Monday, June 18, 2012


Congratulations to Denis Anthony (Chotu), Santosh Tope (Thatha) and Pankaj who passed their Matriculation Examination with excellent results. They scored 65%, 66% and 73% respectively.
Denis and Santosh were picked up from the station ten years back. They completed their ten years of schooling  from SADDAC. Perhaps they are the longest staying children of SADDAC.
SADDAC is indeed proud of their achievement!
We wish them all the best for their further studies!

Vally, SJ.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

John Shinde, one of our SADDAC boys, is no more...

Dear Friends,


With deep sorrow, we inform you that one of our boys, John Shinde, aged 19, passed away on the night of 30 January 2012 in a tragic accident in the train.

The funeral rites were conducted yesterday (31 January 2012) evening in the Baptist Cemetary in Daund.

John and his older brother Vikas were picked up from the railway station and were brought to SADDAC in 2003.

John, who did his schooling from Class (grade) 3 to 8 from SADDAC, was a very fine boy - talented in music, dancing and acting. He was a fine gem of SADDAC, always ahead in prayer and spiritual activities - never was a day when he slept without reading Bible.

He was so good at flute that music just danced at the movement his fingers. Recently he had also mastered the guitar and enjoyed paying hymns in praise of Jesus.

In 2009, when his brother, Vikas, completed his class (grade) 12 and got a job in Pune, both moved out of SADDAC. John was in class (grade) 8 then.

With a little help from Vikas, and support from SADDAC, John continued his studies staying with his grandparents in a nearby village close to Daund.

Though staying with his grandparents, John was so fond of Sr. Olive that he continued to spend time at SADDAC during the week-ends.

Whenever there was a programme, John took lead in preparing the SADDAC boys - teaching them music and dance.

This year John was in Class (grade) 11.

On the night of 30 January he was travelling to Sholapur with one of his friends. At one station when an elderly person was trying to catch a the train which was already begun to move, John - who was standing at the door in the train - extended his hand to help the old man get in to the moving train. That help that John offered to a stranger cost him his life. John lost his balance and slipped off the steps... to be crushed by the train.

SADDAC has lost a fine gem... A blossoming flower is untimely plucked away...!

John was part of our life, and he will continue to live in us and through us... We believe God will receive John in his eternal abode where we will meet him one day.

Please pray for Vikas and his grandparents who are shattered by this tragic death.



Fr. Vally Mendonca, SJ

(for) SADDAC.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


SADDAC has much to rejoice and be grateful to God for the success ushered in by our children in the board exams. Vicky Kasaute, who has been at SADDAC since he was 10 years old, passed the 12th standard exam with a first class (64.8%) in the Arts Stream from Seth Jyoti Prasad Mahavidyalay, Daund. Making use of the summer holidays, Vicky did a three months course in Spoken English at Don Bosco Technical Institute at Chinchwad. Grabbing the opportunity, Vicky appeared for the campus recruitment and was selected for a job at Tata Sky Company. Along with his studies, Vicky has a plan to complete his graduation.
Rohit Mohite, brought to SADDAC when he was 10 years, also passed the 12th Standard exam with a first class (63.2%) in the Commerce Stream from St. Sebastian Junior College, Daund. Rohit, though did his schooling till 10th standard in a government Marathi medium school, in spite of the junior college medium of instruction being in English, has scored better than many of his companions in his class who hail from English medium background. Moreover, Rohit belongs to the first batch of students at St. Sebastian Jr. College; and they have bagged cent per cent results. Rohit has taken admission in Bapuji Salunke College at Miraj for his graduation in Commerce.
Manoj Jain and Puja Pundige, both part of SADDAC but doing their schooling in hostels in Nigdi and Shrigonda respectively made SADDAC proud with their Metric results. Manoj, who was picked up from the station at the age of 5 in the second year of SADDAC, scored a high of 76%. We are trying to get him an admission in Government College, Aundh for the Motor Mechanic course. Puja, an orphan girl, who was brought to SADDAC at the age of 8, is the first girl of SADDAC to complete her Metriculation. She has scored a 55.55%.
While we congratulate Vicky, Rohit, Manoj and Puja, we also wish them 'best of luck' for their further studies!
As part of the 'vocational training' programme of SADDAC two drop-out girls are have joined for the beautician and tailoring course at Don Bosco Technical Institute at Chinchwad. Availing the facilities at Don Bosco Institute we have lined up a few more girls to for training in different courses.
SADDAC family thanks Fr. Bertie Rozario, S.J. (out going Provincial of Pune Jesuit Province) for his support to our works; and, with a congratulatory note, conveys best wishes and prayerful support to Fr. Bhausaheb Sansare, S.J. as he begins his responsibility as Provincial of Pune Province!

--- Sr. Olive Oliveira
2 July 2011


Friday, April 1, 2011

SADDAC Daund: News April 2011

It is our joy to see SADDAC growing. In March, Vicky Kasaute and Rohit Mohite, wrote their Std. XII exam in Arts and Commerce stream respectively. John Shinde and Puja Pundige appeared for their Std. X exam. We implore God for their good results. Sr. Olive, with the help SADDAC Women's Self-Help-Group (SHG) and the Coordinator, Jyoti S. Mokoll, organized the inauguration of tailoring and beautician courses on 8 March. The Person-in-charge for SHG from the Municipality, Mr. M. Gund, in the presence of Strimukti Association's Mrs. Poorna Bagadhe cut the ribbon. In his speech, he praised SADDAC for actively cooperating with the Municipal Programmes for women and for availing the facilities at SADDAC for such programmes. 65 women, including a several drop-out girls, took part in this programme. On 25 March the Panchayat Samiti organized an exhibition cum sale event at Daund Market. 10 girls from the SADDAC SHG group put up sales of Papad, pickle and baby dresses.
The Women's SHG Group deeply mourned the death of Mrs. Julie Rodrigues on 11 March. She was an active supporter of the women's activities at SADDAC. The Catholic Women's group organized a special Mass for Mrs. Rodrigues on her 99th Birth Anniversary on 25 March.
--- Sr. Olive Oliveira
1 April 2011

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Origen music - AVE MARIA - J Caccini