Fourteen volunteers hailing from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and India, currently serving in the projects for street and tribal children and youth, met at Don Bosco Provincial House, Hyderabad for a two day animation on 2 and 3 March 2015.
The meeting was convened by the Vice Provincial, Fr. Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar who is also in-charge of the volunteers in the Province. The volunteers, mostly from abroad who render their services in the Province have the opportunity of coming together twice a year to learn more about the Indian culture, the situation of young people, their roels and responsibilities, initiation process of inculturation, etc.
Fr. Raminedi Balaraju, the Provincial addressed the volunteers and briefed them about the Province and various interventions of the Province in the lives of the young people at risk. He spoke to them of their roles and responsibilities. Later he met them individually and thanked them for their services. Fr. Bellamkonda Sudhakar, presented the situation of young people in India, with a special focus on street and working children. He also spoke to them about various laws protecting the children and the efforts of Don Bosco and the governments in support of the children at risk. Fr. Vice Provincial in his session invited the volunteers to share their experiences and he also facilitated an evaluation of their presence and work. Fr. Sojan Puthusseri the Economer of the Province gave certain guidelines with regard to the spiritual, social and financial contribution of the volunteers.
The volunteers also had a field visit to Navajeevan Rehabilitation centre, Ramanthapur where, aunt Frans (Vides, salesian family) from USA, gave the volunteers some tips on monthly log and reporting. Before they left for their respective places, the volunteers went on a visit to the historical Charminar and got an aerial view of the city of Hyderabad from the famous Birla Temple.
The dream of encouraging local volunteers is being slowly realized. Among the fourteen volunteers, one is from India. He (Poly) took a break from his studies and chose to dedicate one year to serve the young who are under-privileged. We hope many more young people of our country will be inspired to reach out to the marginalised and the lost.