New home for Maram College girls

Archbishop arrives  at Auxilium

Archbishop arrives at Auxilium

Maram, (Lucy Nedumala) – While Provincial of Guwahati, Sr. Elizabeth George inaugurated Auxilium Girls’ Hostel for college students from four North Eastern States (Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal and Assam), Archbishop Dominic Lumon, of Imphal blessed the Maram hostel on 13th May 2014.

“The hostel is a home away from home for the young girls of the region,” said the Vice Principal of Don Bosco College Maram, Sr. Lucy Nedumala. She welcomed everyone explaining in brief the dream for Auxilium Girls’ Hostel.

The hostel has a capacity of accommodating about 200 girls of various courses offered by Don Bosco College, Maram, i.e., BA, BSc, BCom, BSW and BCA.

Present for the day’s function were 13 Priests, 18 Religious Sisters of the neighbouring communities, village elders and young people.

The solemn concelebrated Eucharistic celebration which began at 10:30 a.m. was presided over by the Archbishop in honour of St. Mary Mazzarello, the Co-foundress, of the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco. In his message, His Grace spoke words of appreciation and highlighted on the opportunities provided by the Salesian Sisters for the education of the young girls.

Provincial Sr. Elizabeth George Inaugurates Auxilium Hostel

Provincial Sr. Elizabeth George inaugurates Auxilium Hostel

To add to the solemnity of the day a short cultural programme was organised, giving the message through a one act play: “Love Conquers.” Addressing the gathering Sr. Elizabeth George said, “Let this hostel be a home that evangelises the young.”

Sr. Teresa Alluppillil, the animator of the community proposed the vote of thanks which was followed by a fraternal meal.

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Media day at Holy Child Guwahati

Assamese Film actress at Holy Child

Assamese Film actress  Zareefa Wahid at Holy Child  School

Guwahati, (Annie V) – A popular Assamese film actress was the Chief Guest of the Media day celebrations organized by the media club members on 24th June 2014 at Holy Child School, Guwahati.

Speaking on the occasion, actress Miss Zareefa Wahid invited the students,” to select only what is good and useful that the media presents to us and to discard all that diverts our real focus in life.

The Media club members put up a variety show such as skits, music, dance etc highlighting the blessings that media has brought to humanity and the need for wise use of it.

The ten year old Media club of Holy Child aims creating awareness among the students on the wise use of Media.

Last year they had it with the deprived children of Auxilium Ashalaya and donated stationary items like pen, pencil box, copy book and snacks to them.

In 2011 , the youth day was celebrated in the school mini-stadium in a grant scale in which several celebrities were invited. A beautiful cultural programme was performed to mark the occasion. Representatives of Media club members from two sister-schools ie, St. Mary’s Maligaon and St.Mary’s Guwahati too participated and performed items.

Media Club on stage

Media Club on stage

Before concluding the celebration , the President of the Media Club made an announcement that they would subscribe two magazines, ‘Down to Earth’ and Reader’s Digest for one year for the School Library. They had also planned to spend the afternoon out and pay a visit to G.L. Publications. But due to the inclement weather, they had to postpone it for another day in August after the summer vacation.

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Flood in St. Mary’s School, Maligaon

St Mary's Maligaon campus under water

St Mary’s Maligaon campus under water

Maligaon, (Lissy Rose) – St.Mary’s school was forced to close for summer holidays ahead of scheduled closure on 30th June on account of flood. The approach road to the school was disrupted with mud and flooding with drain water compelled the school authorities to announce early summer vacation.

“It is a difficult situation we face this year during the monsoon season. On school days you can imagine about 1700 students from four to eighteen years of age entering the school in the water. Some days the children had to stay on upstairs without even coming down to the playground”, says principal of the school Sr. Lissy Rose.

Explaining the situation further she said, “During the rainy season many places in Maligaon get flooded. The situation is worse this year with most places where the drains are not cleared forcing the water to overflow.”

Student finds her way in the flood

Student finds her way in the flood

She added, “It is a fact that the drains are blocked since people built houses over them forcing the water to enter the school campus and the adjacent land causing great inconvenience also to the people in the neighborhood.”

As flood in Guwahati during the monsoon season is a usual phenomena the state Govt. has initiated the eviction of illegal occupants for the creation of a new drainage system in the city. However as Maligaon area comes under the Northern Frontier Railway, people demand a permanent solution to flooding with a new drainage system.

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Women discuss human trafficking

Assam women discuss human trafficking

Assam women discuss human trafficking

Guwahati, (Ashiho Kaini)- The Human Empowerment and Development Centre (HEDC) organized two full days awareness programme on Human Trafficking for 41 women leaders from five centres of the Salesians Sisters in Assam from 14-15 June, 2014 at HEDC, near Holy Child School, Chandmari, Krishnanagar, Guwahati.

“Let us join hands together to end violence against women and girls” said Salesian Sister of Mumbai Province Sr. Rita Mascarenhas, the secretary of Asian Movement of Women Religious Against Trafficking (AMRAT) and an active member of “TALITHA KUM”, the Anti- Human Trafficking Association of Salesian Sisters (FMA), Provincial Conference of India (PCI) who was the resource person for the seminar.

Sr. Rita brought out clearly what is human trafficking, why is human trafficking? How does human trafficking take place, who are human traffickers and what are the measures or remedies to be taken.

Sr.Rita Mascarenhas facilitates discussions

Sr. Rita Mascarenhas facilitates discussions

The use of Power Point presentations, video clips and sharing of her personal experience in rescuing girls and women who are trafficked brought about clarity and in-depth understanding of the topic.

Sr. Rita reminded the participants on the importance of the “Orange Day” (World Day to end Violence against women and girls).

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Road expansion affects LFS, Imphal

Demolished wall of Little Flower School Imphal

Demolished wall of Little Flower School Imphal

Imphal, (Philomena Ashiphro) – The Road widening programme of the State of Manipur is a matter of serious concern to the staff and students of Little Flower School, Imphal. The implementation of the proposed plan has seen the dismantling of the school walls on June 5, to give way for an eight-lane road to the Airport.

Speaking about the eviction incident, Superior of the School Community Sr. Nisa Bernardine, said, “Little Flower School, Imphal, is greatly affected by the eviction drive, since June 5, 7 a.m. The School is now standing without the protection of a wall, leaving the School to the mercy of thieves and bandits and also exposing the students in danger of any mishap at any time”.

As the work of the eviction is in progress, the school vans transporting the students and staff to the School are not able to arrive and leave the School Campus on time, causing great inconvenience to the smooth running of the School.

Manipur Government has proposed to widen the road from its present four lanes to eight lanes on the Tiddim Road also called the VVIP (Very very Important Person) Road or Airport Road from Keishampat to Malom, disregarding the damage its project would cost to thousands of people and property.

Demolition squad outside LFS, Imphal

Demolition squad line-up outside LFS, Imphal

The drainage system along the said road has been destroyed for the past few weeks leading to water logging and many areas are submerged under water. The stagnant drain water is causing filth and stench and could be health hazard to the students.

Observing the harsh situation of Little Flower School, Imphal, Sr. Teresa Karotukunel, Director of Sneha Bhavan, a De-addiction and Rehabilitation center for Women, said, “With the age-old green trees felled and the front part of the school walls demolished, the 57 year old school wears a ruined look.”

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Udalguri Auxilium college felicitates first batch of 66 students

meritorious students with the animator of the community

Meritorious students with the Sr. Principal and animator of the community

Udalguri, (Hathorky Goyary) – Auxilium College, Udalguri, Assam, organized a felicitation program for the 1st batch of 66 class XII students, who passed their Higher Secondary final exams on 3rd June, 2014.

The results were declared on 30th May 2014, a day before the 2nd anniversary of the College’s inauguration on 31st May 2012.

Of 66 students who appeared for the exams in the month of Feb-March, 40 passed in 1st division, 24 passed in 2nd division and 2 passed in 3rd division.

Chief Guest at the event, the District Commissioner of Udalguri, Mrs. Sadhana Hojai speaking to the students said, “Be always grateful to your teachers who taught you and remain connected with the Institution.”

District Commissioner hands over the Certificate of merit

District Commissioner hands over the Merit Certificates

While congratulating the Sisters and the teachers for their hard work and sacrifices in preparing the students, she encouraged the present students to follow the good example of their seniors.

Along with the DC, the animator of the community, Sr. Teresa Puthenpurakel, and the Principal, Sr. Rose Mary Kazhiia gave away the Certificates of Recognition to the students who secured the highest marks in various subjects in the College.

“The success of these students was a great boost for the present 43 class XII students to follow and also a way to attract many new admissions to the college.” said the Principal during the function.

“Many people in Udalguri were eagerly awaiting the results of the 1st batch to decide about seeking admission to the College.” said Sr. Teresa.

“We were almost in tears to see the fruits of our hard work” exclaimed an English teacher, Miss Nijwm Kungri Brahma with excitement.

“All of us are very much taken up by our seniors’ performance and we are also excited about what awaits us.” remarked some class XII students of the new batch.

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Sisters hold news reporting workshop

Workshop inauguration

News reporting workshop inauguration, 2 July 2014

Guwahati, (Lydia Komuhra) — The Salesian Sisters of Guwahati Province organized the first ever “News Reporting Workshop” for sixteen Sisters, representing the 30 communities of the Province, at St. Mary’s, Guwahati, 2-4 July.

Head of the Department of Mass Communication, Assam, Don Bosco University,
Fr. C.M. Paul, is the resource person.

“The workshop is aimed at introducing the participants to the basic concepts of news reporting and to enable them acquire skills and writing style, reporting and editing a report”, says Provincial, Sr. Elizabeth George.

Besides news writing exercises (picture sheet and slide frame), identifying news and assigning reporters, there were theoretical inputs on news, lead writing, human interest stories, interview, data collection, photo shoot, evaluating and editing news photo.

Further presentation on news portals and news blogs followed.

16 participants at news reporting workshop

16 participants at news reporting workshop

Commenting on the workshop, Sr. Annie Villuviruttil, a participant says: “the Workshop is relevant and timely; it has put me in the correct perspective of the digital world. I realize now that the good that is done has to be announced on housetops”.

Sr. Srivilaiwan Khimnae from Thailand adds, “the workshop has given me a wide vision on how to write the news in correct, systematic and journalistic style. I am enriched and encouraged to express my thoughts and opinions better”.

Sisters concentrate on news reporting assignment.

Sisters concentrate on news reporting assignment.

Sr. Ivy D’Souza, former FMA Provincial of the undivided province of Shillong and Guwahati coordinated the workshop in collaboration with Sr. Kaini Martha, who welcomed the resource person and thanked Sr. Elizabeth George and Sr. Ivy D’Souza for their presence and encouragement on the inaugural day.

The workshop will conclude tomorrow (4 July) with participants uploading their stories completed during the workshop.

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