A meeting of the mothers of children attending the Garden School was held on 4th September 2013. Ms. Astrid Fernandes, a Social Worker from the Centre for Social Action (CSA)of the Archdiocese of Mumbai conducted the meeting. Those present at the meeting were Sr. Arina, Sr. Zelia & Sr. Louisa.
The meeting started with a Bhajan and was followed by the discussion on the Festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of the god Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha is widely worshiped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel.
The most serious impact of the festival on the environment is due to the immersion of idols made of Plaster of Paris into lakes, rivers and the sea. Traditionally, the idol was sculpted out of mud taken from nearby one’s home. After the festival, it was returned to the Earth by immersing it in a nearby water body. This cycle was meant to represent the cycle of creation and dissolution in Nature. Clay Lord Ganeshas have been encouraged to be used for immersion into the water courses to prevent any harmful environmental impacts.
The purpose of this meeting was to get these women to form groups and discuss the activities to enable them to get some income, and also benefit them in the future. The activities such as: Making Flowers, Candles, Paper bags, decorating Diyas (Lamps) and so on. This will be the follow up activity for these women. Few questions were asked by them and the meeting came to a close.