Don Bosco Ashalayam New Delhi
House of Hope Asha Vachan
Volume 2 / Issue 8/ September 2013
Affectionate greetings from all the children at Ashalayam.
It gives me great joy to share with you that Damni, one of our students pursuing professional training has successfully completed one year Diploma in Photography and his graduation ceremony was held on 19th august 2013 in the institution, Academy of Photographic Excellence at Vasant Kunj. The staff of the institution had been extremely happy with the way he has progressed and they have chosen him to be in the academy for a year of internship.
There is every reason for all of us to rejoice with his success and it is a stepping stone for his self reliance. I would like to acknowledge and appreciate all those who have been instrument in accompanying Damni to achieve this long cherished goal of his life.
Thank you very much for accompanying our children for a better life.
May God bless you.
Father George Nadackal (Director)
Mega Anti Child Labour Camp
On 4th August 2013 Commissioner of Labour Department, Government of India had organized an awareness camp in Najafgarh in order to eradicate the child labour in Delhi.
Our children were invited to perform a street play showing the evils and miseries of child labour practice.
Children performed the skit “ evils of employing children” so well that everyone appreciated the way the message was communicated to the audience. It also conveyed the message to use the Childline number 1098 so that children can access to any help in need at any time.
Independence Day Celebrations
August 15, 2013 marks the 66th year of our independence and the children of Ashalayam celebrated it with pride and great joy. They had the march past followed by the hosting of the national “ag by Fr. C.A. Joseph, the Vice-Rector.
Fr. Joseph, in his message encouraged the children to remain faithful to the great values of our freedom fighters who sacrificed their live for the nation.
To enjoy freedom would imply that we respect the rights of others. We must dream of making our country a secure place where everyone can live and work in peace and harmony.
After the breakfast the children were allowed to go to the playground to fly kites, which they were longing forward to for a long time. The day concluded with a prayer service to honour the Assumption of the Blessed Virgn Mary, our Mother, Guide and Teacher.
Damni the Photographer
Damni Kumar is one of the the children of Mr. Sudharsan, who is a shop keeper and has a meager income to sustain himself and his family.
Damni used to be beaten up by his father for silly reasons. He ran away from home in order to escape from his father’s ill treatment and reached Delhi Railway Station. Damni was found by one of our staff members at New Delhi Railway Station and offered him shelter.
Late he was given the option to come to Ashalayam and continue his schooling. He has completed Class from St. Francis De Sales School at Janakpuri and Class XII from Senior Secondary School at Palam.
Since he had shown lot of interest in photography, his own mentors had arranged to get the admission for this course. Friends and well wishers o!ered to pay the fees and the institution gave 50% concession to make his long cherished dream a reality. This is what he writes: “My experience in Apex, was remarkable.
Before I joined Apex, I did not have proper knowledge about photography. But, apart from the technique, through experiments I learnt much more than what I could have learnt only through books. Experiment is the most important thing for learning while studying in Apex. I would like to thank the staff members of Apex for being so nice to me and giving me a wonderful opportunity to learn.” Looking towards the future he would like to become a full pledged photographer and says “I would like to do the interior photography and industrial photography, because, there are a lot of opportunities for experiments in this field to learn new things. I feel that in this field we can find much more new things than in other field.”
Birthday of Don Bosco on 16th August 2013
The children celebrated the 199th birthday of Don Bosco and thanked God for the gift of this great saint to the world, who has touched the lives of millions of youngsters in the world. Fr. C.A. Joseph, gave away the prizes for the various competitions and tournaments held during the holidays. Senior boys and the captains have taken a leading role in conducting the various events and their organization and we are grateful to all of them for their initiatives and leadership.
“Right To Home” Drawing & Painting Competition
28th August 2013
Child protection refers to strategies and structures aimed at protecting children from abuse, exploitation, neglect and violence (Save the Children 2010). This maltreatment of children includes early marriage, child labour and other forms of exploitation, and all forms of abuse, including sexual abuse and physical violence against children in homes, schools and wider communities (UN 1989).
It is closely linked to the better care of children, which involves ensuring that more children grow up in safe and caring families, or, when this is not possible, have a range of high quality, alternative care choices open to them (UN 2010a). Butter”y, an NGO has taken lead in advocating the rights of the children to a family. This is to ensure all children live a life free from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation and thrive in a safe family environment.
We have been conducting awareness programmes at different places to sensitize the importance of the right to a family for every child. A Painting competition was organized for our children to perceive their own understanding of the family.
Ashalayam Monthly Statistics
Don Bosco Ashalayam
Total Children During the Month 109
Number of Children on the !rst Day of the Month 82
New Admission During the Month 027
Details of Children Moved Out
Transferred to other Homes 015
Restored to Family 008
Run Away/ Missing 000
Set Free 000
Total number of Children on the last day of the Month 086
Shelter Home Okhla
Total Children During the Month 50
Number of Children on the !rst Day of the Month 44
New Admission During the Month 6
Details of Children Moved Out
Transferred to other Homes 003
Restored to Family 014
Run Away/ Missing 000
Set Free 000
Total number of Children on the last day of the Month 036
In the Hostel
College going boys 019
Studies & Vocational Training 013
Name of the centre
Kali Mandir 049
Okhla Railway Station 047
Nizamudin Railway Station 031
Sadar Bazar 032
Bangala Sahib Gurudwara 048
Total number of Children contacted 227
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