Jul 6, 2018

Entrepreneurship Development Program

The Women of Karimadom Slum identified an opportunity in the field of catering service. They raised it during our referendum meeting with women. In the city of Trivandrum there are almost 105 caterers, who receives party orders. Every caterer hires a team from outside for serving the dishes during the events. Among those serving groups most of the groups engage men.

The women group identified it as an opportunity, and recommended for training in catering serving. Five days of training was organized for helping a group of 25 women from the slum to take up catering serving as their profession.

The training program was inaugurated by Fr. Thomas P.D (Director, Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society) on 13th March. The first two days of the training was handled by Mr. Georgezen (Micro- Entreprise Specialist, Adhani group). He mainly focused on the formation of the group. The two days of training helped in building leadership skills among women folk. He also handled lessons oncommunication, time management, delegation and decision-making skills, which are essential skills required in managing a group.

On the third of the training, a leader was elected, and the election was held democratically. The women folks were asked to formulate rules and regulations for the smooth functioning of the group. The rules and regulations were validated by the experts from Don Bosco Veedu Society.

Catering serving requires hands on experience; the fourth day was exclusively kept for experience sharing by the leading caterers from Trivandrum including Mr. Rajan (Varnam Catering), Mr. Hussian (President, Kerala catering Association), and Mr. Mathew (Secretary, Kerala catering Association) interacted with the women folk, and discussed about the opportunities associated with the catering services. Mr. Mathew stressed on the importance of personal hygiene while serving the food.

On 17th March Mr. John (Rtd. Hospitality Manager, Sheraton Hotels) handled a session on the topic “Fine Dining Etiquette for Servers”. The session was a theoretical learning experience for the women folk, before their taking up the venture.

Valedictory function was organized; director, Fr. Thomas P.D collected feedback from the participants.

The women were positive about their learning experience. “I strongly believe that the new venture that we are going to start will help us to find a living” says Mrs. Nadeera.

Apr 3, 2018

A Restaurant Experience

It is vacation time for school children and as usual there is more inflow of chidlren to the streets. Hence we have more mouths to feed. When ever you walk through the streets a familiar site is street children seen looking into fine restaurants their mouths watering and stomachs empty. While talking to our chidren about their street experience, one fo their main wish is to eat in a restaurant. And infact an opprotunity came not too long ago.

Recently one couple came in and they wanted to take the chidlren out for a dinner in a restaurant! The announcement brough smiles and disbelief and anticipation among the kids. They also offered an additional bonus of a beach experience before the dinner. And all this took place on the easter Sunday. Our kids were elated and this memory will surely be embedded in their minds for a long time.

Your help in the past have indeed brought smiles of gratitude on the face of these chidlren in the past. Your continued support will help them grow in good health.

Apr 2, 2018

More Smiles every Mile

Rescued Child on Christmas Day
Rescued Child on Christmas Day

On Christmas day we rescued a girl chid with her mentally ill mother from the Trivandrum Central Railway station. They were in a very bad condition with dirt and smell all over. They were brought to our shelter home and our staff gave them a bath and provided new dress. The smile on the child's face has been immortalised in our minds and hearts. As the mother has been ill and was not talking to the child, though she was about six years old, she was unable to talk.

The Christmas meal with Christmas celebration followed and we were able to see more smiles on the face of the child and even on the face of the sick mother. The help recieved our generous contributors is increasingly becoming a blessing in the lives of the young chidlren at risk in our society. The joy and smile of children who recieve a new pair of colorful dress something that last as a fond memory in our minds. You too can be proud that this has been achieved through your generosity.

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