Apr 29, 2021

New clothes for street children across Kerala

 Don Bosco Veedu Society is committed in rescuing and rehabilitating at risk and orphaned children from around the country. One of the major and long standing projects has been the Don Bosco Nivas Shelter Home, a temporary shelter facility to provide a safe and comfortable short stay for children in need of care and protection. Likewise we hve various shelter homes across the state of kerala on various districts. Every centres are registered under Juvenile Justice Act 2000 with facilities to accommodate children. These children come from different backgrounds such as orphaned, run away, single parent, children in conflict with law, child in need of care and protection etc.

Some of the basic necessities that a rescued child needs are a set of dress, toiletries and footwear. Children usually receive ‘hand me down’ clothes and on special occasions such as birthdays and festivities, children long to receive a new set of clothes, toiletries  & footwear. Many a times, the donated clothes were either not their size, torn or very old. That is why we have decided to not only get new clothes but we also got a new pair of footwear, new toothbrushes, toothpaste, toungue cleaner, soap and shampoo for all of them using the funds which we raised through GlobalGiving donors.

Since during the time period we received a huge amount for providing necessary clothings and toiletries for our children, we managed to mobilise fund towards other branches of our organisation which were focused on rescuing and rehabilitation of street children across the state of Kerala. We have branches over Ernakulam, Kollam and Calicut which work for the rescue of street children. We managed to stock up sufficient new dresses from textiles and footwears for the children which was later distributed to around 1000 street children who were rescued and given shelter at various organisations of Don Bosco Veedu Society.  

We cannot express in words the happiness we could witness on their faces once they received new clothes and shoes.Don Bosco Veedu Society is thankful to each and every donor from GlobalGiving for your gracious support which allows us to cater to the basic needs of children. We expect such continuous support from the generous donors so that the children will be able to receive new clothes and belongings frequently.

Children with their new toiletries
Children with their new toiletries
Apr 26, 2021

GIFTING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS FOR CHILDREN FROM SLUM

children practising chenda
children practising chenda

Good mental health and building a safe space for kids where they can bare themselves open are still frowned upon by our society, and even by parents. These children are always at risk of exploitation if not given proper care and guidance. Several reports reveal that many students do not make it to school and are often seen running away.

The KEEN (Karimadom Education and Empowerment Network) initiative, implemented at Karimadom, aims at empowering women and children through education and skill development. As part of this initiative various community projects have been launched at Karimadom.

This project has been introduced so that children who are interested in learning are required to attend school, thus preventing school dropout. Don Bosco Veedu Society has initiated this project since 2 years and has trained 11 children from slum initially and they have done their arangettam (graduation ceremony) before the outbreak of COVID. Don Bosco Veedu Society has helped these children to form a troop so that they can perform infront of public which they have acquired through the professional training. Before pandemic the children were having hand full of stages for carrying out their performance. Inspired by the success of project, another set of children has approached us for acquiring training. Here we included drop outs aswellas school going children who are keenly interested for getting trained in Chendamelam.

 Don Bosco has identified 12 potential students from the Karimadom Slum and has hired a professional instructor to train them. Once training is done and the students are prepared for their Arangettam (graduation ceremony in music),Don Bosco will gift Chendas to each of  the students performing and by doing so, aim to empower and motivate the underprivileged children in the slums. Due to pandemic protocols the group is divided into two batcjes each consisting of 6 children and are practising alternate days. Once the graduation is done, children will be able to earn for themselves and their families by participating in festivals and cultural expos. They will also acquire various life skills such as comradeship and teamwork.

Currently  through mobilising funds from GlobalGiving donors, we were able to buy 3 chendas (Instrument for performing) to three children among the group where the rest are practising with the borrowed chendas from the former beneficiaries. We are in need of 9 more chendas for distributing to the children.

Apr 24, 2021

Feed a Child: Contribute to the future

children rescued having a Sadhya(Traditional meal)
children rescued having a Sadhya(Traditional meal)

 

Street children were the most vulnerable during the lockdown. With the nature of their livelihood, they are dependent on begging, vending or helping their families with work. Everything has been affected by the COVID situation. In India, the crisis is extreme for marginalised children. Migrant child labourers, street children trapped midway, are fighting more than they can at their age.

Don Bosco Veedu society is one of the leading institution in rescuing the street children and providing them with shelter until they are secured to their respective families or transferred to other safe settings. Every children who are rescued from streets are provided with enough nutrition at Don Bosco, so that they won’t be left starving at streets.

 

The food schedule for the children rescued from streets were followed as:

Day 1

Puttu and chana masala, Milk

Rice , Egg Curry, Pulses

Appam, Veg Stew

 

Day 2

Dosa, Sambar and Milk

Rice, Fish Fry, Dal Curry

Chappathi and Potato curry

 

Day 3

Uppma, Green Peas and Milk

Chicken Biriyani

Rice and Aviyal and Pickle

 

Day 4

Idli, Sambar and Milk

Rice, Egg Masala and Pulses

Porotta and Veg Stew

 

Day 5

Bread, Green peas, Banana and Milk

Rice, Fish Curry, Vegetable curry and Fruits

Chappathi and Veg Stew

 

Day 6

Dosa, Chutney and Milk

Rice, Vegetable curry and Dal

Pathiri and Veg Stew

 

Day 7

Idli, Sambar and Milk

Rice, Beef curry, Aviyal

Rice Pudding and Curry

 This year when the pandemic hit, Don Bosco was able to ensure that there are no children on streets roaming without any food or shelter. We have conducted a quick patrolling in search of children at risk in the streets with the help of ChildLine and has identified 18 potential at risk children. We have provided them with required food and nutrition.

happy fooding
happy fooding
 
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