A number of people have asked about my visit to Don Bosco Ashalayam this summer. The work of the Salesians with the most vulnerable children of Kolkata is quite something. It is the work of Don Bosco. I thought I had seen the worst of the slums from previous visits - I hadn't.
On this trip I was taken to see an area that inspired the book 'City of Joy'. Never seen anything like it - people literally living on top of each other. We have two homes here - one for young teenage boys who are educated nearby, the other is a flat a few doors down where some of our older boys live. These older boys are being prepared for the world of work and are studying at our technical school in Park Circus.
The boys were courteous, independent, and clean. A few of them walked us out of the slum when we were returning and told us of their aspirations. One young man who is being sponsored by someone in Chertsey told us that the Salesians had recently found his long lost family and that he had been re-united with his brother and sister. He will finish his training with us before going to live with them.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this project over the years. The work being done is incredible and the money we raise is vital to the running of the project for at least 6 of their homes which houses 150 young people.
I am inspired to do more for them. On Friday 17th October there will be a Bollywood Night in Salesian School run by Jay Kumar. Saturday 6th December there will be a Christmas Fayre in Christ the Prince of Peace, Weybridge (which will included limited edition prints of Kerela and Tamil Nadu taken by a Salesian priest); and on Friday 6th March 2015 our young people will provide us with another variety evening. Profits from these three events will go towards supporting Don Bosco Ashalayam.
Do please support us - look out for further details and let me know if you are able to help in any way.
Thank you again to everyone who has helped us in the past, may God bless you all,