Dear Parents/ Guardians,
As we near the end of the Academic year, it is good
to reflect and see what together we can do to improve
the standard, quality and performance of each boy. We
look forward for your cooperation in educating your
child/ward in home also. Values are taught in institutions
but they are inculcated in the homes, which is the nursery
of good upbringing. We on our part try and provide many
opportunities, which a boy may have missed due to loss
of parents or financial reasons. Every year we have
to say no to more than 60 to 70 boys as we lack the
finance and infrastructure to house them here.
You are aware that Our Lady's Home
is one of the very few institutions that are completely
free. The Orphanage is run purely on donations from
benefactors and well-wishers. The deficit every year
is made up by the Archbishop Mumbai. The priests, Brothers
and Sisters work here for more than 14 hrs a day are
given a stipend and not a salary in comparison to the
salaried staff that works a maximum of 8 hours a day.
Below we are noting a few points which
we expect from ourselves, the parents and the boys in
order that the institution may function smoothly and
the sacrifices made by the donors and well wishers are
put to good use.
The boys have to be advised/taught at home that they
are here in order to build a good character and grow
in good manners. Where one respects, appreciates and
is grateful to that is done for them in order that they
may be better citizens.
Importance of studies has to be stressed by the parent
and guardians. It is noticed that the boys prefer an
easy life and avoid studying though they have been blessed
with intelligence. Some of them not only do not study
but also disturb other boys. Many a boys do not look
for excellence in studies. They are very happy if they
manage to pass.
Use of things :
Very often things are lost, damaged or destroyed e.g.:
pages are torn from the books, pencils lost, soaps missing,
clothes thrown here and there. The list can go on and
on. We request the parents/guardians to instruct the
boys to put things to good use as well as take good
care of things that are given/entrusted to them.
On our part we have tried to do our best :
All boys are treated equally. There is no distinction
made neither on cast, creed or religion nor on age or
standard on is studying in.
Pure Water :
Since February 2003 filter water is provide on every
floor. A water cooler is installed in the refectory.
A variety of dishes are prepared and served hot. The
diet is well balanced, nutritive and tasty. A lot is
left to be desired since we depend on cooks. Every boy
is provided with a fork, spoon and knife for meals.
Washing Machine :
We have installed three washing machines.
The parents are requested :
* To follow the rules and regulations of the institution.
* Avoid bringing eatables on visiting Sunday.
* Meet the brother/sister concerned to learn about the
progress of the boy.
* Please note the boys will be evaluated on the points
mentioned below. If they are found very much lacking
in these points they will be sent home.
Over all behaviour
Use of things provided
We look forward to your kind cooperation,
(Fr. Elias D'Souza)