The children of Don Bosco is extremely happy and grateful since they all received a new pair of silk shirts and Mundu (traditional wear of Keralites) during this Onam ( Kerala’s most important festival), when every Keralites across the world buy new pair of dress which is termed as ‘Onakodi’. The Keralites during the Thiruvonam (Main festival day) will wear the new clothes, decorate their houses with garlands, form pattern with flower (Athapookkalam) and they altogether prepare Sadhya (Traditional food of Kerala) and thus celebrate the day of Thiruvonam.
This Onam 2021 has been a memorable day for the children at Don Bosco Nivas by the grace of the donors of GlobalGiving. The Funds which were given by the donors of GlobalGiving were mobilised for buying authentic wears for every children at Don Bosco so that they can wear those costumes and celebrate the beautiful day of Onam.
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.
Christmas is the season of Joy and happiness. The children from Don Bosco Nivas, open shelter home for the children at risk with the help of kind donations from the GlobalGiving platform has successfully provided Christmas gifts for every children. The home consists of 25 children who come from different backgrounds such as orphaned, run away, single paent, children in conflict with law etc. These children long for care and affection from people which they haven’t received during their vulnerable childhood. Theses children lost their deserving childhood for certain reasons. We are successfully continuing our saga to ensure that we manage to provide what they lost to an extent so that they will be moulded to a better citizen tomorrow.
Our director distributing new clothes for children
Onam is the most major festivals of we Keralites. It is one of the festival where we people unite despite of religion and caste which makes it a festival celebrated with secularism among the Keraites. Onam 2020 is so special for us as we haven’t observed the festival since 2018 flood which continued on 2019 as well. This year we face the pandemic which again prevent us from celebrating Onam in true means. But still being affected by lockdown the public as a relaxation technique has agreed to celebrate onam within the constraints because this festival provides a family feeling and a sense of belonging for each and every people from Kerala.
This onam will also be celebrated at Don Bosco, Trivadrum where we have most of the street children during the period of lockdown and has given shelter and nutrition. Onam is all about new beginning where we leave past miseries. The shelter home children also has a past which has lead them to the streets with no food shelter or clothings.
The donations we received from everyone through GlobalGiving which has amounted $206 has helped us in providing “Onakkodi” (New clothes which the Keralites receive on the day of Thiruvonam) for 18 children at Don Bosco shelter home. We sincerely express our gratitude for all the well wishers who has extended their helping hands for providing the children with new clothings and become part in their little happiness. Thanks to GlobalGiving and its donors for making the ONAM for these children colorful with new clothings.
Greetings from Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society!
In this quarter GlobalGiving helped us to raise $90 for donating new clothes to the street children rescued by Don bosco Veedu society. Christmas it’s the most wonderful time of the year... unless it’s not. For many of the street children, this time of year may be depressing, stressful or simply go by unnoticed due to more pressing problems.
Your Donations helped us to provide 15 boys from the shelter home with a pair of new shirt and pants. This support helped us to maintain the smile in every child at the shelter
Don Bosco Veedu’s work continues…….. We sincerely hope that you will stay involved
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