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Alfredo Carrillo

My name is Alfredo Carrillo, I'm going to be starting my fourth year of my undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. I am just over three quarters of the way done with my two month internship with Don Bosco Balprafulta. Since this was my first time in India, I wanted an opportunity to explore so many things such as: working with children in need, having some sort of exposure to the law in India, and possibly even teaching.

I am glad to say that DBBP has not only fulfilled my internship expectations, but also my personal experience expectations. Internship wise, I have been able to work on a project studying the Juvenile Justice Act, while also teaching English classes to children at the children's home in Dongri and at a study center that DBBP also operates in the Shivaji Nagar area of Govandi. As for my personal experience expectations, I have been able to experience going out into the communities, shelters, and interacting with the people as a local. Which has allowed me the opportunity to see first hand the true colors of the situations and issues the children face on a day to day basis.

During my time here, I have had an opportunity to visit all of the projects that DBBP operates: Talaash, Umeed, and Saksham. In Talaash I was able to observe the state that the children are found while at at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. While in Umeed, I was able to visit the government run children's home in Dongri, from which I was able to get a sense of what life is like for those children who are living life in the shelters. I have also participated with the Saksham project by visiting communities that have youth at risk by helping them empower themselves through English language skills.

Although my time here in India has been fairly short, I believe I have seen enough to know that the topic of child rights is not an easy mountain to climb and conquer. But, Don Bosco Balprafulta is definitely adding their share in to help those most vulnerable and in need, the runaway and neglected children of the streets and railways of Mumbai. Thanks to this experience I will go back to the Berkeley Campus eager to come back and serve the children in the near future.

My greatest gratitude to the Don Bosco Balprafulta family, who have opened their doors to me and have made me feel welcomed during my time here, Thank you.

Sudip Guha

It's been only few months since I am associated with Don Bosco Bal Prafulta (DBBP). My prerogative of associating with DBBP was my belief in the idea that working towards the development of children from all flocks of society is THE BEST way to build a victorious future for our nation. What differentiates DBBP is, not only are they working towards the development of the underprivileged children but also making the children aware of their rights & how to live a dignified life.

For me the most important asset of DBBP is their "people" who pull out all the stops to bring a smile on the children's face. Here you will find volunteers who are always willing to walk that extra mile to encompass all stake holders & ensuring every child inhabits in a conducive eco system.

After becoming a DBBP's honorary member, I have observed a change in myself. Now I look towards children from a different perspective altogether. I reconcile the opportunities & comfort that I enjoyed during my childhood and now I am able to empathize what these children's are missing out in life. Through my participation I would like to contribute whatever little I can to make a meaningful difference in their life.

My sincere regards to all the staff-members of DBBP and most appreciably to all those unprivileged kids, who inspires my thoughts & outlook towards life.

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