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Don Bosco Development Society

db 3We are a group of people with many questions—about why our adivasi, dalit and urban slum communities live in unjust situations, what they can do to change this state of affairs, and how we can enable our people to bring about this change.

In our search for answers, we are constantly reinventing ourselves and entering many fields of action, depending on the needs that people in our work areas express. So, at present, we are involved in organizing communities to claim their rights, in trying to achieve universal education, in skills development for youth, agricultural and ecological development, and child protection and child rights.

In our attempts to enable people to assert themselves in an unequal society, we’ve learned to function as a grassroots worker, trainer, coordinator and most important, a learner and listener, paying close attention to the voices of our people and making sure that they are heard.

Areas of Work

Established in 2001 by the Salesians of Don Bosco, DBDS works with rural and urban communities in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan through our partner organizations in these areas, who have varied expertise, ranging from education to watershed development.

The communities we work with in rural areas are adivasi and dalit labourers and farmers. In the cities, we work with slum communities, street children and young people in search of livelihoods and skills development.

Approach

Our mission is to enable individuals and communities to promote their own development and secure their rights.

This is because we believe that the people we work with cannot be labelled poor or underprivileged. Rather, they have either been actively deprived of the benefits of development, or simply ignored and left out of it. More important, the concept of ‘development’ itself is usually one that excludes them, and they are not allowed any say in defining it.

Therefore, at every step we take, our approach is to ask ourselves whom our initiatives benefit and who will control the process of change. Quite simply, we are on a path of exploration, with our people and guided by them!

Established in 2001 by the Salesians of Don Bosco, DBDS works with rural and urban communities in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan through our partner organizations in these areas, who have varied expertise, ranging from education to watershed development.

At present, we are working in the following districts:

 

Gujarat Kheda, Vadodara, Panchmahl
Maharashtra Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Pune, Ahmednagar
Rajasthan Kota
Madhya Pradesh Alirajpur

The communities we work with in rural areas are adivasi and dalit labourers and farmers. In the cities, we work with slum communities, street children and young people in search of livelihoods and skills development.

d b 1Community organization:

By bringing community members together to examine their world and their position in it, DBDS helps them understand what their rights are, realise the ways in which they are exploited, discover their individual and collective strengths and act together to claim their rights.

In most cases, the Self Help Groups have been our starting point for organising the community. Although these groups were initially formed for savings and economic transactions, they are now changing direction and taking up issues such as people’s participation in governance and access to resources through laws like the NREGA. The Self Help Groups in our work areas in Gujarat have taken the lead in helping their community members secure their lands under the Forest Dwellers’ Act.

Our future plans include enabling the community to direct and monitor the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. However, the issues selected by the people will finally determine the direction of our community work.

Universal Education:

To achieve this, DBDS conducts Village Education Programmes and Slum Education Programmes for children. Adult education programmes include sessions with Self Help Groups on topics such as health, finances and livelihoods; and shibirs where the larger community discusses issues such as land rights and local governance.

Our plans include exploring new methods of teaching in our schools to make the existing curriculum more relevant to students from adivasi villages, and beginning regular adult education classes tailor-made for communities in our various work areas.

Skills Development:

Don Bosco Tech India (DBTI)

Don Bosco Tech India is the network of all the Don Bosco Institutions offering vocational skill training in 10 provinces of India. DBTI draws its inspiration from Don Bosco, the 19th century educator, saint and founder of the Society of the Salesians of Don Bosco. In India, Salesians of Don Bosco have been involved in transforming the lives of youth for the past hundred years. With 123 Institutions under its banner, DB Tech India is arguably the largest NGO imparting technical and vocational education.

db2Don Bosco Tech Mumbai (INB)

Don Bosco Tech Mumbai is part of the DBTI network operating in western India. It is spread over 4 states namely Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. With the priority for the poor and marginalized, DB Tech Mumbai offers competent opportunities for the youth in the western region to become skilled and useful human resource contributing to nation building.

Bosco PLUS

Bosco PLUS is a project aimed at creating Placement Linkages by Upgrading Skills. It involves identifying and conducting job-oriented skills training programmes for the youth from the slums of Mumbai, placing them in jobs, and conducting programmes for further skill upgradation.

Work2LivE

Work2LivE is a skills training programme, supported by Lamprell plc, which teaches basic and advanced technical skills to youth from rural and urban areas, especially those who have not completed their basic education and come from extremely poor families.

Our partner organisations in this programme are Don Bosco Maritime Academy, Kurla (Mumbai); Don Bosco Vyavsaik Prashikshan Kendra, Pune; Alirajpur Shaikshanik Samajik Kendra, Madhya Pradesh; Narukot Education Society, Gujarat; Bosco Boys’ Welfare Society, Borivli (Mumbai) and Shelter Don Bosco, Karjat.

Through our partners, we also conduct non formal technical courses and entrepreneurship development programmes in rural and urban centres.

Ecological development:

By educating and organising communities to manage their resources, DBDS enables them to develop their lands, improve their access to water, adopt appropriate technology and acquire new skills that will help them make their traditional occupations profitable.

At present, our communities are engaged in watershed development, horticulture, organic farming, agro forestry, poultry and goatery, and setting up bio gas plants.

Our future plans include the establishment of an eco-centre at Karjat, where we are currently experimenting with recycling of water and household waste, production of cooking gas from waste, and production of charcoal from natural materials.

Child protection and rights:

At present, DBDS has shelters for children at Baroda, Wadala, Borivali and Karjat. under the National Child Labour Project, DBDS runs two schools in Baroda and three in Kawant, Gujarat. Through these schools, we aim at reducing child labour in our communities and ensuring that children have access to education and a chance to plan their future.

Don Bosco Development Society

Email: rollydmello@gmail.com

Website: http://www.dbdsmumbai.org

Address:
Don Bosco Provincial House,
Opposite Khalsa College,
Matunga (east), Mumbai.
400019

 

 

 

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