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St. Padre Pio

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1Training on Child Rights to Club Members: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized three levels of training for the members of Child Rights Clubs from in 16 villages of our working area. Vimukti staff briefed about Vimukti and its activities, and CHILDLINE 1098. Children gained knowledge about UNCRC, Child, Child Rights, Child related laws and Children in difficult situations. Children were motivated to call 1098, Child helpline number during difficult situations. Children expressed that these trainings helped them become better individuals and empower them to fight for their rights. Children also expressed that they have been identifying child laborers selling balloons, pens, etc. at some important signals and junctions in Manvi and in Sindhnoor talukas. Three hundred and eighty-one boys and one hundred and thirty three girls attended the trainings. Respective school HMs and teachers were present during the trainings.

1Padre Pio Novena , day- 8
Theme: Padre Pio and Prayer
Main celebrant: Rev. Fr Sandeep Dsouza Capuchin

1Hand hygiene is important: Vimukti Pothnal
One cannot ignore the fact that hand washing is the simplest, most affordable and effective way of keeping the virus away. The theme of Global Hand washing Day 2020 is 'Hand Hygiene for all'. The theme is primarily to urge people across society to achieve universal hand hygiene. Keeping this objective, Vimukti organized Global Hand washing day on 15th of October, 2020 in four villages of our working area. The current Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role hand hygiene plays in disease transmission. It reminds us of the importance of the simple yet most effective intervention to stop the spread of any disease- hand washing with soap- and the need to take immediate action on hand hygiene across all public and private settings to respond and control the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, through this awareness program Vimukti urges to all the children and village communities, a global culture of hand hygiene must be fostered and made the mainstay in public health interventions beyond the pandemic. Nearly one hundred and seven children and village community stakeholders, benefited from this mass awareness program.

1Padre Pio Novena , day- 7
Theme: Padre Pio and Eucharist
Main celebrant: Rev. Fr Maxim Dsouza Capuchin

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Vimukti Free Health Camps: Vimukti Pothnal
The Free Health Camps are organised in the rural areas where people are neither able to afford medical treatment nor having any basic knowledge regarding health and hygiene. So, through these programs people are given various tips on health issues. Besides these, basic health problems and sicknesses are diagnosed provided with free medicines. The program is conducted in its targeted area with the help of staff nurse. In fact, these programs have been great benefits to many such peoples every year who could not reach to the nearest local hospitals in the Manvi taluka has borne a lot in order to help the needy beneficiaries in conducting such activities. In many places Mother and Childcare, Pre Natal and Post Natal Care, TB, AIDS/HIV awareness program are conducted every year. The awareness program organised with such issues like Child labour, Child marriage, trafficking, family issues, teen age such different issues were discussed and 198 stakeholders benefited from this camps.

Padre Pio Novena , day- 6
Theme: Padre Pio and Mother Mary
Main celebrant: Rev. Fr Stevan Cutinha
Assistant Parish Priest- Madantyar

Padre Pio Novena , day- 5
Theme: Padre Pio and Sacrament of Confession
Main celebrant: Rev. Fr Vincent, Parish Priest- Kulur

Padre Pio Novena , day- 4
Theme: Padre Pio and Stigmata (Suffering)
Main celebrant: Rev. Fr. Fredrick Braggs.

Training on Arogya Raksha Samithis to the Community leaders:
Vimukti organized the training on Arogya Raksha Samithis to the community leaders in our targeted villages of our working area. Mr. Charile, the Capacity builders and Mrs. Jecintha Campaign facilitator were the resource persons for this training. The main focus of the training was to insist on the need of establishing Arogya Raksha samithis at the Primary Health Centers. There are various responsibilities regarding this. The members who can also be the part of this committee were discussed at length. The various responsibilities of the committee: The various health rights of the people are to be displayed at the primary health centers. Annual health map has to be prepared. The cleanliness inside as well the surroundings of the health centers to be taken care. Health centers have to be protected well with proper construction of wall and fencing. Every month cataract check-up should be done at the centers. For this the trained doctors need to be invited from the nearby private or the Government health clinics. The money allotted to the centers must be utilized with the proper guidance and governance. Every fourth Saturday’s of the month meeting should be held at the health centers.

Padre pio Novena, Day 3
Theme: Padre pio and his concern for sick
Main celebrant Rev. Fr. Andrew D'Souza, Bajal...
Padre Pio shrine, Jail road. Bejai

Nine days novena begins in preparation for the Annual Feast of Padre Pio Shrine, Bejai, Mangalore.
In view of the Annual Feast of Padre Pio, the nine days novena devotion was inaugurated with the Flag - hoisting ceremony on 9th October 2020 at 5.30pm at the Padre Pio Shrine, St Anne's Friary - Bejai, Mangalore. Fr Royson Fernandes, the editor of Uzwad magazine of Udupi Diocese conducted the inaugural ceremony and our corporator Mr Lancylot hoisted the Padre Pio flag. On this blessed occasion the new Konkani book on the life of St Padre Pio that was translated and written by Fr Roshan Menezes Capuchin, the Episcopal Vicar for the religious in Udupi Diocese was released by the Daijiworld media head Mr Walter Nandalike. Mr Lancylot and Mr Walter conveyed their good wishes for the success of this blessed and holy event. The inaugural Eucharistic celebration on the theme ‘Padre Pio and the Holy Catholic Church’ was presided over by Fr Royson and concelebrated by Frs Roshan, Lancy and John. The grand annual feast of Padre Pio will be celebrated on 18th October 2020 at 5.30. The Capuchin Friars of St Anne's Friary invite you for the same. There will live telecast of the every evening Novena devotion and Eucharistic celebration on the Divine Word TV and CapuchinsMangalore YouTube channel.

Farewell Programme @ Darshan College
Every beginning has an end and every end is a new beginning. A year starts, a year ends; only to give birth to another. The Faculty along with a few Degree students organized a befitting Farewell programme to the Final Year Students. It was not a day to bid farewell but to cherish all the beautiful memories shared together in this abode of knowledge. Some of the final year students shared a part of their wonderful reminiscence from among the vast substantial experience in the campus and thanked the Faculty members for grooming them to face the challenges of life. There was thrill and joyous outburst as the medals were presented to the winners of various events held in the Academic year 2019-2020. Both the Director and the Principal appreciated the Students and at the same time expressed a few heart-touching motivational sparks for their future betterment. The final year students adorned with traditional attire added flavour to the celebration. The two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and good-bye for the last.

Solemnity of St. Francis of Assisi : October 04
The solemnity of St. Francis of Assisi our Father and Founder was celebrated in a meaningful way. The solemn Eucharist was officiated by Br. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka, who gave a momentous message, breaking the word of God to the faithful who participated and witnessed the celebration in small number. He too made mention of the new Encyclical of Pope Francis, “Fratelli Tutti” “All Brothers” an address of St. Francis from the sixth admonition of St. Francis “The Imitation of the Lord” . The central line focused on translating our faith into concrete action to rebuild human fraternity and restore care for creation with creative fidelity. After the Holy Eucharist the faithful shared festal greetings with each other.
Wishing you all Happy Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Many Catholics worldwide celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on October 4 each year. The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. The community of Shanthi Sadhana- Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI, celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, founder and Patron. The Eucharistic celebration began with a short procession carrying the a lighted candles portraying the virtues of Humility, Love, Peace and Hope. The theme of the celebration of Voyage with the Lord to become the face and voice of St. Francis of Assisi. The beacutiful artistic decoration was prepared by the Sisters who are doing their studies to obtain Diploma in Franciscan Spirituality at the institute. As a preparation for the feast there was nine days Novena prepared and animated by the Sisters. The melodious choir was led by Fr. Robin Minin Lopez and Fr. Robin Victor D’souza celebrated the Eucharist with Fr. Joseph Dolpy Pais and Fr. Maxim Nazereth as the concelebrant. The Sisters prepared the introduction, offertory prayers and the beautiful decoration. To mark the celebration there was grand sumptuous agape at lunch and throwball match in the afternoon and dance and skits at night recreation. The Director thanked wholeheart
edly the cooperation the hard efforts of all the Sisters and Fathers especially sisters who are doing their Diploma in Franciscan Spirituality for their generosity and disposition to make this feast a grand celebration.

Celebration of Transitus – Shanthi Sadhan - FISI
The Transitus of St. Francis is a celebration of the passage of the saint from his earthly life to the glory of heaven. Traditionally celebrated by Franciscans all over the world on Oct. 3, Transitus is a Latin word which means “passage” or “crossing over.” In all of the accounts written about the death of St. Francis, it is always remarked that he crossed from earthly life to eternal life with the Lord, filled with joy and having written his Canticle of Creation. In celebrating the Transitus, we are reminded that death is a part of life, that the final journey of our earthly existence is nothing to be feared, but to be celebrated and embraced. For it is only through death that we come to the full joy of the Lord. Shanthi Sadhana – Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI, celebrated the Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi with the enactment. The sisters put up a excellent devotional performance of Transitus. The celebration began at 6.30 pm at the reception of FISI and moved towards the main Chapel and ended at the Cave with the
candle light procession honouring St. Francis of Assisi. Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais preached a fitting homily to become the voice and face of Jesus in the footprints of St. Francis of Assisi.

Vimukti Village leaders demanded DC, CEO, DHO, THO, and Lok Sabha members to prevent the material and infant deaths in Raichur District:
On 24th of September 2020 a report in the form of Memorandum was submitted to DC, CEO, DHO, THO and Lok Sabha members. The report was the outcome of the Survey on maternal and infant deaths in Raichur District. Maternal and Child Health Campaign, Manvi is formed under the leadership of people and People’ collectives in Raichur district. In the back drop of COVID 19 outbreak, the MCH campaign monitored different National and State Health programs for mother and child and also did the audit of maternal and infant deaths that the Campaign came across during the COVID outbreak and listed the problems faced by mother and children. Maternal and child health issues identified by the Campaign and so far six maternal deaths identified in the 5 PHCs.

Free health camp and Medicine distributed to the poor: Vimukti Pothnal
Health camp was organized for the pregnant women,children, and eldersin nine villages of Manvi Taluka, Raichur District. TB&BP check-up, weight check -up and other tests were conducted. Medicines were distributed according to their needs. Protein powders, Zoncovitysers also were given to many women. Aldigestic, Paracetamol, Syrup, B complex drugs were given to treat the common symptoms of fever, body pain, cold etc. Information on various facilities of health departments for the women was given. These types of camps are conducted regularly in the villages thus they can benefit from them. Around 225 women, children and elders participated in this health camp and benefited.

Foundation Da-Bon Secours-FISI
Franciscan Sisters of Bon Secours Congregation celebrated their foundation day on the 17th of September 2020 at FISI. REV. FR. JULIAN CHARLES LEHODEY MEP selected few dedicated girls from the orphanages and formed the first group of Aspirants. After 3 years of training they were to be accepted as sisters of the order and adopted the Franciscan rules and wore black Saree. The investiture of the first Postulants took place on 17th September 1858. In the year 1861, 7 sisters took their final vows as religious. On this day as a tradition among Bon Secours Congregation Sr. Bella, Sr. Me
tilda, Sr. Clementia, Sr. Dennis, Sr. Lincy and Sr. Julie renewal their vows during the Holy Eucharist in the morning and in the dining hall they were felicitated.

Feast of Nativity-fisi
On the 08th of September 2020, feast of Nativity is celebrated at FISI. Fr. Robin Victor D’souza animated the Novena Prayers an
d Fr. Maxim Nazareth was the main celebrant for the mass.

Fit India Run @ Darshan College
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in. Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body but also the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. In order to motivate the individuals regarding cultivating the habit of physical fitness, the Department of Physical Education of Darshan College organized Fit India Campaign in collaboration with IQAC, NCC, NSS and Red Cross units. Fit India Run helps us to boost our fitness and remain free from all physical and mental restraints. The College students of different units along with the Degree Faculty went jogging within the campus and around the vicinity for about 3 kilometres to create awareness among the people regarding physical fitness. We need to consider using physical activity and exercise as a strategy to maintain health during this stressful period. Fit is not a destination; it is a way of life.

Free bags and books distribution to the needy children: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Trust Pothnal organized a program of free distribution of bags and books in the Bagalada village. The Director addressing the gathering said that the present Pandemic situation has largely affected the poor marginalized people. People have lost jobs and in a desperate situation. The Government has initiated teaching methods for the children at the village set up level. When it was enquired it was found that 6th to 10th school children do not study or go to school due to the poverty and could not afford to have school bags and books. Vimukti after learning the situation provided bags and books for the 30 needy children. The school in charge highly appreciated the initiative taken by the trust and asked people to see that no child should be deprived of education since education also is the fundamental right of children. The village dignitaries namely Dalit leader Gangadar, Mounesha Kori, Nagraj, Jagdish, Arogyappa, Mahesh Child Help line Raichur and children’s parents were present at the program.

Intra-Mural Seminar for the academic year 2020-2021 was held on 29th August 2020 in the conference hall. The theme of the seminar was - "Towards a Kenotic Vision of Authority in the Catholic Church". The resource person for this seminar was Rev Fr Dr Baptist Rodrigues. This year's seminar was very special because it was organised IN THE HONOUR OF 80TH BIRTHDAY OF REV FR DR MALCOLM SEQUEIRA, PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY. Due to pandemic situation this year's seminar was not open for public. However, the colour and taste of the seminar was just like that of a public seminar. Everything was well arranged and organised by the event manager Rev Fr Albert Lewis with utmost precision.

Free Medical Treatment camps Along with Free Medicine Distribution: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized Free Medical Treatment camps along with Free Medicine distribution camps in sixteen villages of our working area. We have been distributing free medicines that are dire need of medicines and health checkup is done periodically. Twelve of the women were barren since 5 to 10 years. They were given counseling and health check up was done. For about 123 people had a briefing on the deadly disease of cancer, HIV/AIDS, Sugar, BP, COVID-19 etc were given, free check up and medicines were distributed. Many women and children benefited from these camps.

Vimukti Charitable Trust(r) Pothnal distributed 1500 free face Shields to all the Front Line Warriors in Manvi Taluka:
“Only life lived for others is worth living” Says Albert Einstein. As coronavirus threat spreads across the globe, Vimukti organization is actively spreading awareness about the illness among the underprivileged classes; taking essential steps towards preventing the spread of coronavirus in Manvi Taluka Raichur Dist. Recently Vimukti distributed 1,500 face Shields to all the Front line Warriors in the Manvi Taluka. A face shield offers the first line of defense, protecting them to some extent from a direct infection. If everyone wears a face shields, the spread of this infection could be arrested. By distributing face shields for free of cost, the Vimukti is doing a significant job, says, Mrs. Chandra Shaker THO, Manvi. Vimukti Director Fr. Sathish Ferandes acknowledge the pivotal role played by the frontline heroes in protecting our society, further motivated the frontline heroes (doctors, Police personnel, Gram Panchyath members, PDO, ASHAs, workers, AWC teachers etc) to continue with this extraordinary Godly cause of saving humanity from the Corona Virus Scourge. Vimukti has been giving door to door awareness through distributing handbills, how to protect oneself from spreading Covid-19.

Dayalbagh Agricultural Training Institute (DATI) inaugurated the Horticulture Apprenticeship course for year 2020-22(two years Programme). Fr. Fredrick Braggs the Director of DATI presided over the inauguration ceremony. Fr. Peter Cyprian D’souza, The Provincial councilor and Fr. Dolphy Serrao, Superior of Athma Jyothi Ashram were the guests of honour who addressed the gathering as resource persons. Mr. John Crasta, the tutor of DATI, gave the key note address. Fr. Manohar D’souza, the director of the student brothers welcomed the gatherings and Sr. Lydwin D’souza, one of the students thanked all. Fr. Edwin Rakesh compered the programme. This year DATI has students out of which two are religious nuns. A student opted for yearly course. As a part of the inauguration “Laudato sii” Nursery has been inaugurated symbolically by planting few saplings.

LECTIO BREVIS 2020-21 : Shanthi Sadhana-FISI
Shanthi Sadhana-Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI-Bangalore organized the Lectio Brevis 2020-21 on the 17th of August 2020. Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais, the spiritual director of FISI in the welcome address said the importance of Franciscan Studies in the world of today. It was well appreciated by the participants. Fr. Robin Minin Lopez, the Program coordinator briefed the Academic programs to the new Students. Fr. Robin Victor D’Souza, Director of the Institute gave the apt message to the occasion and stressed the need to pray for the greater interest in the Major Superiors to send more students to FISI, Fr. Maxim Nazareth, proposed the vote of thanks and. The function was brought to an end singing the hymn to Mother Mary. The students presented the prayer song, welcome song and compered the program. The Director also thanked all t
he Major Superiors for sending the sisters even in times of uncertainties and putting their faith on Shanthi Sadhana-Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI-Bangalore.

Due to COVID-19 PANDEMIC, Shanthi Sadhana-Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI-Bangalore inaugurated the Academic year for the Diploma course in Franciscan Spirituality on the on the 16th of August 2020. due to RISE IN CORONA VIRUS CASES IN INDIA and also the inter-state travel restrictions, the management has postponed into to the month of August. The inauguration of academic year 2020-21 was held in FISI on 16th August 2020. Along with the staff, new students and Director of the Institute Fr. Robin Victor D’souza con-celebrated the Eucharist and delivered a fitting homily on the importance of perseverance and imbibing spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare and becoming more human in the world. The melodious choir conducted by Fr. Robin Minin Lopez and sung by our new student’s added meaning to the celebration. The Eucharistic celebration was begun with a introduction followed by lighting of the lamp by the Dirctor Fr. Robin Victor D’souza,
Fr. Robin Minin Lopez-Program Coordinator, Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais-Spiritual Director, Fr. Maxim Nazareth-Member, Sr. Mary Flora-Visiting Professor and Sr. Showrilu-Student representative.

Independence Day Celebration : Shanthi Sadhana-FISI
74th Independence Day of India was celebrated at Shanthi Sadhana-FISI by hoisting the Tri-Color flag on the 15th of August 2020. Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Director of the Institute was called upon to hoist the flag.
The Diploma students sang the patriotic songs and Sr. Jeba FMM compered the program.

The historic stroke at the midnight dawn of August 15th 1947 is a moment that is etched in the heart, mind and soul of every Indian. 73 years later, the sunny and clear blue skies established new vigour and patriotism as the teachers of Trinity Central School, Perampalli gathered in the precincts of the school, to commemorate the 74th Independence Day. Rev. Fr. Claude Mascarenhas, Correspondent and Guardian of Trinity Vihar was the Chief Guest of the programme. He was joined by Rev. Fr. Anil D’costa, Principal and Fr. Ravi Rajesh Serrao, the Vice Principal, along with the teachers. The programme began with the customary hoisting of the National flag, followed by the rendition of the National Anthem and Vande Mataram. India is an amalgamation of traditions, beliefs, cultures and symbolic expressions. India’s vibrant culture was brought alive in the programme presented by the teachers. The programme commenced with an inspiring speech by Ms Sukhitha, who iterated the importance of true patriotism and our responsibilities as Indians.

Independence Day Celebration @ St Anthony’s Institutions
Where liberty dwells, there is my country. With burning fire of love for the country and bubbling patriotic spirit, the Anthonian family gathered together on the 15th of August 2020 to pay honour and respect to our Nation, India. The Chief Guest Rev. Fr Robin Victor D’Souza, OFM Cap, Executive Secretary, CEB unfurled the tri-colour National flag and in his speech, quoted John F Kennedy’s historic words, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for the country”. Rev. Fr Roshan Rosario, Director, St Anthony’s Institutions highlighted that freedom and responsibility are the two sides of the same coin. The Independence Day programme was well-organized by the NCC Unit of our College under the able leadership of our Physical Education Director, Mr Srinidhi Siddharth. Amidst the pandemic situation, the 74th Independence Day was celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm at St Anthony’s Institutions, Bangalore. May we always have the freedom to choose, freedom to dream and freedom to live.

Udupi: Four Capuchin deacons ordained as priests by Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo
Udupi – India August 2020 : On the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, Thursday, 06 August 2020, the Capuchin friars of the Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka, praised God and celebrated the ordination of four priests at Assisi Nilaya, Moodubelle. Four Capuchin deacons Sandeep Dsouza, Roshan Pereira, Wilfred D’Silva and Maxim D’Souza were ordained to the priesthood by Most Rev Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi Diocese. The four newly ordained Capuchin friars hail from Hosad, Karwar; Beluvai, Mangaluru; Kable, Shimoga and Vorkady, Mangaluru respectively. The Bishop, in his homily emphasized the gift and greatness of priesthood. He invited the newly ordained to realize the greatness of their call and said that “the priestly vocation is a God’s call. A priest is chosen to become the herald of the Gospel and to minister God’s mercy, reconciliation and proclaim liberation, in the world today where everything seems to be constantly and rapidly changing.” “We are blessed with four priests this year and we rejoice with them. As Capuchins we are sent and one should be ready to go wherever he is sent. The motivating factor of our mission and service is our vow of obedience,” said Rev. Fr Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister of the Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka while addressing the gathering after the ordination ceremony.

Free Medicines distribution camp: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal, under “Health for all” project organized free Medicines distribution camp in 16 villages of Manvi Taluka. Mrs. Shilpa, staff nurse organized the checkup camp. Eye, Weight, Mouth, Ear and Physical checkup was done to all the children. Anemia, mouth cavities, vitamin deficiency, mouth ulcers and fungal infections were commonly seen among children. Children were guided to keep themselves clean and to eat fruits and vegetables. Parents and Anganwadi teachers were guided as to how to overcome vitamin deficiency by giving nutritious food. Parents were told to avoid giving chocolates and sweets to children. Seventy six families and children underwent the health checkup and got benefited.

Release of Jñāna Samruddhi -- Decennial Souvenir @ St Anthony’s Institutions
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. St Anthony’s Institutions (Darshan College & St Anthony’s PU College) remains ever indebted to God as it completes an illustrious decade of its academic excellence. To reminisce this glorious milestone in the mind of every person, ‘Jñāna Samruddhi’ the Decennial Souvenir has been brought out as a small token of love and gratitude to all who worked and walked through the portals of St Anthony’s Institutions, Kengeri, Bangalore. ‘Jñāna Samruddhi’ which means prosperity in knowledge nurtures, invests, cultivates and develops young minds towards academic excellence. We see a glow of approval, appreciation, approbation and admiration as we skim the pages of the Souvenir. This Decennial Souvenir was solemnly released at the hands of Rev. Fr Alwyn Dias, President, St Anthony’s Institutions along with Rev. Fr Robin D’Souza, Executive Secretary, CEB in the presence of a few Capuchin Friars. Fr Royston D’Souza, Chief Editor was heartily felicitated by the august gathering. Hail! St Anthony’s Institutions.

We are extremely saddened to inform you that our
Fr Deepak Rayappa, Capuchin belonging to Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka, aged 58 passed away in the sleep last night (23/07/2020) due to massive cardiac arrest
at Kripalaya, Mysore.

The funeral will be conducted at 9:30 am tomorrow,
25th July 2020, at Kripalaya, Bogadi, Mysore.

May God welcome him into His eternal abode.
We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the bereaved family of Fr Deepak and our brothers at Kripalaya and our friars.

May God grant him eternal rest.

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Historic Mile stone!!! Blessing and inauguration - “VIMUKTI CHARITABLE TRUST(r)” Social action Centre Pothnal:
Humble beginning, steady growth, great dreams have been the life of Vimukti Pothnal. Generous and Gracious God had made our hopes and dreams come true. Renovation of VIMUKTI CHARITABLE TRUST® Social action centre is a long awaited dream is finally becoming reality and brought great joy and gladness for the staff and Director of Vimukti Pothnal. July 20th, 2020 was indeed a historic day in the pages of Vimukti charitable institute and a day of great joy and delight to the Vimukti director and the staff, who in sublime gratitude proclaimed God’s immense greatness. Rev.Fr. Joel Jaison Lobo Guardian & Director Clara Vihar Pothnal, who proudly unveiled the plaque and proclaimed with humble gratitude to God saying ‘Lord your love is eternal; Complete the work that you have begun.... what is done in love is done well, and cuts the ribbon symbolically inaugurated the renovated Social Action Centre, Rev, Fr. Anil Parish Priest Harapura, inaugurated the auditorium and Rev. Fr. Sunil Cornelio Assistant Head Master Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya School Pothnal, inaugurated the children Park respectively. We fondly remember and grateful to Rev.Fr. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka; who deserves very special honour for his untiring support from the very moment of the idea of bringing into the reality of this type of needed structure in Pothnal. Words would be insufficient to thank him also for his visualization, constant support, dynamic and ceaseless effort to actualize the dreams of Vimukti Social Action Centre at Pothnal.

Academic Achievement of Anthonians
Excellence is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities. St Anthony’s PU College, Kengeri, Bangalore has achieved 99% results in the II Pre-University Annual Examination conducted by the Department of PU Board of Education, Karnataka. Among those appeared, 31 have passed with Distinctions, 27 with Higher First Class, 72 with First Class and 32 with Second Class marks. Science and Arts streams have secured 100% and Commerce 99% results. Besides, Harshitha R has brought glory and fame to the Institution by securing 8th Rank in Arts in Bangalore South District. The Management, Principal and Faculties have congratulated the students for their stupendous performance and thanked the parents for their unstinted support in achieving this remarkable milestone since its inception a decade ago. St Anthony’s PU College will continue to remain as an abode of wisdom that ensures Holistic Development to the Leaders of tomorrow. Education is the key to unlock the Golden door of Freedom.

‘Excellence is never an accident. It is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skilful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.”
Perseverance and hard work is what finally paid off, as the Grade 10 students of Trinity Central School, Perampalli succeeded in achieving a 100% result in the ICSE examinations of 2019-20. This is the 6th consecutive century achievement of the school. Despite the many adversities and challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, nothing deterred the determination of the students who made every effort to pursue their examinations. Coupled and strengthened by the teaching and support of the teachers, the school has achieved remarkable results. This year, being exceptionally special as the highest percentage of 94% aggregate was achieved. Ms Melanie Lewis is the proud achiever, who has brought this exceptional laurel to the school. Cementing their place amongst the toppers are Ms Vruddhi Kotian and Ms Sumayya, with a percentile of 93 and 92.6 respectively.
With a record-breaking 23 Distinctions and 7 First Class, the school’s repertoire to give the best in education and groom the future of tomorrow has grown leaps and bounds and surpassed several expectations. Having completed a successful decade, Trinity Central School has continuously strived to break the glass ceiling in all fields of academia, sports, holistic development and infrastructure. The increase in the overall percentage of the ICSE results has been an encouraging morale booster and motivation to excel further. Though the academic inertia lies in uncertainty due to the pandemic, it is with renewed vigour and determination, Trinity Central School moves forward to become better than the best. After all, ‘Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts”.

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Vimukti team urges the concerned department to extend the work under MGNREGA Scheme:
With reverse migration, the works under MGNREGA are picking up the pace in the villages of Manvi Taluka. The people from Pothnal region had migrated to Maharashtra, Telengana, Bengaluru, Mysoru, and other places in search of jobs to eke out the living. Now they are travelling back to their native places after the lockdown was enforced to contain the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Vimukti team, Pothnal conducted a door to door survey and motivated migrated families, daily wage workers to tap MGNREGA Scheme more effectively. As a result many migrates workers in our project area have been involved in digging recharge pits, check dams, bricks manufacturing, road constructions etc and also initiated to apply new job cards. Vimukti team also urged the concerned department to give 200 days’ work and should issue the job cards to those who don’t have the job cards. Hence, the government should extend work days under this scheme without delay.

Diaconal Ordination of 8 Capuchin friars of Holy Trinity Province Karnataka by Most Rev. Dr Peter Machado, Archbishop of Bangalore today (03/07/2020) in Darshan Institute of Theology, Kengeri, Bangalore.

Vimukti Distributed free face masks for SSLC students:
Vimukti Pothnal organized program on free face masks for SSLC students in and around Pothnal 18 villages of our working area on 22nd of June 2020. Nearly 1,000 face masks were prepared and distributed to the SSLC Students by visiting their homes motivating them individually to ensure the safety by wearing face masks and maintain physical distancing at examination centers and help them to appear the examination with confidence; and also advised to carry their own water bottles. In Four High Schools free masks and Sanitizers were distributed as a result nearly 1000 children were benefitted from this program.

Vimukti Charitable Trust® engaged in relief work:
The images of stranded migrant laborers and low-income households in Pothnal region during the lockdown galvanize Vimukti to provide relief work. The major objective is to reach the unreached and very deserving families in the targeted villages of our working area. Distributed food kits to 100 deserving families like, HIV/AIDS, Devadasi, widow, orphan, disabled and migrants etc, the free food kits like, sugar, Tea powder, salt, Green grams, coconut oil, dall, Rava, Chilli powder, coriander powder, edible oil, turmeric powder cumin, master seed, Soaps, paste Tooth brush, face masks etc. who have affected by the lockdown. Vimukti staff moved into the remote villages and neighborhoods to create awareness about health, hygiene and protection from viral diseases. The families were very grateful to receive this timely help. We are also happy indeed to thank for the donors for their generosity. “A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last for a lifetime. “ May God bless the cheerful giver”.

“Mask day” March held to encourage people to take precaution: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal 18th June 2020 participated in Mask day rally to encourage people to wear compulsory face masks and also follow the COVID-19 guidelines to check the spread of virus. The rally was flagged off from Gram Panchyath Pothnal and passed through the main thoroughfares of the town by holding placards. Gram panchyath members and Health department members appealed people on the streets to compulsorily wear face masks to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly 75% spread of the epidemic can be prevented by wearing mask, washing hands for every 30 minutes and maintaining physical distancing should be the part of life. Wearing mask and maintaining physical distancing are the two major weapons to keep covid-19 far from us. Program was well planned and message was spread to many people.

Urgent task: fighting human trafficking awareness reaching every month 250-300 women and girls: Vimukti Pothnal
From 10th to 16th of June, 2020 Vimukti Pothnal organized the awareness program on human trafficking in five villages of Manvi Taluka. Human trafficking is the third biggest criminal industry after narcotic drugs and illegal arms supply. Generally, the organized crime of human trafficking extends beyond state and national boundaries. It is also multi-dimensional, involving elements of several crimes like kidnapping/abduction, buying and selling of humans, bonded labor and sexual exploitation. The ugliest face of human trafficking is trafficking of girls of sexual exploitation. In India, 46% of women and girls trafficked, are for commercial sexual exploitation, 27% for domestic servitude and 27% for forced labor. Keeping these thoughts in mind Vimukti Pothnal has been conducting sessions in the AWCs, public places, and in Community apart from legal remedies; prevention of human trafficking requires several types of interventions and demanding the concerned officials should focus on creation of compulsory, high-quality education, employment opportunities and income generation for marginal and vulnerable sections in the society.

Vimukti Free Health Check-up camps: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized health check-ups camp at 8 villages of our working area. Eye, nose, ears, throat, height, weight and general check-up were carried out to all the children and elders. Parents and Anganwadi teachers were informed. Mothers with children below 3 years of age were enlightened about the importance of breast feeding. Ill effects of milk substitutes and nutritional benefits of vegetables were briefed to the parents. Forty-four children and elders attended and availed the benefits of the camp.

Vimukti Pothnal demanded the concerned authority to clear the garbage from the highway:
On 14th of June Vimukti Pothnal submitted the memorandum to the Panchyath President demanding to clear the garbage from the main road. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti Director urged the concerned authority saying, People from Pothnal are throwing the glass bottles, nails, tacks, wires, cans trash garbage, rubbish, old cloths, chicken waste, chemical waste powders and other debris etc, which is gradually, flows to the Pothnal River. Due to this negligence of the authority and local people, Pothnal River is getting contaminated and not able to use. As a result it will welcome various sicknesses during this rainy season. Secondly throwing the glass pieces on the main road causes injure to human persons, animals and vehicles is against the law. Deliberately abandoned or dumped waste on public is considered illegal dumping. Illegal dumping is harmful to the environment, costs taxpayers over a million dollars each year, and sends a message that illegal activities is not tolerated in our neighborhoods.

Feast of St Anthony of Padua, Our Patron @ St Anthony’s Institutions
Actions speak louder than Words; let your Words teach and your Actions speak says St Anthony of Padua. The Friars of Shanthi Nivas and a few faithful of the neighbourhood were spruced up with joy and happiness to celebrate the feast of St Anthony of Padua, the Patron of St Anthony’s Institutions, Kengeri, Bangalore. Fr Joy D’Souza, Vicar and Principal, Darshan College officiated the Holy Mass and Fr Roshan Rosario, Guardian and Director, St Anthony’s Institutions preached a captivating homily. In the evening, we participated in the inauguration and blessing of the newly renovated Director’s Office. Rev. Fr Alwyn Dias, Provincial, Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka invoked God’s blessings on the gathered. Fr Robin D’Souza and Fr William Prabhu, Provincial Councillors inaugurated the Office by cutting the ribbon. The gracious presence of the neighbouring Capuchin Fathers doubled the joy of the celebration. Mr Anthony Das and Mr Balraj, the Contractors were felicitated after the blessing ceremony. He prays best who does not know that he is praying.

S.J.V Management and staff conducted parents meet on 9th of June at 9.40 a.m in the school campus. The main purpose of conducting this meeting was to know the opinion of parents on reopening of the school during this period of Covid -19. Parents actively gave their opinion during this meeting.
The points are as follows:
1. Most of the parents said it’s very difficult to follow the rules of Covid - 19.
2. Re-opening of the school for K.G to 7th is very risky.
3. Using of sanitizer is harmful for the children’s health.
4. Using of common toilet, water, and transportation is very risky.
5. Most of the parents said till the Government gets the solution for the Covid -19 not to start the school for about two to three months.
6. Parents opinion is to start classes for high school.
7. Conduct the classes by dividing the students on alternative days.

Birthday of Br Elvin Santa Lopes : 09.06.2020
Saccidananda community joined in celebrating the gift of life to Br Elvin Santa Lopes, the Provincial Secretary as he stepped into the thirty fourth year of his grace filled life. Br Edwin, the Guardian along with the community invoked God’s blessings on Br Elvin and thanked God for his wonderful person during the Eucharist. A modest yet beautiful celebration was organized fitting the occasion in the afternoon where Br Maxim and Br Provincial appreciated him for his selfless service to the community, to the Province and to the Order and wished him a great life and future ahead. The celebrations culminated in a fraternal agape.

World Environment Day 2020:Vimukti Pothnal
The World Environment Day is observed every year on June 5th to create global awareness of the need to take positive actions to protect the environment. The main aim of this awareness program is to “spreading awareness on environment and its protection”. Keeping these thought in mind VCT Pothnal celebrated World Environment protection day at its premises. On this occasion awareness was created among the students to protect and preserve our mother nature through tree plantation and cleanliness drive. Fr. Sathish Fernandes VCT Director highlighted saying, World environment day is very important day in our life. It is the day when we get aware of issues related to our environment and pledge to keep it safe for our better future. We should take care of our environment all through the life. It can be done only when we will keep our eyes open and be active to bring some positive changes within ourselves and environment. Vimukti staff and others witness the program.

Free Health awareness program: Vimukti Pothnal
On 2nd June 2020 a program was organized in four villages of the working area, on how to prevent sun strokes, consumption of maximum water and fruits to avoid sicknesses and the use of house medicinal remedies for such instances. The need of preventive measures to be adapted at any situation was the key note address. Free health check up was done for the old people. For about 45 participated benefited from this health training program.

Survey done of Migrants in the month of April and May: Vimukti Pothnal
Due to the current Pandemic Covid-19, Corona Virus infection the Country as well as many of the states is in a lockdown situation since past few weeks. The migrants are the worst affected due to the lockdown. The state Government has taken initiative to distribute free food grains and rations. The migrants are requested to stay wherever they are and are requested not to travel in this situation. Vimukti leaders and community members surveyed the houses whether they got any ration or food grains given by the Government. It was learnt in the survey that the pregnant lactating women do not get nutritious food which is allotted to them. Pulses, cereals are not served in the Midday meals for the children.

Adolescent Health Check-up: Vimukti Pothnal
Adolescence is a transition from childhood stage to adulthood stage and hence there is an extensive physical and psychological change in an individual. These adolescents are usually unaware about healthy lifestyle essentials and habits. Vimukti Pothnal Staff Nurse makes a periodical visit to all the Sponsored children families and encourages to all the Sponsored children to live a healthy lifestyle and prevent the unforeseen future illnesses. Children are the most energetic folks, and perhaps this is why parents fail to see the need for early health checkup for them. This screening and test are not merely because your child might have fallen sick, but preventive methods to ensure the growth of the child happens most naturally.

Petition filed against illegal sale of liquor: Vimukti Pothnal
Spread of Covid-19 has affected the daily life of millions around the world and the country. Central government along with the cooperation of state Governments had declared lockdown from March 23rd to May 30th 2020. It was successful in containing the spread of virus. Some relaxations were given in the second phase where few shops were allowed to sell things basic for daily living. At the same time liquor shops were also allowed to sell the liquor which is a sad thing to hear. The daily wage earners who have collected some money are been spending money to buy liquor resulting in fights in the families.

Local administration fails during lockdown to provide nutritious food to the Pregnant, lactating mothers and children: Vimukti Pothnal
It has been brought to the notice that in the Toranadinni and also nearby villages of Pothnal that under the Anganvadi- Central Government scheme of providing nutritious food to the pregnant and lactating mothers has been totally neglected during lockdown period. Under ‘Matr Purna’ project and children up to the age of 0-3 and 3-6 years are supposed to get cereals, grains, milk, eggs, and pulses so on. The pregnant, lactating mothers have to get 150gm rice, 24 to 25 eggs per month, milk, pulses, grains and cereals. It was Government’s action plan in view of eradicating malnutrition, promoting child health development; reduce the number of infant and mother mortality rate. It is a wonderful initiative taken by the Government. But the fact is that the local Panchayat administration has failed to provide as per the expectations. The village women addressed this issue and their problems to the Vimukti staff. There was strong outcry on the equal and fair distribution of pulses allotted to them. They also submitted memorandum to get an amicable solution. The concerned authorities are requested to address the issue as soon as possible.

On 20th May 2020 15 Novices including 11 from Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka and 4 from Krist Jyoti Province, Delhi were admitted into consecrated life by means of the pronouncement of religious vows, in St. Fidelis Friary Church, Farangipet received by Br. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister of Karnataka Province. As we thank the Novice Master and all the community members for preparing these brothers for their temporary profession, we congratulate all these brothers and wish all them best in the next stages of Capuchin Formation. God bless us all.

Free health camp for the migrant families: Vimukti Pothnal
On 12th May 2020 Vimukti organized a free health camp for the migrants who had been travelling since long and had stayed due to lockdown in Pothnal. There were about 80 families who had free health screening. The families earn daily living by spraying medicines on trees and do other works. They were on their way back home but due to lockdown could not travel further. The families were living around the Vimukti organization Pothnal. The Trust after knowing the situation immediately distributed food kits to them. There were many children in the group. So Vimukti initiated free health camp and also distributed Protein tonics and medicines. The elders had B.P test as well. The entire group was enlightened on various social issues. Due to migration children are deprived of education. They later turn to bonded child laborers. It is a serious crime in the present day context. The present laws are very severe towards such practices. So the elders must be aware of it. They have a social responsibility towards their children and their upbringing. The migrant families received lot of attention and care in this health camp.

COVID-19 Relief @ St Anthony’s Institutions
What the world needs now is solidarity. With solidarity we can defeat the virus and build a better world. In response to this call for action, Darshan College and St Anthony’s PU College, units of St Anthony’s Institutions have passionately plunged into action to carry out the relief work to the distressed and the derelict of the society on account of Covid-19 pandemic. This gesture of Charity was implemented in three phases. Firstly, the Institute took the initiative to provide food kits containing various grocery items to 40 poor Students’ families and a few neighbouring families. Secondly, a good number of daily labourers and slum dwellers of the rural areas were the recipients of this noble venture. Thirdly, the BBMP which represents the third level of Government was helped. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike is the administrative body responsible for civic amenities and some infrastructural assets of the Greater Bangalore metropolitan area. Nearly 120 BBMP workers in and around Kengeri zone were the beneficiaries of the Covid-19 relief material.

Blood donation camp organized by Vimukti Pothnal:
“Your blood donation can give a precious smile to someone’s face.”
To realize the need of the hour and serve the purpose of the people is the greatest wonder and the achievement of human being. As the age old saying goes ‘Health is wealth’. The Vimukti Charitable Trust (VCT) had been catering to the manifold plans, undertaking projects for the welfare and the upliftment of the people in this region. ‘Health’ has been the core issue, and the focus to attend to this issue is the prime need during COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore Vimukti Pothnal organized Blood Donation camp in Collaboration with Taluka Health department, family welfare society and RIIMS Blood Bank unit Riachur on 15th May 2020 at Primary Health Centre Pothnal. Dr Ahmed Hussein explained the benefits of the blood donation. Every healthy person can donate blood once in a six month. It increases immune system of the body. It can keep one away from cancer and other deadly diseases. 

COVID-19 Pandemic
Capuchin Friars in Solidarity
Holy Trinity Province Karnataka

We thank all our friars, communities, coordinators, volunteers, support staff and others who are connected with the pandemic initiatives and responses. Let us pray for the humanity and help the needy. God bless us all.

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International Worker’s Day celebrated @ Vimukti Pothnal:
Acharya Vinoba Bhave Once Said, “It is a worker who balances the world by his hands. Absence of workers means collapse of the world”. 1st of May world celebrates the international Worker’s day. It adds one more holiday in the calendar. On this special day our beloved laborers are remembered for the amount of work they do. What generally we see in our workers is that the total dedication and zeal for work. We need to be grateful to them for their immense contribution to their families, society and world at large. To make this day even more special Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal celebrated laborers’ day in its premises. Director Fr. Sathish Fernandes in his message he said, for the wellbeing, and for the good of laborers many measures have been taken in the society. We are indeed indebted to our laborers. He explained further, who are the true laborers, their stand in the society and their duties and responsibilities towards the society. Many of the workers face dangers in their day to day lives so they need to be protected in every way possible. Compensation need to be given by the owners or those who recruit to the ill-gotten. There is no labor without laborers. Government has to work seriously in upbringing the standard of laborers. To mark this day, Vimukti identify the worker’s families who are affected y the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and distributed free food kits to these families in this emergency situation. Vimukti staff Mr. Charlie, Mr. Jaysheel and Mamatha played a major role to make this day a memorable one.

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Sense of uncertainty shrouds nomadic families: Vimukti Pothnal
The lockdown being enforced to prevent the spread of covid-19 has affected several communities hard, including the migrant laborers, daily-wage earners, roadside vendors, and the nomads. The nomadic, semi-nomadic communities are suffering due to lack of jobs. One such nomadic community is camping on Janatha colony Road on the outskirts of Pothnal. They earn their livelihood by begging, through the traditional professions of performing folk arts like ‘Hagalu Vesha’ ‘Burra Kathe’ through rag-picking, manufacturing brooms and baskets and such others minor professions. However lockdown has put an end to these activities as nobody is allowed outside their homes due to the strict implementation of lockdown rules. Hence, these nomadic people are confined to their tents. The majority of them do not possess Aadhaar Cars, voter IDs, ration cards and are not eligible for the distribution of food grains through the PDS. They do not have access to minimum basic facilities and have to brave the scorching sun and heavy rains. These people are really struggling for their daily sustenance. Vimukti is demanding concerned government authority to heed their call without delay.

Front Line warriors Combating COVID-19 Felicitated by Vimukti Pothnal:
On 25th April 2020, Vimukti Pothnal felicitated frontline workforces who are working tirelessly to prevent the spread Corona virus by shawls and garlands. Vimukti staff Mr. Charlie, Mr. Jaysheela and Miss. Mamatha welcomed and felicitated the doctors, Police personnel, Gram Panchyath members, PDO, ASHAs, workers, AWC teachers etc. the program held at Gram Panchyath premises. Vimukti Director Fr. Sathish Ferandes acknowledge the pivotal role played by the frontline heroes in protecting our society, further motivated the frontline heroes to continue with this extraordinary Godly cause of saving humanity from the Corona Virus Scourge. “It is our responsibility to honor and encourage them to acknowledge the pivotal role played by these front line workers. I salute them, for their enthusiasm is unmatchable and surely deserve appreciation from us”. The small gesture from our side will boast their morale to work further against COVID-19.

Free food kits distributed to wandering families by affected by COVID-19 pandemic Lockdown:
“If you can’t feed a hundred people then feed just one”-Mother Teresa
Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal has been helping to the homeless, slum dwellers and wandering families, who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Recently Vimukti conducted a survey to identify the families hit hardest by the gradual lockdown. We have found some of the daily wage earners like garland makers, ice cream vendors, and those who collect waste materials from shops these families are from disadvantage communities. Especially Schools and anganwadis are shut; they have so far delivered food kits containing a week’s supply of food grains. Very sad story is Government has said free ration will be supplied to the poor people but on the ground, nothing has happened. VIMUKTI is trying hard to support in this emergency situation. Some said, “THE STRONGEST PEOPLE make time to help others, even if they are struggling with their own problems”.

129th Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanthi Celebration at Vimukti Pothnal:
Vimukti Pothnal celebrated 129th Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanthi at Merci Nivas premises on 14th April 2020. First up all, Guest had offering flowers to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar photo by lighting the candles. On this occasion Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director, VCT said, Dr. Ambedkar was a great jurist, economist, Political and social reformer is not only regarded as the architect of India’s Constitution and one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India but also as a campaigner against Social discrimination towards the untouchables (dalits). He was also India’s first independent law and justice minister and a vigorous supporter of women and labour rights, etc. Vimukti staff Mr. Arogyappa, Mr. Jaysheel, Mr. Charlie, Miss. Mamatha, Muthuraj and others witness the program and ended the program with floral tribute.

Free distribution of food kits and hand Sanitizers to 450 economically poor, orphan, HIV/AIDS, disabled, sponsor, Migrant, unorganized and daily wage worker families, by Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal:
The greatest of all virtues is to feed the hungry
The World today (April 13 2020) is gripped with the pandemic of Corona Virus. Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal takes initiatives to help economically poor, orphan, sponsor families, deserving laborers in the rural areas, who are affected by the lockdown. Individuals and families in cities without work, food, housing or security, are forced to trek back home to their distant villages, in the hot sun with no support of food, water, shade or rest, or rides in crowded passing trucks at considerable expense, and on the way intent only on imposing the lockdown. Those migrant, unorganized sector and daily wage workers who have been left behind in metros, cities and towns because of the lockdown with no transport available to their native villages/towns, find themselves without income, shelter, and even food, with state governments struggling to cope up with the problem in overcrowded relief camps, again exposing these workers to infection. Even some migrant workers staying back to their work places, staying together in the small rented house, social distance is impossible for them, they don’t have enough food grans to survive. Money what they had got, they already had sent to their family members. Now no money in their hands. They are walking on foot miles and miles to reach to their home. Since they are walking, not getting enough food, water, shelter and rest, not maintaining social distance, they are the one found positive by the Corona Virus, transmitting the virus from one place to the other.

Free distribution of food kits and hand Sanitizers to 105 economically poor, orphan, HIV/AIDS, disabled, sponsor, Migrant, unorganized and daily wage worker families, by Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal:
The greatest of all virtues is to feed the hungry
The World today (April 5 2020) is gripped with the pandemic of Corona Virus. Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal takes initiatives to help economically poor, orphan, HIV/AIDS, disabled, sponsor families, deserving laborers in the rural areas, who are affected by the lockdown. Individuals and families in cities without work, food, housing or security, are forced to trek back home to their distant villages, in the hot sun with no support of food, water, shade or rest, or rides in crowded passing trucks at considerable expense, and on the way intent only on imposing the lockdown. Those migrant, unorganized sector and daily wage workers who have been left behind in metros, cities and towns because of the lockdown with no transport available to their native villages/towns, find themselves without income, shelter, and even food, with state governments struggling to cope up with the problem in overcrowded relief camps, again exposing these workers to infection. Even some migrant workers staying back to their work places, staying together in the small rented house, social distance is impossible for them, they don’t have enough food grans to survive. Money what they had got, they already had sent to their family members. Now no money in their hands. They are walking on foot miles and miles to reach to their home. Since they are walking, not getting enough food, water, shelter and rest, not maintaining social distance, they are the one found positive by the Corona Virus, transmitting the virus from one place to the other.

Dear Br Provincial,

We the Capuchin Friars of the Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka, wish you a joyous birthday. May God grant you happiness, joy and good health. We wish, all success in your endevors and undertakings.

Our prayers accompany you.
On behalf of Council and Friars

Br Paul Melwyn D'Souza OFM Cap,.
Vice Provincial & Councillor

Free distribution of food kits and hand Sanitizers to 105 economically poor, orphan, HIV/AIDS, disabled, sponsor, Migrant, unorganized and daily wage worker families, by Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal:
The greatest of all virtues is to feed the hungry
The World today (April 5 2020) is gripped with the pandemic of Corona Virus. Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal takes initiatives to help economically poor, orphan, HIV/AIDS, disabled, sponsor families, deserving laborers in the rural areas, who are affected by the lockdown. Individuals and families in cities without work, food, housing or security, are forced to trek back home to their distant villages, in the hot sun with no support of food, water, shade or rest, or rides in crowded passing trucks at considerable expense, and on the way intent only on imposing the lockdown. Those migrant, unorganized sector and daily wage workers who have been left behind in metros, cities and towns because of the lockdown with no transport available to their native villages/towns, find themselves without income, shelter, and even food, with state governments struggling to cope up with the problem in overcrowded relief camps, again exposing these workers to infection. Even some migrant workers staying back to their work places, staying together in the small rented house, social distance is impossible for them, they don’t have enough food grans to survive. Money what they had got, they already had sent to their family members. Now no money in their hands. They are walking on foot miles and miles to reach to their home. Since they are walking, not getting enough food, water, shelter and rest, not maintaining social distance, they are the one found positive by the Corona Virus, transmitting the virus from one place to the other.

Vimukti Charitable Trust(r) Pothnal distributes 5,000 free face masks for the poor people during Covid-19 Pandemic:
As coronavirus threat spreads across the country, Vimukti organization is actively spreading awareness about the illness among the underprivileged classes. Taking steps towards preventing the spread of coronavirus in Manvi Taluka Raichur Dist, Karnataka. Vimukti a Social Action center distributed 5,000 face masks freely available to poor people who barely can afford these. The main focused group are Sponsored children families, youths, men and women of our working area, coronavirus is still a mysterious illness. “They are unaware of the basic sanitary habits and precautions that can prevent coronavirus infections. For them, a face mask offers the first line of defence, protecting them to some extent from a direct infection. If everyone wears a face mask, the spread of this infection could be arrested. By distributing face masks for free, the Vimukti is doing a significant job, says, Mrs. Balappa health officer, Manvi. Vimukti has been giving door to door awareness through handbills how to use masks in this situation to protect oneself.

Enlightenment through Adult Literacy training Program reaching 1200 learners: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti charitable Trust® Pothnal always strives to reach the most marginalized people in Society and this initiative is no different as its most significant impact was seen among the poor people of north Karnataka. The Adult literacy program stands out make the learners specially the women aware of their right to education. The Adult literacy program is not directed just learning reading and writing letters but putting them down to act to not to get enslaved to malpractices of the society. So Adult literacy program at Manvi Taluk has tried to reach its learners and helped them to bring out their potentiality in learning. Goal of the Programme is to improve functional literacy among the most marginalized communities of Manvi Tq., Raichur Dist. Karnataka.

Advisory on Coronavirus (the Virus Causing COVID-19) reaching 50,000 households: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal has been giving mass awareness on the crucial aspects of the COVID-19 menace as the country records coronavirus cases and deaths. Coronavirus are a large family of Viruses that causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, like affect the respiratory system or kidneys. Across several states, the numbers have been significantly increasing with each passing day. Vimukti has been empowering the citizens with the right information and to take necessary precautions as per the advisories given by the state, Karnataka; Therefore Vimukti is spreading the massage of “STAY HOME SAVE YOUR FAMILY, AVIOD PUBLIC TRANSPORT, KEEP SAFE DISTANCE, NO HANDSHAKE, HAND WASH MORE FREQUENTLY, AVOID GATHERING & CROWDS, AVOID TOUCHING FACE, etc, through public announcement and distributing handbills reaching 50,000 households. Vimukti has been making this public mass awareness more informative and educative to the children as well as for the public. We received the positive feedback from the government department and beneficiaries the program is “well appreciated”.

A Day Out @ Darshan College
A journey is best measured in friends and family rather than miles. According to experts, trips not only help to get relaxation from regular chores but also helps in increasing self-dependence, enhancing creativity, boosts confidence and increase the sociability of individuals. With a view to leave the footprints and cherish long lasting memories, Darshan college had organized trip exclusively for the Final year students to the ‘Adventurous town’ Dandeli, Yana- which is a place of tourist interest because of its unique karst rock formation and to Coastal Karnataka. Our visit was not only restricted to the adventurous activities but also included visit to shrines. In this regard, students were also taken to Our Lady of Fathima Church, Perampalli and Udupi Shri Krishna Mutt. There was also a part for enjoyment and exclusive excitement in Malpe and Panambur beaches. Our memories are the only paradise from which we can never be expelled. Creating memories is a priceless gift.

Holy childhood Day Celebration at Sneha Jyothi Boarding Pothnal:
Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." (Mark 10:15,(Luke 18:17). Sneha Jyothi boarding Pothnal celebrated Holy Childhood day at its premises. Speaking on the occasion, Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director, Vimukti Charitable Trust®, said Pontifical Mission Organization (PMO) popularly called is a structure in the church to create and promote missionary zeal among the faithful. It carries missionary flame to all parts of the world so that every Christian is ignited by the fire of missionary enthusiasm. The missionaries are also helped materially by supporting the construction of the churches, presbyteries, schools, orphanages, convents, seminaries, and formation houses of the religious. Further he exhorted the children gathered to pray for all the donors for their support and love towards in our education. The program began with the prayer dance, a dance on the theme of “love and service” followed by stage and cultural program by the Sneha Jyothi boarding children. On this occasion sumptuous meal was prepared all the children enjoyed the day with fun and frolic.

Respect and Love for the Animals and its Needs  : Infant Jesus School
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Says Anatole France. Infantines were given awareness on the respect and love for the animals and its needs. Inspired buy this students came forward to do their might bay preparing water containers for the birds to satisfy their thrust this summer. The entire activity brought in them the sensitivity towards animals and other creatures that every human being should have.

Huge victory to Vimukti Pothnal…..
Public Interest Litigation on Maternal deaths and various schemes and vacancy of the doctors and paramedical staff in PHCs, CHCs, Sub-district and District hospitals leading to maternal and Infant deaths in the poor North Karnataka districts. we the staff and Director is extremely happy to share with you all, the Bangalore High Court Order with regard to the PIL on maternal deaths where Manvi unit has submitted our study report on behalf of Karnataka Janaarogya Chaluvali (KJC). We had submitted that the poor status of antenatal care, postnatal care, poor implementation of the various maternity benefit schemes and huge vacancy of the doctors and paramedical staff in PHCs, CHCs, Sub-district and District hospitals leading to maternal and Infant deaths in the poor North Karnataka districts.

Vimukti leaders demanded to the District health authority to provide basic health facilities in the Primary Health centers at Manvi taluka: Vimukti Pothnal
On 21st February 2020 the briefing of the report of gathering in Pothnal Health Centre on the issue of Mother and the Child protection campaign was submitted to the district health authority. The report included the following issues: the facilities not up to the mark under J.S.Y, Matr Vandana, Matr Purna, Matr Shree yojene, and the poor treatment, non availability of the doctors and the staff, lack of ambulance services, no medical facilities, charging the people after the delivery of the child and so on. The lok Manch leaders spent time in discussing these issues with the authority and succeeded in getting the positive response of addressing these issues immediately. There was also assurance of addressing these issues at the higher level meeting with the officials concerned.

“Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present and I have the power to do so.” On 28th Feb 2020, the students of Grade 9 spent a productive and enriching afternoon with Fr. Kiran of Don Bosco Youth Centre, Shirva. Fr. Kiran initiated the session with creative ice breaker, wherein students were divided into 5 groups and were given a newspaper. The students had to create some interest using the newspaper in any way possible using content or making craft. After this innovatively resourceful activity, Fr. Kiran proceeded towards his core of his seminar – all about successful people. Fr. Kiran informed that successful people are not just created – they are born from their hardwork, perseverance and above all education the good education that makes all the difference. Further he said that our presence will be distinguished by our good personality and importantly by the company that we keep, i.e. our friends. Successful people in the most dire of situations find a way out. And this thought continued, as Fr. Kiran explained to the students about the 3 thinkings - Positive thinking, Possibility thinking and Negative thinking. He said that it is imperative and desirable to keep a positive approach, even in the hardest and most difficult times of our lives.

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Industrial Visit by Darshanites
Confidence… thrives on Honesty, on Honour, on the Sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live. In order to merge theoretical learning with practical skills, Darshan College organized an Industrial Visit for the students to Karnataka Milk Federation, Mysore. Mysore Dairy is fully channelled from manual to machine which can be called ‘Mega-Digital’. The students were quite enthusiastic to know the milk-processing, packaging and selling methods together with the process of filtration and storage; various types of milk products are manufactured and sold to satisfy the desire of the customers. Towards evening, visit to Balmuri falls which is a small water cascade located at Srirangapatna was a thrilling experience to the group. The Students grabbed every opportunity to experience calmness and coolness of the water-fall by throwing themselves off in the cascade. The only source of knowledge is experience.

SEMINAR – ADOLESCENCE : Trinity Central School
The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. Adolescence – a period of discovery – a discovery of oneself, of one’s body of one’s needs and desires etc. and it is extremely imperative that our curious and equally inquisitive teenagers are given proper guidance to steer the paths in the right direction. A seminar on adolescence was held on 29/2/2020 by Prof. Prathibha Lydia DSouza, Principal of Dhanvantari Nursing College, Udupi, for the students of grade 9. Prof. Prathibha spoke to the students about adolescence and its stages and its effect on physiological, psychological and emotional life. She spoke at length about roles and expectations from an adolescent and the development of a healthy and positive self image. Prof. Prathibha also spoke of and explained to the students about their sexuality pubrty and related concerns. Common problems faced by growing adolescents and their solutions were also the topic of discussion. Prof. Prathibha enlightened the students that as adolescents they cannot continue to behave or pull tantrums like when they were younger; for now, as adolescents they have some important responsibilities – Responsibility towards oneself their respective families and society – who are their critics as much as their well wishers.

Mother and child nutrition, protection campaign at Manvi Taluka: Vimukti Pothnal
There was a survey done in Manvi Taluka of Raichur district. There are 8 Primary Health Centers of 41 villages. For about 450 women were interviewed of their condition. It was learnt that almost everyone was ignorant about the various schemes available for their benefits. They were told how to deal with various problems they faced and approach the nearest health centres. The health centers have not adapted to the present day situation. There are loopholes in the functioning. There are no experienced personnel, doctors and the staff. The treatment is not up to the mark. There are no proper medicines, ambulance service available. The patients are overcharged, referred outside for further medication, demanded money from the families after delivery. The centre structures are not maintained or clean. The centres do not have equipments for the treatment. Such conditions are observed in most of the villages and even in the towns. People find hard times during emergency situations. What is seen in most of the centre the failures to meet the needs especially the women and the children. Women prefer city hospitals rather than Primary health centers. There is lot of malpractice, corruption in distribution of medicines, nutrition food items to the women after delivery. In the time of delivery the absence of doctors is noticed in most of the centers. Govt has a scheme of 0% charge for the delivery of the child but in the name of the poor centers have been exploiting the people of their situation. All this was the result of the survey done in meeting the people especially the women.

“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow”. The air was filled with zeal and zest as eager scientific tempers brewed and molecules dispersed. Science day was celebrated at Trinity Central School on 28th February, 2020 to commemorate ‘National Science Day’. The eventful celebrations began with a unique and creative rendition of a science based prayer song. Science is an amalgamation of facts figures and fascination. Prarthana, Adhya and Sanjay students of Grade 9 presented an interesting line – up of what’s, why’s and what if’s (i.e. some science facts), through an innovative skit accompanied with a powerpoint presentation. Following this, the young and future scientists of Grades 3 and 4, presented an informative skit on the various instruments like rheostat, resistance box, voltmeter etc. which are used in Physics. “Where there is Science, can magic be far!” Colourful fruity fumes, some bubbling elephant’s toothpaste and magical solution that remained funnily colourless with all the exciting voices around, were some of the highlights of some of the Chemistry experiments that are conducted. Due credit to the students of Grades 6 and 8 who kept the momentum going and repeat.

“The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams”. On the morning of February 27th, 2020, a long cherished dream came true. After months of planning, engineering and hardwork, the newly constructed Auditorium, housed atop the main school building was blessed and inaugurated. This momentous occasion was graced by eminent stalwarts of the Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka, Dr. Rev. Fr. Alwyn Dias, the Provincial, Rev. Fr. Maxim D’Silva, Administrator Rev. Fr. Vijesh Menezes, the Treasurer, Rev. Fr. Elvin Lopez, Provincial Secretary. Gracing the dais were also Rev. Fr. Claud Mascarenhas, Guardian of Trinity Vihar and Fr. Anil D’Costa, our Principal. The programme commenced with a prayer song led by the school choir followed by welcome speech by Melora of Grade 8. The dignitaries were adhered a respectful welcome with the traditional shawl. In his address to the gathering Fr. Alwyn Dias, expressed his gratitude to the students for choosing to be an integral part of Trinity Central School; to the teachers for their tireless dedication and to all other members of the Trinity family. Fr. Alwyn mentioned that there is nothing to fear in ICSE – for, ICSE stands for Innovative, Creative, Educative and Smart Education. Fr. Alwyn also extended his blessings and best wishes to the students of Grade 10, who were commencing their board exams the same day.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Opportunity to Make a Difference, Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with Jamahathi Islami Hind women organization came together on 8th of March 2020 to celebrate International Women’s Day at Vimukti Premises. The day-long event was not only filled with fun, food and entertainment but also number of workshops on health, financial literacy, etc. Mrs. Ashu Banu the Jamahathi Islami Hind President ensured that the women not only had a wonderful time but also enriching time with one another during the day. The eminent speaker Mrs. Garina Adovcate, Mrs. Spana Teacher, Mrs. Anapurna Taluka GP member, Manvi, Sr. Martha D’souza and Mrs. Jecintha Vimukti staff were guest on the dais. After the sumptuous lunch, various dances were performed by the children. This was truly the highlight of the day because apart from dance for entertainment; the little children brought forth meaningful messages like: save a girl child, gender equality, save the planet, etc. The day ended with a small surprise gift for all the women who participated in the event. Empowering women as a concept is noble but practical implementation is a challenge. VIMUKTI has accepted this challenge and is working to give women the opportunity to make a difference. Nearly 101 women and children joined and participated in this program.

Adeos Amigos : Infant Jesus School
A fitting farewell was given to our loving 10th std students as they are bidding us final good bye. In the colourful program students cherished their wonderful years of experience filled with lot of fun with learning and shaping themselves. Principal gave an inspiring speech and encourage the students to keep going in life whatever may be the situation. Students with gratitude gifted Electric Piano to the school.

BU Level Women’s Kabaddi Tournament @ Darshan College
Kabaddi is popular in India by its catchy slogan 'Le Panga'. It is one of the Ancient Games of India. Kabaddi is a sport which most of us played in our lives. Mostly in the rural areas this sport is very popular among the youth as well as the adults. This is a team sport which requires a lot of physical as well as mental toughness. This game teaches us many things like teamwork, discipline, physical and mental toughness, patience, awareness of the situation and many more things. Bangalore University level Women’s Kabaddi tournament was organized in our Institution in which around 22 teams from various parts of Colleges of BU took part. It has been a successful event in which the Corporators, Social activists took part in large numbers. In the era of games like Pubg, Kabaddi was an enthralling excitement that was witnessed by the audience enthusiastically.

FAREWELL : Trinity Central School
There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are you will always be in our hearts. The grade 10 students were all dressed in different and colourful attire that gave great look for the event on 31st January 2020. It was a special occasion as the grade 9 students along with other students and teachers arranged a beautiful farewell programme for their seniors. The programme started with a special lunch served for all followed by entertainment programme to make the day a joyous one. Powerpoint presentation on the reminiscence of the students was shown. The mementos were given to all the outgoing students. The programme ended with principal’s speech with words of advice.

Computer based Functional Literacy training Program: Vimukti Pothnal
“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope,” says Kofi Annan, adding to him, it’s a basic human right, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, and woman and child can realize his or her full potential. That is what the Adult literacy program stands out make the learners specially the women aware of their right to education. The Adult literacy program is not directed just learning reading and writing letters but putting them down to act to not to get enslaved to malpractices of the society. So Adult literacy program at Manvi Taluk has tried to reach its learners and helped them to bring out their potentiality in learning. Goal of the Programme is to improve functional literacy among the most marginalized communities of Manvi Tq., Raichur Dist. Karnataka.

Birthday Celebration of Headmaster : SNEHA JYOTHI VIDYALAYA
On 25th February we the staff and students celebrated the birthday of our Headmaster Fr. Dominic Sunil Lobo. He was escorted by the school band towards the stage. After the prayer dance student Anjali of class 9th welcomed the gathering and the celebration begun with cutting of birthday cake. He was offered a memorable gift and honoured. There were several entertainment activities by the students. Fr. Joel Lobo, the superior of Clara Vihar gave birthday message. Mr. Shrikanth the teacher representative expressed their views about our Headmaster. Students from primary section acted out the beautiful qualities and talents of Fr. Dominic and showed how able he is. Finally the Headmaster thanked every teachers, helpers and students acknowledging the goodness and their hard work in building students’ lives. Radha Rani of class 9 thanked everyone who worked to put up the program. We concluded our celebration by singing school anthem, after which all the students and teachers were served with delicious food.

Disability children health check up camp: Vimukti Pothnal
Disability health check-up camp was organized by VIMUKTI Pothnal at primary health centre Kavithal premises. Nearly 9 staff actively participated and identified differently abled children in 3 major villages, Kavithal, Vatgal and Amingada. Worldwide, 89% of children go to school. However, only 2% of Children with disability in Manvi Taluka from low and middle income families attend school. People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. Last week with the collaboration of health department RIMS Raichur, Disability department and Samuha Samarthya NGO Devdurga health checkup was conducted and identified various disabilities like physically handicapped, Blind, Deaf, Dumb, lame, leper, crippled etc.,) and demanded the concerned department to provide various government facilities to these little deprived children without delay, So that these facilities will help them to grow, to learn and to smile like any other normal child in the society.

We Admire We Aspire : Infant Jesus School
Infatine participated in the speech competition on the life of Netaji Subhash Chandara Bose to commemorate his birth anniversary in school. Students of various sections came forward and delivered a inspiring speech on the life of great revolutionary.

Yova Sangam 2020- “the Role of Youth in Nation Building”: Vimukti Pothnal
On 22nd to 23rd of February 2020 Vimukti unorganized youth Representatives from eleven pockets youth actively participated yova sangam 2020 at Bangalore. Nearly 200 youth participated and got benefited from this program. India has a large number of working class people. The rise of communal tensions among the religions has been noticed day by day, the enemity being planted in the young minds. N.P.R, N.R.C, have been imposed thus rising to a problem of every Indian citizen rather than Muslims alone. Everyone is being conceintised by the evil intentions of such implementations. The Constitution has a greater value no matter how old but still relevant but today's government trying to manipulate it by their views and norms. It's s serious situation to think about it. In the name of uniting the nation Kashmiri youth are being imprisoned and the Assami people have lost their citizenship, and we are witnesses of these recent happenings.

Repair and extension of old Vimukti office work is in under progress: Vimukti Pothnal
The present vimukti office was built 25 years ago was in need of some renovation. The Renovation work is in full swing under the supervision of Fr. Sathish Fernandez. Hopefully, expected accrual will be a great solace to all the staff of vimukti. Old structure has been demolished with the help of Post Novitiate brothers and with the Vimukti staff. Rats had illegally possessed our Vimukti old office and in every nook and corner they constructed the buildings and were staying at peace by stiffening the goods from the rooms. The Vimukti director took the decision to sweep them away and to repair and extend the office. Now it is very species and good in condition. The construction work is in progress. The plastering work is about to finish. Presently painting and tiles works are on the move. The carpentry work is yet to complete. ATHITHIDEVO BHAVA; some of our friends and friars made their fraternal visit to our Vimukti center, The plumbing, wiring, cementing, wash room construction, soak-pit works are completed. As the work is progressing in full swing there is an assurance that the entire construction will be completed by end of March. We express our sincere thanks to all the benefactors for their help and support.

Birthday of Fr. Robin Victor D’souza
On 25th February 2020, Fr. Robin Victor D’souza-Director of Franciscan Spirituality in India -FISI, celebrated his birthday at Shanthi Sadhana-FISI. Grand celebration began at 6.00 a.m. with a meaningful birthday prayer service for the occasion conducted by the Sisters, followed by Eucharistic celebration. The Eucharistic Celebration was further embellished by the meaningful homily by Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais and soulful choir by the Sisters guided ably by Fr. Robin Minin Lopez. Later in the afternoon all the neighboring capuchin communities and sisters gathered in the dining hall to wish and thank Fr. Robin Victor D’souza for his service to the province and to FISI, followed by a beautiful Cake was cut by Birthday Baby to mark this
special occasion and Fr. Robin Minin Lopez appreciated the services of Director to the fraternity of Shanthi Sadhana-FISI and to the Province at large.

Industrial Visit by Anthonians
Education does not have to take place only in the classroom. All the world is a laboratory for an inquiring mind. It is rightly said that ‘observe & understand’ is better than ‘read & learn’. In this pursuit, St Anthony’s PU College organized a One-Day Industrial Visit to Mother Dairy, Yelahanka, Bangalore and Britannia Industries Ltd., Bidadi, Ramanagara. The students got an opportunity to visit pasteurized milk packing unit, ultra-high temperature unit, ice-cream, paneer and flavoured milk manufacturing units. They were quite amazed to view the live manufacturing processes viz., mixing of ingredients, moulding dough and baking of biscuits, its packaging and storage. The students were shown different biscuit manufacturing units like Good Day, Bourbon, Marie, Nutri-Choice, Treat Stars etc. At the end of the visit, the students were really zealous to know lot many things about the dairy and biscuit products. The best source of knowledge is Experience.

In 60 Schools “Jhalki” Film Screening for Social Change: “when will every child have Justice”?
Vimukti Pothnal organized “Jhalki” film screening program was organized in 60 schools of Manvi and Sindhnoor Talukas of our working area. Purpose of the Film Screening is to for Social Change is to change the attitudes and behavioral pattern of people at the grassroots, government officials and law enforcement agencies. For every child and young person to enjoy their childhood, they must be able to realize their rights to freedom, safety, and education. Free from child slavery, child labour, child trafficking and child marriage; Safe, with protection from violence, war and natural disaster; and Educated, with access to free, inclusive and quality education.

Science Talent Award Winners : Infant Jesus School
Infantines participated in Science Talent Examination and have won National and State level awards. Dr Ravindar Kumar Baniyal a senior scientist Indian Institute of Astrophysics Bangalore Presented the Prizes.

Free health camp under “Health for all” Project: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Pothnal organized a free health checkup camp for women and children in the remote villages of our working area. About 135 patients were visited by nurse who also distributed vitamins, iron tablets and skin ointments to those in need. Nearly 106 women and children got benighted from this camp.

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Seminar on Gender Issues @ Darshan College
Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity. With a view to focus the intention and motto of Gender equality and its contribution towards Women empowerment, a one-day Seminar on Gender Issues was held at Darshan College. Prof. Santa Sylvia, Counsellor, Women’s Cell, Bangalore emphasized that Gender equality and Women empowerment are important factors for the social and economic development of a nation. If democracy is the fairest way to run a country, we must have the voices of women heard. The speaker enlightened the audience about the importance of the role of skin in human body and self-defensive techniques. She spelled out a few case studies on maturity level and decision making process. The greatest win can be achieved at home, particularly with primary school children, mainly helping them to recognize the bias against girls and women within their world of school, media and among friends and family. There is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free, and educated Woman.

Raichur Women staged Protest against continued exploitation of Women and children in the District: Vimukti Pothnal
On 5th February 2020, indefinite protest march was held at Riachur Tippu Sultan circle premises against recent continued exploitation of women and children by all the women and children organizations. To protect the girl children there should be appointed guardians at schools and at the shelter homes-an application was submitted to the district officer. In the indefinite protest Vimukti leaders too participated. Various issues related to the women and the children and the ways to prevent such incidents were highlighted in the memorandum. There was an outcry to punish the offenders against women and the children. Various other organizations too joined the protest.

The funeral service of the Rev Fr Felix Dsouza was held at Farangipet, Monte Mariano - St Fidelis Friary.
The funeral service of Rev Fr Felix was held at St Fidelis Friary, Monte Mariano – Farangipate on 14th February 2020 at 3pm. Rev Bishop Aloysius Paul Dsouza, the bishop emeritus of Mangalore presided over the Eucharistic Celebration. Fr Rocky D’cunna preached a fitting homily. Fr Jawahar delivered the eulogy depicting many facets of Br. Felix's life. Mr Joseph, the relative of Fr Felix thanked all the friars for taking care of Fr Felix during his illness. Fr Alwyn Dias, the provincial minister of Karnataka Capuchin Province thanked all the friars and people for helping Fr Felix during his tough time.

Industrial Visit by Darshanites
Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character. In order to merge theoretical learning with practical skills, Darshan College organized an Industrial Visit for the students to Heritage Winery, Ramanagara and Toy Industry, Channapatna, Karnataka. The students were filled with astonishment to know the process of wine-making which consists of fermentation from sediments and yeast using traditional filtration techniques. The Toy World enlightened the students as to how the toys are manufactured and distributed. This traditional craft is protected as a geographical indication under the World Trade Organization, administered by the Government of Karnataka. As a result of the popularity of these toys, Channapatna is known as Gombegala Ooru (toy-town) of Karnataka. Indeed, it’s a symbol of pure craftsmanship and artistry. Imagination is more important than knowledge.

State level discourse against the evil practice of Devadasi system and child marriage: Vimukti Pothnal
The state level dialogue against the evil practice of Devadasi system and child marriage held on 20th of January 2020 at Bellary. The main objective of the workshop is to respect to the rights of children and promotion of such rights. To all who are facing Harassment due to dowry, family harassment, rape, sexual harassment and such women to get immediate help and due support from those who are at their service so that they learn to survive on their own effort and become self sufficient thus become inspiration to others; discussed at length.

“English – is a funny language – for there is no pine or apple in a pineapple and likewise, we find no egg in an eggplant.” On February 6th 2020 for the very first time English Day was celebrated in the school premises. The programme commenced with the melodious rendition of the hymn “As the deer pants”, by the school choir. Ms Havisha of Grade 5, the compere of the programme welcomed the Trinity family to the event. The programme started off with an intellectual note with a convincing and educative speech on the importance of the English language by Ms Dagney of Grade 8. “A little, a little fun” - Our lovely pre schoolers of UKG and Grade 1 reminded us of our humble beginnings in English as they danced their way to the beats of the vowel (Phonic sounds). English is incomplete without the contribution of several English writers, literateurs, dramatists over the centuries. A meaningful powerpoint presentation about them was shown to all.

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“A winner is someone who recognizes one’s God given talents, works very hard to develop them into skills and uses these skills to accomplish one’s goals”. On 30th and 31st of January 2020, the Trinitorium was brimming with smiles and thunderous cheers and claps as students from Nursery to Grade 10, readied themselves to receive the acknowledgement of their creative talents. On 30th January, prizes were distributed to the students from Grade 4 – 10. Mr. K Sreedhara, PTA President was the Chief Guest of the event. On 31st January, our little angels of Nursery to UKG and students from Grade 1 to 3 were awarded with prizes. Mr. K Srinivas, Joint Secretary of the PTA, obliged to be the Chief Guest. On both occasions, the chief guests congratulated the students on their achievements.

Farewell Programme @ St Anthony’s PU College
Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened. A day was set apart to look back and be grateful; to look ahead and be hopeful; and embrace the present with greater enthusiasm. It was not a day to bid farewell but to cherish all the beautiful memories shared together in this abode of knowledge. Prof. Sakina Qassim Zaidi, Principal, Orchids International School, Mysore Road was the Chief Guest, in the honourable presence of Rev. Dr Fr Alwyn Dias, President, St Anthony’s Institutions. The I PU students organized a variety of cultural items for their dear Seniors. Some of the II PU pupils shared a part of their wonderful reminiscence from among the vast substantial experience in the campus. There was a thrill and joyous outburst as the medals were presented to the winners of various activities and events held in the Academic Year 2019-2020.

“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them”. On January 30th 2020, the students of Grades 9 and 10 found themselves in the august presence of a renowned and multi-faceted personality – Prof. Ronald Pinto. Prof. Ronald an academically brilliant and accomplished career counsellor is the Director of Institute for individual development, Mangalore. He has several prestigious laurels under his belt and has been a gold medalist since his Grade 7 until his M.Sc. Post Graduation.  The session commenced with a musically intoned ice-breaker as the students along with Prof. Ronald refreshed their minds with the song “There’s a tree on the hill.” Delving into the session, Prof. Ronald spoke of the various opportunities and learning modes that are available to students once they complete Grade 10. He provided important tips and techniques on how to overcome exam fear and stress; how to devote and make diligent use of the time/study holidays; how to face and ace the examinations with more confidence and less anxiety.

Rev. Fr. Sathish Fernandes OFM Cap Received Makkal Maniya State Award 2019-2020
The 1st State level Children Kannada Literary Meet (Makkala Sahitya Sammelana) was organized on 23rd January 2020, at Jambaldinni Rangamandira, Raichur. Recognizing his dedicated and valuable service and initiative for inspiring action aimed at Social transformation and volunteerism. The award was given in recognition of the undeterred and relentless work towards children and youth at risk. The organizers wished that VIMUKTI may inspire others to join the league towards making this world a better and safer place for children and youth. Rev. Fr. Sathish Fernandes spoke about VIMUKTI and the services rendered for the welfare of children and youth in Riachur. The dignitaries and Makkala Sahitya Sammelana organizers from the state applauded the efforts and services of VIMUKTI. The event was witnessed by over two thousand invitees.

CHILDREN’S FEST : Trinity Central School
‘The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.’ Stirring up the souls and eliciting dreams, on a bright Saturday morning of January 25th 2020, Trinity Central School, Perampalli welcomed the fish of the sea and the mermaids of the ocean as they opened their gates to the Children’s Fest 2020, with the theme ‘Aquatic World’. The celebrations commenced with an out-of-the box welcome, as champion skaters made their way into the Trintorium. Following them, were the dignitaries of the event - Rev. Fr. Lancy Fernandes, Headmaster of Milagres English Medium School, Kallianpur as the Chief Guest, Accompanied by Rev. Fr. Claud Mascarenhas, Guardian of Trinity Vihar, Fr. Anil Dçosta Principal, Fr. Ravi Rajesh Serrao Vice Principal and Administrator, Mr. Krishnan Sreedharan PTA President, Mrs. Magadaliena Lewis Academic Co-ordinator and Dr. Poornima Devadiga, Activity Co-ordinator. Followed by this uniquely eclectic welcome, the Choir led all to a moment of prayer and danseuses presented a gracious welcome dance. Siana of Grade 8 welcomed the august gathering. Creative ideas and cohesive effort are like hand-in-a-glove. Creative efforts came to the fore, as our Guests made their way to the beautiful fountain that was exclusively created for the event. Fr. Lancy declared the inauguration of the Children’s Fest 2020 open by turning on the beautiful fountain.

Tritiya Sopan Testing Camp (Scouts and Guides) : Sneha Jyohi Vidyalaya Pothnal
The spirit is there in everybody; it has to be discovered and brought to light – Robert Baden Powell
Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya hosted a three days Tratiya Sopana exam camp for scouts and guide students. There were 365 scouts and guide participants and scout and guide masters from Raichur district. The camp, in fact started on 1st February 2020 with the registration of the participant schools. It was followed by a meeting of the escort teachers and the officials. Around 4:30 pm, the students participated in the course integration programme wherein the course officials briefed the scouts and guides on the camp rules, daily routine, rota chart, and general instructions. The first day of the camp i.e. 02/02/2020, the camp started with the rouse of the scouts and guides at 5:30 am. The scouts and guides were taught exercises for the effective starting of the day’s programme.

Sponsor’s Day Program: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal with the collaboration of Ensemble agissons France has organized sponsor’s day program at Vimukti Pothnal on 19/01/2020. 70 children along with their parents participated in the program. The program commenced with the prayer dance led by Angeli and group. Mr. Daniel Helbert Ensemble Agissons President inaugurated the program. Angeli Vimukti sponsored child welcomed the guests on the dais. Sponsored children honored the guests with the garlands. On this special occasion variety of games were conducted. Different cultural programmes were performed by the sponsored children. Ensemble Agissons members namely Mr. Daniel Helbert, President, Mrs. Bernadette, Mr. Jean- Dominque and Marie were very happy to see all the 70 sponsored children on that day.

NSS Special Camp @ Darshan College
The seven days NSS Special Camp was conducted by NSS Unit of Darshan College from 6th -11th January 2020 at Karubele, Bangalore. The Camp was inaugurated on 6th January by the Chief Guest Rev. Fr Sathish Kumar, Parish Priest, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Kengeri. NSS volunteers rendered some services like cleaning the village areas, helping the people in sericulture work, cleaning work at mulberry farm, cleaning the church surroundings, creating awareness on water-borne diseases etc. As per the NSS schedule, resource persons like Rev. Fr Arun Lobo, Secretary, JPE Commission; Inspector A. Raju, VVIP Security Officer; Mr. Santhosh, State level Award winner, Guest faculty, Physical Education Department, Bangalore University; Dr Dollu Chandru, enlightened the students on various topics from social stream to health; from law enforcement to personality development. Cultural programme was organized everyday by the NSS Volunteers.

Republic Day Celebration  : Anugraha School, Bidar
On 26th of January, the Anugraha School celebrated the Republic day in a grand manner. Smt. Grace Padmini Sunder Raj, Counciller CMC Bidar was the chief guest for the programme, she was accompanied by Sri. Sudharshan Sunderraj Avocate, Bidar and Sri. Immanuel Abhishek, Advocate, Bidar were other invited guests for the programme. We started the programme around 8.30 A.M. Smt. Grace Padmini hoisted the National Flag and received the honour. The students sang the National Anthem to pay tribute to the nation and saluted the national flag by their disciplined and well guided march-past. Smt. Grace Padmini in her speech narrated the importance of Republic Day and elaborately explained the Indian Constitution and its observance. She went on appreciating the well disciplined march-past and the cultural programme performed by the students to show their love for the nation.

POWER PARBA : Trinity Central School
‘Power Parba’ an entrepreneurial exhibition cum sale for budding women entrepreneurs was organized by ‘POWER, Udupi’ from 10th to 12th January, 2020 at Beedinagudde, Udupi. They say – “Make hay while the sun shines.” And so, seizing the golden opportunity Trinity Central School, made a head strong presence at the event. Eager parents and curious students were welcomed with colourful art works and beautiful smiling staff of the school. On display at the kiosk were the skillfully artistic and creative works of our talented students. Our teachers, with their positive smiles and ecstatic energy were aglow at the kiosk. They distributed brochures and pocket calendars.

PINK DAY CELEBRATIONS : Trinity Central School
Pink is a lovely colour and the favourite of pretty girls. However, the boys and girls of the kindergarten section dazzled in several hues of pretty pink, as they celebrated Pink day. Classes were decorated with pink balloons and students indulged themselves in the world of pink as they coloured their way through the pages.

Republic Day Celebration @ St Anthony’s Institutions
Ask not what your Country can do for you, ask what You can do for your Country. With a spirit of patriotism and oneness, the Darshanites gathered together on the 26th of January 2020 to pay honour and respect to our nation. The 71st Republic Day was celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm at St Anthony’s Institutions, Kengeri, Bangalore. Mr Satish Kumar, Havildar, NCC Unit 3 Kar unfurled the tri-colour National flag and instilled in the students spirit of bravery and patriotism for the Nation. The NCC Unit of Darshan College paid homage to the National Leaders by offering flowers. The Preamble of Indian Constitution declares India to be a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular and Democratic Republic. The high ideals of Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity need to be always promoted among all the citizens of India. Freedom in the Mind, Strength in the Words, Pureness in our Blood, Pride in our Souls, Zeal in our hearts, Let’s salute our India on Republic Day.

The 71st Republic Day was celebrated on January 26 at the school grounds. The students took pride in glorifying and celebrating the spirit of unity and brotherhood. All the students assembled on the school ground at 7:30 am. The principal unfurled the national flag. This was followed by our National Anthem ‘Jan Gan Man’ sung by a team of students. The Principal addressed the gathering. In his address highlighted the significance of the day, and made the children aware that the future of their country lies in their hands. Hence they need to study well now and inculcate good values in life, which will help them to be good citizens of the country. The programme ended with the distribution of sweets.

Know Your SPACE  : Infant Jesus School
School organised Know Your Space program for the children to enhance their knowledge about space and astronomy. Students almost had the live experience of celestial objects shown inside the doom. Entire show proved to be very much educational.

Scouts Guides On March  : Infant Jesus School
Scouts and Guides students participated in the Trekking to Manjarabad Fort Sakaleshpur. Students along with teaches constructed the temporary flag pole and hosted the scouts and guides flag. Various activities were conducted to enhance the spirit of students. All voluntarily cleansed the fort surroundings and collected the plastics to dispose in the dustbin.

Clean Hand Healthy Life  : Infant Jesus School
To create the awareness about the hygiene and health Hand Wash Day was organised in the school for the students of class LKG to 5th. 6 scientific way of washing hands was thought to the students. Practical experience of hand wash helped the students to understand the right method of hand wash. Baby Sharmai Fathima in her speech enlightened the students about When? How? and Why ?we should wash our hands clean.

Pongal Celebration At Shanthi Sadhana-FISI
Pongal is a harvest festival. In Tamil Nadu, the word Pongal means "overflowing" which signifies abundance and prosperity. This Pongal celebration was celebrated at Shanthi Sadhana-FISI on the 17th of January 2020. We began the celebration at 6.p.m. with a Rosary and Prayer. Shanthi Sadhana - FISI had festive look with the colorful rangoli at the entrance. The entire community of FISI joined in preparing and we shared the sweet pongal and sugar canes.

Mother and Child Protection and Nourishment Campaign at Manvi: Vimukti Pothnal
For about 461lactating mothers were interviewed in Richur District of Manvi and Maski TQ. the meeting with them personally revealed number of malpractices of 7 health centers in and around their villages. The following problems they faced were shared in detail. The lack of staff, the punctuality of doctors and the staff, the lack of cleanliness, lack of medicines, no ambulance facility, corruption, over charges, not constructing hospitals or dispensaries at the proper places, the dilapidated structures, not updated equipments and machineries, without proper first aid facilities, Doctors and the staff being absent, people who have been lost their faith in them, the staff being made in charge of the centers, lack of medicines in sub centers, not getting proper treatment at the emergency ward, and such type of feedback was really saddening and shocking. Overall the primary health Centers have been failed to provide the proper treatment expected by the people especially to the lactating mothers and their children. Government services are at the scrutiny. 71% of deliveries taking place in the hospitals but only 29% deliveries taking place with proper facilities and most of them done through caesarean.

Parents’ Teachers’ Meeting @ St Anthony’s PU College
At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of Parents. Keeping this conviction in mind, the Management of St Anthony’s PU College held Parents’ Teachers’ Meeting in the college auditorium. This was precisely organized to enlighten the parents regarding the academic performance of their children and to make them known about the Annual Examination procedure and results. Fr Roshan, the Principal comprehensively highlighted various curriculum related topics. The Parents were given a glimpse of the formation and transformation which takes place at St Anthony’s PU College, highlighting the various activities organized throughout the year for the holistic growth of the students. The response of the parents towards the meeting was really positive and encouraging. Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.

Training on Effective use of RTI Act: Vimukti Pothnal
VIMUKTI Pothnal organized training program to all the Community leaders at vimukti premises. The enactment of the Right to information Act 2005 marks a significant shift in Indian democracy. It plays a vital role in bringing transparency and checking corruption in administration. By enacting the RTI, India has moved from an opaque and arbitrary system of government to the beginning of an era where there will be greater transparency and to a system where the citizens will be empowered. To make known the rights of the people and empower them in implementing the schemes of the government, campaign facilitator and capacity builder took lot of initiatives to give comprehensive knowledge. The resource person said, anyone can get information from various department of the government. No officer should refuse to provide information sought by any person under this act. The information commission cannot probe the cases related to corruption and wrong information. Complaints in this regard can be filed to the higher officials of respective department he said. Nearly 55 leaders actively participated and benefited from this program.

Scouts & Guides Club helps students to inculcate leadership traits, develop team building, thrill for adventure and compassion towards their fellow brethren.
Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya observed Scouts/Guides, Cubs/bulbuls day on 11th January 2020. Mr. Basavaraj Gadagin (District secretory of Bharath scouts and guides Raichur) was the chief guest. Mr. R.H. Sagar (local association president the Bharath scouts and guides Raichur) and Mr. Ambanna (District Organiser of Scouts/ Guides) were the guests of honour. They were escorted to the stage by the headmaster Fr. Dominic Sunil Lobo. The guests were hosted by Ms. Krishna Roy of class 9 and all received them with cheer and applause. The guests were welcomed by Ms.Nikhitha of class 9. The ceremony was begun by singing “the scouts and Guides Prayer”. The Lamp was lit by the inaugurator Mr. Basavaraj Gadagin District secretory of Bharath scouts and guides Raichur and he was accompanied by the other dignitaries.

International Human Rights Day: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust (r) Pothnal in collaboration with Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation New Delhi and Spandana Belagavi Celebrated International Human Rights Day organized various activities in Markumdinni High school. In the keynote address Mr, Arogyappa, Vimukti staff, described about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and said that everyone should join hands to prevent violation of human rights. Everyone should take steps to uphold and promote the rights of all human beings. He explained about the services of CHILDLINE 1098 and how CHILDLINE team would reach out to any child in need of care and protection. Mr. Jaysheel, Coordinator, Vimukti, addressed the gathering and explained about Juvenile Justice Act and POCSO Act. Mr. Thiru Pari School teacher, explained about Drug addiction and the ill-effects of consuming alcohol and drugs.

Science Exhibition @ St Anthony’s PU College
Every art should become science; and every science should become an art – Heinrich Von Schlegel. In order to boost the imagination, creativity and innovation in students, the Management of St Anthony’s Institutions organized Technova – Science Exhibition. Many Students in groups participated enthusiastically in the event. There was a showcase of the inherent talents and potential ideas in the various models at display. The participants were eager on toes to satisfy the inquisitive minds with apt and right explanation for various theories exhibited. Prof. Anand N of Vani PU College and Prof. Sharadha of Deeksha PU College were the jury members for the event. Science may set limits to knowledge but should not set limits to imagination.

THE EVE TO BE REMEMBERED : St Francis of Assisi School
On 14th December, 2019, was the significant day for St. Francis of Assisi School were it celebrated, its annual day under the title “Assisi Journee 2019” with enthusiasm and zeal. The entire school participated wholeheartedly towards the success of this programme. The great event began with the welcoming ceremony followed by the prayer dance. The president Rev. Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, the executive secretary of Capuchin Education Board, the chief guest Rev. Fr. Nelson Pinto, the secretary of Belgaum Diocese Education Board and Social Welfare, the guest of honour Rev. Sr. Idoline Rodrigues, Loretto school, Bantwal, Mangalore, and thousands of parents, friends and well-wishers of the school witnessed the grand and breath holding performance of children. Media, Prop, Horror, Robotics and dream dances were very special in the event. Through various theme dances important messages were conveyed to the people. “We must always speak truth, God protects us” was presented by II and III standard students through the skit, ‘The basket of flowers’. Orchestra by students showed ‘Assisi Got Talents’ and spread the angelic voices and symphony in the Assisi campus. The school report presented by principal Rev. Fr. Jason Fernandes, highlighted the achievement of the school during the last academic years. Impressed by the impeccable performance of the children, the dignitaries in their speeches appreciated the choice of themes and applauded the perfect articulation of children in their speech.

Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya pothnal celebrated Christmas and birthday of Asst. Headmaster
Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya celebrated Christmas and birthday of Asst. Headmaster Fr. Sunil Cornelio with great fervour and enthusiasm. The Principal Rev. Fr. Dominic Sunil Lobo congratulated and thanked Fr. Sunil Cornelio for his whole-hearted support and cooperation in all the School activities. The Chief Guest of the Day Rev. Fr. Joel Lobo, superior Clara Vihar Pothnal said that the Christmas is experiencing the love of God. He stressed that Christmas brings the love and peace of God; and highlighted the need of love among all the people to build a good community. He wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The Christmas and birthday celebration culminated with the joy of caring and sharing.

A community survey on maternal and child health services utilization from the Primary Health Centers at Manvi Taluka, Raichur District. Vimukti pothnal
This report presents the results from the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program Indicator Survey, a household survey conducted in 42 villages in 7 PHCs 461 mothers of rural villages of Manvi, Raichur District. To provide population-based estimates of the levels of utilization of maternal, newborn, and child health services, provision of key evidence-based interventions during service contacts, and practice of desirable maternal, newborn and child health ,and various facilities available at the PHC level for the mother and child.

Sevak Diamond Jubilee Celebration held on 1st January 2020

Christmas & New Year Celebration @ St Anthony’s Institutions
Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. To celebrate and share the joy of Christmas, Christmas celebration was held at St Anthony’s Institutions. The spirit of Christmas reminds everyone that we should not be blinded by hatred, violence and injustice rather be radiant with love, peace, joy and happiness. The Christ-event was enacted through music, carols, dance and tableau which gave an expression to the human values of caring, sharing and spreading the goodness and kindness. The Chief Guest Rev. Fr Dancy Sunil Martis, OFM Cap., Principal, St. Anthony’s School, Gangondanahalli shared an inspiring Christmas message. Jesus may not be born again historically but he can be born again in us through our appreciation, gentleness, support sympathy and so on towards others. Giving gifts is an easy task, but giving oneself to the needs of others is a great sacrifice. No one has become poor by giving.

“Christmas – the festival of joy, cheer, lights, unity and happiness”. With colourful stars and a glistening Christmas tree, the Trinity family, welcomed baby Jesus on 23/12/2019. The Christmas celebrations commenced with the Eucharistic Service in the morning. After which the craft competitions were held across the various grades. Students brought to the fore their innovative artistry in making Christmas bells, wreaths, stars and Christmas trees. Like Diwali, Christmas too is a celebration of lights as it is the time to welcome the ‘Light of the world’. The celebrations glistened and glowed, as our principal Fr. Anil D’Costa, along with Fr. Ravi, Mrs. Magdelina Lewis, Mrs. Archana Shetty and other teachers, lit the Christmas candles that adorned the beautiful crib. Following this, our little Santa’s of Pre-Primary Section entertained all with a rocking dance performance. Ms. Rania of grade 8, spoke of the real meaning and importance of Christmas. Next, our talented students presented a skit, that highlighted the values and morals that were taught by Jesus. Music sees no boundaries and crosses over all languages. In this season of joy, the Christmas carols sung by our melodious vocalists in different languages brought an immense sense of unified cheer, as it echoed across the Trinitorium.

Christmas Vocation Camp - 2019
Christmas Vocation Camp was held at St Anne’s Friary – Assisi House on 28th of December 2019. There were about 26 students from different parishes of Mangalore and Udupi diocese. Four of the Capuchin brothers doing their theological studies at Darshan Institute of Theology – Bengalore, animated this one day’s camp under the leadership of Fr Jawahar, the vocation director of the Karnataka Capuchins. The main focus of this Camp was to celebrate Christmas with the young aspiring students. The camp began with the Christmas carols. There were about 3 sessions of talks. In the first session, the students were made known the origin of the Crib in 12th century by St Francis of Assisi the founder of our Franciscan Order. Fr Rohan Lobo, the assistant director of Vimukti Social Work center, Ujire conducted the second session and introduced the wonderful social work done by the Karnataka Capuchin Province in the different parts of the world. The third session was conducted by Fr Jawahar. He called upon the students to make their life exciting with good challenges. Taking risk in life for the mission of Christ is worth it. There is joy in living for others. A Call to the Franciscan Capuchin way of life is a call to the wholeness. God will not let down those who wish to serve him. These were the inspiring messages and thoughts the students carried home. The brothers from the theology entertained the students with their inspiring vocation stories, team building games and activities and the students were gifted with some wonderful prizes. The students were served with a tasty lunch, icecream and evening juice and snacks. The camp began at 9.30 am and concluded by 4.30pm.

Spread the Good News: Christ is Born - St Francis of Assisi School
Assisi Children celebrated Christmas on 21st Dec 2019. Boys and girls came wearing red and white dress repectively. V to VIII standard students sang beautiful carols and filled the campus with heavenly melodies. On birth of Christ, tableau was enacted by the children. Lovely Christmas cards were prepared. Beautiful dress, voices and Christmas cards were awarded with special Christmas gifts. All were given cakes to sweeten the joy of Christmas.

Survey on children with Disability: Vimukti Pothnal
“Disabled children in Manvi Taluka miss out due to lack of support services…”
On 12th November 2019, Vimukti with the collaboration of Ensemble Agissons, France, under “HEALTH FOR ALL” project along with CHILDLINE 1098 Raichur involving more than 9 staff actively participated and identified differently abled children in 3 major villages, Kavithal, Vatgal and Amingada. Worldwide, 89% of children go to school. However, only 2% of Children with disability in Manvi Taluka from low and middle income families attend school. People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. They even don’t have medical certificate to ascertain disability, leaving them out of the radar of many government schemes. Keeping these thoughts in mind, lately Vimukti conducted a survey report provides the best available evidence regarding children with disability (physically handicapped, Blind, Deaf, Dumb, lame, leper, crippled etc.,) and what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment and support services, and to create the environments action for government to help these beneficiaries.

Let Us Act According to the Situation : St Francis of Assisi School
St. Francis of Assis School had also organized a session for the higher secondary children on the same day from 1 pm to 2.30pm. Dr. Preethi Galagali MBBS, MD, PGD AP from Bangalore was the resource person. She dealt with the problems of adolescents and stated how the adolescents should react accordingly to the situation. The session was very interactive. Children enjoyed the session for it was interactive in nature. The response of the children was well appreciated by the speaker of the day.

Awareness Programme for Parents : St Francis of Assisi School
St. Francis of Assisi School had organized awareness session for parents on understanding the issues of adolescence in collaboration with Pediatrics on 21 December 2019 from 10.30 am to 12:30pm. Dr. Yatish Pojari and Dr Roopa Bellad had taken a very interactive and informative session on adolescence. The seminar was about how the adolescent brain works and how to encourage a healthy dynamics with the adolescence. The session was very well appreciated by all.

Jingle Bells : Infant Jesus School
Christmas was celebrated with full gusto and enthusiasm in the school. Teachers sang the carols in Kannada English Konkani and French Language. Prizes were distributed to the Winners of the Christmas greeting card and star competition. Our joy was doubled as we combined the anticipated birthday celebration of our Principal Rev Fr Andrew Jayaraj. Children enjoyed the Christmas cake and sweets on their way home. In the afternoon management arranged Christmas tree program to teachers. All teaching and non teaching staff was given Christmas gift from the management.

Christmas Camp : St Francis of Assisi School
St Francis of Assisi school organized three days camp for VI to X standard students. St Vincent De Paul brothers from Kengeri, Bangalore were the resource persons. Variety of activities and games were conducted in order to develop and build in children team spirit, unity, leadership qualities, self-confidence and universal values. Through activities, lessons for life was taught. 174 students participated and were divided into four groups, they were given group and individual tasks, to unveil the hidden talents, creativity and potentiality that is underlying in them. Children enjoyed and learnt lots of lessons to their life.

Sharing and Caring – Christmas celebration with unprivileged children: vimukti Pothnal
True spirit of Christmas... Sharing and caring...was organized in collaboration with Vimukti Charitable Trust, group Israel, Anitha Pinto and family, and Mr. Ashok Steven lobo with his family at vimukti Pothnal. Christmas is a time of celebration, hope and laughter. Perhaps the only time when children all over the world wake up bright and early with a gleam in their eyes and a smile on their lips, ready to rip open and enjoy their crisply wrapped presents. The sad truth, however, is that there are millions of children around the world who are deprived of this experience, not because they’ve been naughty, but because they come from underprivileged backgrounds and cannot afford to celebrate Christmas. In order to bring the joy and light of Christmas into the lives of such underprivileged children, VIMUKTI, like every year, hosted Christmas celebrated at vimukti premises. The children of vimukti, who come from nearby villages, got the opportunity to participate in games, win prizes and receive gifts.

Share the Joy of Christmas : St Francis of Assisi School
St Francis of Assisi staff gathered on 21st Dec 2019 eve to share the joy of Christmas with each other. Rev Fr Vijay Kumar, superior of Christalaya community was the chief guest of the day. “Christmas is not only sharing gifts but it is sacrificing one’s life for others, as Christ did. As you are in teaching field, you are called to dedicate completely for what you are committed too” was the message. Catholic teachers sang carols and spread the message of Christmas. Some games added more joy for the celebration. All staff shared the Christmas gifts with their Christmas friend, with sumptuous meal celebration came to an end.

There's nothing more satisfying than seeing a happy and smiling child: Vimukti Pothnal.
A child's smile is worth more than all the money in the world. Children are the future of a nation. They are the best change agents, be in the family or the community in which they live. It is therefore crucial to help the children, catch them young and inculcate in them feelings of empathy and conscience so that the grow up as responsible individuals. Sensing this need, VIMUKTI CHARITABLE TRUST® came up with MAGU NAGU Programme in 2008. Sensitization of privileged children and their parents, towards the existing inequalities around them, is an important objective of Magu Nagu. Privileged children are sensitized about the deprivation and pain endured by the underprovided kids. Vimukti seeks to inculcate a conscience and value system in the children so that they grow up to become responsible citizens and change makers. Before their minds are set with age, the Vimukti programme tries to make them count they start realizing the worth of the privileged ones. Once they start realizing the worth of the privileges they are born with, they automatically turn their thoughts towards positivity and develop the right outlook.

Annual Day Celebrated at Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya
Sneha jyothi vidyalaya celebrated its 15th annual day with unprecedented fanfare on December 19th, 2019 at the school premises. The entire school participated wholeheartedly towards the success of this grand event. The triumph was made possible by the relentless efforts of Headmaster, assistant headmaster, teachers and students. The school was decorated elegantly. A grand stage had been set up with professional sound system. Rev. Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Executive secretary Capuchin Education Board was the president for the program. Sri Virupaksha Panditaradhya Swamiji, Kalmat Manvi, Rev. Fr. Arun Luis SJ, Superior Loyola Institutions Manvi, Sri Moulana Shaikh Fareed Umari Khuba Mosque Manvi, had been invited as the chief guests. Sri Ravi Bosuraj Youth Congress president Raichur, Sri Jaya Nayak CRP Pothnal, Rev. Fr. Anil Kumar Dean Sindhanoor Deanery, Fr. Joel Lobo superior clara vihar pothnal, Fr. Thomas Parish priest pothnal and Sr. Apoline Mascarenhas superior Anugraha Convent Pothnal were the guests of honour. They were given a floral welcome before they inaugurated the programme.

Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya, 15th Annual Day Celebration NEWS in news papers :

Makkal Gram Sabha was organized by Vimukti at two Gram Panchyats of Manvi Taluka: Vimukti pothnal
VIMUKTI Pothnal (Raichur District): Over 232 children from the five villages that come under the Manvi Taluka limits participated in the “Makkala Grama Sabha” (children’s gram sabha) at two panchyats in different places demanded immediate intervention of officials concerned in redressing their grievances. By successfully listing out problems being faced by children, especially those living in rural areas, these children became a role model for their counterpart in other parts of the Taluka. The children, guided by the non-governmental organizations Vimukti Charitable Trust (VCT) and the Concerned for Working Children had made all efforts to make the gram sabha a grand success. The Gram Sabha started with the prayer song by a group of children. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Basvan Gowda Public Development Officer Gram Panchayath,Utaknoor. He said it was important that the State Government conduct capacity building programmes to equip panchayats and officials and all civil society groups which would be engaged in ensuring that the children’s gram sabhas realized their full potential.

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Sacerdotal Golden Jubilee of Rev. Fr. Edwin Cyprian Colaco OFM Cap.
With gratefulness to God for all His blessings and graces showered on Rev. Fr. Edwin Cyprian Colaco, the Community of Saccidananda celebrated with grandeur the Sacerdotal Priestly Jubilee of Rev. Fr. Edwin Cyprian Colaco on Sunday, 15th December 2019 at Saccidananda, Bangalore along with friars from different fraternities, extended family of Saccidananda, religious brothers and sisters who joined to praise the Lord participating in the Thanksgiving Holy Eucharist offered by Fr. Edwin. Fr. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister gave an apt introduction, Fr. Jossy Fernandes preached and Brs. Vijesh and Maxim D’Silva felicitated along with Brs Elvin and Stanis. Our Province remains indebted to him for all the services rendered to the growth of the Province. May God bless him abundantly with good health and happiness.

Battle of the Brains @ St Anthony’s PU College
You earn your trophies at practice, you pick them up at competitions. A Quiz competition is a form of game or mind-sport that tests one’s intelligence and promotes growth in knowledge, abilities and skills. To encourage this competitive spirit and enthusiasm among the Students, St Anthony’s PU College organised Quiz Competition for the PU Students. The response was so immense that 140 teams of two each enrolled their names. After a tough preliminary round, six teams were chosen for the finals. In a nail-biting contest, Students Leroy Calvin and Rithik Marian bagged the top position for the second consecutive year. The questions were so captivating that it kept even the audience spellbound. For about two hours all were on their toes to see who would give the right answers. It confirmed the fact that Persistence with patience and prayer pays with profits prosperity and peace of mind.

Christmas Greeting card and Star competition : Infant Jesus School
Christmas is a time to have fun with crib stars and cards abd very many glittering things. A completion was organized in view of Christmas season. Many children participated with jubilation and joy. Varieties of Christmas star and handmade greeting cards decorated the school campus in a special way.

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Annual Athletic Meet @ Darshan College
The True competitors are the ones who always play to win. Sports helps one to stay healthy and fit. To give a push to the inherent talent in sports, Darshan College organized a week of inter-class competitions for boys and girls. After enthusing the team spirit among students, a day was dedicated to explore and exhibit their athletic spirit. Mr Prathap N, National Wrestling, Judo Player & Coach was the Chief Guest. Sports makes one physically stronger, emotionally mature, mentally determined, so let sports always be a part of your life was the message of the Chief Guest. Students with bubbling spirit of sportsmanship were really ecstatic on the playground and the echo of the same resonated in the college campus. There were victories and defeats but everyone had realized that it is our response to winning or losing that makes us a winner or a loser. The Mantra of the day was ‘Winning is not everything, but making effort to win is’!

ANNUAL DAY : Trinity Central School
‘Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success and that is what we call as Team work’. Under the glistening sun and the pleasant evening breeze, the grounds and portals of Trinity Central School welcomed one and all for the 11th Annual Day Celebrations held on Saturday, 7th December 2019 with open arms and joyous hearts. At first, the chief guest of the event – Dr. Ullas Kamath (Dean, Melaka Medical Science College, Manipal) accompanied by Fr. Robin D’Souza – president of the function, were given a thumping and resounding welcome to the beats of the traditional Chande. Joining them in their august presence, were also Fr. Claud Mascarenhas, Guardian of Trinity Vihar, Fr. Anil Dcosta, Principal, Fr. Ravi Rajesh Serrao, Vice–Principal and Administrator, Mr. Krishnan Sridharan PTA President and Ms. Magdelina Lewis, Ms. Archana Shetty and Ms. Poornima Devadiga – our Academic Co-ordinator, Pre-Primary Section Head and Activity Co-ordinator respectively.

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Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


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