9 September, 2018
Coming together for a cause
-Fr. Bernard Fernandes

The fury of the monsoons this year was felt in a telling way in the state of Kerala. Heavy rains, flooding and the opening of the reservoirs and dams inflicted untold miseries on the people. The monsoon fury left human and economical losses in its wake. There was a sea of generous sacrificing souls who rushed to the aid of the flood affected people of the state. Many institutions, agencies, governments and people rushed to help, while calls for assistance kept coming in. We have Salesian presences in Kerala, and these institutions come under the Salesian Province of Bangalore. While many of our own houses have been irreparably damaged, there are many others whom our Salesians have been reaching out to in their time of need. BREADS-the development office of the Bangalore Province has been coordinating the Flood Relief Project in Kerala by raising funds and collecting other basic necessities and books.
As a school, we have contributed to this Relief project. A generous staff has contributed a day’s salary with the Management adding to the sum-a total of Rs. four lakhs has been forwarded to the Economer’s office in Bangalore. We have also joined the initiative by the past pupils at St. Dominic Savio Andheri of helping BREADS’ “Student to Student” project-to support a child to be back in school by donating notebooks, school bags or any another study material. Our students of the Kg, Primary and Secondary sections came out in large numbers to unite in this social commitment of students to support the flood affected students of Kerala.
We are sure these and many other forms of generous gestures will go a long way to assuage the pain and memory of a flood that left a catastrophic trail.