Bantwal: Valedictory ceremony of 13-Tailoring Course conducted by Samanvaya Mangalore in memory of late Rev. Fr Bernard D’Souza was held on July 12, 2012 at St Thomas Higher Primary School Hall, Nirkan. The programme commenced after inviting the guests to the dais and prayer by the students of the School.
Managing Trustee of Samanvaya, Rev Dr Pius Fidelis Pinto said that the tailoring class was one such place where the students had an opportunity to develop a bond to share everything with one another such as knowledge, joys, personal problems, etc., and if this bond is carried on, their life would be better. He complimented the students for the variety of outfits placed on display and wished them a prosperous future.
Nirkan Parish Priest Rev Fr Alban D’Souza addressed the students that in the present times of rising cost of living, life is tough with one bread-earner in the family and with women adding their share of income, it turns out better. This job skill which enable the women to undergo six months of tailoring course free of cost, are fortunate and will have a bright future provided they work hard on it. He thanked the sponsor and Samanvaya for reaching them with free tailoring course and wished the students all well.
Late Fr Bernard D’Souza had great concern for the poor, especially the women and he worked tirelessly to help them. Women Co-coordinator, Sr Mabel D’Souza spoke on various welfare activities carried out by Samanvaya in Fr. D'Souza's memory for the benefit of poor people, especially the illiterate women with an intention of improving their lives. Conducting free tailoring course is one such popular activity. She advised the successful students to continue practicing the job skill for the betterment of their future.
Director of Samanvaya, Rev Dr Ronald Cutinha cheered the students with moral story of beautiful bird Lark which brought its own end due to its laziness. He encouraged them not to be lazy in life but remain as busy as possible by using the newly acquired job skill and improve their living standard.
Chief Guest, Rev Fr Benjamin Lobo having gone through the outfits stitched by students and displayed for evaluation appreciated their talent and congratulated them for their successful completion of the tailoring course. Besides, he advised them to further improve on their skill by making good use of it in order to make them economically secure. In conclusion of the tailoring course which had commenced on January 3, 2012, Rev Fr Benjamin Lobo awarded completion certificates to 16 successful students and also distributed mementos to all participants.
One of the trained students Muneera came to the dais and gave her experience on the course. On behalf of all students, she also thanked their teacher Benedicta for teaching them with patience and affection.
Headmistress of the School, Sr Meena was present. Tailoring student Thasreen welcomed the gathering, compered the programme and proposed vote of thanks.