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Mission Sunday in St Teresa of Calcutta Church
Rajiv Nagar, Mysore

A nun was explaining the Stations of the Cross to her class. They got to the fourth Station were Jesus on the road to Calvary meets his mother. The nun explained that even though they could not talk to each other, mother and son spoke just using their eyes. "What do you think they said to each other?" she asked the pupils. The class gave many different answers. One kid suggested that she said, "This is unfair." Another kid suggested that she said, "Why me?" Finally a sickly little girl raised her thin hand, got up and said: "Sister, I know what the Blessed Mother told Jesus. She said to him, ‘Keep on going, Jesus!’" Why would a mother encourage her only son on the way to crucifixion to keep on going? Because the mother understands the Christian principle of "no cross, no crown."
In Kannada Mission is known as ‘DhrmaPrachara’ which means lifting up and spreading the Religion that we live. We are all called to be missionary since Baptism. It is not just the priests and Sisters who are called to go on the missions. You too are called to be missionary since your baptism, to be missionary where you are by letting the light of Jesus shine where you are. This is the supreme message was preached by Rev. Fr. Sunil Menezes, SVD on the occasion of Mission Sunday. He also highlighted some missionary activities which SVD’s are rendering throughout the world. During the mass special liturgy was arranged to commemorate this great event. After the Holy Eucharist ‘VikasDeepti’ a clipping on Orissa Mission was screened. People of St. Teresa of Calcutta Rajiv Nagar Mysore, were moved by the service that SVD’s are rendering in different types of missionary work. During the announcement Parish Priest Fr. Richard D’Almeida, SVD mentioned about the importance of this Sunday.

A large banner was displayed in front of the church and this was a kind of advertisement to the people to participate in this event. Soon after the Mass some fun fair was organized by the parishioners to raise the funds for the missions. The fun fair included varieties of breakfast, snacks, lunch, games, auctioning of things, sale of things as well as lucky games. This went on from morning till noon. In this Mission Sunday all were included from the parish like, different cells and associations, wards, Religious congregations, etc. People were quite participatory in the way that we organized. Mission Sunday calendars as well as envelopes were also distributed to raise funds for the mission.Over all as we celebrated this event brought happiness and satisfaction that we are doing something for the mission. Let every mission become our way of life.

BAL UTSAV

"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see" said John F. Kennedy, 35 th president of the United States. Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai held BAL UTSAV on 10 th November 2016 in Lotus Park, Gyan Ashram Campus, Andheri to cheer the children and to showcase their talents. Around 150 children gathered from five slums who are members of neighbourhood children’s parliament by 10 o’ clock in the morning. After the BAL UTSAV was inaugurated by Fr. Donald D’Sousa, the children went around to various games stalls, enjoyed playing and winning prizes till noon. Games were concluded with ‘Bombing the City’ and children freely dancing around.

In the afternoon after lunch there was a formal gathering for children to present their talents. Children from all the five children’s parliaments danced and made everyone happy. Fr. Paul Vattathara, Provincial, SVD INM province and Mr. Pete, representing CFC members, who sponsored and supported the event, addressed the children. The children celebrated the day with great fun and returned gladly.

Mathew Korattiyil

Sarva Seva sangh, Mumbai, SVD INM

Children’s Parliament in MIDC Police Station

Neighborhood Children’s Parliament aims at the integral growth of children and their participation in the development of the society. Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai started Children’s Parliament in four slum communities last year. On 26 th August 2016, members of three Children’s Parliaments were given exposure to MIDC police station, Andheri (E).  First, the children were taken to different departments of the police station and explained what each department does. Later a police officer explained to the children about various duties of the police force and procedures followed by the police department. There were 56 children who were delighted to visit a police station for the first time, interact with police men and women and even shake hands with them. The police women/men too welcomed the children with smiles.

Mathew Korattiyil

Respect Mother, Wife and Daughter

Maharashtra reported the highest number of Domestic violence cases some time ago according to Times of India. Taking hold of the opportunity of Ganesh festival, the staff of Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai is organising Street Plays on the theme Domestic Violence in several slums and Ganesh Mandals in Andheri East area from 8 th September 2016 to 18 th September. The street play urges people to say no to domestic violence and to give respect to women who are victims of domestic violence at different stages of their life. People are also made aware of the ways to resist domestic violence and seek help when they experience the same. Hundreds of men are challenged while women and children are inspired through this street play.  

Mathew Korattiyil

Migrants at Andheri Celebrate Easter

The migrants at Andheri had a get-together on Sunday 3 rd of April at 5.30 p.m. in the small hall of Sarva Seva Sangh after the Hindi Mass at Sacred Heart Church to celebrate Easter. The celebration commenced with a prayer and a few Easter Hymns in Hindi and Sadri. Then the people joined hands to dance the typical Adivasi dance of Chotanagpur. The celebration went on till 7 p.m. Tea and snack were served before they departed. Thirty five people gathered for the celebration.


During the Holy season of Lent, Stations of the Cross were conducted in Hindi for the migrants every Sunday after Hindi mass in Gyan Ashram campus. Twenty to twenty five migrants used to be present for the same.


Ministry among migrants at Andheri, a SVD-SSpS initiative, started in December 2015 is progressing gradually.  People are slowly becoming free with us. There are more migrants at Andheri, who either come for Hindi mass or do not get opportunity to attend Hindi mass. We hope that these people too would join us sooner or later.


Mathew Korattiyil

For the committee to the cause of the migrants at Andheri

Medical Camp

Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai organised a free medical camp on Sunday the 28th of February 2016 at Ganeshpada, a slum at the side of Military Road, Marol, Mumbai. The camp was organised with the help of a few nurses who volunteered. Dr. Yamini (gynaecologist) and Dr. Shivchand (general) physician also offered their free service. In all 190 people, mostly women and children lined up for check up, who were also given medicines free of cost.



HIV/AIDS continues to be a menace in our society. In order to spread awareness on this Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai organised poster exhibitions on HIV/AIDS in five places in January 2016. The exhibitions were organised at all the three places of Malpadongri near Pump House, Andheri on 14th and 15th of January and at Marol and Subhash Nagar on 21st and 22nd of January. Apart from the posters exhibited various hand outs containing information about HIV/AIDS were distributed to hundreds of people.  Students from College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan took active part in organising the exhibition, which brought awareness to Hundreds of people on HIV/AIDS.


Mathew Korattiyil
Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai

Christmas with HIV infected/affected

"He came among His people, he dwelt among the poor, He chose of all the weakest, the humblest to be friends." Sarva Seva Seva Sangh, Mumbai celebrated Christmas with children and people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS on 19 th December 2015 in St. Arnold’s Hall, Andheri (E). After having snacks as they arrived a few games were conducted. The children and people also enjoyed dancing together. Hariman Dhanjal, a young budding actor was present through the program encouraging children and dancing with them. At the end of the program Fr. Abraham Olickal gave away the spot prices and Fr. Mathew Korattiyil gave a short Christmas message. In the afternoon they all went home gladly with a special nutrition kit, gifts, sweets and lunch box. Over 140 people/children, including volunteers, were present for the celebration.


Mathew Korattiyil SVD
Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai.

Balwadi Kid’s Gathering

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." Kids from Kinder Gardens in slums run by Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai gathered at St. Arnold’s Hall, Andheri (E) on Saturday 5 th December 2015. The kids began arriving at 9.30 in the morning and as they arrived they played on Jumping Jacks. Then they were taken into the hall where they enjoyed playing with colourful balloons. They were also entertained with a live magic show and video action songs. The children continued to enjoy dancing and playing around in the hall until they left home in the afternoon with gifts and sweets.

Thanks to St. Arnold’s School, Andheri and Disciples of the Divine Word for their active collaboration in facilitating this event, where we could bring cheer to 115 less privileged children.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS day was celebrated with a mega rally organized by Sarva Seva Sangh (Mumbai), Holy Spirit Hospital and Mahakali Caves Road ALM on Tuesday, 1 st December 2015. The rally on the theme ‘Fighting for the healthiest generation’ began at 9.30 am from Gyan Ashram gate, Mahakali Caves Road  and Holy Spirit Hospital Gate moved on two directions passing through, Shere-e Punjab, Pump House, Malpa Dongri, Mahakali Caves Road, Thakshila, Bindra coplex and concluded at Holy Spirit Hospital, Andheri (E). The students from St. Arnold School, Satya Sai Vidya Mandir, Canossa School and Holy Spirit Nursing School participated in large numbers.


At the concluding venue the Nursing students of Holy Spirit hospital presented a role play on HIV/AIDS and police inspector Mr. Jhadhav from MIDC police station addressed the gathering. Nearly 600 people including students participated in the rally which was concluded at 11.30 am at Holy Spirit Hospital.


Later in the evening Sarva Seva Sangh put up street play titled ‘Jeevan Ki Adhoori Kahani’ with B.Ed students from St. Theresa’s B.Ed College, Santracruz (W) in various slum communities at Mahakali Caves Road and Subhash Nagar. More Street plays will be staged on Wednesday evening at Malpa Dongri, Pump House area.

Mathew Korattiyil

3 rd INM Interschool Teachers’ meet.

115 teachers from all our five schools came together at St. Arnold’s Central School, Pune, for a two day seminar and interaction on 16 and 17 of November.  The seminar began at 9.am with "the display of a typical Maharashtrian dance known as  legime"by the host school.  The school personnels’ coordinator for the province Fr. Joyson welcomed all the teachers and confreres on behalf of the province.  Fr. Paul Vattathara  briefed the participants the rationale behind such gathering.  Later the resource   persons Fr. Rubak  and Mr. Adrian  Rosario helped the teachers interact with each other and motivated them to be effective communicators.  On 18 th the teachers had a guided visit to the city of Pune.

Change Yourself; Your World will Change

The Hindu feast of the Lord Ganesh is usually a noisy one in the streets of Mumbai and everywhere in Maharashtra. Yet, it provides a platform to create awareness on various issues among the masses. Realizing this fact, Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai organized street plays from 21 st to 24 th September 2015 at nine places in Andheri East on the theme ‘importance of education’. The staff of Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai along with the balwadi teachers made good use of the opportunity to educate the people and children about the need of sending children regularly to school and about the significance of the best use of the opportunity to study. Message was also sent across to illiterate women at the street and slums that it is very important to make efforts to learn to read and write. The song, ‘change yourself; your world will change’, captured the attention of all. The street plays were staged during evening hours to reach the message across to maximum number of people. Hundreds of people gathered to watch the street play at every place it was staged.


Kishori Divas

“You have to find your way to achieve your goal, do not depend on anybody” said Dr. Cicilia Chettiyar. Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai organized Kishori Divas (Girls’ Day) on 12 th September 2015 in IIC Hall, Gyan Ashram Campus, Andheri (E). Forty one adolescent girls from six slum communities gathered IIC Hall by 2.30 pm. The program began with an ice breaking game to mix and familiarize with each other. This was followed by a short program of dances and skits put up by the girls themselves on the theme discrimination of girl children. The most important part of the program was the motivational session by Dr. Cicilia Chettiyar.  She highlighted that every girl is special and they must focus on achieving their goals through ‘3 Ds’ - discipline, determination and disco. She also advised them that they must find their way to achieve their goals and use their creativity to find the way. At the end of the program the girls were presented a card each prepared by the students of College of Social Work Nirmala Niketan and a small gift. The girls returned happily with the determination of making their life more meaningful.

Independence Day Celebration

The morning of August 15, 2015, dawned bright and clear, ushering a new day of freedom, completing 68 years of our Independence from British rule.  lt What light is to the eyes, what air is to the lungs, what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.  Liberty is appreciated much by those who have experienced being in bondage. Yes, we at St. Arnold’s celebrated Independence day with great gusto and patriotic fervor.  
The morning began with hoisting of the flag, a tribute to the nation, recalling the speech of Jawarhlal Nehru, on the stroke of midnight, who termed it as a ‘tryst with destiny’. The Chief Guest of the day, was Dr. Shyam Sundar, Head of the Department of Anatomy, JSS Medical College, Mysuru. He is awarded the National award in Plastination, thereby being the first person in India and only the second in the world. He is a humanitarian, focusing his energy and life in the service of the poor and the needy, without counting the cost. He exhorted us to be humanitarians in the service of the country and fellow Indians.
The Guests of Honour were Rev. Fr. Paul Chacko SVD, Provincial Superior of India-Mumbai Province and  Mr. Yogendra, the famous Scientist at the Regional Museum for Natural History, Mysuru.
Speaking on the occasion the Principal Rev. Fr. Anil Kumar, recalled the sacrifices of our freedom fighters, and exhorted parents, staff and students to rise to the occasion by appreciating the cultural heritage and wealth of the nation in its various facets.
To mark this special occasion, we had a exhibition celebrating the cultural heritage of our country. The school salutes the efforts of the below mentioned Institutes and eminent personalities.
JSS Medical College exhibited the real organs of the body.
The Regional Museum for Natural History exhibited photos of Wild Life.
The Indira Gandhi Rastriya Manav Sangrahalay exhibited the Tribal Art right from the Stone Age, Metal Art,  to Weaving of the Cloth, thanks to Mr Ashok Vardhan.
The Oriental Research Institution displayed its wonderful collection of old Manuscripts.
Mr. Munirao Mane had a wonderful collection of vintage cars and their Founders.
The Indian Postal Department, Mysuru, had a wide collection of Stamps.
Dr. Abdul Rasheed, the coin man of Mysuru, with his collection of coins of 99 countries
Mr. Amith had a personal collection of the cremation photos of the last scion of the Wodeyar Family.
The Exhibition was a great success with parents applauding the efforts of the staff and students under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Anil Kumar SVD.

The exhibition was open to the public, and on August 17, 2015, 15 neighbouring schools students and staff came to see the Exhibition and were edified to see the wonderful work done by the students in organizing the classrooms for the display.

SOAR HIGH ON THE WINGS OF FREEDOM

The Music & Dance Academy of Gyan Ashram under the guidance of Fr. Ciril D’Souza SVD and Fr. Chinnappan SVD presented a wonderful cultural and patriotic programme called "Soar High on the Wings of Freedom" celebrating patriotism with songs and dances. The programme was held in St. Arnold’s School Auditorium, in Gyan Ashram Campus.  Mr. Clive Dias, the Ex Corporator graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Fr. Jossie Fernandes SVD, the Principal of St. Arnold’s High School and Junior College, was the Guest of Honour. In the absence of the Director of Gyan Ashram, Fr. Ronald D’Silva SVD, the Acting Director welcomed the invited dignitaries, guests and all those present for the event. The audience was taken up by the colourful and rhythmatic performances of the participants. The programme consisted of four patriotic songs and seven patriotic dances - expressing one’s love for the country, upholding the values of unity, concern for one another and mutual coexistence. A special tribute was paid to late former President Dr. Abdul Kalam who passed away  recently. One of the students namely, Ms. Sarah Mathias, thanked all those who made this event a memorable one.  As a whole, it was a great music feast for all the music and dance lovers who made it for the evening. The Programme ended paying homage to the nation, singing the national anthem.

ST. ARNOLD’S CENTRAL SCHOOL, MYSORE

The morning of August 15, 2015, dawned bright and clear, ushering a new day of freedom, completing 68 years of our Independence from British rule.  lt What light is to the eyes, what air is to the lungs, what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.  Liberty is appreciated much by those who have experienced being in bondage. Yes, we at St. Arnold’s celebrated Independence day with great gusto and patriotic fervor.  
The morning began with hoisting of the flag, a tribute to the nation, recalling the speech of Jawarhlal Nehru, on the stroke of midnight, who termed it as a ‘tryst with destiny’. The Chief Guest of the day, was Dr. Shyam Sundar, Head of the Department of Anatomy, JSS Medical College, Mysuru. He is awarded the National award in Plastination, thereby being the first person in India and only the second in the world. He is a humanitarian, focusing his energy and life in the service of the poor and the needy, without counting the cost. He exhorted us to be humanitarians in the service of the country and fellow Indians.
The Guests of Honour were Rev. Fr. Paul Chacko SVD, Provincial Superior of India-Mumbai Province and  Mr. Yogendra, the famous Scientist at the Regional Museum for Natural History, Mysuru.
Speaking on the occasion the Principal Rev. Fr. Anil Kumar, recalled the sacrifices of our freedom fighters, and exhorted parents, staff and students to rise to the occasion by appreciating the cultural heritage and wealth of the nation in its various facets.
To mark this special occasion, we had a exhibition celebrating the cultural heritage of our country. The school salutes the efforts of the below mentioned Institutes and eminent personalities.
JSS Medical College exhibited the real organs of the body.
The Regional Museum for Natural History exhibited photos of Wild Life.
The Indira Gandhi Rastriya Manav Sangrahalay exhibited the Tribal Art right from the Stone Age, Metal Art,  to Weaving of the Cloth
The Oriental Research Institution displayed its wonderful collection of old Manuscripts.
Mr. Munirao Mane had a wonderful collection of vintage cars and their Founders.
The Indian Postal Department, Mysuru, had a wide collection of Stamps.
Dr. Abdul Rasheed, the coin man of Mysuru, with his collection of coins of 99 countries
Mr. Amith had a personal collection of the cremation photos of the last scion of the Wodeyar Family.
The Exhibition was a great success with parents applauding the efforts of the staff and students under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Anil Kumar SVD.

The exhibition was open to the public, and on August 17, 2015, 15 neighbouring schools students and staff came to see the Exhibition and were edified to see the wonderful work done by the students in organizing the classrooms for the display.

LEADERSHIP IN COMMUNITIES


The INM Provincial Administration organized a Workshop on Leadership for the rectors/superiors/heads of institutions/coordinators of the Province at Ishvani Kendra, Pune, from 6 to 8 July, 2015.  There was an impressive turn-out. Nearly all the expected participants, including the Provincial Administration Team, were there; a total of 33 confreres.  An accomplished expert in the field of Management Studies, Dr. P.T. Joseph, S.J., a former Director of XLRI, Jamshedpur, was the resource person.  The rich experience he had gained through conducting leadership courses for civil servants and company executives as well asfor innumerable groups of religious personnel, was readily evident in the ease with which he guided every moment of the three-day process.  The aim of the Workshop was to enhance the leadership skills of confreres who are presently engaged in the task of leading various institutions and ministries in the Province.  The methodology employed included input sessions, assessment tools, group-work, reporting and sharing in groups and in plenary sessions.  
One of the early sessions of the workshop introduced participants to the framework of DAC (Direction-Alignment-Commitment) which is invariably present in the dynamics of a community’s everyday existence.  In the DAC framework, if "Direction" refers to the shared and collective agreement on the vision, mission, goals and aims of the group, then "Alignment" is about the coordination and integration of people, structures, systems, skills and interactions in such a way as to bring about an atmosphere of a joint-effort for the furtherance of the shared vision.  The "Commitment" dimension encompasses the basic convictions that individuals possess with regard to the collective vision of a community or institution and their willingness to make personal interests subservient to collective interests and goals.  A group or community operates at its optimum level of effectiveness when everyone is clear about each other’s roles and responsibilities and when the work of each individual fits well with the work of the other members of the community and when there is a sense of organization, coordination and synchronization.  Leadership in this context results from a system of inter-relating individuals and is not solely dependent on the interventions of the single person formally recognized as leader.  
The presence of these crucial factors in the day-to-day life of a community becomes evident through a number of clear indications.  When "Direction" prevails, for example, there is unified vision, a desired future and a set of goals everyone agrees upon.  There is a commonly-owned perception of what can be collectively achieved and a commonly-agreed picture of collective success.  Similarly, "Alignment" is evidenced through clarity in everyone’s mind about the roles and responsibilities of each other, the work of each one fitting well with the work of others and a palpable sense of organization, coordination and synchronization.  Indices such as people making extra effort to ensure group-success, the presence of trust and reciprocal responsibility for the success of the group’s and other individuals’ tasks and the presence of passion and motivation in individuals are pointers to the prevalence of  the "Commitment" factor.   
At an early stage of the group interactions it was discovered that among the three factors, participants perceived the "Alignment" factor as the weakest link in the chain.  Lack of alignment leaves behind tell-tale signs.  Among them: 1) lack of agreement on priorities; 2) evident inertia—people may appear to be busy, but they are making little progress; 3) feeling of alienation among members; 4) lack of clarity about roles and responsibilities; 5) lack of organization, coordination and synchronization.  
"Alignment" in a community could be enhanced by consciously practicing a technique called "Appreciative Inquiry" (AI).  The starting point of the process is the realization that as committed people, we all have much that is positive and appreciable in us.  What is required is the search for the best in people, their organizations and the relevant world around them.  In its broadest focus, Appreciative Inquiry involves a systematic discovery of what gives "life" to a living organism when it is most alive, most effective and most constructively capable in economic, ecological and human terms.  AI involves, in a central way, the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to apprehend, anticipate and heighten positive potential.  It assumes that every living system has many untapped, rich and inspiring accounts of the positive.  If this is linked directly to any change of agenda, then changes never thought possible are suddenly and democratically set in motion.  
Appreciative Inquiry basically operates on the principle that if we continue to search for problems we will find problems; but if we look for what is best and learn from it, we can multiply and magnify our success.  The Workshop, through individual and group exercises, focused on the uniqueness and giftedness of each person.  It was then established that in the context of community living, the main task of the leader is to skillfully animate the group, making use of the best in each person.  
Another important area that the Workshop processes zeroed in on was leadership styles.  Drawing on the personality types as drawn up by Enneagram, each Workshop participant was motivated to identify his own particular leadership style from among the nine styles. Working on the typology, participants were able to identify their strengths and weaknesses.  In the subsequent group encounters, each one was encouraged to articulate ways of reinforcing community bonds by drawing on one’s strengths, by working on inherent weaknesses and by respecting the specific traits of each member of the community.  

The confreres who participated in the three-day Workshop had a sense of achievement at the end of it.  Everyone felt empowered by the enhanced self-discovery that the processes engendered as well as by the personal reorientation especially in the area of leadership.  One big takeaway was the discovery of one’s own dominant leadership style and the recognition that others have their specific styles too.  There was much appreciation also for the tips offered for balancing one’s style and for the overall functioning.  There was a unanimous affirmation that the Workshop provided to each participant a great learning experience.

Summer Music Course 2014-15

Gyan Ashram-Music & Dance Academy organized a Summer Music Course-"An introductory workshop"from11 thAprilto 30th th April, 2015. This workshop was restricted to Freshers and Day-Scholars only. Six students participated in it.  Fr. Ciril D’Souza SVD and Fr. VanathuChinnappan were the resource persons for this music course. It was focused on introducing students to playing electronic keyboard especially reading music, playing simple melodies and songs in many different styles, adding complete accompaniment consisting of bass notes, chords, drums, to the songs, and creating a wealth of fascinating sounds and getting the best out of the electronic keyboard. They were also given training in singing light music. This Summer Music Course ended on 30 th April with the Presentaion by the students. As a whole the participants were very happy about their progress in learning music in a short period of time. Fr. IttoopPanikulam, the Director of Gyan Ashram honoured the participants with the certificates of completing this short term introductory workshop suceessfully.

Celebrating Our Plurality

"I have learned that diversity is to be respected" said one of the participants of Arnoldians’ Meet at the end of the program.  The first INM Arnoldians’ Meet was organised from 16 th to 18 th of April 2015 in Divine Word Seminary, Pune by the province JPIC committee. The Meet was inaugurated by Fr. Paul Vattathara, Provincial Superior, INM on 16 th April during the inaugural function at 9.15 am. The theme of the first Arnoldians’ Meet was ‘Celebrating our Plurality’, in which, thirty seven children from four schools and five social centres/missions in INM province participated.
The objective of the Arnoldians’ Meet was to bring together children from different cultural, social and religious backgrounds to widen the horizon of multiculturalism, to promote human values and respect for each other, to make the children aware of the SVD involvement in promoting multiculturalism and human values and to provide a platform to the economically and socially rich as well as poor children to live together and dialogue with each other.
Ms. ShobhaSupekar, former principal of Symbiosis Community College and well known social activist dwelt upon the theme of multiculturalism. She helped the children to understand the importance of respecting the diversity of the people of our nation. The children were given an over view about St. Arnold Janssen, society of the Divine Word, India Mumbai Province and our various apostolates and activities by which cultures and human values are promoted. Lesions on non violence, unity, sharing, hard work, team work, food wastage etc. were given with the help of games, audio visuals and group discussions. Fraters from Divine Word Seminary conducted various group games and arranged all the necessary logistics.  The Meet was concluded on 18 th April with a study tour to Aga Khan Palace, Tribal Museum and Shaniwar Wada.

All the children and the accompanying staff/teachers expressed that they enjoyed every bit of the Meet, especially the way in which sessions were conducted. All the participants suggested increasing the number of participants and the number of days. The organizers also feel that the outcome of the exercise was very encouraging and therefore, it is worth organising more often. The perfect ambience of Divine Word Seminary added colour to the Arnoldians’ Meet.

Stree Shakti Maha Shakti

"Women, use your power to change the mindset of the society about women" urged Adv. Aileen Marques. SarvaSevaSangh, Mumbai celebrated international women’s day on 8 th March 2015 at St. Arnold’s School Hall, Andheri East. Nearly 150 people, mostly women, from various slums of Mumbai suburbs gathered in the hall around 2.30 pm and the programme commenced at three O’ clock in the afternoon. The balwadi teachers presented songs and dances evoking the power of women and describing various forms of violence against women by the society.  Some women came forward to speak on the topic as well as to share about their life achievements.  The crux of the program was the chief guest‘s address.  Adv. Aileen Marques (chief guest) had an interactive session with the people, who spoke at length on gender discrimination using video clips, where she urged the women to liberate themselves using the power that is with them. At the end of the celebration, each one went back carrying a small gift.

Mathew Korattiyil

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