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DBNJ Summer Camp begins at Ramanthapur and Nampally, Hyderabad
By Br Joseph
Hyderabad, May. 4. A summer camp for the street children of the twin cities of Hyderabad-Secunderabad was simultaneously flagged off on May 1, 2014 at Ramanthapur and Nampally. 130 children from the Navajeevans (street children rehabilitation centres) along with those from the centres run by the Salesian Sisters and Sisters of Charity will be the beneficiaries of this Summer Camp.
Camp Children at Ramanthapur
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Children from three Don Bosco Navajeevan (DBNJ) homes in the Twin Cities, are participating in the camp. Among them thee are 10 girls from the FMA Sisters' Homes and 5 girls from the Charity Sisters' Homes. There are about 25 children from the neighbourhood. These children will be treated to a wide variety of activities from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm during which they will also learn English, Music, Dance, Computer and coaching in Football, Basketball and Volleyball.

An intensive English camp for 22 children too commenced at DBNJ home, Nampally at the same time, under the direction of Ms Julie and Ms Teresa, Volunteers from Germany.

Fr Chinnabathuni Showri, the Camp Chief gave a gist of the general instructions to be followed and introduced the Brothers to the camp children: Cl. Ramesh, Cl. Joseph, Cl. Pramod, Bro. Baskar, and Ms Joshnna, along with the two volunteers Ms Tessa and Ms Saskia from Holland.  All the Salesians of the community are involved in the camp as a witness to the children in working and being together as a team.

The camp was inaugurated by Fr Bellamkonda Sudhakar, Director of DBNJ homes, Hyderabad. While addressing the children Fr Sudhakar recalled one of the sayings of Don Bosco 'Play, Run, Jump; but do not Sin'. He said that there are a lot of children who do not have the privilege to take part in such camps. He also said that they should develop the virtue of caring for one another. He asked them to make use of the opportunities and learn new things. He also invited them to make use of the knowledge of the Brothers and others who will be guiding them during the camp and to get the best out it. He said that Don Bosco did the same for the children of his time and they succeed him to take forward the mission started by him for the poor and abandoned children. He called on to the camp organizers to be motivators and give their best for this one month long camp. While wishing success to the Campers and the organizers, Fr Rector thanked Fr Ch. Showri, Fr Igantius and others for their sacrifice and availability in organizing the camp.

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