta is committed to build a safe and protective environment for the children across locations: CST railway station, Children's Home or slum communities that will help prevent all sorts of abuse and hazardous situations. The day ended with everyone agreeing that there is need for unanimous understanding of the term "Child Protection" and that such event should take place in order to pro-actively discuss issues related to Child Rights and find out new ways ahead.




Exposure visit to Nehru Science Centre organized by Talaash Team





On 23rd April, 2015, Talaash team of Don Bosco Balprafulta arranged children's exposure visit to Nehru Science Centre in Worli. The visit was organized with the aim to teach new things and expand knowledge base in a fun-filled manner. Children were enchanted by the various departments including, Aerospace, Nuclear science, Geology, Pre-historic era, Old technology, Physics, Light and Sound. The Imax theatre show (Science Odyssey) was the icing on the cake and added to the learning. Everyone participated in the games played throughout the day.




Parent's meeting organized by Don Bosco Balprafulta



Talaash team of Don Bosco Balprafulta organized a Parents meeting on 18th April, 2015, at Don Bosco Training Center Kurla. It was to empower the parents with vocational training for their children. The meeting was not only for parents but also for children to motivate them to plan their future. The main objective of the exposure was to open a broader scope of opportunities for dropout children. The session began with a brief introduction on Don Bosco Balprafulta, followed by a speech from Mr. Amar Prabhu - Principal of St. Joseph Training institute, Kurla. He briefly spoke about the trainings facilities available for the children and shared detailed stories of children who are excelling in different fields. Mr. Royale - NSS Coordinator also spoke about a few projects, which they are a part of, and trainings for girls. Mr. Arvind, colleague of Mr. Royale wonderfully explained further options for training which gave a clear picture to the audience. Don Bosco Balprafulta staff shared cases after which they went to visit different departments and also interacted with the students and the faculty in charge. In the end, it was empowering and enriching for both parents and teachers.




Meeting held with the Senior Station Manager for advocacy related issues


A meeting was held with the Senior Station Manager, Mr. L.K. Ranyewale to discuss on the issues related to advocacy, the challenges faced by the team whilst handling the cases at CST Railway station and the requirements that are necessary in following the SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) to be implemented at CST Railway Station.




Advocacy meeting with DCP Mumbai Police for the safety of the girl child at CST Railway Station


DCP Mumbai Police, Ms. Rupali Ambure recognized the need for a discussion on the ever increasing issue of safety for the girl child in our city. Don Bosco Balprafulta met with Ms. Rupali Ambure to see how she could be of help to the organization while we work towards a Child friendly Railway Station at CST, and how strategies can be implemented especially for the most vulnerable girls at CST Railway Station. She shared with us various cases of sexual abuse that have come up at Railway Stations like CST. As a result of this meeting we are now planning an Awareness Campaign to educate people about the issue of safety for the girl child at CST Railway Station.




Training session organized by Don Bosco Balprafultawith for the Railway Protection Force (RPF)


The RPF recognized the increasing issue of missing girl children cases on Chhatrapatee Shivaji terminus (CST) and therefore invited the Talaash team of Don Bosco Balprafulta to organize a training session with Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel on 13th March, 2015. The goal of this training session was to sensitize the police personnel on the issue of girl child protection and utilize a child friendly approach with regards to legal aspect. A total of 75 participated in the training which includethe DRM and ADRM of the railways. Through videos and presentations Don Bosco Balprafulta highlighted the issues of Children and their reasons for leaving home, in which it was discovered that there have been lots of girl child sexual abuse cases. The role of RPF in handling the cases was discussed and Don Bosco Balprafulta suggested that having one police constable assigned for children would be effective in handling this issue. The RPF DSC, DRM and ADRM were thankful to Don Bosco Balprafulta for the wonderful presentation.




Fun Filled Mela

The Fun-filled mela organised on 28th February in the children's home at Dongri had added joy for the children due to the blessing of the rain. Altogether 230 boys & 90 girls participated in the mela. There were number of outdoor games organised. Both boys and girls enjoyed the time spent during the day.




Awareness Campaign oraganised by Don Bosco Balprafulta at Chatrapatee Shivaji Terminus (CST)




Don Bosco Balprafulta's Talaash team organized an awareness campaign at Mumbai's Chatrapatee Shivaji Terminus (CST) on 26th February. This campaign aimed at sensitizing the masses on socially, physically, emotionally and financially disadvantaged children, make them aware that it's the society's responsibility to protect the rights of children and also come forward to help children who are in difficult situation. Our theme for the campaign was "Meri Suraksha Aap Badho Ke Haath". The campaign was inaugurated by Dr Ravinder Singal (CP) Commissioner Police of Railway, Rupali Ambure (DCP), Rajeshwari Redkar (ACP) of railway, Rakesh Kumar (RPF inspector) and Mr. Shinde (Sr GRP) of Chatrapatee Shivaji Terminus (CST). Through Poster exhibition, pamphlet distribution and street plays the team worked towards educating people about what the role they can play when they find a child in distress.




Rally For Cleanliness in Govandi organised by Don Bosco Balprafulta


Over 73 children participated in "Rally for Cleanliness" organised by Don Bosco Balprafulta team "Saksham" on 26th January, 2015 as a part of the "Movement for Cleanliness in Govandi". The children enthusiastically took part in the rally with placards, brooms and bins in hands. The sole objective of the rally was to spread the message that children have the right to be brought up in a clean and safe environment.

They made an appeal through slogans such as "Hum bachchon ka ek hi nara, Kachra Mukt Govandi Hamara", "Sab rogo ki ek ho dawai, ghar mei rakho saaf safai" and "Sab rogo ki ek hi dawai sadko par ho saaf safai".

After the rally, the children vowed to keep their surroundings clean and contribute their part in educating their own society and in making Govandi a better place to live in. Snacks were distributed to all the students after the programme.




Bosco Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota





The Talaash Team visited Bangalore Railway station for an exposure visit to study the functioning of Child assistance centre to implement the same at CST Railway station and Kurla Railway station.




Visitors from Tata Institute of Social Sciences


Visitors from Tata Institute of Social Sciences visited Don Bosco Balprafulta office to understand the work done in the three projects (Talaash, Umeed and Saksham). Don Bosco Balprafulta team expressed the achievements and challenges facing in these three projects. The visitors encouraged the dedicated work done by the team.




Child Protection Committee meeting held at CST Railway Station


Child Protection Committee (CPC) meeting was held at Station Manager's office to enhance the implementation of child assistance centre at CST Railway Station. Mr. L.K.Ranawale the Senior Station Manager agreed to fix the meeting with the DRM to implement the child assistance booth as soon as possible.

Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Mr. K.K. Purohit were the members present along with the team of Talaash with Fr.Gregory Almeida, Director of Don Bosco Balprafulta, Sr.Jacinta Pinto, Assistant Director, Mr. Jojo Varghese, Project Officer for Railway Children, Mrs. Shashikala Kale.

The purpose of the meeting was the implementation of child assistance centre at CST Railway Station.He said that he will provide a space for Don Bosco Balprafulta to continue their work in assisting the missing children.




Parent's meeting


In order to create an awareness among the parents about their responsibilities towards the child a "Parent's meeting" was conducted at Shelter Don Bosco Wadala on 29th Dec, 2014. The session was started with an introduction of our organization and our facilitator Mugdha Mouje from Mumbai Mobile Creches. The facilitator gave a view on how to be responsible in handling children, guiding principles of UNCRC and major areas of child rights. The facilitator discussed the issues between the child and the parents. The outcome of the discussion was how to handle children on their personal issues in the family. After the session we welcomed Fr. Gregory Almeida, our Director to speak on child rights. The facilitator gave good guidance to the parents on child rights & parents responsibilities.




Fun Filled Event (Mela)

On the occasion of Christmas, we organized Celebration cum Mela at Children's Home. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. His birth symbolizes "God is with us". The preferential option for the poor is the primary message of the birth of Jesus among the human being. The Event was conducted on 20th December 2014. Music created a fun atmosphere for the Children and they danced and sang along. First half of the program, Children were taught to make Christmas tree with Chart paper, they made beautiful Christmas trees and decorated them with full enthusiasm. Since the Children love playing games the second half of the program, the Children were given footballs and Basketballs to play in the playground.




Kalyan Base Line Study

In the month of December a Base line survey was conducted at Kalyan station. Five of our team members visited 50 families and came across many situations that families face in their day to day life. We interacted with the families staying on the platforms, bridges, packing area, waiting hall and nearby areas. Through the survey we found that in many families addiction was a common issue; parents with an addiction being the prime factor leading the children to addiction. Moreover, there were many migrated families living on the platforms. This could be attributed to inadequate housing and poor standard of living.




Christmas Celebrations at Don Bosco Balprafulta





Swachhta Abhiyan

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, took forward Mahatma Gandhi's dream, to have a clean India and announced the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' on 2nd Oct 2014, Gandhi Jayanti. On this day, Modi addressed the citizens of India and asked everyone to join this campaign.

We the "Saksham Team" joined this cause by working towards cleanliness in the overcrowded, dingy slums of Mumbai. Mumbai is known for its multitude of slums scattered throughout the city, and a clean Mumbai is possible only if the sanitation conditions in the slums are improved.

Our Swacchta Abhiyan initiative, started from Hari Nagar, where 22 children of our study class program, along with the staff, cleaned the area around their class room. Children also took out an awareness rally from Hari Nagar to VBC Nagar taking brooms and bins, with the slogan, "Sare Bharat Se Yahi Guhaar, Swachhta Mera Adhikar". Through this we tried to emphasise that it is every child's right to grow and develop in a clean environment. The children took a vow to keep their area; Basti, City and Nation clean and make it a better place to live.




REACHING THE UNREACHED -(A visit to a Government run children's Home)

On 6 December 2014, Women's Cell members from Vikhroli parish visited a government run Children's Home at Dongri. Along with the Umeed team of Don Bosco Balprafulta, 22 women of the Women's cell, got together to spend time with the children and understand their situation and their plight. It was truly an eye opener to the women.

The Women's Cell members spent quality time interacting and chatting with these girls and organized fun filled games and then distributed snacks to all the girls and boys in the home. We could see joy and happy faces beaming on each and every girl child living in the home. These women expressed that they had a wonderful time and would cherish this most memorable experience.




Review of the Project "Saksham"

"SAKSHAM", is an innovative initiative Project of DBBP which responds to the issues and concerns of children in communities. The project identifies fundamental needs of the slums and gives them need based intervention at the primary level.

SAKSHAM follows the framework of empowering children of underprivileged, economically and socially disadvantage communities who are exposed to various situations such as abuse, addiction and trafficking which hamper their growth and make them vulnerable during their early development age. Saksham believes in creating conducive environment within the communities and encourage the right to education to all children of these communities. In response to this issue we have started study classes at each targeted areas in communities.

Quarterly review had been done to evaluate the impact of the project in the duration of three months (July2014-Sep.2014). The objectives of the review ware:-

  • To look into enhancement of the teaching methodology in Study classes
  • To evaluate the impact of child rights sessions in Bal Sanghtanas
  • To assess the development of study class children under all developmental areas
  • To look into the networking and advocacy part of the programme
  • To formulate strategies for more scope for community development

Summary of the discucssion

  • Field officers were asked to strengthen Bal Sanghtanas and increase the no of groups
  • Each field officer asked to conduct weekly sessions in Bal Sanghtanas
  • Capacity Building and knowledge based training would be given to staff every month to ensure quality in their teaching methodology
  • Networking with other NGOs and local leaders will be strengthen to take the efforts at another level
  • Advocacy for child rights should be introduced at every level




Celebration of World Children's Day on 20th November 2014












The World Children's Day celebration was organized by Don Bosco Balprafulta on 20th of November, 2014 with the theme being, "Awaz Hum Bachchon Ki" - The voice of every child should be heard, for the children of various NGO's, slums and the children whom Balprafulta is reaching out through their various outreach programs, in the premises of St. Dominic Savio High School, Andheri. The Chief Guests for this event were Mr. Ravindra Singal, Commissioner of Police Mumbai Railway and Mrs. Vijaya Murthy, President of Mumbai Balkalyan Samiti and the Guests of Honour were Ms. Jayshree Londe, Member of Bal Kalyan Samiti, Mumbai and Mr. Murugun Selan.

Seven hundred children participated in this event. The Children had fun and educational activities conducted by the volunteers. They were innovative, informative and it gave the children the opportunity to explore their talents through games, art and craft. The art work by the children was later on displayed on stage.

The Main Stage events commenced with the welcoming of the Chief Guests and Guests of Honour. The Chief Guests emphasized that every child has the Right to Education and be responsible citizen of the country. The stage performances included musical performance by the Dominic Savio boys, performance on the theme song of Don Bosco Balprafulta, "Hai Adhikar" by the staff, and a dance and skit by the children of various slum communities of Andheri and Govandi. Through the skit the children tried to bring to light the circumstances faced by poor children.

World Children's Day ended with Fr. Gregory Almeida thanking the Chief Guests, Guests of Honour, volunteers and staff and the children for making the event such a successful one. The children were given a lunch packet and a small gift as they were leaving the premises of St. Dominic Savio High School, Andheri. Each one left the venue with a bright smile.




Visitors from UK at Don Bosco Balprafulta


Don Bosco Balprafulta's aim is to find a better place in society for the children who are run away, destitute, needy and homeless. Unless the address of the child is found out he/she is kept into Government run Children's Home for interim care and protection. The children who are found on CST are being placed in Dongri Children's Home and presented before the Child Welfare Committee. This mode of working for children at CST is closely observed by various other organizations, nationally and internationally.

The visitors from East Coast of Railway children, (U.K) along with the team of Serco visited our project at CST to get an insight into our work for missing children. The Talaash team was encouraged as the visitors showed great interest in their work. They interacted with the staff at Children's Home and spent time with the children too. At the end of the day they were keen to give their valuable support in the near future for the betterment of children at the children's home.




Diwali Celebrations at Don Bosco Balprafulta


Diwali Utsav, 2014


Diwali Utsav is organised every year by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mumbai for GRP (Government Railway Police) Staff. This year Don Bosco Balprafulta was the only NGO invited by DCP and recognised for its dedicated work for betterment of children from all walks of life. 40 Children from Wadala Shelter home were invited and escorted by GRP Staff to Ghatkopar Police Colony, Mumbai where a colourful Cultural programme and dinner were organized for the children and NGO staff . Our Assistant Director Sr. Jacinta with Talaash Team members graced the event with their presence. The idea behind the event was to celebrate Diwali with those children who do not have their own families or are homeless and they should not feel isolated and left out. We NGOs and Government authorities are equally responsible to give them bit of happiness on this auspicious day.


DIYA MAKING - (Girls section at Children's Home)

Deepavali is the time to celebrate the rituals and traditions. Diya in Indian culture and tradition is associated with many significant ceremonies and rituals, Deepavali is one of them. UMEED team introduced and explained the significance of diya and diya-making to the girls at children's home on October 22, 2014. The girls were delighted with the activity and made beautiful diyas. This event spread a ray of hope in the lives of girls.


CARD MAKING - (Boys section at Children's Home)

On the occasion of Diwali-the festival of light, UMEED team wanted to fill colors in the lives of the boys staying at Children's home. For this a card making event was organized in the boys section on Monday 20th October, 2014. Boys who always prefer outdoor games and physical activities came together and displayed their fervent interest in card making. This event brings out the creative side of their personalities. The cards will put up on the "wall for creativity" on the occasion of World children's day which will be held on 20th November 2014, a yearly event at St.Dominic Savio campus.


Diwali Celebration in Communities-(Andheri & Govandi)


Diwali is perhaps the most well-known of the Indian festivals: it is celebrated throughout India, as well as in Indian communities throughout the diaspora. All the rituals of Diwali have significance and a story to tell. Continuing the tradition of vesting uniqueness and social responsibility in its every event, Don Bosco balprafulta - Saksham Team celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights with underprivileged children of three slum communities of Andheri and one in Govandi and made their festival a memorable one.

The day constituted of fun-filled events, with the children and their parents. A wonderful cultural show was put up by the children which was the result of the cumulative hard work put in by the teachers and the Saksham Staff. The children were engaged in a theme based card making competition and Kandil Making workshop to bring out the best of their creative sides and to teach them the importance of team building, enthusiasm and competitive spirit.

The day ended with the distribution of snacks among the children.




Quarterly Review of Project "Umeed"

Project "UMEED", is Hope for those youngsters responsible for their overall development, mainstream them in educational and social setup. It not only protects their Right but also prevents them from getting into vulnerable situations. Quarterly review was done for the project with the aim to look into the networking and advocacy levels.The main focus of the review was strengthening the team and to empower them to be self-reliant in decision making process so that each individual can take charge of different homes and subsequently expand the project.




Review of the Project "Talaash"

October is the month for us to Review our Projects. It began with Project "TALAASH" on 6th and 7th October 2014. Joju Varghese (Facilitator) from Railway Children was present for the review. Objectives of the review were to review the overall work and achievements of the project "Talaash" for the last 3 years, to brain storm on the new initiatives and plan the outcomes and activities for next three years (2014-2017). Challenges such as Lack of rehabilitation mechanisms, strategic planning to reach addicted children at CST and impediments in transfer of children to respective authorities were also discussed and taken into account for further planning. Issue of sustainability has been the focus of the Assistant Director of Don Bosco Balprafulta. For that she suggested:

  • Timely Capacity Building of Staff
  • Take proactive actions in order to raise issue, generate funds, create awareness among society on child rights issues as well as for publicity and marketing of the organization
  • The team shared that a consultant was appointed to monitor the program and guide the team
  • Similarly Mr. Joju Varghese shared that we should appoint a fund raising officer for the organization




Implementing Drug Use, Prevention and Treatment Services by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

A four day training programme for NGO representatives commenced on Sept 22, 2014 at Holy Family Hospital, Bandra, Mumbai by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with Plan-India. Subject of the training programme was "Implementing drug use prevention and treatment services for children, adolescents and families".

Clinical Psychologist Miss. Nikita Tanpure participated and represented "Don Bosco Balprafulta", which has been working on preventive approach on addiction and child rights. The four day training programme followed by one day training for trainers (TOT) was attended by Nikita (Clinical Psychologist).

The session has opened new avenues of knowledge on client centered treatment and bringing in new perspective of implementation of drug use prevention and treatment services for children, adolescents and families.




Garba Celebration at Childrens Home

Garba ( Dandiya) is the most awaited event across the country. For our children it is not only a tradition but a belief in divine "Shakti" in a dance form. This day comes with the equal opportunity of togetherness, happiness, emancipation, venting out of feelings and emotions. The Girls section and the Boys section with CNCP & JCL children lighted up the "GARBA NIGHT" with their spirits and high energy dance. Staff from different NGO's and children home graced the event with their presence and active participation.




Sports Day Celebration at Children's Home

Sports day is celebrated every year with the aim to use, maintain or improve the physical ability and skills while providing not only entertainment but also instill lessons that are essential in life of every child.

This year on 24th September, 2014, Sports day was organized at Children's Home in collaboration with different NGO's catering to Children's Home. About 200 children participated in different indoor games. Cricket being the only outdoor game was organized with the intention to strengthen the spirit of team building among the children. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day.




Financial Literacy Project

A workshop on 'Financial Literacy' was conducted by Mr. Mahesh Kumar on 11th September, 2014 at Don Bosco Provincial Hall. The objective of the workshop was to enhance 'Saving behavior' of the staff with the intention that they will commence the same in the community. The session began with the fundamental difference between the coin and paper currency, the value of Indian currency. Various investment plans and policies which give maximum returns, advantage of right financial planning at early age, importance of life term insurance, Government policies, retirement plans were explained. The session concluded with the assertion that the concept of financial literacy will be conducted in the community.




Mela - 25th August 2014


On 25th August fun filled 'Mela' was organized in the Children's Home. Along with various games and hug therapy, drawing competition was also organized in both the sections of the Childrens Home. Compared to the previous melas, the present mela was well participated and enjoyed by the children.




'Child Protection Committee', formed at CST


It was a great venture for Don Bosco Balprafulta (DBBP), to initiate the process of forming 'A Child Protection Committee' at CST. The first meeting was held on August 22, 2014 at 3.00 p.m at the Senior Station Manager's Office. This first meeting was well attended by the following members: Senior Station Manager Mr L .K Raniyewale , Mr. Vinayak Diwale,Station Manager, Baliram Saroj SSE, Sunita Dhokane GRP Baban Koyle GRP , Vishnu Parab Senior T.C, Brijesh Kumar, RPF police Inspector Dinesh Nair.

The purpose of this committee was: to understand the issues and concerns of children on railway platforms and interact with Government and Non-Government stakeholders, to maintain children's record referred by voluntary organizations or competent authority by RPF and GRP, to formulate recommendations for 'Safeguarding the Rights of Children at Railway Platforms', to create awareness of Child Rights among travelling public - symbolic hoardings at and around railway premises and to set up 'Child Assistance Booth' at all the major stations and terminals for assisting children who are lost or abandoned or are in need of help. The meeting was a success and they hoped to go forward to activate the committee for the assistance of all children lost and abandoned or in need of help.




Workshop on Financial Inclusion conducted by Axis Bank


A workshop on Financial Inclusion was given by Axis Bank Manager, Miss. Hazel and Mr. Venkatesh. Orientation to the Staff members was given on how to create an awareness in the community about the new banking facilities that are available to them, inculcate the Saving Behavior, knowledge about how to open an account for the children and to motivate them to save through different methods. All the staff members clarified their doubts about Financial Literacy. The way forward was that the Field Officers of Don Bosco Balprafulta would arrange for a campaign with Axis Bank and give orientation to the community on Financial Literacy.




Visit of The Talaash Team at Reay Road


The Talaash team visited the vulnerable families at Reay Road Railway platform to observe the situations of the poor conditions faced by these families.




Celebrating 68th Independence Day at Shelter Don Bosco Wadala




Don Bosco Balprafulta, wishes to congratulate the children of Shelter Don Bosco Wadala who celebrated 68th Independence Day with enthusiasm, patriotism and fervor on 15th August, 2014

It was a memorable experience for the staff and children of Shelter Don Bosco to take pride in our Country's honor. Sr. Jacinta Pinto, Fdcc who was invited as a chief guest for the occasion hoisted the flag. Everyone was geared up and enthused for the momentous occasion. The patriotic fervor was vibrantly alive in the staff and children.

The children performed a patriotic play with a message followed by speech delivered by Sr. Jacinta Pinto (Assistant Director - Don Bosco Balprafulta)

Addressing the children and staff Sr. Jacinta Pinto spoke on the importance of Independence Day and encouraged the children for their good performance on stage.




Independence Day celebrated in the community






Railway Police Force training organized by DonBosco Balprafulta at CST


On Saturday, 2nd August 2014, Don Bosco Balprafulta organized an event for the Railway Police Force, at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. The police were given an insight into the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000, which serves as a powerful legal instrument for the care, protection, rehabilitation and social re-integration of needy children. The objective to hold this training was to help the officials understand the 'why' and 'how' of providing better treatment and care to needy children found on railway stations and to create an atmosphere conducive to child care in the otherwise unfit railway station environment. The response of the police personnel was encouragingly positive and there is hope of great co-operation from their end.




Govandi De-addiction Awareness Program




An Awareness Program on addiction was conducted on 2nd August 2014, at Don Bosco Balprafulta's Adarsh Nagar Centre, Govandi and NGO Pratham's Sanjay Nagar Centre, Govandi. The Program was attended by children, youth and parents of these 2 areas. There were a total of 50 participants. The Resource Person, Mrs. Shashikala Kale, through a talk, discussion, demonstration and video made the participants aware of the dreadful effects of addiction be it to tobacco, alcohol or drugs. The Director of Don Bosco Balprafulta, Fr.Gregory Almeida and the Executive Director Sr. Jacinta Pinto who were also present for the Program urged the participants to spread the knowledge they received through the Program to those they come in contact with, especially children who are already into addiction.




Session on Addiction

Addiction session conducted with the Juveniles with Conflict with Law (JCL). It was seen that the children showed some realization regarding their habits. They shared and admitted their habit of inhaling solution. They also shared the harmful effects it had on them. They were duly appreciated for their insight, honesty and sincerity.




Iftar Party held on 24th July, 2014 for study class students at Govandi Centre

The program was attended by study class students who come to learn at the Centre in the mornings and afternoons. The program began with Mumtaz giving a talk to the children on the background, significance of Roza and the holy month of Ramzaan and different types of Roza that they are expected to practice. It was an interactive session wherein she asked the children questions to test their knowledge and accordingly gave them the information. Besides she also tried to explain to them that the good behavior that they are expected to practice, they should continue it even after Ramzaan is over. She ended the session with a story from the Kuran. Mumtaz then led the group in prayer while the children were served with a plate full of fruits and other items. At sharp 7:27 pm the children broke their fast and were served water by the staff. There were about 6 older children who efficiently helped the staff conduct the program right from purchasing the food to cleaning up after the program got over. For this program the staff was also able to get the help of the children's parents as well. The parents were very co-operative and lent their vessels to the staff to use. The next door neighbor was kind enough to give his room for the staff to arrange the plates. In this way the staff was able to get the community's participation in conducting the Iftar party.




Mela - 3rd July 2014

On 3rd July 2014 Don Bosco Balprafulta "Umeed" Project conducted a monthly Mela for the girls & boys section. It was a fun filled time for all the children living in children home.The activities conducted were Action songs, Mimicry, Games, Team games & Group dynamics




Annual Thanksgiving Day - 10th June, 2014



The 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Day, was held on 10th June 2014. at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga. The theme of the Annual Day was 'Strengthening vulnerable families: An approach for child's holistic development.

The program was attended by Fr Crispino D'souza - Rector of Dominic Savio Andheri, Fr Gregory Almeida, the new director of Don Bosco Balprafulta, our ex- director, Fr. Barnabe D'souza, the staff and directors of various NGO's were present.

The program began with a welcome speech by Ms Nikita Tanpure followed by a presentation of Don Bosco Balprafulta's work for the year 2013-2014, by Ms Aarti Paranjpee, the Program Manager. This was followed by the most important part of the Annual day the 'Panel discussion'. 6 eminent speakers, Mrs. Asha Rane, Mr. Pramod Nigudkar, Mrs. Anjali Gokarn, Sr. Merlin, Mrs. Manasi Joshi and Miss Marina D'costa from different organizations having experience in working with children and families were invited to speak on various aspects of the theme. The Topics assigned were as follows:

  1. Issues affecting vulnerable families that hinder child's holistic development.
  2. Challenges faced whilst working with vulnerable families.
  3. Enhancing emotional and mental health of vulnerable families.
  4. Financial inclusion of families.
  5. Alternative services that can be provided to vulnerable families.

The session was moderated by Sr. Jacinta Pinto, the executive director of Don Bosco Balprafulta. The audience actively participated with their valuable questions and suggestions. This gave an impetus to push ahead for an urgent need to work in close collaboration with likeminded NGO's to start a process of working with vulnerable families.

The panel discussion was followed by a question and answer session where the doubts of the audience were clarified. Some organization also took the opportunity to share the positive experiences of their NGO's in working with vulnerable families. The Annual Day ended with a vote of Thanks by Ms. Anjali Parmar.




Don Bosco Balprafulta organizes Awareness Campaign on Child Protection

In past few months, India saw increasing incidences of abuse and exploitation on children, be it Sexual abuse of 5 year old child in Delhi or rescue of children from Jari Industry. We read or see such children around our neighbourhood; we shake our heads, speak about their pitiable condition & move on, but as member of society our role doesn't end here. Ensuring every child gets his childhood requires small yet significant contribution from every member of society. As a part of Society sensitization program Don Bosco Balprafulta's Talaash Team organised an Awareness Campaign on 26th May 2014 at Mumbai's Chhatrapatee Shivaji Terminus (CST). The campaign was organized to

  • Disseminate information and Knowledge to citizens on the issue of Child Protection
  • Motivate people to come forward to help children who are in difficult situation and act against the people who are violating the rights of the children

The Campaign was inaugurated by Mr. Poonous - Sr Station Manager-CST and Rajashri Ambure - Divisional Commisioner of Police(DCP)- GRP and Dinesh Nair(Inspector) - RPF. Children who were repatriated back to their home from CST Station and are progressing in their education were present with their parents. They were appreciated for their performance in studies by honoring them with the certificate Various Methods were used to reach out to people with a message like Poster exhibition, Pamphlet distribution and street plays. Poster Exhibition covered issues like child labour, child abuse and problems of the street children and child rights. Along with this, throughout the day team distributed pamphlets and with the help of street play sensitized people on how they can contribute.

Civil citizens on large scale visited the Poster Exhibition and were inquiring on how they can help such children. Street play shows done on different locations on station attracted many people. We were able to reach out to more than 10,000 people and were able to spread the message with regards to Child Protection.




Govandi Centre Inauguration


In February 2014, DBBP opened an activity centre for the children in Adarsh Nagar, Govandi, which has transformed our work there. We are now witnessing increased participation and improvement among the children. Children who were unable to read or write are now helping others read and write. The sessions at the centre have helped enhance the children's behaviour both at home and school.




Sessions On Financial Literacy


Sessions on financial literacy with the children aimed at bring about a change in their views on save money. Children were engaged in discussions on how to spend and how to cut down on trivial spending.To save money and make saving a personal process, they were taught to make their own piggy banksout of bottles and scrap paper. They added their own touch to their little piggy banks by painting over them with beautiful colors. Now the children are saving their pocket money and not spending it wastefully on other items.




Fun filled Day Event (MELA)

A Free Fun filled Day Activity {MELA} has been conducted every month at Government-run Dongri Children's Homes/Observation Homes by Project UMEED. The main objective was to enhance the quality life of children in the Government-run Children's Homes by conducting various activities that will promote their holistic development, give them opportunity to participate in a day full of fun, to let them know that they are important, loved and cared for and this will serve as a model for others who are working with these children.

The Event features different Fun field Games just as in a Fun Fair and other team-movement activities with a Theme on which awareness is done every month. The main objective of these themes is to reach out to more children, raise issues, spread knowledge and give them a direction to move ahead in life.

The Event was conducted on 21st May 2014. The theme was based on "Bullying". A Compere was invited to spread the message related to the theme. There were videos projected on the theme of "Bullying". There were posters, charts and lots of music used to create a child friendly atmosphere within Children's Home.

Bullying occurs when young children are there. It can occur anywhere on the way to or from school, playgrounds, Children's Home washrooms, eating areas and change rooms.

"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself."

We covered all types of Bullying, short term ,long term effects & interventions. It was seen that children liked this MELA and got knowledge about how to identify bullies, deal with them and inform any trusted adult about such disruptive behavior.

A Free Fun Day (MELA) is conducted every month at the Government-Run Dongri Children's Home / Observation Homes by Project UMEED. The main objective is to enhance the quality of life of children in the Home. Conducting various activities that promote holistic development give the children an opportunity to participate in fun filled activities. They feel loved and cared for. The event features different games similar to that in a Fun Fair and other.






Haldi Kum Kum parenting session with women of VBC Nagar



Annual Day



Awareness Camp At CST



Independence Day



MBA Student Visit




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