“You are not here merely to make a living.
You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply,
With a greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and acheivement.
You are here to enrich the world;
You impoverish yourself if you forget that errand”
In the words of St. Magdalene, Canossa believes that ‘the heart of education is the education of the heart.’ We at Canossa, strive to walk in the footsteps of St. Magdalene by sensitizing our students to the needs of the less privileged, senior citizens, the homeless, orphans and the handicapped through our Outreach progammes. The objective is to enable them to experience the realities all around, especially of the disadvantaged sector, to appeal to their emotional quotient and to make them feel the responsibility of reaching out to the needy, now and in the future.
This year’s itinerary:
Students of Std X visited Helpers of Mary Old Age Home (Andheri) and Cardinal Gracias Destitute Home (Santa Cruz). Std VIII went to the Lion’s Club School (Mahim), Vikas Vidyalaya, Pragati Vidyalaya and St Stephen’s High School (Dadar) schools for the Hearing Impaired. Std VII visited Sneha Jeevan Kendra, Helpers of Mary Balbhuvan, Angels’ Nest (Andheri) orphanages. Std VI was taken to Jai Vakeel School for the Disabled and Mentally Challenged (Sewri) and Std V to R S Nagar Municipal School (Matunga).
In January, 45 girls arrived from Fulwadi (Gujarat) for a 2-day trip to Mumbai where they interacted with Std IX students, enjoyed special games, dances and skits arranged for them and went sight-seeing. They were gifted Dex-Orange, Glucon D, writing boards and bags while they returned the gesture in the form of raagi they had cultivated in their own fields.
Last year, the outreach programme was targetted at Canossa Special School, Ashray (Bandra), Sneha Sadan (Andheri), Markhandi Society (Sion/Dharavi), LSS (Govandi/Chembur), Home for the Disadvantaged SEAL Ashram (New Panvel) and St. Catherine’s Home/Helpers of Mary (Andheri). Trips were also arranged to rural and remote areas.
For many students and teachers, it can be a life-changing experience. This time helps children grow into people who can understand and empathize with others, and appreciate the simple things that make so much difference in our lives.
“August 1 was indeed ‘Friendship Day’ with a difference. While we went to ‘Ashray’ with the the idea of expressing love to the unfortunate, we returned having learnt umpteen lessons ourselves, the best being to look at life with a positive attitude.
Although it was an orphanage we were visiting, we were taken aback by the greenery around a pleasant cottage, whose surroundings, though small, were clean. The chubby, healthy, smiling faces of the children surprised us. The children had decorated the place with pictures, personal drawings and poems on Friendship, which reflected their talents, interests and determination to make something good of themselves. The environment we were ushered into, was one of loving acceptance. This was the first of many lessons we learnt that day, to do the same in our classroom, our home and in our society.”
– A Student of Std 10