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PC 05/20 K.101.11
8th March 2020


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VOL.: LVIII JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2020
NO.: 01


St. Padre Pio


St. Clare of Assisi


Tau Cross


Damiano Cross

 

  Highlights 

FIRST ROUND PASTORAL VISITATION AFTER THE 7TH PROVINCIAL CHAPTER

Letter of Br. Mauro Jöhri, General Minister


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

1Enlightenment 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.

1Advisory 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.

SEMINAR – SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE: Trinity Central School
“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.

SCIENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS : Trinity Central School
“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.

INAUGURATION OF NEW AUDITORIUM : Trinity Central School
“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 DAY CELEBRATIONS : Trinity Central School
“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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PRIZE DISTRIBUTION CEREMONY : Trinity Central School
“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.

STUDENT ORIENTATION AND CAREER GUIDANCE PROGRAMME : Trinity Central School
“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.

71ST REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION : SNEHA JYOTHI VIDYALAYA POTHNAL
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 AND GUIDES/ CUBS AND BULBULS DAY IN SNEHA JYOTHI VIDYALAYA POTHNAL
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 DAY CELEBRATIONS : Trinity Central School
“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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On 8 December 2008 the General Definitory by its Decree Prot. No. 00999/98 constituted and declared established the Most Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka. By the same Decree the General Definitory appointed Br. Vincent Gabriel Furtado as the new Provincial Minister, Br. John Baptist Sequeira as the first Definitor and Provincial Vicar, Br. Patrick Crasta, Edwin Colaco and Rudolf D'Souza as the 2, 3, and 4 Definitors 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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Minister General

Fr. Roberto Genuin
Minister Provincial

Fr. John Alwyn Dias
Provincial Council

Fr. Paul Melwyn D'Souza
Vicar Provincial

Fr. Peter Cyrian D'Souza
2nd Councilor

Fr. Robin Victor D'Souza
3rd Councilor

Fr. William Prabhu 4th Councilor


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