Women play a very important role in our society and the busy women find no time to spare for themselves. The Women’s Day at Maria Bhavan – Bableshwar was an occasion for them to come and spend some time with themselves and for themselves. On 10th March 2018, around 450 women from our SHGs and from the surrounding areas responded to our invitation to celebrate womanhood. The theme of the day was Women and Environment, ‘Maji maya Thuji chaya’.

We began the inauguration programme by inviting on stage our guests Mr. Pavse – Manager of Central Bank, Mrs. Shinde from Central Bank, Mr. Waghcoure from Panchayat Samiti, Mrs. Prabha Ghogre – the speaker of the day, Sr. Mokha Antonappa – Director of Sahayini and Fr. Abraham Rananaware our Parish Priest, and this was followed by the lighting the lamp. Each one was welcomed with a sapling, in keeping with our theme’.

Sr. Catherine Pereira in her opening talk asked the women to welcome the girl child as she plays a very important role in the life of the family, as she hides her father’s poverty in order to bring richness in the country. She exhorted the women to be mothers to their daughters-in-law, and gave them examples of simple and great women, especially Sindhutai Saphale and Savitribai Phule, thus making them realise that they too can do much good.

The women performed a few dances and a beautiful play on the need to care for our creation; the women were shown the importance of trees and water, the need to carry a bag rather than a carry bag.

The speaker Mrs. Prabha Ghogre spoke on the need to be Mothers to their children and care for the environment; very practically she told them to be one with creation for nature provides us everything. She also read a meaningful poem written by herself.

Stall games were organised by the children for the women who came on time and it was delightful to see the women playing and winning little gifts, which put a smile on their faces. Spot prizes were given and this was indeed a moment of excitement.They were served lunch which they relished, and at the common dance session they danced away their blues.

Sr. Moksha appreciated the women and encouraged them and also thanked Sr. Catherine for all that was being done in Bableshwar.

As they left the place they were given a re-usable bag each with a packet of ‘Paushtik Aahar’.

It was a beautiful day filled with joy and happiness, a day which made the Women feel important. We appreciate the efforts put in by Sr. Catherine Pereira, the staff and the community to make this day a memorable one.