THE BLESSING AND HANDING OVER OF DEEPA NIVAS

A significant programme of ‘blessing and handing over’ paved a remarkable record in the annals of Navajeevan Bala Bhavan, Vijayawada, which took place on 29th July 2017 at Deepa Nivas. ‘DEEPA NIVAS’, a home for the care and protection of children in distress was undertaken by Navajeevan Bala Bhavan, Vijayawada from the Diocese of Vijayawada for further quality. The mission of Deepa Nivas was one of the many important activities of the Diocese of Vijayawada. It had been closely monitored by the Social Service Centre until the day of handing over to the Salesians of Don Bosco. With an intention to run the home more systematically and to provide better care to the inmates, the Bishop of Diocese of Vijayawada invited the Salesians of Don Bosco to take over the home as they have much experience in providing care and protection to the children and youth tentatively for three years (2017-2020).

 

The impressive programme started with a hymn on Holy Spirit screened and followed by a power point presentation on the history, vision and mission of Deepa Nivas and Navajeevan Bala Bhavan. After an exquisite welcome dance, the dignitaries Most Rev. T. Joseph Raja Rao, Bishop of the Diocese of Vijayawada, Rev. Fr. T. Vijay Bhaskar, Provincial of the province of St. Joseph, Hyderabad, Msg. M. Gabriel, Diocese of Vijayawada, Rev. Fr. Joji Babu Procurator of the Diocese of Vijayawada, Mrs. Siva Ranjani, Corporator, Gunadala, Fr. Balashowry, Executive Director, Navajeevan Bala Bhavan, Mr. Jayaraju, Member CWC Krishna and Mr. Vijay Raj B. Tech Student of Deepa Nivas were invited to the dias majestically with a bind of friendship band by the children as a mark of child friendly relationship. The Dignitaries lighted the lamp invoking the blessing of God on this graceful occasion.

 

On such grateful and memorable occasion of the celestial blessings and handing over of Deepa Nivas, a short, meaningful and well prepared prayer service graced the congregation with God’s blessings. The Bishop and the Provincial blessed Deepa Nivas and its premises while melodious hymns are screened. The gathering reached its zenith, when Most Rt. Rev. Bishop declared and officially handed over Deepa Nivas to Fr. Provincial.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Siva Ranjani, Corporator expressed her joy on taking over Deepanivas by Navajeevan for the benefit of the needy, distressed and vulnerable children. She promised to extend the possible services for the cause of most deserving children, who need care and protection. As part of the programme, she was felicitated and appreciated by the dignitaries.

 

Rev. Fr. Balashowry, the Executive Director, Navajeevan Bala Bhavan welcomed the dignitaries with a warm heart. At the outset, he thanked Most Rev. T. Bishop Raja Rao, the bishop for the trust and confidence placed on Navajeevan in providing a qualitative programme of learning and doing for the welfare of the children of Deepa Nivas. He also thanked Rev. Fr. T. Vijay Bhasker, the Provincial for his constant support and encouragement in shaping the lives of the marginalised children. In his concluding welcome address he thanked in a very special way all the dignitaries, the guests, priests, nuns, staff, Salesian cooperators, volunteers, past pupil, well wishers and the children of both the institutions, Deepa Nivas and Navajeevan Bala Bhavan, Vijayawada.

 

Addressing this august gathering of two hundred people, Rev. Fr. T. Vijay Bhaskar, the Provincial made a remark that Don Bosco worked for the youth who didn’t have place in the society. He thanked God for the given privilege to take forward the work of Don Bosco in the states of Andhra and Telangana. During a short message he appreciated the bishop for his charisma and passion for the youth and thanked him for the space and special consideration for the Salesians of the local Diocese. Later, he took delight in announcing that Fr. T. V. Jose as the Assistant Director of Deepa Nivas. On this festive occasion, he along with other Salesians felicitated the bishop and presented him a lovely memento as a token of love and a mark of a new start.

 

During his key note address and message, Most Rev. T. Joseph Raja Rao, the Bishop reminded the gathering that of Jesus words and deeds, “every one is called to serve the broken children, widows and victims of various types”. He exalted the Salesians for the service rendered by them in the Diocese with regard to the children and the youth for the past twenty seven years. He expressed his concern for the new energetic, enthusiastic and empathetic life towards in mates at Deepa Nivas, which can be actualised by the Salesians. He thanked Fr. Balashowry and his team, who are going share the mission at Deepa Nivas.

 

The children of Mogga, Chiguru and Deepa Nivas added more bliss and vigour to the programme with their creative and mind blowing dances. After a memorable and short vote of thanks, a delicious fellowship dinner was served for all. These memorable moments always remain in the hearts of every one present, in the chronicles of Navajeevan Bala Bhavan, Vijayawada and in the Diocese of Vijayawada.

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Navajeevan at a glance

NAVAJEEVAN AT A GLANCE ON 22.11.2017

 

I) RESCUED CHILDREN DATA Boys Girls Total
Total number of Street Children rescued by NJBB since 1993 45250
3375
49625
Total number of Street Children Home Integrated since 1995 27769
3030
30799
II) CHILD LABOUR RESCUED DATA:
  
Total number of Child Labour rescued since 2002 6712
4331
11043
Total number of Domestic Child Workers rescued since 2007 48
833
881
III) CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY OF NJBB Boys Girls Total
CHILDREN IN ORIENTATION CAMPS:
Orientation Camp through GCPC (Group Counselling thru Picnic Camp) at Shelter 16
0
16
Orientation Camp at De-addiction Centre, Vimukthi, Nuzvid 21
0 21
CHILDREN IN BRIDGE COURSES:
Children attending Residential Bridge Courses (RBCs) at Chiguru  (Theeram for boys and Baalika for girls) 64 45
109
Children attending  Day Bridge Centre - Near Pamarru, Krishna district
9
15
24
SCHOOL GOING CHILDREN:
Children attending schools staying in Navajeevan’s 5 Group Care Homes - 5 Moggas for boys  (mainly orphan & semi orphan children) 92
0 92
Children attending schools staying in 4 Government Hostels & Boarding Hostel 4
36
40
Children attending schools staying in Auxilium Boarding School, Guntur & Ongole 0 25 25
Children joined in local schools (Attending schools staying with their families, Citizen School) 15
08
23
Differently-able children at Ibrahimpatnam-1 & Madonna, Kanchikacherla-4 04 01 05
School Going children in Deepa Nivas 32 0 32
COLLEGE GOING CHILDREN:
Students attending different colleges staying in various homes/hostels
52
71
123
VOCATIONAL TRAINING COURSES FOR NAVAJEEVAN’S CHILDREN:
RVTC (Residential Vocational Training Course for the boys in 2 trades - Two wheeler mechanism-4 and Electrical & Plumbing-12) & VRB-18 34 0 34
NAVEENA - A residential LAST (Livelihood Advancement Skills Training) in Beautician and Tailoring courses for girls at Chiguru 0 21 21
IV) COMMUNITY PEOPLE IN THE FAMILY OF NAVAJEEVAN: Boys Girls Total
Adult Activists Group Members/Volunteers under Child Safety Net (CSN) 358
843
1201
Child Protection Committee Members under Child Safety Net (CSN areas) 330
750
1080
Evening Tuition Teachers for ETCs in 3 CSN Target areas (40+30+85) 0
154
154
Women cases registered at Family Counselling Centre at Hitaishi desk since 2009 1
461
462
Volunteers working with Neethodu desk for Care & Support of affected/infected 1
3
4
Adult affected/infected cases registered at Neethodu desk since 2009 194
385
579
Total no. of affected/infected families identified since 2009 to Oct 31st , 2017

471
Children affected/infected cases registered at Neethodu desk since 2009 369
378
747
V) NAVAJEEEVAN’S SUPPORT TO COMMUNITY PEOPLE: Boys Girls Total
Evening Tuition Centers for the Children in Child Safety Net areas in 155 ETCs (30 in Penamaluru Mandal, 40 in Urban Slums of Vijayawada City and 85 in 17 Mandals of Krishna District) 2203
2314
4517
Children Parliaments for the Children in Child Safety Net areas in 155 CPs (30 in Penamaluru Mandal, 40 in Urban Slums of Vijayawada City and 85 in 17 Mandals of Krishna District) 1545
1560
3105
LAST (Livelihood Advancement Skills Training) - Non-residential Vocational Training Courses in Beautician-625, Tailoring-740, Maggam - 497 & Computers-458 from 2004 – Nov 22, 2017 0
2302
2302
Education support to the school/college children affected/infected by HIV/AIDS – till Aug 31st 2017 301
324
625
Bi-monthly Nutrition Support to the affected/infected families by HIV/AIDS 63
172
235
Christmas clothes to Infected and to Orphan Children December-2016 32
48
80


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