A Capacity Development Training for Don Bosco Shillong Region

Bosconet, the network of 11 Don Bosco Planning and Development Offices (PDOs) across India, plays a crucial role in consistently enhancing the capacity of its partner organizations in various skill domains. One of its core responsibilities is to empower its constituent partners with continuous skill development.

In pursuit of this objective, Bosconet organized a comprehensive four-day proposal writing training workshop – ‘Write for Good 2023” for the Salesians and collaborators of Don Bosco Shillong Region from 24.10.23 to 27.10.23 at the Don Bosco Provincial House, Mathias Institute, Shillong, with the support of Don Bosco Mission Bonn, and Misiones Salesianas, Madrid

Fifteen participants actively engaged in the program, with a warm welcome extended by Mr. Reynold Kurbah. The session commenced with a prayer led by Sr. Francis, MSMHC, setting a reflective and focused atmosphere for the training.

Fr. James, the Secretary of Don Bosco Development Society (BIDS), delivered the inaugural speech, emphasizing the significance of the workshop in furthering community development initiatives. A special address was given by Fr. Paul Olphindro Lyngkot, the Provincial of Don Bosco Shillong Province, adding valuable insights and encouragement.

Fr. Genesius, Executive Director of Don Bosco Development Society (BIDS), introduced the resource person, Mr. Louis Manohar, renowned for his 17 years of positive contributions to Don Bosco Network. The workshop covered key components of community development proposals, techniques for problem identification, cause-and-effect analysis, SMART objectives, monitoring & evaluation, risk analysis, activity scheduling, budgeting, sustainability, baseline surveys, survey tools, and question formulation.

This program was a practical, hands-on workshop focused on the technicalities of writing effective proposals for community development projects. Its primary aim was to equip the Salesians and collaborators with the essential skills necessary for creating impactful community development project proposals, thereby enabling positive transformations in the communities.

The training concluded with the issuance of course completion certificates to all 15 trainees. Fr. Santhanam, Director of Bosconet, graced the occasion as the chief guest. Fr. James presided as the Master of Ceremonies, and a vote of thanks was extended by Fr. James, Fr. Genesius, and a few representatives from the participant trainees. The successful completion of the workshop in the Shillong (INS) regionunderscores Bosconet's commitment to empowering its partners with essential skills for impactful community development.

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