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Pascual Chavez Award 2017 conferred to Bosco Seva Kendra
By Father Joaquim Fernandes sdb
Mumbai, Mar. 3. Bosco Seva Kendra (BSK) was conferred the Pascual Chavez Award for Innovative Salesian Ministry in South Asia Region by the Salesian Provincial Conference of South Asia for comprehensive awareness and sensitization campaign on Gender Equity in the regions of Telengana and Andra Pradesh and South Odisha, India.
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The citation and the cheque of Rs One Lac was presented by Father Maria Arokiam Kanaga, The Regional Superior for the South Asian Region to Father Vijaya Bhaskar Thathireddy, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Hyderabad during the Salesian Provincials Conference of South Asia Assembly held at Don Bosco Provincial House, Kolkata on 1st March, 2018.  Father Pitchaimuthu Aruldas is the present Director of the Bosco Seva Kendra.

BSK's interventions as GEMS (Gender Equity Movement Soldiers) is proactive in sensitizing a target of four thousand young people every year on gender equality. The majority of the participants of this programme personally experienced a change of mindset and they have turned into being protagonist of social transformation.

Father Thathireddy,  Salesian Provincial of the Hyderabad Province '' It was a proud moment to receive the award. This is a great encouragement to the Province especially to Father Pitchaimuthu Aruldas and to all the staff  at the Don Bosco Development Office working to uplift the poor and the marganisalised and to try innovative means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals given by the UN on Gender Equity'' said he.

The motto of BSK is aimed at working with professional competence and collaboration with public and private donor agencies, trusts and foundations, to provide logistic and professional support to various development initiatives of Don Bosco Institutions and offices in its region.

For the past 23 years BSK has implemented several developmental programmes for the benefit of the most disadvantaged children and youth through different Salesian communities. BSK also organizes women into collectives empowering them to build a better life for themselves and for their families. BSK thus hopes to contribute towards sustainable change in society - one step at a time.

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