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India - Don Bosco Matunga, Mumbai

By Fr Edwin D’Souza SDB

Our priorities at present are assisting school dropouts, providing education to poor children, offering scholarships, supporting orphans and street children and establishing “self-help groups” especially for women. Through community participation in villages many are becoming more aware of fair working rights.

An International Women’s Day at the Don Bosco Campus in Matunga was attended by more than 1400 women from the slums in Mumbai, a number of whom were victims of discrimination and violence. Policies and programs to help women become community leaders and agents of change were presented and discussed.

A free medical awareness program for poor parents has been set up in several village schools and centres to provide information on nutrition, good hygiene, physical examinations, dietary counselling and free eye check-ups. Additional medical procedures are also offered.


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