12 Personal Experiences of PMI volunteers

posted Aug 8, 2018, 11:26 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 11:26 PM ]
GRETA (Mankhurd Observation Home): Balkalyan Nagri shelter home is situated in Mankhurd near St Anthony's Church. This Home houses both boys and girls below 18 years. Above 18 years children/students can join other homes run by NGOs or have to return home, if they have parents and relatives. Most often, these children become 'orphans', as there is no one who is willing to take them back. They are not prisoners but considering their home condition, the social workers counsel them; they are adopted by the court and put in these shelters. During vacations, they can go home and be with their loved ones, but quite often, there are some who don't have any one, as they are orphans or rejected by the family. This is the time where children need more attention and guidance to grow in their life. But these little ones coming from broken homes look for love and care. The food and material necessities can be provided by any of us, but love, care and support is a big question mark. This is what we do – we reach out to them with love. On Prison Ministry Sunday, let us pray for these little ones. As the Bible says: "Whatever you do to these little ones, you do it to me."

BRINELLE (Dongri Observation Home)

We have several volunteers going each day of the week to spend time with the children. Each session begins with a time of prayer and thanksgiving. We teach them action songs and narrate stories to inculcate values of forgiveness, helping one another and trust in God.

We then break the kids into small activity groups – colouring, art and craft, teaching them English; beauty and mehendi classes for the girls. We recently had a group of volunteers from Spain who taught football to the children, bringing much joy and cheer to their everyday lives.

VEERA (Byculla Prison):

We have been chosen and handpicked by God, so it's our commitment to serve and do our best for the last, lost and the least. We have a lot of skill-based activities for the inmates, so that they can later on use some of the skills to get employment. Over years of being with them, I can conclude that it is ONLY the Word of God that we use in our various activities that has given us satisfaction and joy. Through our regular interaction with the inmates, we befriend them and guide them to give up their anger, bitterness and hate, and experience freedom by forgiveness. We feel happy when a few do keep in touch with us after they have been released from prison.