Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bal Gurukul in Bangalore

IDF's Bal Gurukuls will certainly benefit the underprivileged children staying in slums and help in empowering them as they grow, said Rev. Fr. Maria Gregory. Bal Gurukuls are a god given opportunity for the needy and the underprivileged children to excel in their lives, expressed Fr. Gregory.

Rev. Fr. Maria Gregory, Secretary of Bangalore Catholic Diocesan Schools inaugurated Mary Immaculate Bal Gurukul, an empowerment class programme of Indian Development Foundation and The Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Bishop Marrow at Benson Cross Road, Bangalore on 22nd July. A good number of children from neighbouring colonies and slums in Benson Road will benefit from this Gurukul, he said.

Bal Gurukuls are the Empowerment Class programme initiated by Indian Development Foundation (IDF) to provides learning skills and creative arts to the poor and the needy.
IDF has so far established 16 Bal Gurukuls in different parts of the country and Mary Bal Gurukul is 17th in the row and 4th in Karnataka. We plan to increase the number of Bal Gurukuls to 25 as we are celebrating the silver jubilee year, observed Dr. S. Franklin, Area Manager of IDF.

Mr. Sai Ranga Rao, Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pune lauded the efforts of Indian Development Foundation in health, education and rural development programmes. I was happy to be associate with IDF during my tenure in Kendriya Vidyalaya, MEG & Centre, Bangalore and I will continue supporting the social responsibility programmes of IDF, he expressed.

Bubbling Karan Dravid, a class 4 student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, MEG & Centre, Bangalore and IDF's youngest social Ambassador felt happy to be part of the inauguration function. Every student must work hard and study well to become important persons in life, Karan said. We should grab all the opportunities given by the teachers in Bal Gurukul and learn good things in life. Be a good student in the Gurukul and a good child to your parents, Karan pointed out with a smile.

Later Karan mingled with the students and taught them basic English and Maths. He also played with the students and gave them some tips of being happy.

Earlier Sr. Vincenta of Mary Immaculate Convent welcomed the children and the guests while Sr. Caroline, Provincial, Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Bishop Marrow proposed a vote of thanks.

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