Don Bosco project in Bidar has clearly set foot in the land and among the people with a clear idea and vision to be an integral part of this rural and deprived society.
On 12th August, 2009, yet another little shed but a big step from large hearts saw the blessing and opening of two more facilities. There is now added more place with a hall and a class room in the shed form again. The larger hall will house the children who are now in the bridge course and the hall will contain the trainees of the `Tailoring Programme`.
Fr. Thomas Koonan, the Vice Provincial blessed the new facilities and Fr. George Mathew the Economer inaugurated the same in a very simple yet profound function in the presence of all the beneficiaries.
The day was full for the project with many activities during the day. The first was a very purposeful interaction with the Deputy Commissioner of the District who was very appreciative of the efforts and activities of Don Bosco at Bidar and who hopes to support further growth of this much needed work for the youth.
There was also a short discussion with the project coordinator and staff of ILO Project of the district about the ongoing projects at Don Bosco.
The afternoon had the parents of the children in the bridge course who came in to find out for themselves the progress of the children and also to promise their commitment to the good education and upbringing of the children.
The project has now 46 children who undergo bridge course – which implies that they have been out of school or working and now are getting ready for regular school education in the next academic year. There are also 50 youth who undergo skill training in trades such as computer, electrician, electronics and tailoring.
The project also has begun special initiatives in the 3 villages in the immediate vicinity with evening schools, groups for women and awareness campaigns. We are sure that this project will contribute to building the future of this area in a very relevant meaningful way.