Saturday, July 14, 2012

SKILLS FOR LIVELIHOOD AND SUSTENANCE


Fr. Rolvin D'mello, sdb
AHMEDNAGAR 05, JULY 2012 : The dawn of July 2, 2012 witnessed the launching of the "Project SLS" (Skills for livelihood and Sustenance) at Don Bosco Community College, Ahmednagar. After much preparation and the necessary groundwork the inauguration of this project took place at 10.00am by invoking the name of the almighty during the prayer service. The prayer service began with a multimedia presentation followed by the Word of God and intercessory prayers; seeking His blessing on this entire endeavour.

The project SLS aims at catering to around hundred to hundred and twenty youth from the region; mostly from the villages and from economically poor background. Various skills will be provided to these youth in form of courses like Computer, Spoken English, Electrical, Welding, Tailoring & basics of fashion designing, Typing and Beautician's course – thus preparing them to earn their livelihood so that they can stand on their own feet in the future. These courses are started after studying the need of the hour and the scope for employment in-and-around the region.

The mobilization process for this project was going on in full swing for last one month in different areas and villages of the Nagar district; as a result there is a good response from the students for the same. The duration of all the courses is for three months but those students who are interested in doing advance courses will be encouraged and will have government certification.

Fr. Thomas D'costa the Rector, in his talk after the prayer service motivated the students to give their best for the various courses they have opted for. He also briefed them about the life of Don Bosco and the mission of Don Bosco across the globe. The community college is blessed with a new set of gifted and committed staff; Fr. Rolvin D'mello the director introduced all the staff members and welcomed them to the institute. He explained the nature and the purpose of "Project SLS", he further also encouraged the students to make full use of the various facilities in the institute so that they learn the necessary skills for life and that their future will be bright. The entire ceremony ended with garlanding the photo of "Don Bosco," our father and founder and the prayerful wishes from the priests and the entire staff to all the students.

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