From the Director’s Heart…
Month of May is dedicated to Mother Mary. Don Bosco had a special love for her. He entrusted most of his works to her and she took care of them all. We too at Ashalayam paid homage to her and sought her help.
This month has connected us with a few new people and most important of them are Fr. Anthony and Br. Julian, the new members who are added to the Ashalayam family.
Fr. Anthony is the pioneer of the street children work in India. He is the one who began the Ashalayam work in Hawrah Kolkata followed by Ashalayam New Delhi and then Ashalayam Lucknow. He began the work in Lucknow city first and then moved out to its present location at Mohanlalganj in 2007. Today because of his hard work many of the street children are settled in life and are doing well. We at Ashalayam are very happy to receive him back.
He is now 81 years old and says, “My heart is here at Ashalayam, I want to die here”. We pray that God gives him good health and keeps him young always.
Br. Julian too has been working with street children. He has been an as-sistant at Ashalayam New Delhi. Presently he is doing his MSW studies from Lucknow. We welcome him at Ashalayam Lucknow and wish him all the best.
We like to express our gratitude to Br. Bimal Kerketta who has been at Ashalayam for last one year. He has done much for the children in taking classes and looking after them. God be praised for his valuable contribu-tion. He is now moving to Bangalore for his further studies towards priesthood. We wish him all the best and God’s blessings.
Fr. Edward Sacrawat
Cricket Match with Giant Kalla Kaushal Team
On 3rd May, 2016 Cricket finale was hosted by Don Bosco Technical Institute Mohanlalganj. Ashalayam boys played against UP Kalla Kaushal team. It was a do or die match but finally Ashalayam lost the match. However, they won the hearts of spectators as well as learnt from their defeat .
Adieu to outgoing Trainees
The tailoring centre Kanpur hosted award day on 3rd May, 2016. Fr. Edward Sacrawat, the direc-tor was present at the function. The outgoing batch was given adieu and new batch was welcomed. The outgoing batch were honored with certifi-cates.
Newly Wedded Couple Celebrate their Nuptial with Children
The newly married couple Mr. Tushit and Mrs. Gaganprit had come to celebrate their nuptial with children on 5th May, 2016. They shared their joy with children and became a reason for children’s smiles. The day’s meal was sponsored by them. The family of Ashalayam is thankful for the gesture of love and concern.
Happy Birthday to Didi Lara Guazza Insaro
On 6th May, 2016 DBAL wished Didi Lara a very Happy Birthday. Family gathering was hosted in the evening in honor of her. The children rocked the evening with drum beats, melodious voice and rocking steps. DBAL expressed its deepest compliments and thanked her for the person she is to DBAL
The Modern Writer at the Premise of DBAL
14th May, 2016, in the chapter of Ashalayam is marked by a special visit of Kabeer Rishi Saxena, the modern writer from Lucknow and his family. In the short address he emphatically exalted the children to struggle and strive for goal in their lives. The children were enthused to know that he is a past pupil of St. Pe-ter’s Inter College where they are presently studying. It has livened their study and interest.
Spelling and Vocabulary Competition
For the children studying in class five, six and seven the spelling and vocabulary competition was conducted by Gero and Cl. Bimal kerketta on 15th May, 2015. The children displayed keen interest and curiosity to learn new language. In fact acquiring new language boosted their self confidence and self esteem.
Fr. Linus Interacts with Children
Fr. Linus, from Don Bosco Asha-layam Delhi made a maiden visit to DBAL on 15th May, 2016. He inter-acted with the children and shared about Don Bosco Ashalayam Delhi. The interaction was very informative and educative one for the children.
Swings of Summer vacations
To mark the summer vacation as change of occupation Don Bosco Ashalayam Lucknow organized vari-ous recreational and educational ac-tivities. The children threw them-selves in for table tennis, indoor cricket, music practice, reading books in library, remedial classes for younger children by seniors, reading news papers, magazines and story books. There was a lot of fun and laughter seen among children in learning .
Boys Excel in UP Board Exami-nation-2016
Two boys from Ashalayam Lucknow had appeared in class 12th Utter Pradesh Board Exami-nation –2016. Both of them have passed in flying Colours securing 80% and 70% . They have brought glory and inspiration for other children. The Ashalayam family wishes them God’s bless-ings for their future life.
Hearty Welcome to Fr. Anthony Thaiparambil and Bro. Julian Pradeep
Fr. Anthony Thaiparambil, the pioneer of DBAL and Bro. Julian, the dynamic and energetic cleric joined Don Bosco Ashalayam Lucknow on 25th May, 2016. These two have added energy, en-thusiasm and experience in the life of DBAL. May God grant them wisdom and good health to realize the dream of Don Bosco among the needy children.
Lunch in the neighbourhood
We thank our neighbour Mr. Hiralal for inviting all the children and staff of Ashalayam for a lunch. He even sent a tractor to pick up the children. Tractor journey was such a fun-time together. Children were offered puri, sabji and sweets. Kids ate as much as they could and returned back home happily, being grateful for such a beautiful privilege.
Honouring Mother Mary
On May, 31st in the evening all of us gathered together before the statue of Mother Mary to greet her and thank her for her protection and blessings. We all at Ashalayam can very well feel her presence among us. We have no mother but she.