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1Donors day and Feast of St Francis of Assisi at St Anne’s Friary, Bejai – Mangalore
“God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7) with grateful hearts the Capuchin friars of the Karnataka Province remembered all the donors, sponsors, benefactors, well-wishers and friends and prayed for them. All the benefactors and donors were invited for a thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration which was held at St Anne’s Friary, Mangalore, on Sunday 3rd October 2021. Rev Fr Alwyn Dias, the Provincial Minister presided over the celebration and Fr. Richard Quadras broke the Word of God. In his homily he said, as St Francis of Assisi gave everything to the poor and served Christ so you also generously help us. The sacrifice that you make by contributing your support helps the formation of the Capuchin seminarians and they are able to proclaim Christ to the world near and far. Fr Elvin Lopes, the Provincial Secretary and the Capuchin fathers of St Anne’s fraternity joined the celebration.

1Celebration 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 main Chapel and ended at the La Verna 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.

1Pastoral Visitation – Holy Family Friary/Church, Brahmavar, Udupi
The pastoral visitation of the fraternity - Holy Family Friary/Church, Brahmavar, Udupi was held on 02nd – 03rd of October, 2021. The Guardian, Br Victor Fernandes, Br Dominic Savio, Br Arthur, Br Joslie and Br Prakash welcomed Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial followed by personal meetings of the friars. He visited Karunalaya Ashram, Home for the aged and the Convent of the Sisters of Charity. He also joined the parish community for the evening Rosary. Thereafter he joined the Parish Council meeting wherein he encouraged the Council to work to foster the faith in the families, work for unity and involve themselves wholeheartedly in all the activities of the Church. He then had a community dialogue after the evening supper. He celebrated the Sunday Holy Eucharist on 03rd October 2021 the feast of St Francis of Assisi was observed. He prayed for all the parishioners, the Parish Priest, the friars of the community, all the religious who render services in the parish and for all the parishioners. The visitation was concluded with benediction and sharing the festal wishes.

1Pastoral Visitation – Asha Kirana, Sruvit, Deaddiction Centre, Heroor, Udupi
Provincial Minister paid the pastoral visitation of the fraternity, Asha Kirana, Sruvit, Deaddiction Centre, Heroor, Udupi on 01st of October, 2021. The Guardian, Br Charles Saldanaha, Br Chetan Lobo and Br Joachim D’Souza warmly welcomed Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the Holy Eucharist celebrated by Provincial Minister in the morning. Thereafter Provincial animated introductory talk to the friars followed by their personal meetings. He prayed with the friars in the evening praying for all the benefactors, donors and for the friars of the community and thanked them for carrying out various ministries in the Diocese of Udupi. After a common dialogue, evening prayer and fraternal sharing the Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Pastoral Visitation – Assisi Nilaya, Moodubelle, Udupi
Provincial Minister paid the pastoral visitation of the fraternity, Assisi Nilaya, Moodubelle, Udupi 29th and 30th September 2021. The Guardian, Br Charles Furtado, Br Valerian D’Silva, Anston Fernandes, and student of Postulancy extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk in St Padre Pio Chapel by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings of the students and the friars. The novena to St Francis of Assisi in preparation for the Feast of St Francis was animated by the students in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 30th September 2021. He broke the Word of God and gave an inspiring message. He also reminded the great contribution of St Jerome, the historian and Doctor of the Church. He prayed the benefactors, donors and for the friars of the community for animating the formation of the Postulants. After a common dialogue with the friars Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Pastoral Visitation – Kripa Kiran Friary & Center for Counselling, Nitte, Karkala, Udupi
Provincial Minister paid the pastoral visitation of the fraternity, Kripa Kiran Friary & Center for Counselling, Nitte, 28th and 29th September 2021. The Guardian, Br Maxim Pinto, Br Victor Crasta, Br Manoj, and Br Sunil extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 29th September 2021. He gave a fitting homily and inspired friars to imbibe the virtues and mission of the Archangels whose feast was celebrated this day, prayed for all the benefactors, donors and for the brothers of the community. He encouraged all to reach out people in need and foster the growth of the Center. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Entrepreneurship development assistance training Program for the Women: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with UNDP and Women Community Cadres (Unnati Sakhis) organized enterprise training and Business Development Assistance with Mentorship program at vimukti premises from 20th to 25th September, 2021. Nearly forty selected and interested women were identified from the project area for these five days of intensive training program and it was given by the Mr. Krishna Sharma from Hyderabad. The main objective of this training was to create a job opportunity for all and to reduce unemployment by encouraging the creation of small businesses that will provide a living for successful entrepreneurs.

1Blood Donation Camp @ Darshan College
You don’t have to be a doctor to save lives, just donate blood. One of the acts of charity that everyone can perform is donation of blood. A small amount of blood can save at least 3 lives. With this noble thought Darshan College, in collaboration with the Indian Red Cross Society organized a blood donation camp. This gave an opportunity to many students, parents and faculty as well, to participate and be the part of saving lives. The blood you donate gives someone another chance at chance. One day that someone may be a close relative, a friend, a loved one or even you.

1Warm welcome to St Padre Pio Delegation, Sri Lanka
Br. Anand Santmajor and Br. Lancy Fernandes who had travelled from India, having followed the COVID 19 protocols reached Padre Pio Nivasa, St Padre Pio Delegation House on 24th September 2021 at 1 pm. They were warmly welcomed by Br. Arun Kumar Philomenraj, the Provincial Delegate and the Delegation Fraternity with Friars and Brothers. May their arrival to the mission strengthen and support the Delegation to realize all the plans and purposes of the Province and the Order. We wish them all the best.

1Pastoral Visitation – Athma Jyothi Ashram, Kadri Mangalore
Provincial Minister paid the pastoral visitation of Athma Jyothi Ashram, Kadri Mangalore , Mangalore on 22nd September 2021. The Guardian, Br Dolphy Devdass Serrao along with Br Peter Cyprian D’Souza, Councillor and Br George D’Souza, Chaplain at Father Mullers Hospital, Mangalore extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings of all the friars of the community. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist. He appreciated the good work done by Br Dolphy Devdass Serrao and Br Peter Cyprian D’Souza at the Athma Jyothi Ashram and Fr George D’Souza, the Chaplain at the Fr Muller Hospital during the Pandemic. He appreciated their availability for spiritual needs and Counselling. The provincial also interacted with the devotees, and also joined in the birthday celebration of one of the devotees. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Feast of St Padre Pio at St Anne’s friary, Bejai Mangalore
The Capuchin Friars of St Anne’s Fraternity, Mangalore, celebrated the feast of St Padre Pio on 23rd September 2021 at Portiuncula Chapel, Bejai. Rev Fr Alban D’Souza, the Rector of St Lawrence Minor Basilica, Attur, was the chief celebrant of the day. The festal mass was concelebrated by Fr Paul Melwyn D’Souza, Superior of St Anne’s Friary, Fr Chetan Lobo PRO of Udupi Diocese, Fr Peter Cyprian D’Souza, Provincial Councilor, Fr J B Saldanha, Parish Priest of St Francis Xavier Church, Bejai, Fr Benjamin Parish Priest of Urwa, Fr Andrew Parish Priest of Bondel and the Capuchins Friars from different communities. In Preparation to the feast we had nine days Novena and Mass in honour of St Pio from 14th to 22nd September. The novena was inaugurated with the flag hoisting ceremony by Mr Naveen Dsouza, Corporator of Bendur. During the days of novena, the following priests assisted in conducting Adoration and celebrating the Holy Mass, namely; Rev Fr Daniel Veigas OP Parish Priest Ashoknagar, Rev Fr Avil Pradeep SJ, Rev Fr Rupesh Tauro Asst Parish Priest Bondel, Rev Fr Andrew D’Souza, Parish Priest Bajal, Rev Fr Clany D’Souza, Rector Kripa Sadan, Bajpe, Capuchin Priests Fr Manoj Dsouza, Nitte, Fr Anston Fernandes, Moodubelle, Fr Ivan Pinto, Farangipet, and Fr Lenson Lobo, Permapally.

1Pastoral Visitation – St Anne’s Friary, Mangalore 19-21 September 2021
Provincial Minister undertook the pastoral visitation of St Anne’s Friary, Mangalore on 19th to 21th September 2021. The Guardian, Br Paul Melwyn D’Souza along with the community members extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister and to Provincial Secretary, Br Elvin Lopes. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings of all the friars of the community. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 20th September 2021. While commemorating the great sacrifices of Sts Andrew Kim, Paul Chung and Companions, the Korean Martyrs, Provincial gave a befitting homily and fostered the spirit of the brothers. In a common dialogue, he appreciated the brothers for shouldering their responsibilities and mission with dedication and kind cooperation. He too gave valuable suggestions and guidance to move forward with greater zeal to meet out the pastoral needs of the people. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Clara Vihar Post Novitiate Brothers Social Action Exposure Programme: Vimukti Pothnal
Affection and commitment towards social work is the best activity of life. We the Clara Vihar Post Novitiate brothers, were privileged to be a part of social action week at Vimukti Pothnal from 13th to 19th of September 2021. Our mission exposure programme in Pothnal was animated and guided by Vimukti Director Fr. Satish Fernandes. When we look into the past five days, we had a gradual and progressive growth in our outlook towards social work. We were introduced to a number of activities and initiatives that aimed at the betterment of children, youth, women and adults. In our visit to Raichur, we could closely work with the Child Line Programme coupled with some practical experiences in the field. We were also blessed with the opportunity to visit District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) and had a talk with National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Director, Manjunath Reddy MSW. In short, our mission exposure programme opened our eyes towards the various social issues such as child labour, child marriage, child trafficking, Devadasi system, illiteracy, poverty, migration and so on. We were also introduced to a number of schemes offered by the government for the upliftment of the children, women and the poor.

1Pastoral Visitation – St Fidelis Friary, Monte Mariano, Farangipet, Mangalore
Provincial Minister had the pastoral visitation of the fraternity, St Fidelis Friary, Monte Mariano, Farangipet, on 17th and 18th September 2021. The Guardian, Br Gerald Lobo, Br Jeevan D’Mello, Vicar and Novice Master, Br Crispin, Br Cornelius, Br Aloysius, Br Dilraj, Br Joel Lopez, Assist. Novice Master & Treasurer, Br Ivan Pinto, Asst. Provincial Vocation Promoter and all the novices extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation commenced with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings of all the novices followed by the friars. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members in the evening of 17th September 2021. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 18th September 2021. He gave a befitting homily and remembered the day’s Saint Joseph of Cupertino. In the Common meeting Provincial thanked all the friars for carrying out various responsibilities and other pastoral ministry in and around the Diocese. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1FREE VACCINATION CAMP AT ST ANNE’S FRIARY, BEJAI MANGALORE
A free vaccination camp was organized, on Wednesday, 15 September, 2021 at Divine mercy retreat centre, Jail road Bejai, Mangalore, with the collaboration of Mangalore City Corporation health centre, Lions Club Bejai and St Anne’s Capuchin fathers. The camp began at 9 am with the prayer session during which Mr Sylvian Dsilva, Lions club member sang a hymn, thereafter the dignitaries lighted the lamp. Prithi Maria Dsouza, member of Lions club Bejai was the MC for the event. The guests present on the dias were Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza, Superior of St Anne’s Capuchin Friary Mangalore, Mr Sudhir Shetty Kannur, Corporator MCC, Mr Vijay Shetty, Lions Club Zone Chairperson, Mr Oswald Furtado, Mr Richard Dsouza President of Lions Club Bejai and Lions Club Bejai Treasurer. Mr Sudhir Shetty, Cooperator of MCC said, Covid -19 has troubled our daily life. vaccination is the only way to get away from corona. He appreciated the Capuchin fathers for their initiative of helping the people to get vaccinated. He also thanked Sri Vedavyas Kamath, Honourable MLA and MCC for providing vaccination.

1A house that restored the human Dignity- Vimukti Pothnal
Mr. Joseph (Yamanappa) 45 years old hails from Jeenor camp, Manvi Taluka, Raichur. Being a tractor driver, he earned his living and lived happily with his wife and three kids. One day a severe accident caused him to lose the ability to walk forever. In spite borrowing in lakhs and spending on his treatment Joseph remained paralyzed for life. Learning the above situation, the Vimukti Charitable Trust® visited the family of Joseph immediately. Adding to their present misery, the education of their children, the Vimukti also witnessed the worst family’s living conditions in a dilapidated shed for past six years. When this news was shared with the few generous donors it became a reality. Today, through these inspired donors the Vimukti is able to provide a little decent house to live on. Applauses to all the generous souls for becoming “Joseph” to the family.

1Unorganized Youth Formation and Training: Vimukti Pothnal
It is well said, Youth are not useless but they are used less. They are the future leaders of our nation. They can be easily spoiled and brain washed for the evil purposes endangering their future life, talents and skills for the selfish interests of few. Therefore, education and training are the powerful weapons of youth empowerment: to fight and voice against poverty, hunger, and the clouds of evils of this world. Keeping these views Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with 16 pockets youths in our working area, formed 256 members in our youth clubs and all the youths’ clubs consists of 10 to 16 members. The youths’ clubs are motivated to take responsibilities of monitoring the activities of the villages. They had a series of leadership building sessions to develop the capacities in understanding their roles and responsibilities.

1Vimukti Childline Advisory Board (CAB) meeting Raichuru:
Childline Advisory Board meetings was held on 23rd August 2021at DC office Raichuru. Superintendent of Police, CEO, Deputy Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Director of Public Instruction, District Collector, District Magistrate, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Divisional Officer, Women and Child Development Officer, District Child Welfare Committee, District Child Protection Officer, Block Education Officer, District Education Officer, District Social Welfare Officer, child development programing officers, Child welfare officer from SJPO, Reginal transport officer, district minority officer, BSNL officers, District health officer, Juvenile Justice Board, district legal serve authority members were present in the meeting.

1Celebration of Nativity of Blessed Virgin of Mary at FISI
We celebrated the nativity of our blessed mother. As a preparation for the feast we had nine days of Novena. On the day of feast morning we had Eucharistic celebration at 7 a.m. Rev fr Robin D'Souza the director celebrated the Mass and the enlightened us on Mary as the bridge between old testament and new testament. He invited everyone of us to emulate the quality of humility in our day to day life. After the mass new corn was blessed. As a mark of reverence flowers were offered to Mother Mary. Melodious choir was put up by Rev Fr Robin Lopez and vernacular hymns were sung and which added beauty to the celebration.

1Teacher’s day Celebration at FISI
Teacher’s day is a special occasion for everyone. We the students of DFS celebrated Teachers Day on 5th of September. The celebration began with a meaningful prayer service. Eucharist celebration was officiated by Rev. Fr Robin V. D'Souza the director along with Fr. Robin Lopez, Fr. Dolphy Pais and Fr. Maxim and apt message was preached. After the mass we wished and thanked them with a wishing song and shared our joy by cutting the delicious cake. In the evening cultural programme was put up including song, dances, comedy skit etc. Games were conducted and prizes were distributed to all the teachers. At the end of the programme Fr.Robin the director addressed with a short massage and appreciated the efforts taken in organizing the event. All were so glad and it will always remain a beautiful memory in the hearts of one and all.

1Festal Celebration of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary @ Saccidananda, Provincialate
The feast of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary at Saccidananda, Capuchin Provincialate was celebrated in great grandeur. Before the festive celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the Saccidananda extended family gathered before the Grotto of Mother Mary for the veneration of Monthi Saibeen. It was followed by the solemn Eucharist celebrated by Fr Maxim D’Silva, who preached a meaningful homily centering on the greatest contribution of Mother Mary to the Salvation of us all. He prayed for all the Girl-children and for the new fruits of human labour, the new corn. The corn that was blessed was distributed after the Mass. In the eve, a family meal was organized voluntarily offering special veggies-items from families who gathered to share the joy of the Monthi-fest in a traditional manner. It was a great event of joy, sharing and gathering after a lapse of time.
May our Mother Mary send down the blessings on each one of us!

1Pastoral Visitation – Asha Kiran, Bhadravati, Shimoga
Provincial Minister conducted the pastoral visitation of the fraternity/center, Asha Kiran integrated Rehabilitation Center for Addicts, Bhadravati, Shimoga on 05th and 06th September 2021. The Guardian, Br Prakash Pinto, Br Jeevan Walter D’Souza and regent Br Ross Pinto extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Br Vijesh, Provincial Treasurer and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation contained the personal meetings with the brothers, the talk - community dialogue. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 06th September 2021. The brothers were appreciated for their committed services in serving the inmates of the Center wholeheartedly. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Pastoral Visitation – Infant Jesus Nivas, Kadri Midri, Chikmagaluru
Provincial Minister steered the pastoral visitation of the fraternity, Infant Jesus Nivas, Kadri Midri on 04th and 05th September 2021. The Guardian, Br Anthony Vaz, Br Andrew Jayraj, Br Amar Lobo, and Br John Baptist Gonsalves extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Br Vijesh, Provincial Treasurer and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 05th September 2021. He remembered St Thesresa of Kolkata, prayed for all teachers and the brothers of the community for carrying out the school and other pastoral ministry in and around the Diocese of Chikmagalur. The provincial visited the school. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Sponsors Day Program: Vimukti Pothnal
Sponsor day program and farewell program to outgoing Sponsored Children was organized at Vimukti premises as on 25th of August. Sponsorship is program to help the deprived, excluded and vulnerable children regardless of their caste, race, creed and gender. They are provided with health, education and livelihood program. Jayasheela explained the service which have given by the Project to sponsored children. Till the age of 18 years Vimukti has taken care of Sponsored children by providing many facilities. As they are going out from sponsorship program it is their responsibility to utilize the knowledge they achieved and to lead a better life and help the needy. Sponsored children Anjali Thadkal, Arpitha Thadkal and Pavithra Udbala thanked enthusiastically to ensemble agissons president and all the members for their timely support, guidance, encouragement and helping them to reach this stage.

1Pastoral Visitation – Yesu Nilaya, Palya, Hassan
Provincial Minister undertook the pastoral visitation of the fraternity, Yesu Nilaya, Palya, Hassan on 03rd and 04th September 2021. The Guardian, Br Arun Lobo, Br Cyril Anand, Br Baptist Braggs, Br Silvano and Br Prasanna extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Br Vijesh, Provincial Treasurer and Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 04th September 2021. He appreciated the friars for their ministry and their services. He encouraged the brothers to initiate collaboratively to dive into the services to humanity through the newly inaugurated Asha Kiran, Deaddiction Center. The provincial visited the center. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

1Capuchin Education Board Meeting - 29 August 2021
The long awaited offline meeting of the Capuchin Education Board was held on Sunday, 29 August 2021 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. All the Headmasters/Principals, Treasurers of the School, Guardians and Board members were present for the meeting held at Shanthi Sadhana – FISI, Bangalore. After welcoming and presenting the minutes, Fr. Rohan D’Almeida SJ, Principal of St Joseph’s School CBSE, Bangalore, gave a input session on the Challenges of NEP-2021 and its implementations. Thereafter the members had a good deliberation and brain-storming session followed by the presentation of reports concerning the strength, results and challenges from each institution. The members also witnessed the gesture of contribution from each institution to the Society and other school concerns were discussed. With and address from Provincial Minister, Fr John Alwyn Dias and the vote of thanks from the Secretary of CEB, Fr Robin Victor D’Souza the meeting was concluded.

One day training on various Government Schemes: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Charitable Trust ® Pothnal also conducted the informative training program for the youths to know and to utilize the available Government Schemes on 26 August, 2021 at Vimukti Campus. The VCT had invited the resource person Mr. Mahalingappa, gave the detailed useful information on government’s 33 departments like SCSP/TSP under scheme on: youths self-employment, land rights, Ganga Kalyana Scheme, Individual Irrigation, Borewell Scheme, how to avail a relief to the scheduled caste victims of atrocities scheme, and various scholarship for the children and lot more information on how to tap the various financial benefits and schemes from the 33 government departments come under the talukas. 70 unorganized youth were able to profit for their life and to help others in return.

Guardians’’ Annual Retreat - Day 6
The Sixth day of the Guardians’ annual retreat was the last day of the retreat. The day began with Morning Prayer. Preacher, Fr Bobby, during his talk, spoke about effects of Abba experience, blessings, being grateful and personal integrity. The Eucharist of thanksgiving was celebrated by Fr Bobby Jose, and gave a meaningful homily. After the mass, the preacher was felicitated for animating the retreat for all the Guardians. Guardians after the lunch at 3:00 pm joined for meeting and a gave hearing to the presentation of financial status of the Province made by Fr Vijesh, the Provincial Treasurer and to the presentation of administration made by Fr Maxim, Provincial Administrator. Provincial, then, brought few concerns and deliberated. The friars actively participated in the meeting. With a hymn to mother Mary the meeting was concluded.

Leadership Training Program for the Unorganized Youths: Vimukti pothnal
On 18 August, 2021 the Vimukti Charitable Trust Organized a special program on “Leadership training” for the unorganized Youths at Vimukti campus. The resource person of this program was Mr. Lawrence, Jawalgera detailed the importance of leadership and its qualities. He explained saying, the leaders are those who have the qualities of knowing the importance of leading someone or something with a clear goal while strives after achieving it through others, is called as leadership. Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to achieve the set pre-planned goals with the spirit of enthusiasm as one team or as an organization. Leadership is a process of social mastery, greatly influences and impacts other’s behavior and conviction maximizing the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a common goal. 80 youths benefited from this leadership training program.

Guardians’ Annual Retreat August 2021 – Day 5
The Fifth day of the Guardians’ annual retreat was day of Recollection. Preacher, Fr Bobby prepared the Guardians to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. His two talks were centered on Gratitude, Generosity and Poverty. The Eucharist was celebrated by Fr Isaac Baptist D’Souza, the delegate of the Infant Jesus Delegation, Nagaland-Manipur. He prayed for the Northeast Delgation. Fr Bobby Jose, preached inspiring homily and also helped the Guardians to prepare well for the Sacrament of Confession. In the evening Holy Hour was conducted.

Guardians’ Annual Retreat August 2021 – Day 4
The Fourth day of the Guardians’ annual retreat commenced with the Morning Prayer. Thereafter the two talks were animated by Fr Bobby Jose, the preacher. He shared the guidelines to Gospel living and about the Cross, sign of grace and forgiveness. The Eucharist was celebrated by Fr Peter Cyprian D’Souza, Councillor, who prayed for all the missions of the Province. The Preacher, Fr Bobby Jose, preached inspiring homily. In the evening all gathered for Holy Hour and it was animated by the preacher along with few friars.

Guardians’ Annual Retreat August 2021 – Day 3
The third day of the Guardians’ annual retreat began with the Morning Prayer. Thereafter the two talks were meaningfully animated by Fr Bobby Jose, the preacher, with his inspiring points for reflection. He touched upon the points concerning Christ as Consciousness and Christ as way of living. The Eucharist was celebrated by Fr Paul Melwyn D’Souza, Vicar Provincial. The Feast of St Louis, Patron of SFO was observed. The Preacher, Fr Bobby Jose, preached inspiring homily. In the evening all gathered for Holy Hour and it was animated by the preacher along with few friars.

Guardians’ Annual Retreat August 2021 – Day 2
It was the second of the Guardians’ annual retreat. It began with the Morning Prayer. The two talks: one in the morning and another in the afternoon was meaningfully animated by Fr Bobby Jose, the preacher, with his inspiring points for reflection. The Eucharist was celebrated by Fr John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister. The Feast of St Bartholomew was observed. The Preacher, Fr Bobby Jose, gave a fitting homily and helped the friars to spend the day meditating and journey with the Lord. In the evening all gathered for Holy Hour and it was animated by the preacher along with few friars. The day was spent meaningfully and meditatively.

Guardians’ Annual Retreat August 2021 – Day 1
The Guardians’ annual retreat commenced with welcoming note by Br Maxim D’Silva, the Provincial Administrator, who warmly welcomed all the Guardians, and especially the Preacher, Rev Fr Bobby Jose Kattikad, a friar from St Francis of Assisi Capuchin Province, Kerala. Fr. Bobby Jose Kattikad is popularly known for his preaching and especially evangelization through television, radio and other media. He founded Theo Publications in 2002, which publishes many books related to spirituality. Fr. Bobby has authored many books which gained popularity around spirituality of malayalam speaking world, thus he was introduced by the Provincial Minister. On the same occasion the book, Manna - Prayers before and after meals, was released by Fr Bobby Jose and Fr John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Fr Maxim D’Silva. All those who worked in bringing out the book were remembered and were thanked. Thereafter the preacher led the introductory Session, at 12:00 noon celebrated the Eucharist and preached a fitting homily and animated the second talk in the afternoon. In the evening all gathered for Holy Hour and renewed themselves spiritually. While giving sufficient time for personal prayer and interiorization the day was spent with the Lord.

75th Independence Day Celebration @ St. Anthony’s Institutions
At the Stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and Freedom – Jawaharlal Nehru. It’s been 75 years of Independence, 75 years of progress and growth, 75 years of glorious Freedom. Today India stands tall in all the fields, making its presence felt to the world around. St. Anthony’s Institutions commemorated this day by hoisting the tri-color flag, honoring the National Leaders and remembering their sacrifice. The NCC Cadets organized the event and displayed to their zeal and patriotic spirit. True Independence and Freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.

Pastoral Visitation – Chistalaya, Chikodi, Belgaum
Provincial Minister steered the pastoral visitation of the fraternity, Christalaya, Chikodi, Belgaum on 19th and 20th August 2021. The Guardian, Br Vijay Kumar, Br Paul DSouza, Br Veerus Concessao and Br Jason Fernandes extended a warm welcome to Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Br Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 20th August 2021. He appreciated the friars for their dedicated services in their respective responsibilities, viz. Christalaya Community, Christ the King Parish, St. Francis of Assisi School and Vimukti Maitri Cooperative Society and other related ministries. The provincial visited the Social Unit and the school. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Celebrating for selecting as best top 10 Rural Digital Entrepreneurs from Bridge-IT flagship CSR program: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal is extremely happy to share- three of our Rural Digital entrepreneurs (Huseni, Hanumantha and Erama from the Bridge-IT flagship CSR program selected & awarded from TATA Consultancy Services as best top 10 entrepreneurs. They are very grateful to TCS for selecting, encouraging and supporting to climb this ladder of success.

Stone by stone – step by step: News from Dayalbagh Ashram
The inauguration of the Orientation Programme took place on 18th August in Dayalbagh Ashram. The inaugural Eucharist was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Paul Melwyn D’Souza, Vicar Provincial. We are blessed with 11 new candidates and they were officially welcomed with flowers by the Aspirants, with TAU by the Guardian, and with welcoming words by Fr. Paul Melwyn D’Souza, Vicar Provincial. We thank all the Vocation Promoters for their hard work in finding few young candidates for our order. As we congratulate the Staff and the students both of Orientation and Aspirancy, let us all pray for perseverance in the call from God they have received and heeded thus may they love and live in the footprints of St. Francis of Assisi.

INAUGURATION OF ASHA KIRAN DEADDICTION CENTER – PALYA, HASSAN
Asha Kiran meaning ‘Ray of Hope’, is the third Deaddiction Center of the Franciscan Capuchins of Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka. On 11 August 2021 Rev Fr. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Province Karnataka, inaugurated Asha Kiran Deaddiction and Counselling Center at Palya, Alur Taluk of Hassan District, and dedicated it to the service of humanity. He then explained the purpose and motive behind the center that it was the desire of many to convert this donated land and utilise it for a social cause for the betterment of society. Deaddiction is a universal issue affecting mostly the poor in rural areas while counselling is need of the hour. Hence Asha Kiran will serve its purpose not just in this region but also far and wide. The Blessing of the center was done by Most Rev. Dr Anthony Swamy Bishop of Chikkamagalur, and in his speech he appreciated the friars for choosing this ministry that promotes and continues with the healing ministry of Christ. He wished the center to be healing source to the persons with addiction. The chief guests Rev. Fr. John Paul, Parish Priest of Matasagara Church, Mr. K.S. Manjegowda, political leader, Mr. S.N. Prakash, Gram Panchayat President, applauded the work begun and assured their continued support for the institution.

Pastoral Visitation – Assisi Vihar, Shirwad, Karwar
Provincial Minister had the pastoral visitation of the fraternity Assisi Vihar, Shirwar, Karwar on 17th and 18th August 2021. The Guardian, Rev. Fr Salvador Rujar Fernandes and Fr Sunil Ullahanan extended a warm welcome to Fr John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Fr Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 18th August 2021. He appreciated the friars for their dedicated services and all spiritual ministries in and around the Diocese. The provincial visited the neighbor parish. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Pastoral Visitation – St. Joseph’s Friary and Church, Lower Kasarkod, Honnavar
Provincial Minister had the pastoral visitation of the fraternity at St. Joseph’s Friary and Church, Lower Kasarkod, Honnavar on 15th and 16th August 2021. The Guardian, Rev. Fr Sudeep Santhan Gonsalves, Fr Anil Sunil D’Souza, co-pastor and Fr Edwin Monis, the chaplain at St. Ignatius Hospital, Honnavar, extended a warm welcome to Fr John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Fr Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings. The Holy Hour was animated with the community members on the occasion of Pastoral Visitation. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 16th August 2021. He appreciated the friars for their dedicated services and meeting the spiritual needs of the parishioners. He thanked them for for all their services and ministry. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

A Light to the Blind Family: Vimukti Trust, Pothnal
Sureshappa being other-abled man and Basamma is blind for 11 years hails from Hediginala, Sindanoor Taluka, Raichur. They are gifted with three children and were living in a dilapidated house. The entire family is in one way or the other is affected: where the eldest daughter Jyothi (19) is totally blind for 5 years, Naveen has lost almost 90% of his eyesight and the youngest son Petra too may lose his eyesight at any stage of his life. They have become the victims of Palikhonia disease, caused by heredity- only on time treatment can save their eye sight. Adding to their misery this family was surviving only with monthly pension just little to live on. When several attempts made to the government officials failed its purpose it was then the Vimukti Charitable Trust, Pothnal, stood in support of them. Since then 2019 till this day through the various donors it gave the dignity of life, where Jyothi and Naveen were taken to the Shankar Eye Hospital, Bangalore for diagnosis.

Independence Day Celebration at FISI
Shanthi Sadhana, FISI, Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India, celebrated the 75th Independence Day of our Country on the 15th of August 2021. Fr. Robin Minin Lopez presided over the Eurhcaristic celebration with a fitting homily on Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary. After the Eucharistic celebration all gathered at the façade of FISI to hoist the flag. Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais was called upon to hoist the flag, after hoisting the flag he addressed the gathereing remembering and reminding our duty to the nature and to humanity. Sr. Princy delivered a thought provoking speech bringing back the memories of freedom fighters and our role and response towards humanity in taking the country towards the development. Two patriotic songs were sung with Sr. Alka and Sr. Linet leading the Hindi and English songs. Sr. Rosalia lead the group with the march past orders and Sr. Jothi compered the program. Fr. Robin Victor D’souza thanked all the fathers and sisters for the generous contributions towards the program.

Pastoral Visitation – St. Anthony Friary & Parish, Hosanagar
Provincial Minister undertook pastoral visitation of the fraternity at St. Anthony’s Friary and Church, Hosanagar on 13th and 14th August 2021. The Guardian, Rev. Fr Simon Horta and Fr Johnson extended a warm welcome to Fr John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister along with Fr Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial, followed by the personal meetings. The community animated Holy Hour in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated the Holy Eucharist on 14th August 2021. He appreciated the friars for their dedicated services and meeting the spiritual needs of the people. He thanked them for undertaking all the developmental works that has brought new facelift to the friary as well as to the Church. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Pastoral Visitation – Anugraha, Halbarga, Bidar
Provincial Minister carried out pastoral visitation of the fraternity at Anugraha, Halbarga, Bidar on 8th and 9th August 2021. The Guardian, Rev. Fr Prashanth Kumar, Fr Vincent Balraj, Fr Karunesh and Fr Wilfred welcomed Fr John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister wholeheartedly along with Fr Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation began with the introductory talk by Provincial to all the friars of the community followed by the personal meetings. After which he visited Anugraha School and the neighbouring community of sisters who render service to the Parish and in the School. Holy hour was conducted in the evening. Provincial Minister celebrated Holy Eucharist and prayed for all the services and mission carried out by friars, sisters and all the staff. He appreciated all the friars for their dedicated services and meeting the spiritual needs of the people. The Pastoral Visitation was concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

Congregation Day of Franciscan Sisters of our lady of bon secour (FBS)
Shanthi Sadhana – Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India – FISI, celebrated the Congregation Feast Day of Franciscan Sisters of our Lady of Bon Secour (FBS) on the 13th of August 2021. There was a solemn Mass presided over by Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Director of the institute along with Other fathers, the choir and the liturgy was conducted by Bon Secour Sisters with the help of other sisters. Everybody joined together in wishing Bon Secour Sisters happy feast in the dining hall. The Bon Secours congregation has a fascinating prehistory that starts 126 years before it official foundation in 1732. Father Gaston Laurence Coeurdon, French Jesuit missionary was caught in storm on his sail to India. He Vowed to start a Carmelite convent and a refuge home if he reached safely. Father Coeurdon’s, touched the shore in Pondicherry safe and he was happy that it was God given time to exercise his missionary Zeal and fulfill his vow.

St. Clare’s Feast AT FISI
Shanthi Sadhana, FISI, Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India, celebrated the St. Clare’s Feast on the 11th of August 202. Fr. Dolphy Pais was the main celebrant of the day gave a fitting homily about the life of St. Clare and how St. Clare can become a guiding light to the Franciscans. Fr. Robin Minin Lopez conducted the choir with the melodious singing of the Sisters.

Pastoral Visitation – Clara Vihar Pothnal, Raichur
Provincial Minister undertook pastoral visitation of the fraternity at Clara Vihar, Pothnal, Raichur on 6th and 7th August 2021. The Guardian, Rev. Fr Sunil Dominic Lobo and the community members along with students of the year of Post Novitiate welcomed Fr John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister heartily along with Fr Elvin Lopes, Provincial Secretary. The Visitation included Address of Provincial to all the friars and students of the community, personal meetings with all the friars and students, visit to the Sneha Jyothi School at Jeenur Road, Vimukti Charitable Social Centre and their staff. Provincial Minister celebrated Holy Eucharist and preached fitting homily. He appreciated all the friars and brothers in involving themselves in the lives of the people through various activities and meeting the spiritual needs of the people. All the community joined for the National Prayer service and concluded the Pastoral Visitation in the eve of 7th August 2021.


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Free Health Education and Health check-up camp: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukthi Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized health check-up camp for all the Sponsored children and parents at Vimukti Premises. Mrs. Jecintha and Mrs. Shilpa, organized the health 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 were guided as to how to overcome vitamin deficiency by giving nutritious food. Parents were told to avoid giving chocolates and sweets to children. The health checkup was conducted by Dr. Rajendra, Pediatrician and Mrs. Annamma Nurse, three Anganwadi Teachers and one Helper were also present during the camp. Nearly 140 children parents underwent the health checkup and benefited from this camp.

CONGREGATION Day of Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels (FSMA)
Shanthi Sadhana – Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India – FISI celebrated the Congregation Feast day of Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels(FSMA) on the 02nd of August 2021 on the day where the entire Franciscan Family all over the world celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Angels – Portiuncula - the small Assisi-area chapel that became the foundational home of the Franciscan family. The congregation of the Franciscans of St. Mary of the Angel was founded on 1871 by Fr. Chrysostom of the cross at Angers in France. Christ in the Eucharist is the source and centre of their contemplation and their mission throughout the world. They are adorers and missionaries. Their principal aim is adoration of the Eucharistic Christ. The congregation also dedicates itself to the service of the poor to education, to the care of the sick and the actual needs of the church and of the world. The congregation is a religious institute of St. Francis of Assisi. There was a solemn Mass presided over by Fr. Maxim Nazereth along with other fathers, the choir and the liturgy was conducted by sisters. We wish Happy Congregation Day to FSMA sisters.

Kargil Vijay Diwas @ Darshan College
‘I’ll either come back after raising the Indian flag in victory or return wrapped in it, but I will come for sure’ – Late Captain Vikram Batra. A grateful nation pays homage to all those who served the nation during War. Our brave Soldiers ensured that India remains protected and gave a befitting answer to those who tried to vitiate the atmosphere of peace. We salute the ultimate sacrifice of the martyrs of Kargil. Darshan College NCC Unit organized a tributary event to pay homage to the great Soldiers who fought the Kargil war. Rev. Fr. Vijesh Menezes who was the Chief Guest for the event rightly said that it is not the celebration of war but the celebration of the Victory. The NCC Cadets staged a heart wrenching program reminding everyone present that love for the nation should be in action. Years might fly faster but the memories of Kargil are etched deeper in the hearts of Indian Citizens evoking and inflaming the Spirit of Patriotism.

Self-Employment Training: Vimukti Pothnal
Self-employment training program was conducted to the members of Self-Help Group at Vimukti premises as on 28th of July 2021. The main objective of conducting this program is to motivate the members to involve in self-employment for their livelihood and to improve the standard of living. Mr Jayasheela coordinator of Vimukti addressed the members as, savings money will not enough to meet the requirement of livelihood. It is necessary improve economic conditions of family by adopting income generating activities. Mris Girija Sitram suggested the members to think creatively and actively in Self-help group, share their skills so that they can collectively run income generating activities. The session also included the discussion on goals, objectives, functions and sustainability of Self-Help Group. Mrs. Jecintha, Ishamma, Renuka were participated in the program. It was emceed by Charly. Nearly SHG 58 leaders attended the training and benefited program from this program.


TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL SCORES ANOTHER CENTURY.

“Success come to those who work with earnest determination, with a steadfast will-power even in the most towering of challenges.”
In the wake of the pandemic, much has been said about the un-nerving effects that has caused ripples in the education sector, confining students to learn from a 10-inch screen; and with Board Exams cancelled students were apprehensive about their future. However, any unprecedented challenge can be conquered with a confident vision. Keeping their vision in focus, students and teachers of Grade 10 of Trinity Central School, Perampalli took the bull by the horns to become ‘matador’ . For a seventh consecutive time, the school has secured 100% results in the ICSE Board Examinations, with fantastic results. Of the 47 students that appeared for the exams, 3 students topped the charts with scores of 95% and above, 28 students scored 85% and above and 16 students securing 75% and above. Ms Krissel Monteiro took home the honours with a brilliant 96%, along with Ms Anisha D’silva and Master Astle Fernandes who scored 95.4% and 95.2% respectively. The Management, Principal and staff extends their congratulations to all the students for the excellent performance, and wish them the very best in all their future endeavours.

ONLINE CLASSES - MS TEAMS APP : Trinity Central School
A wise person once said ‘At times, life throws curve balls that you would not know which direction to look and the future looks bleak. But whatever the situation, learning must never stop.‘
An ominous curve ball Covid threw life out of gear, putting the future of children in uncertain hands. While schools still remain shut, learning never took a back-seat. Education saw a new form in virtual reality, as classes went online. Whilst in the previous academic year (2020-21), we were sending video recordings, for the current academic year we, at Trinity Central School thought that it had been far too long of being separated from our students, and so, in keeping with the times we decided to take a confident plunge into virtuality, by introducing the MS Teams App. A student friendly app, in which through live classes students and teachers can interact with each other creating a class room like atmosphere, that our students have so dearly missed. We look forward to an amazing and successful year, with the MS Teams App.

INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY - VIRTUAL CELEBRATIONS : Trinity Central School
“ Yoga is not a religion. It is a science of well-being and integrity in culminating together as ONE - the body, mind and soul.”
On June 21st 2021, as the world came together in the brisk hours of dawn to commemorate International Yoga Day, we too , at Trinity Central School took to the virtual world in celebrating this day. Spearheaded by Ms Sunitha, the programme commenced with an invitation to hope by dispelling of darkness, through the lighting of the lamp by our Principal Rev. Fr. Anil D’Costa, along with Fr. Lenson Lobo and our Physical Education instructors Ms Pallavi Naik and Mr Bharath. Ms Shrilatha, through her thoughtful speech and presentation conveyed the importance and benefits of practising yoga in our daily lives. This was followed by presentation of the most important basics of Yoga - the Surya namaskar by our P.E teachers. In his closing words, our principal shared his thoughts on the need for Yoga in our lives especially in these testing waters of the pandemic situation. The virtual yoga day celebrations can be viewed through with this link: https://youtu.be/BUMq36jyaRc

Vaccination Drive @ Darshan College
Vaccines are one of the best things that ever happened in medicines. The Covid 19 Pandemic has created a new normal with social distancing, wearing masks, virtual classes etc. Yet it’s not to be considered as a victory of Corona Virus. The United fight against the deadly virus continues and grows stronger with every awareness program conducted, with every inoculation done. With this motivation, Darshan College organized 3 Vaccination drives with the help and support of Ullal Public Health Centre. The Teaching, Non-Teaching Staff, Students and a few people in the vicinity were vaccinated in the college campus. It was a small step to facilitate the global effort to destabilize the Virus: Be vaccinated, be safe.

FR CLIFFORD FERNANDES, OFM CAP LAID TO REST
The funeral mass of Fr Clifford Fernandes OFM Cap was held on 21st of July at 10 am at St Fidelis Friary - Monte Mariano friary chapel, presided over by Most Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, the Bishop of Mangaluru along with Fr Alwyn Dias, the Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Capuchin Province Karnataka, Fr Melwyn D'Souza, the Guardian of St Anne’s Friary Mangaluru and many priests, religious brothers and sisters and laity. Fr Alwyn Dias Provincial Minister, in his introduction said, “Death brings sadness to all, today Karnataka capuchin province is mourning because we have lost a young and energetic preacher of the Word of God.” Fr Baptist Rodrigues preached a heart touching homily. He said, "Fr Clifford was an itinerant preacher and helped many people to come closer to Christ. Truly, he had an experience of the love of God and he was always enthusiastic to share that experience with the people of God. Today Fr Clifford is enjoying the wonderful eternal rewards that Christ had promised to him."

Personality Development workshop for Sponsored Children: Vimukti Pothnal
“Activity Based training to make Children achieve their dream and aspirations”
the seeds of success are sown at the teenage. it is the age of dreams and aspirations. it is the age of the possible. it is also the age of uncertainty and doubt due to many physical and emotional changes taking place in a teenager. it is the right time to build foundation of success in a man. the balance lacks the right attitude, self-confidence and communication skills required by organizations. VIMUKTI has stepped in to fill this gap by catching them young (i.e., in their teenage). the personality development workshop for sponsored children to become super teens workshop provided by VCT, is an activity-based personality development program which lays the foundation of success for an individual. the program trains the teenagers, through the process of learning by doing, on power of positive attitude, improving self-esteem/self-confidence, setting & achieving goals, effective communication and teamwork, public speaking & personal grooming. activity based training to make our children achieve their dreams and aspirations. Nearly 130 children and parents attended and availed the benefits of the camp.

15th July 2021 – Silver Jubilee of the Priestly Ordination of Rev. Fr. Salvador Fernandes
It was indeed a joyous day for the community of DITh to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Priestly Ordination of our beloved rector, Rev. Fr. Salvador Fernandes. The Jubilation got a grace-filled start with the solemn celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by the Fr. Rector, the Jubilarian. The day also being the feast of St. Bonaventure we had a very meaningful celebration of the Holy Mass. Fr. Albert, the director of studies gave a beautiful introduction to the liturgy as well as to the celebration of the day, inviting us to thank and pray for the blessings of Fr. Salvador to our community and province at large. Fr. Anil Sequeira preached a homily with deep theological insights aptly fitting for the event. The melodious choir by the brothers, ably guided by Fr. Baptist enhanced the prayerful ambience of the celebration.

Vimukti Free Health Check-up camps: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized health check-up camps at 8 villages of our working area. Eye, nose, ears, throat, height, weight and general check-up were carried out to all the children, pregnant women 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.



Inauguration of the Academic Year of Post Novitiate at Pothnal, Raichur
The Post Novitiate formation course began on 30th June 2021 at Clara Vihar, Pothnal, Raichur. The day began with the recollection for the community. Rev. Fr Anil Kumar administered the sacrament of reconciliation. The inaugural Eucharistic celebration began at 10.30 am, which was officiated Fr Sunil Dominic the guardian of Clara Vihar community. The Lectio Brevis began at 11.30 am with the chief guest Fr Anil Kumar & the resident professors of Clara Vihar who chaired the ceremony. The annual report of the academic year 2020-21 was read by Director Fr Joseph Coelho. The professors namely Fr Joseph, Fr Anil, Fr Thomas & Fr Sunil introduced their subject of teaching. The input session was lectured by Prof Fr Ani Kumar who urged us to be more active and vigilant in the Formation. The brothers performed various cultural programs and geared up the celebration. The Ursuline sisters from neighbouring community were invited. The whole programme was concluded with Agape. We wish all the best to the brothers to enliven their year of Post Novitiate and experience the life of St. Francis of Assisi living amidst the people of the vicinity of Raichur.


Recreation and Relaxation: Vimukti pothnal
Believing in the words of Aristotle “educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”. Recreation was very much fruitful because it was the time that they built friendship with each other, they mixed, shared their happiness, jokes and funny stories. It was also a time to refresh their mind and heart. The group activities conducted during recreation also made them smart and energetic.

Survey on Antenatal and Postnatal care: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti staff along with CL leaders and Janavedike members jointly conducted the door-to-door Survey on ANC and PNC Services in the 20 pockets. The main objective is to know during this COVID Pandemic, the poor are affected more adversely, especially in our villages weather the ANC and PNC are getting the benefits from the AWCs and PHCs? weather the timely food distribution and health check-ups are taking place? and all the pregnancy delivery and post- delivery women go to the PHCs for the examines and utilize the services offered by the health department? As a result, 565 ANC and PNC women data was gathered for the further reference. The targeted pocket PNCs and ANCs were advised to wear masks, go for timely health check-ups, to receive nutrition food from the AWCs, compulsory to get admitted for the delivery in the PHCs and use in emergency 108 ambulance service for thier use in difficulties.

Public Awareness Campaign: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti childline Raichur organised awareness drive for the public in four talukas of Raichur District from 24th to 27th June 2021. Public were explained about the issues of children such as child labour, school drop-outs, begging children, child abuse, human trafficking, missing children, child marriage and run-away children etc. the ChildLine team took up the initiatives to educate the general public in streets and market places mainly on CHILDLINE (1098) services and Handbills with information and child related issues were distributed to the public. A positive response was given by the public who assured that they would call the child helpline if any children were at risk. Around 2500 people received awareness.



INAUGURATION OF ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-22
In spite of 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 21st of June 2021. The inauguration of academic year 2021-22 was held in FISI on 21st June 2021. 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 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 Director Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Fr. Robin Minin Lopez-Program Coordinator, Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais-Spiritual Director, Fr. Maxim Nazareth-Member, Sr. Linet Danthi UFS-Student representative.

Vestition @ St Pio Delegation, Sri Lanka
St. Pio Delegation, Sri Lanka of the Holy Trinity Capuchin Province, Karnataka began the Novitiate on 13/06/2021 with the ceremony of Vestition of Six Brothers from Pakistan in the presence of Br Arun Kumar Philomenraj, Provincial Delegate. As we congratulate them, we pray for the fruitful holy year of Novitiate.


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Extending our hands to the poor and needy during Covid-19
During this period of struggle, the Vimukti Charitable Trust® team extended our concern and solidarity for the poor and the neediest around us. This was a moment of witnessing the real Franciscan spirit.

Care in the time of Second wave of Covid-19 Pandemic: Vimukti pothnal
“We Rise by lifting others……”
Due to Covid-19, many poor people lost their job, no work and they were badly need of help. Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal from 1st to 6th of May 2021visited the Remote villages of Manvi taluka Raichur District, to the vulnerable ones and the most disadvantaged families like physically challenged, the destitute, widows and migrates. We could distribute more than 188 food kits to the poorest families in the locality, as the third phase of Corona-relief, each kits costs around Rs.1000. Vimukti staff visited to their area, gave motivational session, and distributed food provisions, gave awareness on preventive measures and cautioning the parents, villagers against taking children out in crowded places, festivals, marriages and other celebrations, to avoid third wave of pandemic, which is very serious issue and perilous.

Extending our hands to the migrate families: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal takes the initiative to help the migrate families who are stranded on the roads, due to lockdown and curfew. They are settled in isolated area where no one visits. Due to Second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, they lost their economic survival. Vimukti staff visited to their area, gave motivational session, and distributed food provisions, petit cash, mask and sanitizers and gave awareness on preventive measures.

Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal distributes 300 food kits, Masks, sanitizers to the underprivileged poor families to fight against COVID-19:
Lockdown, either partially or fully has become an unavoidable drastic step to contain the surge of cases and deaths due to coronavirus. The poor are affected more adversely than the rich and upper middle class, both by the virus itself and the lockdown and curfews, and its impact has significantly worsened the life of many poor, small and marginal farmers especially the migrant families, single headed women, unskilled workers, HIV/ AIDS, disabled, orphan semi orphan families etc. Amid this challenging situation, VIMUKTI along with its generous donor partners distributed dry ration kits (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 etc), mask, sanitizers, and medicines for the deserving most vulnerable 300 households in its operational areas. The kit contains dry ration and other essentials items for the month. With deepest gratitude we would like to thank you all the generous donors for your timely support and love towards poor and needy. In order to maintain proper distancing among the beneficiaries, circles were drawn on the ground at a distance of 1 meter and the beneficiaries were made to sanitize their hands before receiving the kits. Masks were distributed freely to the beneficiaries along with the hygiene package. Precaution is taken while distributing the dry ration kits.

Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal launches awareness drive in Manvi Taluka on COVID-19
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, hand wash more frequently, avoid gathering & crowds, avoid touching face, etc, people should take precautions and Vaccination. Vimukti has been making this public mass awareness more informative and educative to the children as well as for the public.

SEMINAR ON CAREER GUIDANCE FOR GRADE 10 STUDENTS : TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL
Resource Person: Prof Ronald Pinto : Date: Monday, 19 April 2021

‘If there is a will, there is a way’. This proverb is as old as Galileo, for its importance lies in those words. Much importance is given for the Board exams, whether 10th or 12th for it sets the recourse to a student’s future. However, one question that forever prevails, which too, is, as old as Galileo is - what next after 10th /12th ? Music soothes when tension bangs. Bringing the students at ease with an interestingly, foot-tapping song, renowned Career Counsellor, Prof. Ronald Pinto, brought in the livery and students’ mind at ease, as he commenced his session with the Grade 10 students. The session began with Prof. Pinto explaining to the students the difference between a job and a career. In a job, all that you work for is to fill your daily bread basket, i.e., its only your wages or salary that gets credited to your account. However, when you think of career - it is not just a job, but when you work with enthusiasm and follow your passion, there is a sense of fulfilment. This feeling of job satisfaction is what defines a person’s career.

Training on empowering and Protecting Adolescent Girls in Manvi taluka: Vimukti pothnal
Adolescents in villages being a neglected lot with regard to human growth and development, an awareness programmes were conducted so as to make them know the adverse effects of early marriage and improper knowledge of physical and sexual development. Topics like physical and psychological changes during puberty, maintaining physical and mental hygiene during adolescent stage, having the right sex education etc. were dealt with. 320 students gained knowledge on various issues.

Legal awareness on women rights:Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust® organized training on Women and legal rights and celebrated International Women’s Day at VCT center Pothnal on 14th of March, 2021. Mrs. Jacintha Vimukti staff in her key note address said there are several laws in India that give women the authority to fight against abuse, discrimination, violence, harassment, indignities, etc. Being aware of them is the first step towards fighting against any injustice. Fr. Sathish Fernandes VCT Director said, international Women’s Day is an occasion to recall the struggles of women around the world to gain equality and rights. In order to live with dignity certain basic rights and freedoms are necessary, which all Human beings are entitled to these basic rights are called Human Rights.

GOLDEN JUBILEE OF OFS SHIRVA FRATERNITY
The Secular Franciscan Order of Our Lady of Good Health, Shirva celebrated the golden jubilee of their establishment on Sunday, 18th April 2021. Rev Fr John Alwyn Dias, the Provincial Minister of HTP Karnataka celebrated the solemn Thanksgiving Mass and Fr John Fernandes, OFS Provincial Spiritual Assistant gave the homily. Fr Prakash Lobo, Capuchin and Fr Rohan Dias, the Asst PP concelebrated. After the Mass, the invited guests and members of the Secular Franciscan Order gathered in the mini hall for the felicitation function. The guests were welcomed through the dance. In memory of the golden jubilee the guests on the dais poured water to a plant. The President of Shirva OFS welcomed the members. The secretary presented a short report. The guest of honour Rev Fr Denis D'Sa, the Parish Priest and Rev Fr Alwyn Dias, the Provincial in their speeches congratulated OFS Shirva fraternity and asked them to look back, evaluate the present and go ahead to the future with hope. They called the members to spread the spirit of St Francis of Assisi and get more members to the Order.

Savithribai Pule’s Birthday Celebration @ Darshan College
Knowledge is like a fire. Which must first be kindled by some external agent, but will afterwards always propagate itself. January 3 marks the birth anniversary of Savitribai Phule. She was known for her contribution in the field of women’s education and pioneering the women’s rights movement in India way before it became the norm. 15 Government School kids from in and around the neighborhood of Aurad (B) Village, Kalaburgi, Karnataka were encouraged to pursue education in spite of all odds. The details about the Important contributions made by Savithri Bai Phule for the upliftment of Women’s Education were briefed to them. Later, distribution of Books from Darshan College to the students was organized. A pledge to be educated and also to motivate others to be literates and end the misery of the oppressed and forsaken was taken during the event.

Sports activities to the youth: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust organized sports competition to the unorganized youth of Pothnal in its premises. Fr Sathish Fernandes the Director addressing the sports event said that sports help the young to cope up with the daily stress and keep them mentally as well as physically fit. So, there is a need of sports and entertainment for everyone for better growth. Everyone is busy in the world doing so many things but often fail to have real time for such things in life. Volleyball and cricket, other lacky games were conducted on this occasion. Along with these games other spot games were also conducted like those having highest visiting cards, having highest keys, girls having longest hair and so on. All the youth participated enthusiastically in all the games. At the end of the day prize distribution ceremony was conducted and those who won in the various games were given prizes by the brothers of the resident. For about 145 youth participated and benefited from this program.

Inauguration and Blessing of Kripa Kiran, New Capuchin Friary and Counselling Centre at Nitte - Karkala, Udupi
A New Capuchin Friary and Counselling Centre was inaugurated at Nitte Karkala, on April 16, 2021 at 10.30am. Fr John Alwyn Dias the Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Province Karnataka, Rev Fr Dolphy Pais former Provincial Minister, along with councillors inaugurated the Friary by cutting the ribbon. Most Rev Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi Diocese blessed the new Capuchin Friary and the Centre. A solemn Holy Eucharist was presided by the Bishop, concelebrated by many Capuchin Friars, diocesan clergy, religious and lay people. Fr Chetan Lobo, PRO of Udupi Diocese, preached a homily. During the Eucharist, Bishop blessed the new chapel, sprinkling holy water and incensing the holy Cross, the Altar and the Tabernacle. The melodious choir was sung by novices of Farangipet lead by Fr Joel Lopes.

Training on Income generating activities in three units: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with Province of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, organized training on income generating to all the poor women of the project area. Mrs. Jacinta the vimukti staff briefed on the importance of self-help group and functioning and the aim of it. With their small savings, the women are meeting their daily requirements, or meeting expenses related to illness, marriages, or financing their small ventures. twenty-five SHGs each have been organized into Clusters (total number of clusters is 25) and all the 10 clusters. For earning an income of their own, SHGs have been imparted training in garland making milk product and goat farming. A few SHGs have started their business, which has been linked up with the local market. Apart from this, the groups have also been imparted training in child rights, women rights, rights and duties of panchayats, welfare schemes of the government, etc. There were about 22-unit representatives present for the day’s seminar program. Mrs. Ishamma, Mrs. Mariamma were also present for the seminar. Mr. Arogyappa anchored the entire program. Poor Women were motivated to do self-employment to become financially stable and to fulfill the need of their family members as well as to provide better education to their children. Nearly 196 women benefited from this program.

Ordination of seven Capuchin deacons and a deacon of Bareilly Diocese at St Anne’s Friary Bejai, Mangaluru
Mangaluru, April 15, 2021: Bishop of Mangalore diocese, Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha ordained seven deacons of capuchin order and a deacon of Bareilly diocese to the priesthood at Divine Mercy retreat centre, St Anne’s Friary, Bejai Mangaluru on Thursday at 10.30 am. More than 100 clergymen, a large number of people, religious nuns, well-wishers and benefactors gathered for the solemn celebration. The solemn Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Bishop most Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha. Concelebrated by Fr Alwyn Dias Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka, Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza vicar provincial, Fr Robin Dsouza and Fr Peter Cyprian Dsouza Provincial Councillors, Fr Sunil Crasta Rector of Minor Seminary Bareilly Diocese, a large number of Capuchin Priests and diocesan and religious priests. The melodious choir was sung by novices and parishioners of Uliya, lead by Fr Joel Lopez. Fr Ravi Rajesh was the MC for the liturgy.

Mercy Kit Distributed to 200 poor families at St. Clare of Assisi Church Pothnal:
“Great Satisfaction comes from sharing with others”
Vimukti Charitable Trust® in collaboration with Divine Mercy Retreat Centre of St. Anne's Friary under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Paul Melwyn guardian launched 'Mercy Walk', 'Karuneya Nadige', 'Kakultichim Pavlam.’ To make it concrete, the guardian introduced to people the concept of 'Mercy Kit', preparing a kit which contains essential groceries worth Rs 1,000-It was distributed to the 200 very poor families at St. Clare of Assisi Church Pothnal. We the St. Clare of Assisi Parish people are very grateful to all the Divine Mercy core committee, OFS Members and members of St. Padre Pio group and Vimukti Charitable Trust group Israel for your timely and generous support and help towards these poor families. May God bless your generosity in hundredfold, families gathered to express their deep gratitude to you and your families.

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 4th April 2021 at Vimukti premises Pothnal. Dr. Rajendra 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. Blood pressure and cholesterol can be maintained due to this practice. Taluka health department administrator addressing the gathering requested everyone to eradicate the virus spread by mutual cooperation and service. Blood donation can save the COVID-19 patients.

DIVINE MERCY FEAST CELEBRATION AT DIVINE MERCY RETREAT CENTRE, CAPUCHIN FATHERS, BEJAI MANGALURU
The Divine Mercy feast was celebrated at Divine Mercy Retreat Centre, Bejai, Mangaluru on 11th April 2021 at 10.30 am. Bishop Emeritus Most Rev Aloysius Paul Dsouza Diocese of Mangalore, was the principal celebrant of the day. Earlier at 9.30 am Fr Richard Quadras animator of the retreat centre conducted Holy hour (Adoration), praying for all the sick and suffering. During the Eucharistic celebration Bishop Aloysius preached a beautiful homily on Mercy of God. He said “God’s mercy is explained in three parables of New testament. The parable of Prodigal son, Lost sheep and the lost coin. God’s Mercy abundantly flows to us, through His only son Jesus Christ who died on the Cross, for the sake of humanity.” The Capuchins namely, Fr Richard Quadras, Animator of Divine Mercy Centre Bejai, Fr Chetan Lobo, PRO of Udupi Diocese, Fr Peter Cyprian the Provincial Counsellor, Fr Jeevan Dmello the Novice Master, Fr Denis Veigas, Fr Prakash Lobo, Fr Roshan Herald Dsouza, Fr Lancy Rebello, Fr Prem Dsouza, Fr Prakash Colaco, Fr Stephen Dsouza, Fr Bertrand and Fr Fredrick Rodrigues graced this occasion by their gracious presence.

Beti Utsav @ Darshan College
A Girl Child is a pride and future of the nation. Empowering your girl child means empowering your future. We are human beings, brought into this beautiful planet by a woman. The struggle of a girl child begins even before the day she is born. She is ‘lucky’ if she is allowed to be born. Even after birth, the girl child faces discrimination and oppression. With a view to create awareness about the scenario with all the young minds, Beti Utsav was celebrated on 25th of January 2021. The Resource Person Dr. Usha Mohan, Motivational Speaker and chief counselor, Senior Traffic Warden, Zonal in-charge, Upparpet Limits focused on these vital aspects: Trafficking, Sexual Abuse, Female Foeticide, Women Safety, Menstrual Cycle and Hygiene. Give the girls wings to fly and not the pain to cry and die.

The Formation Conference of Holy Trinity Province – 6 to 8 April 2021
The Formation Conference of the triennium 2019 – 2022 took place from April 6th to 8th 2021 at Shanti Sadhana, FISI, Bengaluru. It began with the prayer and inaugural session that included lighting of the lamp by Dr. Pushparajan, resource person for the Formation Conference, Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister and all the Councillors. Dr. Pushparajan, thereafter addressed the Formation Conference attendees on the topic “Laity’s expectations of Priestly Formation”. He touched upon the various challenges the laity are facing in the present life situations and their expectations from the religious and clergy. How equipped the clergy are in all spheres of life, may it be spiritually, academically, morally, psychologically and socially. After the input session, the reports with the current challenges of each formative stage were presented which was moderated by assigned friars.

Marathon – a Run for Unity @ Darshan College
When you run the marathon you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time – Heile Gebrselassie. The pride in finishing a Marathon is much greater than all the pain endured during the marathon. Department of Physical Education Darshan College organized a 5 Km Marathon – a Run for Unity. More than 200 participants took part in the event. Faculty, Students and even volunteers from the general public enthusiastically participated and reached the finish line with fulfillment. If you want to run, run a mile; if you want to experience a different life run a Marathon. Finishing a Marathon is a state of mind that says anything is possible.

Inauguration of Divine mercy Novena at Divine Mercy Retreat Centre, Capuchins, Bejai Mangaluru
The Divine Mercy novena was inaugurated at Divine Mercy Retreat Centre, Bejai, Mangaluru on 5th April 2021 at 5.30 pm. Fr Prakash Colaco, Asst editor of Sevak lead the flag hoisting ceremony. Fr Andrew Leo Dsouza, the Parish Priest of St Lawrence Church, Bondel hoisted the flag of Divine Mercy at the St Anne’s Friary Chapel premise. Every year Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good Friday. So till Easter Sunday three days of Novena was conducted virtually through the Capuchins Mangalore YouTube Channel. Fr Andrew Leo Dsouza, the chief celebrant of 4th day Novena and Mass, preached a heart touching Homily on forgiveness. Fr Richard Quadras, Animator of Divine Mercy Centre Bejai, Fr Roshn Herald Dsouza, Fr Lancy, Fr John Fernandes and Fr Fredrick Rodrigues graced this occasion by their gracious presence. On this occasion Konkani Prayer cards of grace before meal an grace after meal written by Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza were inaugurated. These Prayer Cards will be available at St Ann’s Frairy Parlour as well as Divine Mercy Retreat Centre Bejai.

HOLY TRIDUUM AT SACCIDANANDA, CAPUCHIN PROVINCIALATE
The Holy Triduum consists of important event that commemorates and celebrates the Last Supper, Crucifixion and the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. These days were meaningfully celebrated in Saccidananda and witnessed a good number of active celebration and participation of faithful. The friars took turns to organize the liturgy of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. It was headed by Fr Edwin Colaco, Fr Maxim D’Silva, Fr Vijesh Menezes and Fr Elvin Lopes respectively. The faithful who joined these days of services and celebration expressed their gratitude for the meaningful, reflective and meticulously prepared animation. God bless all those who helped to organize it well
Wishing you all compliments of the season. Happy Easter!
May Risen Jesus bless us all

Golden Birthday of Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister
The Golden Birthday of Br John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Capuchin Province Karnataka was celebrated on the day of Palm Sunday, 28th March 2021. It was celebrated with a meaningful celebration of Holy Eucharist officiated by Provincial Minister along with friars of the Provincialate-Community. Fr John Alwyn Dias preached a meaningful homily and spoke about the significance of the Palm Sunday. After the Mass the extended family of Saccidananda (the faithful) felicitated and shared the Birthday wishes. Due to Covid 19 situation a simple celebration was observed. In the evening the friars of the Bangalore communities gathered for an evening prayer to thank the Lord and seek His blessings on Fr John Alwyn Dias. After the Prayer service a short wishing programme was held and simple meal was served. It was a day filled with joy and mirth.

27th Convocation: Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India-FISI
27th Convocation Ceremony of Franciscan Spirituality was held at Shanthi Sadhana, Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India on the 26th of March 2021. Sr. Stephy Jane welcomed the gathering. The ceremony began at 10.30 Am, Dr. Cynthia Menezes Prabhu, Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Management – Bangalore University was the Chief Guest along with Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Fr. Robin Minin Lopez, Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais and Fr. Maxim Nazereth along with other fathers and sisters were present. The ceremony began with a prayer dance followed by the Academic Report by the Director. The chief delivered the Convocation Address and awarded the Diplomas for 16 Sisters. Sr. Maria Brusy read out the honor and felicitation to the Chief guest and Fr. Robin Minin Lopez raised vote of thanks. Sr. Vidya and Sr. Clementia compered the program

Community Picnic : FISI
Shanthi Sadhana, FISI, Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India, organized one day picnic for the community on the 24th of March 2021. The picnic was organized to Mysore, thus the community members began the journey to Mysore, on the way we went to Srirangapatna to see the tomb of Tippu Sultan followed by St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Mysore Palace, Zoo, etc.. After spending whole day with fun and relaxation, we reached back at 8.30 p.m.

NOVATO FIESTA @ Darshan College
‘There is a miracle in every new beginning’- Hermann Hesse. With realistic dreams for the future, filled with the spirit to realize them, the Freshers began this academic year. The Freshers’ Day celebration was held at our institution on 9th March 2021, with extravaganza to make the Freshers feel at home. It was an explosion of talent, showcasing the performances by the senior and super senior students. Rev. Fr. Robin Victor D Souza, Executive Secretary, Capuchin Executive Board, was the Chief Guest for the Occasion. He appreciated the efforts of the management and the faculty in building this Institution into a vibrant and lively one by providing a platform for numerous activities and urged the students to make full use of them. He also advised the students to be focused, hard-working and have perseverance. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

SEMINAR ON VALUE ADDED COURSES @ Darshan College
“Life is the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they try to copy others; Not realizing that everyone has a different question paper.” In order to shine in this competitive era, only the classroom education cannot contribute to the success of the students, but various certification courses and seminars are much needed for the overall development of the students. In this regard, IQAC and Placement Cell of Darshan College had organized a seminar on value added courses on 18/01/2021 presided by Mr. Anil Kumar, HR Expert. Technology and transformation plays a vital role in today’s current scenario. In order to imbibe technology within us, the first step is awareness and the second step is acceptance. In this regard, an opportunity was given to Darshanites to be aware of the situation of employability in them pertaining to Banking, Advanced Excel, Digital Marketing, Coding, Python, etc.

Seminar on Tips for Attending Interview @ Darshan College
“The goal of education is understanding and the goal of training is performance.” Every single job is a challenge. We are walking into a new set, a new character, creating a World and trying to get comfortable to do our best work. With a view to provide key aspects to attend interviews, IQAC and Placement cell of Darshan College had organized a seminar on Tips for attending interview on 18/01/2021. Aspects such as Dressing Etiquette, Body Language, Way of Answering, Self Introduction, Resume Preparation and other related mannerisms were trained to the students in the seminar. In-charge Professor Mr. Mohammed Tazeer laid down the tips and tricks for the students to face their first interview.

Dr. Rev. Fr. Sathish Fernanades OFM. Cap Received State award- makkala Kalyana Raja Prashati -2020-2021 Vimukti Pothnal
Dr. Fr. Sathish Fernandes OFM Cap was honored with “Makkal Kalyana Raja Prashati” state award for his dedicated and valuable service towards the welfare of children at the International Women’s Day Programme held on 10th March 2021 at Princess Golf, Gate No.9, Palace Ground, Bangaluru. The award was given in recognition of the undeterred and relentless work towards children and youth at risk. Hon’ble Chief Minister Sri B.S. Yediyurappa Karnataka inaugurated the function and exhibition stalls. Mrs. Shashikala Annasaheb Jolle, Hon'ble Minister for Department of Women and Child Department Karnataka honored the state award- makkala Kalyana Raja Prashati- 2020-2021 along with certificate. The dignitaries and organizers from the state applauded the efforts and services of VIMUKTI on the occasion.

OFS NEWS: A DAY OF PRAYER AND PENANCE AT SHIRVA, UDUPI
The OFS of Shirva Region met together on 26th February 2021 at Our Lady of Good Health Parish, Shirva for a day of prayer and penance. 110 members were present. The day began with Rosary, praying of the Office, talk, Way of the Cross and Holy Mass. Br John Fernandes, OFS Provincial Spiritual Assistant gave the talk on the theme: Fratelli tutti. All were served with simple vegetarian meal.

80TH YEAR OF EXISTENCE OF OFS UDUPI FRATERNITY
The OFS Udupi Fraternity celebrated 80th year of their existence. On this occasion a Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Udupi. Most Rev. Dr. Jerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi officiated the Eucharist. Fr. Maxim Pinto and Fr John Fernandes concelebrated. In his homily Fr Maxim said that St Francis of Assisi became the salt of the earth and light of the world during his time. Today we need to continue the live the same message of the gospel. In his message the Bishop spoke of three points from the life of St Francis. 1. St Francis loved the poor. 2. He loved the nature. 3. He lived the Gospel. He congratulated the OFS members of Udupi Fraternity and thanked them for their good work. The parish priest Rev. Fr Valerian welcomed the celebrant's and the congregation. He expressed a word of gratitude for the silent presence and active role of OFS in the parish. A packed lunch was served to the members present for the celebration

A WONDERFUL HOMECOMING FOR STUDENTS OF GRADE 6-8 : TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL
Having been nestled in the cosiness of their homes for nearly ten months, the wide smiles and cheerful whispers said it all. Bidding goodbye to online classes, the students of Grade 6-8 released colourful balloons into the air, as they kick started their journey back to school. As the curtains were drawn by our Principal Rev. Fr. Anil D’Costa, along with our Vice Principal Rev. Fr. Ravi Serrao, Academic Co-ordinators and teachers; students walked into the school portals under a continuous shower of aromatic petals. Students were also gifted stationary reminding them that, from today, it’s a new dawn towards a fruitful future. Beautiful diyas were also lit dispelling the darkness that had loomed all these months. Prayer is not only our physical sustenance but also our spiritual guide. The chimes of voices resonated with the prayer song ‘As the deer pants for water’. Ms Jayanthi, Assistant Academic Co-ordinator welcomed the students on behalf of all present.

Community Day Celebration at FISI
On 25th February 2020, Fr. Robin Victor D’souza-Director of Franciscan Spirituality in India -FISI, celebrated his birthday at Shanthi Sadhana-FISI. As it is the tradition the birthday of Director is celebrated as the community day. Grand celebration began at 6.30 a.m. with a meaningful birthday cum community day prayer service for the occasion conducted by the Sisters. The Eucharistic Celebration at 12.p.m 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 gathered in the dining hall to wish each other community day 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.

Training on Carrier Guidance to Youths: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized training on carrier guidance to youths of the project area, on 15th February 2021, at Vimukti premises. The base line of the workshop was to help prospective generation to understand their hidden talent in an advanced way. Youths are not useless but they are used less. They are the future leaders and rulers of our nation. There are many ways to spoil their skills and talents in this world. Media plays vital role in the part of exploiting youth of today. We have the responsibility to channelize them with proper way. The resource person Mr. Saver KDDC Karwar motivated the youth to achieve their goals by facing the challenges bravely. Along with that the practical tips and examples were given to the youths about entrepreneurship, appearing for the competitive exams, lucrative courses, and the skills for facing the interviews. Nearly 101 youths attended and benefitted from this training.
Core Objective:
To Empower 300 youths of vulnerable families to have an income source for basic needs of life by imparting vocational training skills.

Campaign on Mother/ child Protection and Nutrition: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized Campaign on Mother and child protection. Mrs. Jecenitha and Mr. Charlie was the resource person, who also briefed on how to continue this campaign in near future. Campaign Meetings are held in various villages of our working area. The target groups are pregnant women and children of six months to the age of three years were enquired whether they get the nutritious food at the Anganvadi centres. It was brought to the notice at the meeting that the food allotted to the pregnant and the children were not up to the mark though they are given every month. The quality and the quantity always have been manipulated by the centres. Survey was done at the 14 villages of the number of pregnant women and the children below the age of 6 years. In 31 Anganvadi centres the list of food allotted by the government to the pregnant women and the children were displayed on the charts. It was insisted that this practice of displaying must be compulsory. From time to time the people must be made aware of the benefits by the centres.






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Awareness campaign to combat human trafficking: Vimukti Pothnal
On 18th, 21st and 30th January, 2021 an awareness programs were organized on combat human trafficking, as well violence against women and children. We are appalled to read in the media, almost every other day, the horrific incidents that take place against women and children in various parts of our country. Violence against women goes largely unpunished. This is shown by the reports published and research conducted by the united nations, international human rights agencies and the global women’s and feminist movements which have been denouncing this situation for decades. It takes many forms, from domestic abuse to rape, sexual abuse and harmful cultural practices ranging from genital mutilation and honor crimes to premature marriage. Keeping all this problems VCT has been giving awareness programs in the schools, women, men and youth in the villages of Manvi taluka. 150 children, youth women and men benefited from this program.

Makkal Grama Sabha: “EVERY CHILD’S RIGHT TO BE HEARD”….Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal, organized Special Children’s Grama Sabha at Utakanoor Grama Panchayat, on 29th of January 2021. “Every Grama Panchayat should become increasingly child-friendly by identifying and redressing the issues faced by children”, said Charlie Gram panchyath member, Utakanoor, in his inaugural address. Arogyappa Vimukti youth coordinator, Manvi said that everyone should join hands to ensure the protection and promotion of child rights and the safety of children by accessing appropriate authorities and existing safety mechanisms. Manthesh Secretary, Malesh water man, Adhya teacher utaknoor primary school and Vimukti staff, spoke on the occasion. ICDS staff, district health officers, project staff, school teachers and over hundred and fifty children participated in the programme.

GRAND WELCOME BACK TO GRADE 9 STUDENTS : TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL.
“Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles”. On 18th January 2021, the wait was finally over for the Grade 9 students of our school. Along with our Principal Rev. Fr. Anil D’Costa, Vice Principal Fr. Ravi Serrao, Co-ordinators and teachers, miniature corona viruses were nipped at the bud as the ceremonial ribbon was cut, and a shower of fragrant petals filled the air. Each student was presented with a packet of vegetable seeds, reminding them that they are the ambassadors of the future generations to come. God’s blessings were invoked as all prayerfully sang ‘Bind us together’ . Ms Magdaliena Lewis, Academic Co-ordinator welcomed the students after which our Vice-Principal Rev. Fr. Ravi Rajesh Serrao addressed the students. The students also had a counselling session with Ms Veronica, the school counsellor. Fun and engaging games were conducted to assist the students holistically rejuvenate themselves. After a short break, regular classes resumed for the students, with all Covid-19 guidelines and regulations in place.

Grace of Priestly Ordination – Br Vika Dominic Chishi
It was a day filled with immense joy to the capuchin friars of the Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka, to the Infant Jesus Delegation – Nagaland and to Br Vika Dominic Chishi who ascended the Altar of God. Br Vika Dominic Chishi was ordained by Most Rev. Dr James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima on Thursday, 21st January 2021 in Holy Cross Church Dimapur, Nagaland. It was animated in a traditional way under the guidance of the Parish Priest and all the faithful of the Parish. The youth volunteers geared up the holy event with enthusiasm, the choir sang with angelic voices, altar servers assisted wholeheartedly. We are indebted to all the friars involved in making it a successful event. We thank greatly the benefactors of Br Vika Dominic Chishi who supported the priestly formation of Br. Dominic. As we congratulate our friar and new Priest Vika Dominic Chishi, we wish him all the best in his priestly life and mission.

Republic Day Celebration at FISI
Shanthi Sadhana, FISI, Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India, celebrated the 72nd Republic Day of our Country on the 26th of January 2021. Fr. Robin Minin Lopez hoisted the flag, Sr. Savariammal FIHM gave the speech and Sr. Maria Brusy FIHM compered the program. The program ended by singing the national anthem.

GRAND WELCOME BACK TO GRADE 10 STUDENTS : TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL.
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable willing spirit”. Education in 2020 nose-dived to an uncertain oblivion as the world was clouded by a silent virus, that no one saw coming. Despite these adversities, education took the virtual route to ensure that the students are kept abreast of their studies. Re-opening of schools was a continuous dilemma, ever since the doors opened after the lockdown.Ten months later, with joyous hearts, Trinity Central school opened their portals to the Grade 10 students. After a long hiatus, our students were back, ecstatic and rejuvenated. After the preliminary temperature check and sanitization, students along with our Principal Rev.Fr.Anil D’Costa, Vice Principal Fr. Ravi Serrao, Administrators tore open the Corona monster marched forward to renewed beginnings, welcomed by a cloudburst of fragrant petals by the teachers.

A library to cultivate a love for books: “to provide alternative to smart phones and gadgets and develop a reading habit”…Vimukti Pothnal
Books soothe us, help us get through a rough patch and open our eyes to better understand the world. Therefore, it is essential to surround children with books to ensure that they become educated and not just literate. It was these thoughts that motivated Fr. Sathish Fernandes to set up a library in the Vimukti center Pothnal. During the covid- induced lockdown, when many public libraries suffered setbacks and even closures, Vimukti saw it as an opportunity to encourage children to develop a reading habit. Vimukti centre has set up modest library with chairs and tables ensured that all the safety measures were in place at the library. The library currently has books on science, general knowledge, child rights, as well as story book for children. There are biographies and books on great Indian leaders like Ambedkar, Abdul kalam, M.Gandihji, savitribai Phule, Bhagat singh and others inspiring children are placed.

A cherished Dream comes true for Hampamma!: Vimukti Pothnal
Hampamma,is from Malkapura village in Raichur district. She completed her Pre-University course and got married when she was 19 years old to her beau in the village. Both she and her husband moved to Bangalore in search of employment. She found a job in a garment factory where she was paid Rs.7, 000 per month and her husband started working as a car driver. She became pregnant and when she could no longer bear the strain of commuting and working in a factory, she quit her job and returned to her village and soon delivered a healthy baby girl. Three months after her baby, Deepika was born, her husband cut-off all contacts with her and has never visited their baby or even called her over the phone. She has been staying with her mother-in-law who is 55 years old and works seasonally as a coolie. With no steady income and her husband having deserted her, she was upset and discouraged not knowing what her future will be.

Action speaks louder than words: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® group along with the members organized the "joy of giving" activity in an Endeavour to make Christmas season and reach out to the 32 economically underprivileged families on 5th of January 2021, Tuesday. Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. Christmas is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for coming together with family and friends, and brightly decorated packages. Vimukti charitable trust group members has unanimously decided to comfort the neighbourhood poor needy 32 families in this time of pandemic crisis by sharing food items 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, etc. It’s good to the members joyfully sacrificing their share with the poor. The money saved is offered to families in need. With deepest gratitude we would like to thank you all the generous donors for your timely support and love towards poor and needy. Wish you all Happy New year-2021 that will spread TRUTH, LOVE AND JUSTICE.

Timely intervention of Mrs. Ishamma Vimukti leader… my burden was lightened
I am Mrs Basamma wife of Mr Timmappa residing in Sunkanur of Manvi Taluka. We belong to lower caste society and our financial condition is worst to think of. We have three sons and they have gone to Bangalore for daily wage earning. Here I live with my husband. From the past ten years we used to get Rs 1000 per month under a special Govt scheme. We used to manage with that money for our daily sustenance. But since last eight months due to Corona pandemic the pension which I used to get was withheld by the Govt. We had hard times to manage during the pandemic. Even our sons could not help us in our needs. I shared my difficulties with Mrs. Ishamma Vimukti leader who is also living in our village and with her own expenses took me to the different offices to claim my pension. We went to the bank, post office, revenue department but in spite of meeting the members in the office they didn’t respond positively for our need. It was painful to see the reactions of the officers. We wanted to know who is mishandling the amount that was due to me. In the process of finding out the person it was the post man who was deliberately denied that the money hasn’t come and has used the money for him since past five months.

“Helping hands always better than praying lips:” Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® A Capuchin Social Intervention through the generous support of Vimukti Charitable Trust group, and Mr. Ashok Steven Lobo organized the program on Distribution of worship articles to St. Clare of Assisi Parish church and to the 14 substations on 20th December 2020 at Vimukti premises. The above mentioned donors generously came forward voluntarily to support and realize this project. The council members of all fourteen substations of the Parish were present for the program. Rev. Fr Sathish Fernandes addressing the gathering said that when the need of things for praise and worship was addressed to the donors, they immediately came forward with large heartedness and assured to support in whatever way they could. A word of praise and appreciation was added by the Vimukti Director for their kind gesture.

NEW YEAR-2021- Celebration at Shanthi Sadhana (FISI)
On the 31st of December at 6.30 PM, Shanthi Sadhana (FISI) – Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India had one hour of Thanks giving adoration for all the blessings God has showered on the institute and the inmates throughout the year 2020. It was a meaningful adoration conducted by the sisters. Later at 7.30 PM we had Eucharistic celebration with Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais as the main celebrant along with Fr. Robin Victor D’souza and Fr. Maxim Nazareth as the concelebrant. Fr. Robin Minin Lopez conducted the choir with the melodious voices of the sisters. The Sisters gave a meaning introduction before the Eucharistic celebration with Kuba Arathi, lighting of the lamp and offering of symbolic gifts to welcome the New Year 2021.

Christmas Celebrations at Trinity Central School
‘It’s a time of joy, a time of peace, a time of giving. A time when we all come together as one’. Christmas is a celebration that is most anticipated by all irrespective of race or religion, caste or creed. At Trinity Central School, the celebrations were doubly jubilant as we received an amazing opportunity from Daijiworld TV Udupi, to present a Christmas programme – ‘Christhanjali’ on their prestigious channel. The Christmas programme, envisioned and performed by our teachers, commenced with a meaningful introductory message conveyed by our Principal, Rev. Fr. Anil D’Costa. The joy of Christmas rang out loud, as a medley of Christmas carols echoed across the skies. In her Christmas message, Ms Magdalena Lewis, Academic Co-ordinator expressed that Christmas, isn’t just about the cake, crib, lights and sweets.

Vimukti Charitable Trust(r) Celebrates Christmas under pandemic’s shadow with 72 underprivileged children:
"Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most."
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized the "joy of giving" activity in an Endeavour to make Christmas Day special and reach out to the underprivileged children on 23rd of December 2020, Wednesday. Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. Christmas is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for coming together with family and friends, and brightly decorated packages. It was surely a Christmas to remember at Vimukti Pothnal. The essence of Christmas came alive at Vimukti center when the poor children got together and shared the merriment. The delightful celebrations included various activities. Our poor children gelled up as they gave various performances which added up to the joy. The Vimukti center was a festive look and was beautifully decorated. The significance of this festival was told to the children. The children enjoyed to the beats of “Jingle Bells” and wished Merry Christmas to their friends and staff.

Christmas Celebration at Shanthi Sadhana (FISI)
On the 24th of December Mid night at 12.pm Shanthi Sadhana (FISI) – Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India had Christmas Vigil Mass. Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Director of the institute was the main celebrant along with Fr. Dolphy Pais and Fr. Maxim Nazareth as the concelebrant. Fr. Robin Minin Lopez conducted the choir with the melodious voices of the sisters. The Sisters gave a meaning introduction before the Eucharistic celebration. The Crib, Alter Decoration and Decoration in the Dining hall and around the Campus was beautifully and meaningfully done by the Sisters. After the Eucharistic celebration Baby Jesus was brought in procession and placed in the symbolic Crib artistically created by the Sisters Symbolically representing Jesus as the Healer of the World during the Pandemic Covid-19. After which all gathered in the dining hall to wish each other Merry Christmas .

Extending our hands to the Sponsor families during COVID-19:
During this period of struggle, we the Vimukti organization extended our concern and solidarity for the poor and neediest around us. As we know, the outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic has been variously affecting all walks of life. Thousands of people who live from hand to mouth on a daily basis have lost their means of livelihood. Through deprivation of jobs, their future dreams were shattered into pieces. When we sensed the humanitarian emergency, especially the cry of the poor people due to the unpredictable situation, through the kindly generosity of our ensemble agissons members, we straight away plunged into actions, rendering assistance to the needy.

International Human Rights Day: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust (r) Pothnal in collaboration with Loyal, Janodaya along with likeminded NGOs from Manvi organized International Human Rights Day, Program at Taluka panchyath premises Manvi. 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. Vimukti Organization Works for “Creating justice to victims of injustice, human rights, freedom, equality, fraternity, peace, harmony, ecological and climate justice, liberation from the ill effects of liberalization; building good families and human communities, preserving cultural and religious traditions.

Farewell Mass to Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (FSAG)
On the 19th December 2020, Shanthi Sadhana (FISI) bid farewell to sixteen of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (FSAG) who had come for the intensive two months course on Franciscan Spirituality. The whole community joined during the Holy Eucharist at 6.30 p.m. presided over by Fr. Robin Minin Lopez, Program Co coordinator, along with Director of the Institute Fr. Robin Victor D’souza and Fr. Maxim Nazareth. The Eucharist began with a meaningful introduction and the intercessory prayers by other sisters. After the Eucharistic celebration, a short facilitation program was arranged in the chapel itself and the certificates were distributed to the Sisters. The director thanked the Sisters for their presence and service to the institute.

Birthday of Fr. Robin Minin Lopez
17th December 2020, Fr. Robin Minin Lopez, 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 the Birthday baby and soulful choir by the Sisters. Later in the afternoon the community of Shanthi Sadhana wished Fr. Robin Minin Lopez with a bouquet followed by a beautiful Cake was cut by Birthday Baby to mark this special occasion and Fr. Robin Victor D’souza appreciated the services of Fr. Robin Minin Lopez to the fraternity of Shanthi Sadhana-FISI and to the Province at large as a Program Coordinator and treasurer of the house. All the Sisters and Brothers gathered wished the birthday baby many happy returns of the day. A sumptuous spread for all our beloved guests added a generous taste to the celebration.


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VIRTUAL CHILDREN’S DAY CELEBRATION AT TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL.
A beautiful saying goes “ With the birth of every new child, there is a hope born that God is not angry with us”. Truly, our children are our pride and honour, as in every child we see the future of a better tomorrow. November 14th, a day synonymous with the chuckles of innocent laughter and joyous mood; for, this is the day when we celebrate childhood, dedicated in honour, and on the birth anniversary of our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Though COVID has played spoilsport to the celebrations which was usually held at school, we at Trinity Central School did not let the green monster, subdue the vibrancy of this day. The festivities in its virtuality (virtual-reality), commenced with a flashback of the memorable event that was held in the last academic year, i.e 14.11.2019.


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1Funeral Ceremony of Fr V J Menezes, OFM Cap
The funeral mass of Fr Valerian Justin Menezes (VJ Menezes) was held at St Fidelis Friary- MonteMariano Church, presided over by Most Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, the Bishop of Mangalore along with Rev Fr Alwyn Dias, the Provincial Minister of Karnataka Capuchins, Fr Melwyn Dsouza, the Guardian of St Anne’s Friary Mangalore and many priests, religious brothers and sisters and laity here on 22nd November 2020 at 4.00 PM. Fr Jason Pais preached a lovely poetic homily wherein he said, Fr VJ truly had an experience of the love of God and he was always enthusiastic to share that experience with the people of God. Fr VJ’s homilies, retreats, compositions and other literary works always reflected the abundance of spiritual wealth he owned. Today Fr VJ is enjoying the wonderful eternal rewards that Christ the King had promised him, he said.


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Covid-19 Medical Camp @ Darshan College
“Health is wealth as we all know; Hygiene is the way to make it grow. Actions are little in to and fro, but we have to go with the flow”. Health is given the highest importance in the life of a human person. Each individual makes every effort to maintain ones health. As notified by the State Government and Bangalore University regarding opening of the Degree Colleges from 17th November onwards, Darshan College in collaboration with BBMP organized a Covid-19 Medical Camp for the Degree students on 13th November, Friday. Our College had a huge response as 190 students along with the Management, Faculty and Domestic staff got tested. The Medical team carried out this Covid-19 RT-PCR Test free of charge. In a couple of days, all experienced a sigh of relief as all were tested negative. To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

Children’s Day celebration at Vimukti Pothnal:
Children’s Day is celebrated in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India’s first Prime Minister. The occasion is celebrated on 14th November every year with great splendor and grandeur. Children’s Day a day celebrated to remember how special, unique and precious each and every child is. On this day let’s together celebrate by enlightening poor children’s life. This day lays a great importance on the children and therefore we can make this day great by making others happy.

Training to village leaders on Karnataka Land Reforms Act and Amendment to APMC Act 2020: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized training program on Karnataka Land Reforms Act and Amendment to APMC Act 2020 held at Vimukti premises. The meeting began at 10. 30 am. The Centre has been issuing various new policies and one among them was the correction in the land reform bill. The new policy was explained in detail. The corrections made in the policy, the problems that could be faced due to this policy by the poor farmers, the speediness of the Govt. without proper guidance to the people were discussed in detail. This new amendment APMC bill would definitely favor the rich the business class people. They can buy the agricultural land for their use.

Training program on cleanliness and hygiene to leaders and Community Members:
Vimukti organized training program on cleanliness and hygiene to LM leaders, and community members at Vimukti premises. Capacity Builder Mr. Charlie addressing the gathering said that Corona has spread around the world and presently people are living in fear. There is a need of build immunity system in each one’s body. Cleanliness also needed to fight strongly against the spread of disease. One should wash his/her hands frequently with sop for 20 seconds. One should avoid touching the mouth eyes nose without washing the hands. This is a right time for everyone to get into the system of cleanliness and remain hygienic. The Lok Manch leaders have a greater role in spreading the awareness on cleanliness and hygiene in the village’s allotted to them.  The pregnant women must also consume nutritious food which is also clean and hygienic. The fruits which they consume must be washed thoroughly. Everyone must make a habit of drinking warm water. Prevention is better than cure. Proper drainage system must be made around the houses. Whenever we go out we must wear masks and keep physical distance when we are in the public. Parents must take good care of their children especially in the aspect of cleanliness. For about 55 Lok Manch leaders took part in this training enriching program.

FMM Juniors Day
As the Catholic Church Celebrates the memory of Blessed Maria Assunta Pallota, on the 07th of November, Sisters belong to the congregation of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) Consecrate this day specifically for the Junior Sisters and to pray for them. And on this auspicious day Franciscan institute of Spirituality in India-FISI this year has three Junior Sisters belong to the congregation of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) in the persons of Sr. Jeba, Sr. Jenifer and Sr. Stephy and celebrated the Juniors day in the institute. The Holy Eucharist was presided over by Fr. Maxim Nazereth along with Fr. Robin Victor D’souza and Fr. Robin Minin Lopez. Sr. Jenifer gave the fitting introduction reminding about the life of Blessed Maria Assunta. After the Eucharist the sisters wished the festive greetings with a wishing song at the Dining Hall.

Founders Day of Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (FSAG)
Shanthi Sadhana – Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India – FISI celebrated the founders day of Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (FSAG) on the 03rd of November 2020. The founder of Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Rev. Fr. Michael Ansaldo started an orphanage in Shepherd Street on 1775 and dedicated it to the protection of St. Aloysious Gonzaga. They dressed themselves in white sarees as the mark of their dedication to this special type of service. By their dedicated service many were joined with them and slowly they grew up as pious association and continued their ministry. There was a solemn Mass presided over by Fr. Maxim Nazereth along with Other fathers, the choir and the liturty was conducted by FSAG sisters and others sisters sang the wishing song in the dining hall. We wish Happy Founders Day to FSAG sisters.

Case Study:Looking for the better opportunities.....
I am Mahadevamma hailing from Neermanvi, Manvi Taluka, Raichur District. We are all together 6 siblings to our parents. My parents did not educate me. So I could not read or write. From the beginning I had a desire to learn. But I did not get the opportunity for the learning. From last year onwards school had a facility of computer training. So I joined for the computer class. I learnt the basic of word combination thus was able to learn faster. I was very happy to handle the computer for the first time in my life. For three months I attended the computer training without fail. I learnt word combination, numbers, and computer basics which was useful for my daily living. I was not able to use mobile phone earlier or to dial numbers but now I am able to use the smart phone. I am so excited to learn more and more; but only looking for the better opportunities. I have great desire to achieve many goals in my life. I am very grateful to Vimukti Trust for giving me the golden opportunity to learn computer.

Free food kit distributed around 122 families by Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal:
On 28th October 2020 Food kit distribution was held by Vimukti at its premises. Due to Pandemic many have lost their jobs and are bound to stay at the villages. There are no daily earnings to support the families; everyone facing hardships and struggles to survive in this situation. It has been hard for many to go to distant places for work, to maintain physical distance, to use mask and sanitizers. Health is wealth is the present day situation. To build immunity is a need of the time. There are so many who are facing terrible times and the poor are suffering the worst. Vimukti Charitable Trust® (VCT) Pothnal, past many months have gone out of their way to reach to the people in fulfilling their needs. VCT Pothnal, under the able-leadership of its Director Dr. Sathish Fernandes left no stone unturned in fanning out to the villages through its services and reached out to the poor and the needy and identified the poorest families, HIV/AIDS, orphan, Semi orphan, Devadasi, widow’s, disabled and the aged people and on 24th Oct 2020 they distributed around 32 food kits and on 28th Oct 2020 they distributed 90 Food kits to the needy ones.

Post-Novitiate Brothers Mission Exposure Programme at Vimukti Pothnal:
Affection and commitment towards social work is the best activity of life. We the Post Novitiate brothers were privileged to be a part of the Vimukti Pothnal from September to October 2020. Belonging to a congregation which inherits its spirit from St. Francis of Assisi, it was a rejuvenating experience for us to walk into the life of the people and experience their very state of life. Our mission exposure programme in Pothnal was animated and guided by Fr. Satish Fernandes OFM Cap. When we look into the past few days, we had a gradual and progressive growth in our outlook towards social work. We were introduced to a number of activities and initiatives that aimed at the betterment of children, youth, women and adults. In our visit to Gangavati, we could witness with our own eyes the functioning of Child Resource Centers (CRC’s) and Youth Resource Centers (YRC’s), run by Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra (CKSK) in collaboration with Child Fund India (CFI). We could also visit the families of different students sponsored by CFI and realized the consolation and support that it was providing to the society. In our stay in villages, we mingled with the life style of the people.


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Vimukti Distributed food kits to Sponsored children families:
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Teresa.
Emerged COVID19 causing the human disturbances in terms of living, movement and foods have occurred. Lot of changes has brought into the lives, systems have been dysfunctional and situations have been paralyzed. This Pandemic has brought about drastic changes in the social and economic conditions of the people especially migrant workers, daily wage earners, unorganized sector workers, landless labourers and other vulnerable and marginalized communities. Loss of livelihood, reduced employment opportunities, possible low wages with longer hours of work are some of the problems that people will be facing in the post lockdown scenario. It has brought about systemic changes to the socio-economic structure in an unprecedented way and it is essential to study them in order to devise strategies to tackle them.

Vimukti Charitable Trust at Pothnal: Meritorious Service 2010 - 2020
From 2010 onwards, it is Fr. Sathish Fernandes who took reigns of Vimukti at Pothnal and extended its patronage to the taluka, district, and State level by recognizing the needs of the people and the demand of service from Vimukti. In recognition of his work, he has received some honorary titles and become the member of Child Welfare Committee of the District of Raichur. Briefly, the significant achievements of Vimukti from the year 2010 until 2020 have been the following:
Analyzing the cause for the lack of education in the rural areas, Vimukti made provision for many a programme to protect the rights of children, increase their learning opportunities through supplementary training, establish children’s Rights Club and to focus on such problems as infrastructure, environmental concerns, health awareness, child labour, child marriage, livelihood etc. thought of developing social leadership through children's parliament.

Training 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.

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



Hand 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.

Padre 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

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI FEAST-SHANTHI SADHANA - FISI
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 wholeheartedly 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. Metilda, 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 and 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 ON “KENOTIC VISION OF AUTHORITY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH” AT DARSHAN THEOLOGATE TO MARK THE 80TH BIRTHDAY OF REV. FR. DR. MALCOLM SEQUEIRA [PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY]
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.

INAUGURATION OF THE HORTICULTURE APPRENTICESHIP COURSE BY DATI
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 the 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.

INAUGURATION OF ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-20 : Shanthi Sadhana-FISI
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.

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS AT TRINITY CENTRAL SCHOOL, PERAMPALLI
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.

TRINITY SCORES!! SIX CENTURIES ON THE TROT!!
‘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.

PARENTS MEET : SNEHA JYOTHI VIDYALAYA JEENUR ROAD POTHNAL
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.

TEMPORARY PROFESSION OF VOWS BY 15 NOVICES
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.

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.

Improve knowledge through reading books: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti children in the villages have given ample of opportunity to read books of various interests especially on freedom fighters, scientists, true leaders of our nation and many motivational and general knowledge books. Thus apart from the school text books they are made aware of the wide knowledge that one must have to cope up and come forward in the society today as they grow up through reading these books. So Vimukti trust has wide range of books in the library that are made available for the children generously. This has improved their knowledge and thirst for reading.

ANNUAL SPORTS DAY  : Trinity Central School
“Sport is friendship
Sport is health
Sport is education
Sport is life
Sport brings the world together.”

Indeed, the skies on the pleasant November morning of 22nd saw colourful balloons being heralded into the skies, to sing in the Annual Sports day of 2019-20 at Trinity Central School. On 22nd November 2019, we witnessed the sports day of our future sports persons – our Kindergarten and Pre-Primary students. The Chief Guest of the function was Fr. Terrance Abranches, Director of Holy Cross Home, Katapady. The event commenced with the invocation of prayer by our grade 3 students led by Ms Sarah. Sheldon of grade 3, presented the welcome speech. Ms Sharon introduced the credentials of the Chief Guest. The march past is the pride of every sports day. Voiced by Ronan of grade 2 and led by the Head Boy – Zihaan and Head Girl Manvi, students presented a commendable and disciplined march past. The trinitorium glowed with the presence of the Cadets of Cubs and Bulbuls and the colourful school houses – Spoleto, Greccio, Rivo Torto and Laverna.

Inception of NCC Unit @ Darshan College
The National Cadet Corps is the youth wing of the Indian Army. The motto of NCC is ‘Unity and Discipline’. Another feather to the cap of Darshan College was added as a unit of NCC was established in the college. Through the ardent efforts of the Management, NCC unit under the 3 KAR Battalion, Bangalore commenced in the month of November. The first batch has 17 Cadets of whom 11 are boys and 6 are girls. Prof. Srinidhi Siddharth is appointed the ANO for the unit. Anytime, when you are in the Darshan College Campus and you hear the commanding voices in the air, and the rumbling of the steps then don’t be surprised: it’s the NCC Parade of Darshan College. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.

Spreading Mass Awareness on TB through “HEALTH FOR ALL” Campaign: Vimukti Pothnal
VCT with the collaboration of Ensemble Agissons, France organized TB Mass awareness program in the project area. The “Health for all” campaign attempts to support people with TB patients, who have little help navigating the health care system. Most of the times, due to low awareness and support, TB patients have to go through social stigma, misinformation and abuse. The campaign provides basic information about the disease and helps people with contacts of doctors and counselors. VCT Pothnal aims to spread awareness that TB is a treatable, bacterial infection and people should not be made to feel guilty about contracting the disease. Nursing staff along with ANM visited the houses and gave awareness on TB to the families. So far we could reach 328 families, thus many people appreciated regarding this program.

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Adult Literacy training Programs and distribution of Educational kits to 3210 learners: Vimukti Pothnal
A person who does not know to read and write faces many challenges in life. They are unable to read sign boards, bus destinations, bank transactions, help children in their education etc. they are often cheated in the market place. The person lives with low self-esteem and becomes incapable to defend or speak up in any forum. Illiteracy is a serious challenge in many rural communities of India, where the average literacy rate is around 65% which is far below the nation average of 74 %( Census2011). The low functional literacy continues to be a great challenge and hinders development in any form. As a strategy, vimukti Pothnal strives to reach the most marginalized communities in society; thus this project has reached some of the most backward and disadvantaged villages of Manvi taluka.

A Word of Heartfelt Gratitude…
Helpings Hands are better than Praying lips

Vimukti Charitable Trust in collaboration with Mr. Ashok & family and F-Fitness First Company Dubai distributed Company T- SHIRT to underprivileged children and Youths of surrounding villages of Pothnal, Raichur, Karnataka. "It is indeed was a special moment to see children were happy to see the gifts as token of love”. Believing in the happiness of all, there are some benevolent people and groups who make sure that everyone has smiles on their faces." It was a small gesture by the generous donors from Dubai, Mr. Ashok & family to express that they care for unprivileged kids too, Fr. Sathish Fernandes, Vimukti Charitable Trust Director Fr. Sathish Fernandes parents also appreciated the initiative taken by Mr. Ashok and family to inculcate the habit of sharing and giving.

SMBHRAMA 2019 : Infant Jesus School
School annual day was celebrated with splendid gaiety and fervor under the banner SAMBHRAMA 2019. Rev Fr Paul Melwyn D’Souza Vicar Provincial Holy Trinity Province Karnataka presided over the program. Addressing the gathering he asked the parents to encourage their children according to their talents. Representing the CT Ravi Minister of tourism Govt of Karnataka his wife Mrs. Pallavi Ravi gave guideline about parenting. Mr Raghu Gowda N.B HaVALDHAR Indian Aramy intited the students to inculcate the spirit if patriotism in the beginning stage of life itself. ICSE and SSLC Topers of 2018-19 were facilitated. Mr Michael Baptist Waterjet Engineers sponsored the scholarship for the toppers. Students put up a colorful cultural event which won the hearts of all.

Summer Camp: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with Hosa Belaku Israel organized summer camp on 25th November 2019. “You are the light of the world” is the teaching of Jesus. In order to brighten the lives of the children in the villages we sowed the seed of brightness by arranging a summer camp for all the children in the villages irrespective of caste and creed. We tried our best to teach them how to fish rather than giving them fish.

Distribution of Educational Material to Poor Students: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with Vimukti Charitable Trust Group Israel organised program on distribution of Educational materials to the poor children in the villages of Manvi Taluka. Many students in our service area are dropping out of school before graduation, since their parents cannot to afford to provide uniform, text books, school bag and such other items. Their parents are mainly working as day labourers, work as auto drivers, rickshaw pullers, vegetable vendors, or domestic help. Some of their parents have migrated to big cities in search of jobs. We motivate their parents through counselling sessions to send their children to school.

CUBS AND BUL BULS UTSAV : Trinity Central School
A two day excursion cum talent utsav was held for Cubs and Bulbuls on 16th and 17th November at Anandathirtha Vidyalaya, Kunjarugiri. The Cubs and Bulbuls of Trinity Central were accompanied by the Animators Ms. Pavithra and Ms. Sushma. On both days, several competitions were held, that brought out the intently creative talents of our students. Competitions such as coconut leaf art, sand, gravel and stone art, mask making etc. were held. The cadets spent an eventful day by participating in various activities and later a fun filled relaxed evening with the campfire which the children enjoyed very much.

Annual Anthonian Athletic Meet @ St Anthony’s PU College
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head. Sports and Athletics are one of the wonderful ways to instill qualities of determination, sincerity and discipline. With an intention to build good sportsmanship among students, St Anthony’s PU College organized inter-mural competitions in Volleyball, Kabaddi, Cricket, Kho-Kho for boys and Chess, Throw-ball, Kho-Kho and Kabaddi for girls. After enthusing the team spirit among students, a day was dedicated to explore and exhibit their athletic spirit in full fervour.

Child Sexual abuse awareness program: Vimukti Pothnal:
CHILDINE Collab, VIMUKTI Raichur, organized Child Sexual abuse awareness programme at Govt. Higher Primary School Raichur Taluka collaboration with government high school Zairabad. Mr. Sudharshan coordinator, Childline, in the key note address spoke about Child Rights and responsibility of children. Mr. Mukanna, team staff CHILDLINE, Raichur, addressed the gathering and briefed about the objectives and purpose of the open house programme. The Police Sub Inspector exhorted the children to stay away from evil elements in the society.

Forming young minds for an enlightened future… Vimukti Pothnal
VIMUKTI organized summer camp to all our club and parliament children of our villages. The main intention of this program was to get numerous opportunities to the children to grow and learn new things. Various sessions on life skills, awareness on health and hygiene, training on good manners, information on moral values, child rights, and leadership and other activities like ice breaking sessions, outdoor games, etc were part of the summer camp. More than half of the inhabitants of the rapidly growing cities and the rural villages consist of children. In most situations they are deprived of support, guidance and education.

EXPLORENA – A Techno-Cultural Fest @ Darshan College
"We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring." The Cultural committee of Darshan college beautifully organized techno-cultural events in order to explore talents and boost confidence among fellow students and peers. EXPLORENA – A Techno-Cultural Fest comprising of a wide range of intra-college events were categorized in two phases- Off-Stage and On-Stage events viz., Best Accountant, Best Manager, Spell Bee, Spot Programming, Photography, Creative Writing, Painting, Pencil Sketch and Group Dance, Solo Singing, Product Launch, Mad Ads, Fashion Show, Short movie respectively. The group events included Cooking without fire, Collage, Treasure hunt, Rangoli, Mehendi, Nail art/Face painting.

Public Awareness Campaign on 1098: Vimukti Pothnal
Awareness for the public in the vicinity of the Market and in the surroundings of Railway station was conducted by CHILDLINE Raichur team on October 20th, 2019. Public were explained about the issues of children such as child labour, school drop outs, begging children, child abuse, missing children and run away children. Hand-outs with information on CHILDLINE (1098) and child related issues were distributed to the public. A group of students from government high School received the awareness with great enthusiasm. A positive response was given by the public who assured that they would call the child helpline if any children were at risk. After counseling the parent and the children on child labour, the mother was advised to refrain from using the children to earn a living to meet the school expenses. Around hundred people received awareness.

Memorandum submitted to the Block Education officer in demanding basic amenities in the school premises: vimukti Pothnal
Markumdinni youth members from Karabdinni (Udbal Panchyath) submitted the memorandum, demanding concerned BEO to provide basic facilities in the school as well as in the village. All the youth members got together discussed and listed out the problems one by one and approached the concerned authority to help specially, clean drinking water, toilet, play ground, play materials, and compound wall should be provided in the school premises. Drain water flows near the school and cleanliness remained a mirage. Waste was thrown in the school premises and it had turned into mosquito centre.

Tickle Your Taste Buds : Infant Jesus School
Little infantines were introduced to the different taste that they come across. They were also made familiar with the English synonyms. Children were given the different etabels to tase and spell the taste. Children enjoyed the creative activity conducted by teaches and went home with new experience and excitement.

ANNUAL PRIZE DISTRIBUTION CEREMONY - NOVEMBER 2019 : SNEHA JYOTHI VIDYALAYA
Annual prize distribution ceremony of our school (sneha jyothi vidyalaya) was observed on 22nd November 2019. The function was started at 9.30 am in the morning. The Headmaster presided over the function. It was a day of celebration for the students and teachers. In order to make this event successful, a lot of preparations were made by students and teachers. The successful students in various fields such as sports, education, cultural programs had to be honoured in the program. Headmaster, assistant headmaster and the teachers distributed the prizes to the winners of the respective fields. Headmaster delivered a very motivating speech.

ANNUAL SPORTS DAY : SNEHA JYOTHI VIDYALAYA
Sneha jyothi vidyalaya sports day happened to be on 15th November. The chief guests of the day were Sr. Apoline (superior Anugraha Convernt), Sr. Martha (In charge Anugraha Hostel). The other dignitaries were Fr. Dominic, Headmaster and Fr. Sunil, asst. headmaster. The sports day took a start by welcoming the guests by Shrikanth sir. The students entered the spirit of the occasion in a grand way with the Olympic torch and oath being administered by the sports captain. Students from class 1 to 10th std. actively participated in the event. On the special occasion headmaster acknowledged everyone about the importance of sports. Various sports like Running, long jump, High jump, short put, javelin throw, and discus throw, relay, group games like valley ball, throw ball, hand ball, basketball, kabbadi, kho-kho, lagori and indoor games keram, chess etc. were also conducted. Eventually the event took a wind up when Headmaster presented his hearty vote of thanks.

Children’s day celebration in SJV Pothnal
Children’s day program was grandly put forth by staff members with the guidance of Headmaster. The chief guests were Rev. Fr. Thomas, parish priest St. Clare parish, Sr. Martha (Anugraha Boarding In charge). The program started with a grand welcome. Welcome speech was given by Miss. Shashikala. Class representatives from each class were honoured by their class teachers. The chief guest Fr. Thomas spoke a few words on the occasion. The program was followed by cultural activities, wishing song, a skit by Fr. Sunil and team and a dance by Miss. Shashikala and team. Sir. Devarayappa shared his thoughts on children’s day. At last vote of thanks was presented by the Headmaster. The day was followed by Special lunch sponsored by Management and staff.

People asked to be cautious against contagious diseases: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti organized health awareness campaign in surrounding villages of Pothnal. The main objective of the health campaign is to create awareness about people should take precautions to prevent vector- borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, lymphatic filariasis, Japanese Encephalitis, chikungunya. District administration, health and family welfare department and the office of district vector- borne disease prevention officer Mr. Balappa said, diseases are spread through mosquito bites. Vaccines could not be found for such diseases so far but medicines could be given for controlling the disease. Malaria is a life- threatening mosquito-borne disease caused by a plasmodium parasite. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of Anopheles mosquito.

CHILDREN’S DAY CELEBRATION : Trinity Central School
“The children of today will make the India of tomorrow”. The Finesse of these words spoken by Shri Jawaharlal Nehru (lovingly known as Chacha Nehru), whose birthday is a celebration of the innocence, exuberance and purity of our children in India. On November 14th, the portals and corridors of Trinity Central School, reverberated with the shouts of joy, peals of laughter and the artistry of hundreds of smiles. The day’s festivities began with the school assembly, fore fronted by the teachers. Ms. Deepthi, along with Ms. Jesslin at the keyboard, lead the Trinity family into prayer, with the hymn, “Give me oil in my lamp”. Ms Steffi presented the thought for the day – in the words of Swami Vivekananda – “Take risks in life. If you win, you can lead; If you lose, you can guide”. The programme continued with Ms. Jayanthi articulating a speech on the importance and significance of Children’s Day. Prior to that Ms. Mayuri conducted a fun GK Quiz for the children. Later the charismatic presence of Mr. Shreyas Kotian, III year BA student of MGM college and Anchor of Udupi TV, was an added enjoyable moment.

TRADITIONAL DAY : Trinity Central School
Our country India is a land of diverse cultures and a rainbow canvas of multiple traditions. On 16th October 2019, our students of Kindergarten were dressed in their best finery of cute sarees, lehengas, kurta pyjamas and veshtis etc. The children were all a beautiful sight and the colourful attire infused into the joys of the festivities. Students were informed about the various traditions through a meaningful video usual. Students enjoyed the day as they smartly walked the ramp, flanked in their best traditional attire. Overall the students enjoyed the day.

PRATHIBHA KARANJI : Infant Jesus School
Mugthihalli Cluster level Prathibha Karnaji was held in our school. Mrs Jesantha Anil kumar President Health and Education Committee Chikamagalaure inaugurated the program. Mr. Manjunath BEO gave a key note address and congratulated the school for the wonderful organization of the event. Nearly 21 government and private schools participated in the competitions and won good many prizes in different activities.

Day to be remembered by Fr Principal : St Francis of Assisi School
It’s 2nd November, Fr Jason Fernandes our principal’s day. To make it as a special one, different squads put their creative steps for the rhythmic songs. Along with all the staff of Assisi, principal cut the cake and shared his joy with all the children. To mark this birthday of Fr Jason Halloween Day was conducted in the school. Students came painting their faces with different colors and wearing variety of ghostly masks.

EDUCATIONAL TOUR 2019-20 : Trinity Central School
As part of the academic curriculum in lieu with their lessons, students of various classes went on Educational Tours. Our curious, creative and enthusiastic tiny tots of the Kindergarten Section learnt about plants, conservation of trees as they enjoyed themselves at Padmashri Awardee – Salumarada Thimmakka Park, in Manipal. They also spent a fruitful session at the Planetorium learning about the planets and the solar system at the Planetorium in Manipal. Students of the Primary Section spent some fruitful moments, touring places like Adi Udupi Market, Stella Maris Church, Kalmady, Udupi Police and Fire Stations, Udupi City Centre Mall so on and so forth and Vivekananda Divine Park, in Saligrama places like Gurunarasimha Temple, Bird Sanctuary.

Visit to Stock Market Institute by Darshanites
The Stock Market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient. Stock Market Institute has always been to provide real dynamics of financial markets as researchers, analysts, trading enthusiasts, long investors and the likes that open up new vistas and opportunities for those who seek careers and also for those with entrepreneurial aspirations. In order to gain more knowledge, the final year BBA and B. Com students of Darshan College attended a day’s seminar on the functioning of Stock Exchange at SMI, Ashok Nagar, Bangalore. Mr Sandeep Kumar oriented the students with the basic functioning of the stock exchange and briefed them about the nuances of the market. The speaker also explained the traditional method of buying and selling the shares in the stock market. The students were exposed to the practical scenario of the stock market by Mr Ajay. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

Children ask officials, why no Gram Sabha in the District?: Vimukti Pothnal
“We are deprived of a platform to air our problem”
Vimukti Children parliament members gave the memorandum on 13th of November, 2019 at Utakanoor Gram Panchyath demanding children Gram Sabhas to be held at all the gram panchythas. Santhosh, Basvaraj, shashikala, ananda, Praveen and others charged that the ‘gram sabhas’ are not taking place in their villags, which has resulted in them unable to air their grievances at the right forum and get justice. They charged that the officials are denying the children right to get their dues by not holding the children ‘Gram sabhas’. They said, as the children parliament is not taking place regularly, the officials are unable to prevent child marriage cases in our talukas. They also charged that while in some villages the children gram sabhas are taking place, but they are being held for the heck of it and not with a concern towards resolving the issues hurting the children.

‘Sevak Kutmache Sahamilan’ drew the Konkani Writers fraternity under one roof.
Konkani popular monthly ‘Kutmacho Sevak’ organized a get-together for the Konkani writers at St Anne’s Friary Mini hall – Bejai, on 15th November 2019 at 6.00 pm. It organized this event in preparation for the Sevak Diamond Jubilee celebration to be held on 22nd of December 2019. The evenings get together commenced with a Konkani Hymn after which Fr Paul Melwyn, the administrator of Sevak welcomed the gathering. Fr Prakash Lobo, the editor of Sevak shared a brief history of Sevak Magazine and its journey of 60 years in the lives of the Konkani Christian community. Mr Stephen Henry Mascarenhas (HeMachari), the editor of the DaijiWorld weekly was the chief guest for this get-together who enlightened the gathering through a talk on ‘Media and Social Responsibility’. Fr Chethan Capuchin who introduced him earlier also moderated the interaction session after the talk.

Children’s Day Celebration : Infant Jesus School
“Every new born child gives us a message that God still loves the world” Children are the greatest gift to the universe. They are precious and unique. Infant Jesus never missed the chance to make the children know that they are soo soo special to us. This year’s Children’s day was celebrated with lot of fun and play. Teachers with all their enthusiasm and energy did their best to entertain the children through their Drama and varieties of dances. Teachers themselves cooked and served the delicious lunch to the children along with ice-cream and jileebi. It was an unforgettable event.

Summer Camp Organized at Devipura: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized Summer Camp from november 10th to 13th , 2019 at Devipura. Mr. kriyappa, GP president, Mr. Sharanappa and Mr. charile, jecintha, Pothnal, Child representatives from Tuition centers and para teachers, parliament Leaders inaugurated the programme by lighting the lamp. Children were taught action songs, finger print art, making puppets, crafts, morals, values, good qualities in life, leadership, through stories, using the writing board, puzzles, word building, etc. Mr. Jaysheela, facilitated the session on Child Rights Violation. Mr. Arogyappa, vimukti staff facilitated a session on Self-awareness, goal setting and adolescence, gender equity for Adolescent girls.

Alumni Meet : St Francis of Assisi School
Memories retrieved as students stepped into the campus of St Francis of Assisi School on 28th October, 2019. Meeting old friends, sharing new experiences and old memories was joy filled moments in the life of those gathered ones. Echoing shouts, laughter and chattering added character to the deserted school on that eve. Leaving school is a start of another phase of life and visiting school reminds them of the base of the life they are setting. Hoping that they continue their good job and turn out to be successful and responsible human beings. Gathering was organized by Alumni president Mr Anish Ingle along with Prasad Jambagi and six leaders of X standard completed batches. Evening was filled with lots of fun and laughter. Many teachers were present to see their budding children and wish them all the best in their life.

National Unity Day @ Bangalore University
In a Domestic Government Unity and Co-operation are essential requisites. Run for Unity is a marathon that marks the 144th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, the Iron man of India. To mark the National Unity Day, our college NSS Co-ordinator along with the students actively took part in this marathon which started from Darshan College and ended at NSS Bhavan, Bangalore University. At NSS Bhavan, all the NSS volunteers 30-40 in number took pledge on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to preserve the high ideals of unity, integrity, solidarity, peace and prosperity of the Nation. Shri Venugopal, Vice-Chancellor, Bangalore University and other dignitaries took part in this Unity March. On this National Unity Day, each and every NSS volunteer boldly pronounced to strengthen the bonds of unity, justice and peace among the citizens of the nation. The foundation of Freedom is Unity.

Vimukti Tuition centers : Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti operates 17 tuition centers to usher quality education to 958 children. These centers give students the skills they need to study and learn. They also clarify their doubts and help them to ease their difficult subjects. These centers have been motivating factors to study well and also to reduce the school drop outs.

DIWALI CELEBRATIONS   at Trinity Central School
Diwali the festival of lights marks the triumphant victory of good over evil. The portals of the Trinitorium were illuminated with beautiful diyas and an equally mesmerizing floral rangoli, on October 30th, as we celebrated the festival of Diwali, with much fervor and enthusiasm. The programme, commenced with the pious and traditional lighting of the lamp by Principal - Fr. Anil D’costa, Fr. Ravi Rajesh - Adminstrator, Mrs. Magdelina Lewis – Academic Coordinator and Pre-Primary Section Head - Mrs. Archana Shetty. Trinity’s guiding lights – its teachers enlivened the gathering, by lighting the diyas that were beautifully laid out across the floral rangoli.


Vimukti outreaches to provide sports dress: Vimukti Pothnal
The Malkapura school children won the Taluka level Volleyball completion and were selected to compete at the district level. They were in need of sports dress and had requested Gram Panchayat development officer for the same. But there was no positive response from the authorities concerned. It was in this time of need Vimukti learnt about the situation and without delay with much care and concern and by way of encouragement provided the sports dress to all the participants. Fr Sathish the Director of Vimukti encouraged with his blessings and wished them all the best for the competition. It was a great humanitarian gesture from the entire Vimukti team. The sports dress was distributed in a program where Mr Charlie, Mr Shivaram, Mr Mallappa, Mr Budeppa the teachers, the students, Village leaders were present.

District level Children Parliament was organized by Vimukti Charitable trust Pothnal at Utaknoor Gram Panchyats of Manvi Taluka:
Vimukti Charitable Trust in collaboration with Karnataka Child Right Observers, CHILDLINE 1098 Raichur organized District level children Parliament at Tadakal Government High school premises on 27th of October 2019. In the introductory speech Mr. Sudharshan CHILDINE Coordinator Raichur, briefed on the common responsibility that everyone has in order to protect children rights. Everyone has to work selflessly; this is the purpose of the workshop training to instill in everyone the concern to rescue the children. So the laws and regulations must be followed in order to help the children in danger. In taluka level the Tahasildar, education ministers as well as all the taluka ministers of all departments and the public education department at district level and all the heads of the entire department must work unison to rescue the children in risks and protect their rights.

Dance Competition @ St Anthony’s PU College
“Dancing stimulates the mind, body and soul which has been proven to increase cognitive strengths and prolong life; that is the Miracle of Dance”. With the aim of exploring the dancing skills of the students, an inter-class Dance Competition was organised by St Anthony’s PU College. The audacious dancers set the floor on fire with their energetic performances, artistic props, dashing costumes, sprightly moves and oodles of energy. The fun filled extravaganza kept the audience spellbound. The spectators witnessed the zeal and energy of the young Anthonians as they enthralled everyone with their stunning performances. The adjudicators, Ms Nagashree M, a versatile Choreographer and Tutor and Ms Susana Merlyn, a lead Dancer and an Associate Operator at Accenture highly complimented and adored the efforts put in by all the teams. Rev. Fr Roshan Rosario, Principal, St Anthony’s PU College thanked and felicitated the judges. Dancing is the poetry of the foot.

Hindi Speech Competition 02-11-2019 : SNEHA JYOTHI VIDYALAYA
September 14th is observed as Hindi Diwas across the country and Hindi enjoys the status of Rashtra Basha. Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya gives more importance to three languages that is Kannada, English and Hindi. To encourage our students to learn Hindi and to develop the speaking skill in Hindi language, on 2nd November we had Hindi speech competition from class 6th to 10th. Many students participated in it with great enthusiasm. Each class was given a different topic and the result was announced during the school assembly by the Headmaster.

KARNATAKA RAJYOSTAVA  at Trinity Central School
We live in the land of beauty and bounty, surrounded by a diverse culture and heritage – our wonderful Karnataka. The wonders and glory of the 64th Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrations was witnessed in the trinitorium on 31st October 2019. The celebrations commenced with a harmonious prayer song. Light a glowing symbol was personified as the custodians of Trinity along with the SPL, Ms. Maimoona, lit the traditional lamp to the augur the festivities of the day. Students of grade 2 performed to the melodious beats of ‘Jeejimbe (ಜೀಜಿಂಬೆ)’. Ms. Ritika of grade 9, spoke at length about the history and origins of Karnataka Rajyotsava, the importance of this day and the significance of the Kannada language.

Celebrations keep culture alive  : St Francis of Assisi School
On 5th October, 2019 the last day of the semester I, St Francis of Assisi School celebrated the Dussehra, the triumph of good over evil, in school campus. The Dandiya, the traditional dance was organized. Children came with Dandiya traditional dress and danced for the beats of Dandiya. Many parents joined the celebration and shared the festive joy. Assisi premises filled with music and dance.

LITTLE CHAMPION OF SJV POTHNAL
Miss. Nikitha of class IX has secured many prizes in the sports competition arranged at the district level . She won 1st place in 100 mtrs running race , 1st place in high jump and She also won 2 nd place in long jump. The staff and management of Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya honoured the little champion and wished her good luck for the upcoming state level competition in mandya.

Spelling Bee Competition : SNEHA JYOTHI VIDYALAYA, POTHNAL
On 2nd of November we had Spelling Bee Competition. It was organized for all the students of our school in order to improve their vocabulary and spelling. All took an active part in it. It was an interesting competition. Winners were applauded and appreciated by the Headmaster during the school assembly .

LITERARY COMPETITIONS at Trinity Central School
On 21st October, the hallways of Trinity Central School witnessed an impressive display of creative ideas and articulate voices in the various Literary Competitions that were held. To start with the Primary Section (Grades 1 to 5) had a Pick and Speak Competitions with various topics like My family, My favourite outdoor game, A holiday with my family, My best friend, If I had wings etc. for grades 6 to 8 Elocution Competitions in all language disciplines – English, Hindi and Kannada were held with various competitive topics. Students of Grades 9 and 10 homed their vocals as they participated in the Declamation Competition. The judges had their task cut-out in choosing the best, from among the rest. It was indeed a day of creativity and discovery of the eloquent voices of the future.

Kannada Rajyotsava Celebration @ St Anthony’s Institutions
Freedom in mind, Strength in words, Pureness in our blood, Pride in our souls, Zeal in our hearts, Let’s salute the Spirit of Karnataka. With this burning spirit and zeal, St Anthony’s Institutions celebrated 64th Kannada Rajyotsava in a befitting way. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Dr. Manjunath, President, The Scouts and Guides Organisation, Bangalore. Gracing the event by lighting the lamp, distinguished Chief Guest gave a clarion call to love Kannada language and also to respect other languages. The President of the event Rev Fr Roshan Rosario spoke of the rich cultural and linguistic heritage of Karnataka. He emphasized that it is our responsibility to carry forward the flame of our established traditions. Students put their steps together for dance and other cultural programmes. The top scorers of Kannada language in II PU Board Examination were felicitated during this occasion. Indeed, it was a meaningful celebration!

Kannada Rajoytsava : Anugraha School, Bidar
On 1st of November Anugraha School celebrated the Kannada Rajyotsava in a grand manner. Shri. Veeranna Baggewadi, Deputy Commissioner of Excise Bidar district was the chief guest for the programme. Shri. J. Anil Raj, Inspector of Excise, Bhalki Range, Bhalki, Shri. Daulathraya, Sub-Inspector of Excise, Bhalki Range, Bhalki and Shri. Dundappa Hakki, Sub-Inspector of Excise, Bhalki Range, Bhalki were other invited guests for the programme. The programme began around 8. 30 AM. The guests were invited to the programme by the school band. Shri. Veeranna Baggewadi, Deputy Commissioner of Excise garlanded the photo of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari and hoisted the national flag. We all paid respect to the State by singing the Naada Geethe and paid respect to the Nation by singing the National Anthem. Mr. Subhash the assistant-teacher in his speech mentioned about the history of Karnataka State, the contribution of the language, culture and origin of the Karnataka flag.

Kannada Rajyotsava “Karnataka One State Many World” : Infant Jesus School
Karnataka is a state interwoven with Exuberant Heritage diverse linguistic and ethnicities. Infantiens are today reminded of this great diversity in one united state called Karnataka on Kannda Rajyotsva . Students through their dance showcased the rich culture of Karunadu. A informative video clip was shown to the students which reflected the detailed history of Karnataka Ekikarna movement. Principal enlighten the student’s about preserving the rich heritage and culture of our land.

Leading into the Future: Good education, Transformational leadership and the Gift Discernment: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized training program to all the Para teachers at vimukti premises. The main theme of the training was “leading into the Future: Good education, Transformational leadership and the Gift Discernment”. The programs began with the welcome note by Arogyappa followed by key note address by Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director, vimukti. The main speaker of the day is Mr. Ravi Chandra High school Teacher Malkapur, he address the gathering on the importance of the need for transformational leadership in the educational sector. He focused on the topic “Good education, transformational leadership and the gift of Discernment”. Each and every person in order to grow in transformational leadership, school leaders needed to grow in decision making on the basis of the gift of discernment.

NCC Camp @ St Anthony’s Institutions
Parade is Our Paradise; We have fire in our Eyes that rage in our Heart! Sacrifices are nothing to us when we serve our Purpose; those 3 Words made us “National Cadet Corps”. The Annual NCC Camp of Group ‘A’ division, Bangalore zone was held at Darshan College campus, St Anthony’s Institutions from 18th to 27th October 2019. This was organized by 3 Karnataka Battalion, Bangalore under the able leadership and supervision of Commanding Officer Colonel J.N. Kumar. There were 488 Cadets from all over Bangalore guided by 65 Officers and Staff members residing in the College campus. This camp was specially held for RD selection. During these days of training and activity, the Campus was fully vibrant with the resounding chorus of commands and rhythmic sound of March past. The NCC has excellent credential in grooming the youth of today, in character building and inculcating a sense of duty and service.

We Deeply Love Our Patron : St Francis of Assisi School
We the children and staff of St Francis of Assisi school celebrated its founder’s day in a grand scale on 3rd October 2019. We began the programme with prayer dance followed by reading of short life history of St Francis of Assisi. The parliamentarians of our school performed a dance on the ‘Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon’ which depicted the love of St Francis for nature. Teachers sang Franciscan hymns as children paid homage to their patron by offering flowers to the statue of St Francis of Assisi. Festive joy was shared by distributing sweets to children and the people those who were present on that day.

New milestone of Vimukti @ Pothnal: from the Dark Cells to Clear World: a ray of hope to the Prisoners: Vimukti Pothnal
“Be a love Bomb, Let it be exploded, not to kill, But to heal the broken hearts. This small sentence is the seed of Prison Ministry India. The tiny seed of love, which had been sown through divine intervention in the fertile soil of human hearts of few, has now grown into a large tree providing cool and gentle shade to many who feel frustrated, disappointed and broken spend in their lives in the dark cells of prison. The specific goal of our new venture is to create a just society, where all have equal opportunities for development and growth, all have an equal share in the resources of the earth and above all the worth and dignity of every individual human being is respected and protected. Further it focuses its, attention on the correction, reformation and rehabilitation of those in prison and their families. In the first session Fr. Sathish Fernandes, VCT director, motivated the participants on the values of Mahatma Gandhi and screened the movie on Gandhi life.

Deepawali A Festivity of Lights : Infant Jesus School
There’s always something warm and bright, about this time of the year, when everything has a special glow, and hearts are full of cheer. Deepawali marks the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil, but it also is a day of service and generosity to our fellow man. Infantine celebrated Deepawali with much festivity and joy. Shri Sadaksari temple priest of Adisakthi Nagar gave a thought provoking massage to the gathering about the significance of the feast . Students enacted the short play of Bali Chakravarthi and won the hearts of all. May the mirth and merriment of the magical festival of lights give you endless moments of joy and love.

A Great help for Teachers  : St Francis of Assisi School
A half a day session, on the theme of adolescence was organised to the teachers of St. Francis of Assisi school in the school auditorium on 2nd of October. The session began with prayer followed by the welcome to the speakers of the day. Addressing the teachers, Dr. Rajendra Salagare, explained the growth in the brain of children at different levels. Connecting to that he made references in the behavioural changes in children at different stages. Continuing the session, Dr. Yatish Poojari, spoke on the positive disciplinary actions to mend the behavior of the adolescence. Many tips were given, as how a teacher can positively change the behavior of children without punishing them. The session was very fruitful one to all the teachers.

Visitation of the chairperson of Capuchin Education Board : Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya Pothnal
22nd October was the memorable day for Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya. We were proud to welcome Rev.Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, the secretary of Capuchin Education Board and the province treasurer Fr. Vijish Loyed Menezes. They were greeted by the school band and there after wonderful assembly was conducted by 6th std 7th std students. The esteemed guest were honored by the Headmaster Fr. Dominic Sunil Lobo. Fr. Robin spoke about the importance of value based education and he requested all the teachers to give more importance to this. There after he met all the teaching and non-teaching staff. Teachers were given opportunity to express their views and suggestions.

Raichur Women staged Protest Demanding Women Voice in the Gram Sabha and basic entitlements before DC office: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust in collaboration with likeminded NGO’S from Raichur staged a protest in front of Deputy commission office at Raichur on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 alleging that the elected representatives and the concerned officials had failed to utilize the allotted amount for the development of the Gram Panchathya and not allowing women, voice their views in the Gram Panchyath. Secondly Community women here demanded proper implementation of basic entitlements. While people across the state celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi, 150 of women Representatives cross the district took part in this protest. Women came from various villages holding and shouting slogans in demanding immediately to basic entitlements and memorandum was submitted to the DC and CEO of Raichur to give in writing that they would do justice to their protest and take these issues very seriously.

PTA GATHERING, BLOOD DONATION CAMP, ART AND CRAFT EXHIBITION AND RESULT DAY  at Trinity Central School
On October 19, 2019 the portals of Trinity Central School were filled with anxious, but confident voices. And it was a busy afternoon with triplet functions.
PTA GATHERING
The afternoon proceedings commenced with the invocation of God’s blessings through a melodious song sung by our teachers. This was followed by the PTA meet. Dr. Shruthi T Mayur, an eminent Professor of TAPMI, Manipal was the resource person of the programme. Accompanying Dr. Shruthi, on the dais were the strong pillars of Trinity Central School Fr. Claud Mascarenhas, Guardian of Trinity Vihar, who was also the President of the function and Fr. Anil D’Costa, the Principal. Fr. Ravi Rajesh our Administrator, Mrs. Magdelina Lewis, the Academic Coordinator, Mrs. Archana Shetty, the Pre-Primary Section Head and PTA Secretary Mrs. Chandini were also present on the stage.

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 150 patients were visited by nurse who also distributed vitamins, iron tablets and skin ointments to those in need. Nearly 123 women and children got benighted from this camp.
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PROGRAMME ON TIME MANAGEMENT at Trinity Central School
A programme on ‘Time Management and Peer Pressure’ was organized for the students of grades 9 and 10 on Tuesday, 15th October 2019 at Trinity Central School, Perampalli. Mr. Shridhar D, Faculty, Department of Occupational Therapy, MAHE, was the co-ordinator of the programme. Mr. Sridhar and his team presented the topic through a power point, followed by activities that conveyed the message of time management and the negative influence of peer pressure. There was constructive involvement of the students and the session was really beneficial to them.
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TREK TO BELVAI MOUNTAINS : Trinity Central School
Just like any other profession, mountaineering too, has now cemented its place from being just an adventure sport to full time profession for adventurists. And our students from the Scouts and Guides, Cubs and Bulbuls accompanied by their Animators and few other enthusiastic teachers made their way through the forests and mountains of Belvai, Moodbidri on 4th October 2019. Students learnt the ways of mountaineering and as they trekked up the mountains, they came to acknowledge and learn about the vast nature – forest, flora and fauna. After a brief stop for rest, our enthusiastic trekkers made their way to explore the caves and the Konnaje Kallu temple.
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CELEBRATION OF PATRON’S DAY at Trinity Central School
“Make me a channel of your peace”. These are the words that laid the foundation for the Franciscan order. The holy man, whose very words, we echo here at Trinity, was brought to life, during the celebrations of our founder and our Patron St. Francis Assisi on 4th October 2019. Trinity family began the founder’s day celebration with Holy Eucharist. The programme began with the soulful rendition of St. Francis’s song of peace and love – “Make me a channel of your peace”. Prior to that our principal Fr. Anil D’Costa garlanded the statue of St. Francis. After the prayer, the students of grade 3 presented a meaningful enactment of the life of St. Francis. Ms. Khushi of grade 5 shared her thoughts about St. Francis through her speech. A short video about the 4 important locations viz Laverna, Greccio, Rivo Torto and Spoleto wherein St. Francis imprinted his footsteps which also represent the four houses of the school were shown through a slideshow with a brief voice over by Pruthvi and Derick of grade 5.
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YSM INTERACTION at Trinity Central School
The students of grade 7 and 8, had a fruitful and engaging session with Fr. Edwin D’Souza, Director of YSM (Young Students Movement), Udupi Diocese on 3rd October 2019. Fr. Edwin educated the students about the objectives and goals of the YSM. In his interaction, he encouraged the students to enrol themselves in YSM, wherein they will learn to become responsible citizens by changing their way of life, certain thinking which in turn will bring about a gradual but meaningful change in society.
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GANDHI JAYANTHI CELEBRATIONS at Trinity Central School
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” These words of our Father of the Nation, Gandhiji echoed across the portals of our institution and minds of our students. On 1st October 2019, our Trinity fraternity held a brief celebration of the birthday of the man who fought for the very freedom that we now enjoy – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi lovingly known as Bapu. The celebrations commenced with the invocation of Bapu’s daily prayer – “Raghupathi Raghava Raja Ram”. After which our Principal Fr. Anil D’Costa garlanded the portrait of Gandhiji. Ms. Stuthi of grade 7 spoke a few words about Gandhiji – his life, his principles and about his long walk to achieve our freedom. Following this, our Principal too, spoke on the occasion. He mentioned about how we should imbibe the core values of Gandhiji in our daily lives. He asked us to value our freedom and respect it as, we must never forget Gandhiji’s struggles to give us the freedom which we now enjoy.
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Input session on contagious diseases: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized an awareness programme in Muddamaguddi village for the women and the old people. Under the national village employment program there are 100 days of labor work for their benefits. Later about various diseases which are contagious in nature, about deadly mosquitoes and their control, flies control about all these issues were discussed. For women who were present had health check-up. For about 30 women participated in this health camp.
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Birthday of Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais
On 15th October 2019, Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais, 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 the Birthday baby and soulful choir by the Sisters guided ably by Fr Robin Minin Lopez. Later in the afternoon Fr. Andrew Anil Sequeira wished Fr. Fr. Dophy Pais with a bouquet followed by a beautiful Cake was cut by Birthday Baby to mark this special occasion and Fr. Robin Victor D’souza appreciated the services of Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais to the fraternity of Shanthi Sadhana-FISI and to the Province at large. All the Sisters and Brothers gathered wished the birthday baby many happy returns of the day. A sumptuous spread for all our beloved guests added a generous taste to the celebration.

International Day of the Girl Child: “Girls March to school” Free and compulsory Education For girls till 18 years of age” Vimukti Pothnal
On 11th of October 2019 under the banner of ‘Hennu Makkala Nade Shale Kade’(Girls March to school) with the alliance of likeminded NGOs from Karnataka celebrated ‘International Day of the Girl child’ at VCT Premises. Nearly123 adolescent girls participated in this event and submitted memorandum to Deputy Commissioner and Gram Panchyath President demanding equal rights and Free and compulsory education for girls till 18 years of age. Girls’ took out rally through the main streets of Pothnal and Raichur near DC office by holding placards and banners containing the message on the needs of protecting the rights of girl child. The Campaign on equal rights and Free and compulsory education for girls till 18 years of age, and to create awareness on adverse impact of child marriage in the society; and demanded the concerned officials to take stringent measures in this regard to impose fine on those who violate these laws.
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Vimukti Children shine in the State level Seminar on Child Rights under SDG- Sustainable Development Goals: Vimukti Pothnal
The Government of India has issued and a published content on various rights related to the Children and has documented them and has communicated to the world united organization sector. The programs which are organized and the achievements found in the past years from 1997, 2007 and 2011 in three successful terms and are reported in detail. The report has been verified and studied through by the World Organization has asked India to study on various issues. The next year in 2020 in May or in the month of June India will have to submit the report. Apart from the Child rights, other institutes, individually also they can submit the report on the relevant matters as well.
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Seminar on Goods and Services Tax (GST) @ Darshan College
We must care for each other more, and tax each other less. With an objective to update knowledge on Goods and Services Tax in the education sector, Darshan College in association with Primax Foundation organized 2 days of MDP on GST- Smart Taxation System. Indirect Tax Experts and Chartered Accountants Prof. B.G. Madhuri Prabhu and Prof. Shivakumar were the resource persons for the first and second technical sessions of the workshop respectively. The College Management thanked and felicitated the resource persons for their availability and expertise on the topic. The talk revolved around the salient features of GST, benefits, framework and its effect in the education sector. Making GST simpler for the audience, the Resource Persons also conversed about the key definitions of aggregate turnover, business, business vertical, supply, imports and exports among various other important terminologies. The faculty members, students and representatives from neighbouring colleges actively participated in the seminar. There is no such thing as a good tax.
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CAREER GUIDANCE SEMINAR at Trinity Central School
“A career is not just about income – it is the stepping stone to follow your dreams and aspirations too”. Students of grade 9 and 10, who are at the threshold of deciding their future spent an interactive, educative and refreshing session on Career Guidance with the students of the SCIO foundation, under the aegis of MIT Manipal on 3rd October 2019. The session commenced with a candid interaction with Ms. Meghana, who had a keen hindsight to know the future plans of the students. Further, her colleagues Ms. Aditi, Ms. Riddhi, Mr. Advith, Ms. Apoorva and Ms. Geetha shared with the students in depth about the various job opportunities and requisites under the various streams of Medical Engineering, Arts, Commerce and Science and of Non-Conventional courses such as Merchant Navy, The Armed Forces and Culinary Arts etc. Overall, the students spent a meaningful and fruitful session with the MIT- SCIO resource persons.
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Rape Free India state level stakeholders Consultation held at Bangaluru: Vimukti Pothnal
On 6th of October 2019 30 likeminded NGOs from Karnataka came together at Jain collage, Bangalore to discuss the one of the biggest issues which the nation is facing today is safety of women and children. Rape in India is a National Emergency. Despite strong legislation, our children and women live a life with fear. The absence of political will, accountability and social responsibility to combat rape is dismal. Through the power that we hold in our vote, we must demand that those who seek our vote must commit to creating a new India, a ‘Rape Free India - a Rape Mukt Bharat’.
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DONORS DAY @ St Anne's Friary Mangaluru
St Anne's Friary Mangaluru, on the occasion of St Francis of Assisi feast, celebrated the Donors day on Friday, 5th October 2019. Fr Alwyn Dias the Provincial Minister presided over the Eucharistic celebration. In the sermon he Explained about the generosity of St Francis of Assisi. At the end of mass, Vicar Provincial and Guardian of St Anne's Friary Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza thanked all the Donors of Capuchins and appreciated their good will and generousity. In the felicitation programme the Provincial Minister Fr Alwyn explained the missionary life of Capuchins throughout the world. He thanked all the benefactors for helping the Capuchins through the financial aid. During this occasion a book, 'KONGO THO' written by Br Junifer (Fr Fedrick) was inaugurated. This was the 62nd book under Sevak Publication. A sumptuous was arranged for all the benefactors immediately after the felicitation programme, which added Joy to the Donors day celebration.
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Free Educational Kit distribution to the 152 flood affected children, supported by Vimukti Charitable Trust, Group Israel: Vimukti Pothnal
This year especially in the month of August, Maharashtra and part of North Karnataka received maximum rain fall leading dams to let the water out. After letting the excessive water from the dams further led low areas and rivers like Malaprabha, Ghataprabha, Krishna to flow to the above danger levels. All the excessive water entered the low areas and villages where people had to vacate and move to the safe areas. This flood had created havoc in most of the areas and people’s lives. The rains and the floods had destroyed crops, properties, houses, few partially and in some places destroyed completely. The people who had stored grains, vessels of daily use, clothes, school books and bags and other materials were washed out. Children, women, young and the old were most affected due to rain and floods.
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Workshop on Relevance of Gandhian Principles @ Darshan College
“When burden becomes responsibility and when concern triggers creativity, we encounter Gandhian spirit in action!” The occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary has given us an opportunity to remind the humanity of the efficacy of the message of his life. To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji, Mahatma Gandhi’s Committee of Darshan College organized one day workshop on the relevance of Gandhian Principles in the current scenario which was presided over by Smt. Indira Krishnappa, Honourable Secretary, Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, Bangalore, Mr. Krishna Murthy, Member, Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi and the resource person Mr. Byramangala Ramegowda, Member, Karnataka Sahitya Academy and also the Honourable President, BES Evening College, Administrative Council.
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Community leaders from two pockets along with Vimukti children Parliament Members demanded the Panchyath President to ensure basic infrastructure in the School without delay: Vimukti Pothnal
On 21st of September, 2019 Malkapur Community leaders came together and demanded the Panchyath president and submitted the memorandum to provide basic infrastructure in the school. Since Malkapura School has no proper class rooms, windows, doors are broken; roof is under repair, and furniture’s, toilets are poorly maintained, no drinking water facilities, kitchen, utensils, etc. The children are studying in the school have been facing the threat of contagious diseases. They also alleged that the school building is in dilapidated condition and action was not being taken even to repair the Roof. Mr. Narsappa Panchayth staff speaking after the receiving the memorandum said, the problems would be brought to the notice of the concerned authority and further action would be taken as per their direction to ensure the facilities.
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GANDHI THE TRUE SPIRIT OF INDIA : Infant Jesus School
There are very few people in this world who have left a long-lasting impression on fellow beings with their ideologies and perspective in life that still make an impact. One such person is Mahathma Gandhiji. India as a nation cannot forget the profound impression of Ahimsa taught by Mahathma upholding the basic truth of Indian culture to the world. No wonder today whole world is chanting the manthra of Ahimsa and honouring the great soul. Infantaines celebrated the Gandhi Jayanthi with great devotion with the logo “SWACCHA BHARATH ACCHA BHARATH” being true to the spirit of Mhathma Gandhidji.
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Open House Program: Vimukti Pothnal
CHILDINE Collab, VIMUKTI Raichur, organized open house programme at Govt. Higher Primary School Sangankunta, Raichur Taluka collaboration with government high school on August 28th, 2019. Mr. Sudharshan coordinator, Childline, in the key note address spoke about Child Rights and responsibility of children. Mr. Mukanna, team staff CHILDLINE, Raichur, addressed the gathering and briefed about the objectives and purpose of the open house programme. Mr. Manjunatha, Police Sub Inspector, exhorted the children to stay away from evil elements in the society. Children shared about the various issues and the authorities present suggested possible solutions to them. Mr. Nagaraj HM, Mr. Mahesh CRP, Mr. Kurupathi from Health department, Mr. Thimappa GP president, AWC teachers, supervisors, PDO, Mohan team member was present for the programme. Various child right issues and other difficulties faced in the school were discussed before the concerned authority and sort the clarifications. Nearly 285 children attended the program.
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The Delegation Assembly of Turkey @ Mersin
The General Councilor from Rome, The Provincial Minister and Mission Secretary of the Emilia Romagna Province-Italy, The Provincial Minister of Karnataka Province, The Vicar Provincial of Varsovie-Poland, The Custos of Romania, Emiliano of Siracusa Province along with all the missionary brothers of Turkey Delegation celebrated the assembly in view of the future perspectives of the Order and it's concrete implementation specially the fraternal collaboration and mission, inter-culturality and international fraternities from 21st to 26th September 2019 . Our missionary brothers deserve our appreciation for the courageous witness they bear in the holy land of the first Christians. Let us pray for missionaries and missions.
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Farewell to Mrs. Nagarathna Staff Nurse: Vimukti Pothnal
It is said, "Separations are wounds that no one can heal, but memories are treasures that no one can steal". After two years of a journey that seems to have just begun, it was the time to bid farewell to our dear Mrs. Nagaratha staff nurse. It was special moment for us. It was painful to say good bye to dear Nagarathna Being the, staff nurse and severed in the “HEALTH FOR ALL” project in various capacities. She was actively involved in the Programs of the Organization, both within and in networks. She was reaching out poor and needy people in the villages by visiting families of our sponsor children, counseling and motivating people to take care of their health.
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District Level Inter-Collegiate Kabaddi Tournament @ St Anthony’s PU College
A beautiful balance between holding on and letting go is what required in a game of Kabaddi. It was a dream realized for the Management of St Anthony’s Institutions with the joint collaboration of Department of Pre-University Education, Bangalore South District in organizing District Level Inter-Collegiate KABADDI for Boys & Girls in our college campus for two days. It’s really stunning to learn that 104 boys and 25 girls’ teams were registered for the competition. It was a pleasant sight for the eyes as each team put out their heart and soul echoing the words Hum Kisise Kam Nahi, as they battled for the final victory.
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Case study: A true leader at the Grassroots: Mrs. Eshamma Sunkanoor : Vimukti Pothnal
Mrs. Eshamma Sunkanoor, Community leader of Vimukti along with pocket members took great initiatives for her village, together with Mr. Basvraja and Mr. Sangayaswami. She is belonging to SC community of Manvi, Raichur District of Karnataka. Being a Community leader she had complained to the Grama Panchyath and concerned department regarding to have separate graveyard to their pocket, many times she has spent time and money to convince the department regarding this issue, but yielded her no results. One find morning she collect some of the villages people along with Mr. Basvraja and Mr. Sangayaswami went to the Panchyath and concerned department and demanded the authority to have separate place in their villages for the burial ground.
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Teachers Seminar at Trinity Central School
With the exams round the corner the teachers of Trinity Central School gathered together for a well-defined meaningful hour of peace and de-stressing on 19th September 2019 from 9.00 to 10am. This was made possible under the able guidance of Mrs & Mr. Shridhar the manager  of Heartfulness Meditation Centre, Udupi and Dr. Sathyakanth, Asst. Prof at MIT Manipal. The programme, divided into 3 phases commenced with a brief introduction by Mr. Shridhar. This was followed by the presentation of interactive videos and testimonials by those who have experienced the benefits of Heartfulness Meditation. The best and most beneficial part of this session was the engaging 30 minutes of a quiet, peaceful and relaxing meditation.
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HINDI DIVAS CELEBRATION at Trinity Central School
Hindi Divas was celebrated on Monday, 16th September, 2019 at the school premises. The programme commenced with a welcome song, led by the students of Grade V. This was followed by a speech from Royston of grade 9, who briefly spoke about the initiation, importance and relevance of Hindi Divas. Students of Grade III enacted a short meaningful skit about the importance and the present need of learning Hindi which is also one of the official languages of India. The skit, highlighted on the aspect of as being proud of not just English and other vernacular languages but even Hindi as well.
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Unorganized youth demanded the transport department for the Bus Facilities to the remote villages of Manvi Taluka: Vimukti Pothnal
No doubt unorganized youth are strong force and succeeded in getting what they wanted. Here we would like to bring to your notice its first achievement in the Pothnal area. In many of the villages in and around Pothnal, lack the proper transport facilities. People and especially the children are the most victims of this. Nalgamdinni, Iralagaddi, Utakanur, Karabadinni, Devipura, Muddanguddi, these village children face transport facilities and due to which, many a time they have to bunk the school and college. During peak hours in the morning as well as in the evening there is hardly any bus facility in these areas.
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ADD COLURS TO YOUR LIFE : Infant Jesus School
Infantines with incredible gusto and zeal participated in the Fancy dress competition. It was a colourful day as many children participated with the colourful costumes and attire. Once could see the height of creativity and only admire it with gladness. Competition was conducted in different levels. Students involved themselves with great exoneration and fun giving away smiles to all those who are gathered around them.
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Hi! Post Master : Infant Jesus School
Lower class children were taken to Chikmagalore Post Office as a part of exposure programme. For almost all the children it was a new experience as they were all entering the post office for the first in their life time. Children had a great learning experience where they interacted with the post office staff. Infant Jesus School takes at most care to give quality based education and treys its best in creating and forming wise students to the society.
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Day out with Veggies : Infant Jesus School
Vegetables are integral parts our food culture. Different verities vegetables become different ingredients to add taste to the recipe. Though infantine eat all kinds of vegetables some have special choice and haltered towards the certain vegetables. Lower class children were taken to Vegetable market and were introduced the types of vegetables thus encouraging them to be vegetable friendly.
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Teachers' Day Celebration : Infant Jesus School
Mother is a first Teacher and Teacher is the Second Mother - HAPPY TEACHER’S DAY. Every Teacher’s day reminds us the important role a teacher plays in the life of a student. Teacher’s day gives us an opportunity to honour our teachers fondly remembering and cherishing the dedication and Kindness. Infantines did their best to thank and honour their loving teachers on this graceful day. Students performed various cultural programs and conducted vey many games to the teachers and supporting staff of the school. All teachers were delighted at the student’s expression of gratitude with extraordinary events and programme. The most exciting part was ‘Teacher’s Patriotic Dance competition’ where all teachers participated with exuberance and won the hearts of Children with their stunning performance. Winner of these events were given prizes by the students.
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2889 Government school Children were initiated in Digitization of Class Room: Vimukti Pothnal
A digital revolution has transformed the way we lead our lives. With a number of school and institutions adopting digital tools and platforms, the internet and all its immense possibilities are in our classrooms now. Clearly, one of the biggest trends emerging in the education sector is digitization. The second comes in the form of a multitude of online courses that spans a dizzying variety of subjects and skills-learning, for almost every age bracket. Vimukti for the past few years working with Government schools, taking the ongoing digitization of education forward, broaden its scope from pure skills and incorporate digital content into a holistic education. Try to liberate entire generations from the shackles of being self- serving followers.
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Taluk level sports competition : Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya Pothnal
Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya students participated in taluk level sports competition and secured many prizes for the school.


Sports Achievements : Infant Jesus School
“Winners never quit and quitters never win” . Our sports champs performed their best in the various athletic events organised in the Chikmaglore district field by State Education Department. We congratulate the students who by their achievements have made the school proud and added coloured feather to the institution. Efforts of Physical education teachers are commendable as we are hoping for the better results for the comings sports events.
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TLM (Teaching Learning Materials) : Infant Jesus School
“Learning Never Exhausts the mind” Diligent teachers of our school are always try to find new means and ways to make learning joyful and fun filed experience. As the fruit of their efforts we have very creative and attractive TLM. Children enjoy these materials with great fun and frolic thus studies never become a burden to them rather a joyful experience.
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‘SAVE WATER’ campaign : Infant Jesus School
“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water” says W. H. Auden. Water is vital for human life and survival. ‘SAVE WATER’ campaign was conducted in the school to create awareness among students to conserve water bodies. Rain water harvesting model was presented and explained before the students. The input sessions helped the children to reflect upon the responsible use of water.

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Independence Day Celebration : Infant Jesus School
“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of Happiness and Courage” Keeping these warm thought in mind Infantines Proudly celebrated the Independence Day with great festivity and exhilaration. Principal in his speech enlighten that all citizen can be true patriot by living their respective life faithfully and loyally.
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Fruits Day : KNOW THE FRUITE YOU EAT - Infant Jesus School
Fruits are the indelible part of mans healthy nutritional habit. It not only tickles our taste buds it also gives us vital vitamins that are very much required for our physical growth. LKG UKG Children were made familiar with the different variety of fruits that are used in our daily lives by celebrating FRUITS DAY. It was an enchanting experience to the children and made their learning fun involved.
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YOGA DAY CELEBRATION : Infant Jesus School
The practice of Yoga is something that has the power to heal your entire body! It’s the best medicine that any doctor an ever give you and that for any kind of disease that you are suffering from. The fact is that yoga is a way of life. While all the other exercises take care of your physical conditions, yoga helps you to control your mind and body. To make this boon a daily practice, school organised and celebrated the Yoga day with great interest. Children were reminded the utility and usefulness of Yoga.
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EID MILAD : Infant Jesus School
“Say to them : If you love Allah, follow me, and Allah will love you”( Quran, 3:31) was the great message of God given to humanity through prophet Mohammad. Infantine Celebrated the feat of great messenger of God prophet Mohammad in a unique way. Local Moulvi was invited to the school who enlightened the young minds about Islam. He said Peace is the root of Islam and we all irrespective of religion must strive for peace. Infantaines sang the Islamic Hymns and Red Holy Quran and created the spiritual aura around.
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Wold Environmental Day "SAVING ME YOU SAVE YOURSELF" : Infant Jesus School
“SAVING ME YOU SAVE YOURSELF” This is very much true with regard to the saving of the God given Nature. Nature is for our protection and survival and today nature is in danger thus posing danger for our own survival. Infantaines being aware of the most simple and common truth ‘Save earth and It will save you’ did their might by celebrating World Environmental Day with great enthusiasm. “Human Tree” was formed to create awareness to themselves and to the society about saving environment must be the at most priority. Various kinds of saplings were planted in the school premises to Mark this day by tiny tots, students and teachers.
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Debate Competition 14/09/2019 : Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya Pothnal
Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya conducted debate competition on 14th September. The topic for the debate competition was ‘CELL PHONES BE ALLOWED IN SCHOOLS?’ Four houses namely Spoleto, Greccio, Damiano, and Alverno appointed 15 members for the competition. Students who were in favour of the mobiles said that, more and more children and teenagers are getting their own cell phones as they are a very handy and cheap, and useful mode of communication. Especially in case of some emergency children can swiftly call their parents or helpline numbers like the police. The team which was not in favour of the mobiles said that, cell phones should not be allowed in schools as they will cause distraction for both students and teachers. There was a thrilling and exciting competition between the houses which continued for one hour. Headmaster was the moderator of the debate competition. Students were allowed to speak out their opinion freely.

Teacher’s Day Celebrations at Trinity Central School
“Good teachers are the reason why ordinary students dream to do extraordinary things”. The above words hold very true of the teachers of Trinity Central School, Perampalli. And the love and dedication of teachers was beautifully acknowledged on the occasion of Teacher’s Day on September 5th, 2019. The day long celebrations began with the celebration of Eucharist and novena to Mother Mary. This was followed by a short programme by the PTA members. On the dais were the Principal, Fr. Anil D’costa, Fr. Ravi Rajesh the School Administrator, Academic Co-ordinator Mrs. Magdelina Lewis, Mrs. Archana Shetty the Pre-Primary Section Head, and Mr. K Sreedharan and Mrs. Chandini the President and Secretary of the PTA respectively.
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General Body Meeting of CKSK at Dayalbagh Ashram
General body meeting of Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra (CKSK) was held on 14 September, 2019. It had a fruitful deliberation. All the general body members were present. The meeting began at 9:30 am with a short prayer and welcome note by Provincial Minister Fr. John Alwyn Dias. A dialogic deliberation and the elucidations were sought during the meeting. The brothers collectively discussed on various agenda points with some well-drawn consensus. It was a wonderful fraternal interaction in up building the social mission through CKSK.
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Pastoral Visitation @ Dayalbagh Ashram, Ujire
The Pastoral Visitation at Dayalbagh Ashram was held on 12 – 13 September, 2019 with a warm welcome by the community and the brothers. There was dialogue in the community and the personal sharing by the brothers individually. It was a grace filled moment of up building the fraternal spirit of the community. Holy Eucharist was presided over by Fr. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister and all the community members were present. The visitation was winded up with the common community deliberation along with Provincial Minister.
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New Look to the Administrative Office @ St Anthony’s Institutions
If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labour (Ps 127: 1) The inmates of St Anthony’s Institutions were privileged to realize their long awaited dream in and through the inauguration and blessing of the newly renovated Administrative Office. This Office is a forum for work, organization, lucidity and economy which is well organized according to the pattern of the Institute. Rev. Fr Alwyn Dias, Provincial, Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka invoked God’s blessings on this Office and all those gathered. The Guardians of the neighbouring communities inaugurated the Office by cutting the ribbon. A few faculty members, domestic staff and some students were present for this blessing ceremony. The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
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Symposium on “RELIGIOUS PLURALISM AND THE MISSIONARY MANDATE OF JESUS” at Darshan Institute of Theology, Capuchin Theologate, Bangalore.
To mark the 800th Anniversary of the meeting of St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Al-Malik Al-Kamil, the Capuchins of the Holy Trinity Province organized a seminar in Bangalore. The seminar was attended by 163 religious both men and women belonging to different congregations. To celebrate this occasion Rev. Dr. Andrew Anil Sequeira, OFM Cap., resident professor at Darshan Theologate, Bangalore published his new Book “Religions, Interreligious Dialogue and Evangelization”. This book specifies the right approach both to inter-religious dialogue and evangelization.
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Astonishing Brains of Assisi Amused the Society  : St Francis of Assisi School
“This world makes me wonder, every time when I see it leads me into amusement. One side God’s creation speaks of creative and handy works and another side man’s reasoning power pushes me into awe.”
A science exhibition by name ‘Science Xpo-2019’ was held on the 14th September 2019, wherein students showcased static and working models in St. Francis of Assisi School. The exhibition began with the welcoming ceremony to the chief guest and other guest followed by the prayer dance. Dr. T.C. Gopal, the HOD of JSS college Gokak, was the chief guest of the day, who inaugurated the Science Xpo-2019 and said that the objective of this Xpo was not only to inculcate a scientific attitude but also research-mindedness.
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Believe it or not, I can prepare a Bouquet  : St Francis of Assisi School
With colourful and variety of flowers, Assisi children showcased the talent of preparing bouquets during the flower arranging competition which was held in the school premises. It was conducted for the I to X std students. They were given an hour to prepare a bouquet in an attractive manner by using their creative mind. What a surprise it was! to see innovative ideas, artistic mind and imaginative power of kids, which was witnessed by teachers and people present over there during arrangements of flowers.
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Good teachers form better human beings for the society  : St Francis of Assisi School
With great love and respect for teachers, St Francis of Assisi School students organized wonderful programme on 7 September, 2019. Through their programme, they expressed their sentiments of gratitude to all the teachers. We are proud to be an Assisians, because of our teachers. We have been blessed by God to have wonderful teachers who understand and motivate us in learning. Sir Jeevan heighted in his speech the role and importance of teachers in the life of a student. We love you teachers was the voice echoing whole day.
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Farmer’s Day Celebration : Trinity Central School
On 28.08.2019 our enthusiastic kindergarten students, enjoyed an eventful and meaningful day, as they celebrated and honored, the people, that is ‘who don’t just work till the sun goes down but work till the job is done’ our beloved farmers. Dressed in traditional farming attire, the students were informed about crops, farming and farming equipments. The students enjoyed a video that highlighted the same, and also learnt about ploughing through an enactment of the same, by some of the children. On the whole our students learnt, not only about farming, but also the importance of the presence and need of farmers in our lives. The program was beautifully animated by Ms. Umavathi and other teachers.
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Annual Feast of Padre Pio Shrine, Bejai, Mangalore
In view of the the Annual Feast of Padre Pio the nine days novena devotion commenced with the Flag-hoisting ceremony on September 13th 2019 at 5.00pm at the Padre Pio Shrine, St Anne's Friary - Bejai, Mangalore. On this blessed occasion the new statue of Padre Pio which was brought form San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy was blessed and installed in the shrine church by Rev Fr Alwyn Dias, the Provincial Minister of Karnataka Capuchin fathers. At 5.30pm Eucharistic Adoration was conducted and then at 6.00pm the inaugural Eucharist was celebrated on the theme 'Reconciliation in the Family' presided over by Fr Alwyn Dias.
The grand annual feast of Padre Pio will be celebrated on 22nd September 2019 at 6.pm. The Capuchin friars of St Anne's Friary invite you for the same.
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Handwriting Competition And Karate Competition - 07-09-2019 : Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya Pothnal
On 7th September we had the handwriting competition in three different languages. All the students from class 1st to 10th std actively participated in it. This was to enable students to improve their handwriting skill. We also had karate competition at the district level. Prema Bishwas of class 9th std won and selected for state level competition.

Provincial Visitation at Yesu Nilaya, Palya, Hassan
The Provincial Visitation at Yesu Nilaya Palya, Hassan was held on 06 to 07th September, 2019. It began with the sharing from the friars in the community and also had fraternal community dialogue. The holy Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister. In the eve of 7th September a Holy Hour was observed for which the people from neighborhood participated actively. It was meaningfully conducted by Fr. Arun Lobo, Guardian. Fr. John Peter, Fr. Silvano De Souza and Fr. Prasanna Kumar, the community members were appreciated for all their ministry. During the Visitation the house which was build earlier was blessed by the Provincial Minister which is now occupied by domestic staff. The meaningful sharing and caring of the life of the brothers was experienced in Yesu Nilaya.
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Provincial Visitation at Asha Kirana, Bhadravati
The Provincial Visitation at Asha Kirana – integrated rehabilitation centre for the addicts was held on 04 to 5th September, 2019. It began with the Prayer and then sharing both individually and in community. Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister. The friars were appreciated for the great enthusiasm and active service in the field of such social welfare activities. The Guardian, Fr. Prakash Pinto, Fr. Jeevan Walter D’Souza, the treasurer, and Br. Milton Fernandes, regent were greatly appreciated for their hard work and service. The Visitation came to an end by the fraternal meal in the afternoon on 5th September, 2019.
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Provincial Visitation at St. Anthony’s Friary, Hosanagar
The Provincial Visitation at St Anthony’s Friary, Hosanagar was held on 02 to 03rd September, 2019. The Friars had fruitful sharing of their life and activity. Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister. Along with Fr. Simon Horta, Guardian, Fr. Johnson D’Mello, Fr. Sunil Ullahanan. Fr. Vijesh and Fr. Elvin. The common dialogue with brothers was encouraging and friars were greatly appreciated for their dedicated service in pastoring the flock at St. Anthony’s Church, Hosanagar.
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Triumph of the Anthonians
Winners are not people who never fail; but people who never quit. The consistent practice along with strong determination blended with will power led the Students of St. Anthony’s Institutions to attain glorious feat. The foundation for marathon of Victories began with Sachin Poovaiah who represented the Indian Kabaddi Team for World Cup held in Malaysia and returned with Gold medal. The Anthonians under the able guidance and training of Prof. Srinidhi Siddharth, Director of Physical Education, brought laurels to the Institute. 8 Gold medals were bagged in Taekwondo and 9 in Judo apart from silver and bronze in Bangalore South District level tournaments. The Kabaddi Teams of our PU and Degree College won the first and the third prize respectively in a tournament organized by PES University. Two of our Students were victorious in the debate competition held in Kengeri First Grade College. Victory is reserved for those who have will to pay its price.
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New building of Anugraha School was inaugurated
The New building of Anugraha School was inaugurated on 9th of September, 2019. The programme witnessed many esteemed guests, fathers, sisters and parents. The Provincial Minister Rev. Fr. Alwyn Dias, the President of the programme, inaugurated the new school building. In his speech, he remembered the selfless service given by the fathers in bringing up the school. He continued in his speech telling about Anugraha School, which is known for the quality education and it is reaching out to the poor and needy people of Halbarga and surroundings. Rev. Fr. Stany Lobo, vicar General, Gulbarga Diocese blessed the new school building and wished all the best for the school ministry. Rev. Fr. Robin Victor D’Souza. Secretary, Capuchin Education Board, Karnataka was present for the programme and appreciated the efforts of the fathers.
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TEACHERS DAY 05-09-2019 : Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya Pothnal
On 5th September we had grand celebration of teachers day under the leadership SPL and the school parliament guided by the Headmaster. Teachers were welcomed with a school band to the stage.They were honoured with a flower and offered a memorable gift. Students had put up a beautiful cultural programe trained by the senior students. Three of our students spoke on the importance of teacher’s day, and one of them appreciated the hard work of the teachers . Sir Devarayappa thanked the students and spoke on the great responsibility of the teacher. Different games were conducted for the teachers and were rewarded with a prize. Finally Headmaster thanked the students for their hard work. The program was concluded with the special meal for teachers and students.

Manual work at Sneha jyothi Child Care center Pothnal:
We give prior importance to both spiritual and manual work. We do and believe that “A hand that’s dirty with honest labour is fit to share with any neighbor”. Here in our vimukti center, we all take part in doing corporal work as ministry. We grow fresh vegetables and fruits, by the sweat of our brow and teach the children to protect the mother earth. Working together with the little orphan, Semi orphan children gives joy and eternal satisfaction. Beside physical fitness, we acquire good health and peace of mind.
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Monthi Fest – Shanthi Sadhana
On the 08th of September as the Mother Church Celebrates the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary, the community of Shanthi Sadhana-FISI, along with the Sisters celebrated this traditional feast. The celebration began at 7.00 a.m. in front of the Portico, Fr. Robin Victor D’souza conducted the Novena Prayer, The gathered faithful as token of love and tradition offered the flowers to Mother Mary. After the brief opening ceremony the faithful along with the main celebrant Fr. Robin Minin Lopez, proceeded towards the Chapel for the Eucharistic Celebration.
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Process of Formation and Training to 200 unorganized youth: Vimukti Pothnal
Even in mere 12 months, a lot has been achieved in the project. One of the major activities unorganized youth project was to create opportunities for young people to connect to others, develop skills, and utilize those skills to contribute to their communities that, in turn, increase their ability to succeed. As with positive youth development, a community youth development orientation involves shifting away from just concentrating on problems toward concentrating on strengths, competencies, and engagement in self-development and community development. As such, community youth development is defined as purposely creating environments that provide constructive, affirmative, and encouraging relationships that are sustained over time with adults and peers, while concurrently providing an array of opportunities that enable youth to build their competencies, and become engaged as partners in their own development as well as the development of their communities. Our youth groups have slowly engaged together in creating a just and equitable society and demand for their entitlements.
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CRAFT COMPETITION : Trinity Central School
Creativity and celebrations are like a hand that fits in glove. The Independence Day festivities continued, as our students indulged themselves and brought out their creative streak to the fore. The craft competition was held for all students from Grade 1 to 10. The corridors and school quadrangles and classrooms were lit up, with various, creative art displays of lamps, boats, pen stands, flower vases etc. Students made craft décor from environment friendly and recyclable materials mainly old plastic bottles, newspapers, coconut shells etc. The judges had their task cut-out in adjudging and selecting the best, and the best above the rest, since all students had put their best creative efforts and imagination to the fore. The day was well spent and enjoyed by all.
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Forget Me Not, In Monsoon : St Francis of Assisi School
Monsoon is a time for kids to rejoice. Though they prefer to get soaked in the rain, umbrellas of different sizes, shapes and patterns always attract them the most. Assisi students wait for monsoon to use the umbrellas of their choice. What if kids could make their umbrellas look the way they prefer to be? In view of this umbrella decoration was organized and students decked umbrellas with innovative ideas and won the hearts of organizers.
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Blood Donation Camp @ Darshan College
You need a big heart and free mind for blood donation and not money and strength. Annual Blood Donation Camp-2019 was organized by NSS unit of Darshan College in collaboration with Indian Red Cross Society. This was an initiative to motivate the young minds towards noble causes such as blood donation. The event was organized and coordinated by Prof. Bharathi and Prof. Divyashree S.R. Many Student volunteers participated actively in the event and gave wide publicity through posters, invitation cards and catchy slogans. This event witnessed a large crowd of donors, both general public and students’ community and their enthusiasm for this social cause was commendable. The drive was a huge success with 88 units of blood being donated. The appreciation certificates were given to the donors and the College Management by Indian Red Cross Society for organizing such a successful camp. Blood donation is the real act of humanity.
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Believe it or not, I can actually draw : St Francis of Assisi School
To provide a platform for the budding artists, to bring out latent creativity, St Francis of Assisi school organized drawing and painting competition for the whole school on 24thAugust, 2018. This opportunity led them to bravura imagination and expression of themselves in creative way on drawing sheets. The Primary class students sketched on ‘Save Environment’. On the other hand the high school students painted ‘Nature destruction is Man’s destruction’. It was really commendable to watch little artists, artistically portraying on themes.
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May Allah Bless You : St Francis of Assisi School
In a grand scale with the support, generosity and co-operation of Muslim Parents St Francis of Assisi school celebrated Eid-Al-Adha festival in the school auditorium. Muslim children along with other children highlighted the importance of the festivity through cultural items, such as Quawali, devotional hymns and dance. Fr Veerus presided over the programme and in his address he made a note of the contribution of Muslim brethren in various fields. He also gave a call to respect the richness and heritage of each religion. Besides this, he expressed his happy sentiments for having given equal importance for every religion in this school. At the end, all big hearted people, who made this day possible and all children who partook in the programme we remembered and thanked.
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Bless Our Country : St Francis of Assisi School
The heavy showers and floods in Chikodi and Belgaum district led St Francis of Assisi school to celebrate Independence Day in moderate way. All the students and staff gathered on the ground and invoked God’s choicest blessing on our country. Thereafter, National Flag was hoisted by the chief guest Rev. Fr. Vijay Kumar OFM Cap., the new director of Vimukti social cell and superior of Christalay, Chikodi. After flag hoisting ceremony, Nursery, LKG, IX and X standard students put steps for the songs and brought out the importance of the day. The chief guest Fr Vijay Kumar threw some light on the struggles for the freedom then and now. The function ended with distribution of sweets and saying the slogan ‘Make our country sweet Lord’.
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Chefs in the making @ St Anthony’s PU College
Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colours, there are so many flavours – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart. In a society where instant cooking is gaining prominence, St Anthony’s PU College called for a cooking competition to encourage students to find joy in kitchen. Right amount of ingredients put together in love, makes the best of recipes. Many students zealously took part in the event in groups of three. There were totally 35 groups fighting tooth and nail for the first position. Mrs Vidya Rani N who is an experienced Software Engineer and Mr Shankarmurthi, Asst Professor, Department of English, GFGC, Kengeri were the jury members who after tasting every one of the cuisines adjudged the winners. Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation – experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.
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Fr. Satish Fernandes OFM Cap., Vimukti Pothnal Recognized as ‘PUBLIC HERO’ by Public TV.
“Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love”, keeping this thought in mind Vimukti Charitable trust has been working for the less privileged children of the Society. For the past ten years organization was actively involved in the district as care and protection of children concerned. Considering vimukti jealous work and involvement in the sector of child Rights and their education, helping poor orphan, semi-orphan, HIV/AIDS and disabled etc. more than that it has made a positive difference in people’s lives through the heard efforts. After hearing our humanitarian work Public TV media persons from Raichur, recently visited our center at Pothnal and went around in the targeted villages to interview with the beneficiaries’ to get the feedback from the people regarding how much they have benefited from this organization. Public Hero is a show that highlights the contributions of regular towards the betterment of the Society.
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ORANGE DAY CELEBRATION : Trinity Central School
Orange day was celebrated on August 14th, 2019. Students of the kindergarten section, were a sight to behold, as they glowed in their beautiful orange dresses and t-shirts and shorts. Creativity of the children came afore, as they dipped in chubby thumbs in orange paint, and beautifully put their thumb impressions, on the flag of India. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day, as the color of orange hue, shone through an otherwise cloudy rainy day.
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GUARDIANS ANNUAL RETREAT, 19 – 24TH AUGUST, 2019
An Author by name Mr. Javeed Wilson expresses a thought about Spiritual Retreat: “No past is dark enough to withstand a transforming encounter with God.” Accordingly the retreat of all Guardian along with the Provincial Delegates, Directors, Parish Priests and Principles was indeed a spiritual inner expedition, began on 19th August, 2019 at 3:00 pm with the Holy Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Retreat Preacher/Animator, the person known as Barefoot Preacher, a well know reformist, humanitarian, socialist, and who has authored 79 books in English and Tamil language he is Rev. Fr. Jerry Rosario SJ. He briefed the brothers the true sense and meaning of retreat and also involved everyone vibrantly to journey with the Lord during each days of retreat meaningfully. With the different themes for the days like, conversion, creativity, courage, cross and covenant.
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Conference of Capuchin Major Superiors in India At FISI, Bangalore
“Our life as brothers is a fruit and a sign of the transforming power of the Gospel,” quotes our Constitution 13:4. The unity and the collaboration bind us and helps us walk in the footprints of our founder and brother Francis of Assisi. To rejuvenate the life and the ministry of the Capuchins all over India the Conference of Capuchin Major Superiors in India (CCMSI) gathered for the meeting at FISI in Bangalore from 27th to 29th August, 2019. Br. John Baptist, the General Councillor, Br. Paul Koenig, Custos of General Custody of Arabia and 14 Major Superiors from all the Capuchin Provinces of India were present and had a fruitful deliberation on different points to foster the life in collaboration.
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Cluster Level Sports And Games (High School)  28-08-2019 : Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya Pothnal
Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya School Students participated in cluster level sports and games and won in some of the sports.
Games :
Throw ball Girls 2nd place, Vally ball Boys 2nd place, Kabaddi Girls 2nd place
Sports : Boys :
100mt Race 1st place, 200mt Race 1st place, High Jump 1st place, Long Jump 2nd place
Girls :
100mt Race 2nd place, 400mt Relay 2nd place, High Jump 1st place, Long Jump 1st place, Discuss Throw 2nd place, Discuss (Boys) 2nd place
Boys Hand Ball : 2nd place in District Level .
Five of our school students are selected for division level handball match. All these students were applauded during the school assembly.

Parents-Teachers’ Meeting @ Darshan College
At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents – Jane D. Hull. Our Institution values the support and commitment of Parents in the holistic growth of the Students. It is indeed significant for all of us to get involved in this collaborative effort. With an urge of working together to foster self-esteem, motivation and fulfilment in our students, Parents-Teachers’ Meet was organized at Darshan College. B.Com, BBA and BCA toppers were felicitated for their outstanding performance in academics. Later, Students’ Academic Performance, information about backlog, Attendance information were disclosed to all the parents by their respective class mentors. Parents felt contented and appreciated the various training programmes that are being arranged for their wards. Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.
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Village Health Nutrition Day Pothnal: Vimukti Pothnal
AWC centre organized a seminar in its premises. Head of health department Dr Chandra shekar, health education resource person Mr Balappa, AWC staff, Vimukti staff, were present. Mr Jacinta Muddamgudi, Mrs Nagaratna was also the resource persons of the day. On under-developed children, reasons, importance of breast feeding topics were discussed. Free health checkup along with that free medicine was distributed after the program. Nearly 63 women got benefited from this program.
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Cluster Level Sports And Games 21-08-2019 : Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya Pothnal
We had the cluster level sports and games . Many of our students participated in it and won the prizes.
Prize winners at the primary level sports.
Boys kabaddi 1st place, Boys Volleyball 1st place, Girls Volleyball 1st place. High school Boys Handball runner-up (District level) and five players are selected for Gulbarga division.
Individual Sports :
High Jump, Long Jump, Discus Throw, 100mt Race 2nd place, 400mt Race 2nd place, 600mt Race 3rd place, 200mt Race 2nd place, Relay 2nd place.
As a school we all applauded these students who actively participated in the sports and games and wished them to be good sports persons and honoured them with the certificates.

Training on Water conservation and Protection of Nature to the Community leaders: Vimukti Pothnal
On 23rd August 2019 various unit leaders had a special training programme at Capacity Building training at vimukti premises. Mr Muniswami the forest Department staff briefed on the theme of protection of Nature/environment, water conservation/preservation topics. What are environment/ Nature? How we need to protect, the benefits, consequences of destroying, the various types of pollutions namely- Air, Noise, Water, and earth/soil were explained elaborately. The present crisis of water shortage is to be addressed and the way of water preservation method was explained. Being forester explained about various facilities being provided by the Govt. such as SCST/TSP people can get Gas, Solar Heaters, Solar lights, various plants for the farming by the form of application. For about 63 Community leaders attended this training programme.
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Cluster Level Prathiba Karanji 24-08-2019 : Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya Pothnal
We had cluster level Prathiba Karanji on 24-08-2019. Our students took part in different competitions and won many prizes.
Lower primary level competitions.
Fancy Dress 1 st place, Patriotic song 1 st place, Kavvali 2 nd place,
Higher primary level competitions:
Patriotic song 1 st place, Kavvali 1 st place, Story Telling 1 st place, Fancy Dress 2 nd place, Urdu memorization 2 nd place, Hindi memorization 2 nd place
High School Level Competition:
Kannada Speech 1 st place, English Speech 1 st place, Hindi Speech 1 st place, Urdu Speech 1 st place, Telugu Speech 1 st place, Pick And Speech 1 st place, Rangoli Speech 1 st place, Gazal Speech 1 st place, Fancy Dress 1 st place, Drawing 2 nd place
Folk Song 2 nd place, Folk Dance 2 nd place, Skit 3 rd place
We the Head Master staff and students applauded all the participated during the school assembly and honoured them with certificates.

Vimukti children Parliament Members demanded the Panchyath President to clear the drainage without delay : Vimukti Pothnal
Muddamgudi High School faced a problem during this monsoon. In front of the school water-logging was being witnessed by the children of the school, staff and others. There is no smooth flow of water as well. Recently it has invited many other problems – mosquitoes breed in the stagnant waters, further leading to various diseases. The Parliament children discussed this matter in their meeting and submitted the memorandum to the Panchyath President and demanded and address the issue without delay.
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Seminar on Health & Hygiene @ St Anthony’s PU College
“Health is wealth as we all know; Hygiene is the way to make it grow. Actions are little in to and fro, but we have to go with the flow”. Health is given the highest prominence in the life of a human person. Each individual makes every effort to maintain ones health. In line with this, the Girls’ Welfare Committee of St Anthony’s PU College organized a seminar on Health and Hygiene and PCOS for the PU students. Dr Sunitha Sharma, Obstetrician and Gynecologist was the resource person. She enlightened the students about basic hygienic practices for girls, cleared misconceptions and answered queries about students’ health. She wound up her session by touching on the topic PCOS which is a current health issue among teen girls. To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
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INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION 15-08-2019 : Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya Pothnal
We the staff and students of Sneha Jyothi School celebrated 73rd Independence day in a grand manner. Rev. Fr. Satish, The Director of Vimukthi Social centerwas chief guest of the day. Rev. Fr. Thomas Mr. Soloman vice president of P.T.A. Sr. Martha, Mr. Sujith Dally were other invited guests. Guests were welcomed at the entrance gate of our school with an arathi and school band. Chief guest Fr. Sathish hoisted the flag and we all honoured our national flag by saluting and singing and national Anthem. There after our students who were divided in to four houses paid respect to our national flag by marching forward. It was indeed a excellent performance.

STUDENTS VISIT: FLOOD AFFECTED AREAS : St Francis of Assisi School
The students of St. Francis of Assisi School Chikodi, paid visit to flood affected areas in Chikodi region. The visit was organised from the school on 16 & 17th of August. The students and the staff witnessed the pathetic condition and the breathtaking situations in and around Bivshi, Jatrat and Kallol. The collapsed thatches and decaying cross stunned us. Several people were interviewed, they ended up in pouring out their pain regarding the loss they underwent. They pleaded us to stretch out our helping hand in this devastated condition.
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INDEPENDENCE DAY : Trinity Central School
Independence Day – 15th August is a day of reverence and patriotism, where in we remember the sacrifices of our brave visionaries, soldiers, freedom fighters and unsung heroes. This patriotic fervor, glowed on the faces of all present for the 73rd Independence day celebrations held at Trinity Central School on 15th August 2019. Braving the heavy rain, our chief guest of the event Sir Gopalakrishna Bhat – a retired Army Veteran and Pharmacist, along with other dignitaries of day, unfurled the Tri-color, to the melodious voices that echoed, the national anthem. Mrs. Shantha Rao wife of Mr. Gopalakrishna Bhat, in her brief speech, iterated on the importance of the Independence Day, and of our responsibilities as citizens of this country. She encouraged and advised students to be more active and creative, and not to spend all time on the phone or on social media.
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Elocution Competition @ St Anthony’s PU College
There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience. To enhance the public speaking skills of the students, St Anthony’s PU College organized Elocution competition both in English and Kannada languages. The theme for the Elocution was ‘Role of youth in the modern society’. All the participants exhibited with confidence and courage their profound ideas and lofty thoughts on the topic. The event was adjudged by Prof. Sujatha, Research Scholar, Bangalore University and Prof. Manoj Kumar, Department of English, Darshan College. The Judges commended the diction, articulation and fluency of the students in public speaking. If you can speak, you can influence; if you can influence, you can change lives.
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Inauguration of St Clare's school hall in Akuluto, Nagaland
Amidst the lushy green surrounding. St Clare's school hall in Akuluto, Nagaland, was blessed and inaugurated by Fr. Mathias Dias. Former Provincial Delegate on August 11. Also the feast of St Clare was celebrated by Fr. Lawrence Khing, The Director of NCYM. Kohima, along with the Friars of Infant Jesus Delegation, Nagaland- Manipur. The Catholic community, the university students and hostel students were present for the Eucharistic Celebration. This center is taken care by Fr Isaac Baptist Rodrigues. The Provincial Delegate along with other Friars.
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Belwata Community leaders demanded the Government officials to install purifying water plant in the village: Vimukti Pothnal
On 30th of July Belwata Community leaders came together and demanded the concerned Government officials and submitted the memorandum to install purifying water plant in their village. The recent village development and under the Gram Panchayat Raj projects throughout the district villages there was a plant of implementing water Purification machinery. This new project is highly appreciable and wonderful one. It is a great initiative as well. But the fact is that our village is left out of having such a machinery. And we strongly condemn for ignoring to provide this system in our village. You are depriving an entire village and this will lead to a serious problem as well. The water that is received from the main source from Tunga Badhra has been utilized since past few years keeping in mind of preserving it for the purpose of irrigation, soaking for the increase of ground water, for drinking and for the cattle and for other purpose.
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Pastoral Visitation at Our Lady of Lourdes Friary and Church Karubele cum Ramanagara
The Pastoral Visitation at Our Lady of Lourdes Friary and Church Karubele along with the Brothers serving at Our Lady of Lourdes, Ramanagara was held on 16th August, 2019. Br. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister began the visitation by celebrating the Holy Mass at 6:30 am with the Parish Priest Br. Antony Raj (Sr) and Br. Pradeep Mangali, co-pastor and Br. Sathish Kumar, Member of the Friary and the Parish Priest of St. Francis of Assisi Church,. Kengeri. Provincial Minister offered prayers to all the faithful and thanked them for their constant support and love for the capuchins from the past till the present day. A warm welcome was arrayed to Provincial Minister by the people, Parish Priest and the community. They were joined by the Br. Alex Daniel, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Church at Ramanagar and Br. Lourduswamy, Co- Pastor. Meeting them and encouraging them personally and in community Provincial wished them all the success in their ministry and services to the three parishes around the vicinity of Bangalore.
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INDEPENDENCE DAY AT SHANTHI SADHANA-FISI
73rd Independence Day of India was celebrated at Shanthi Sadhana-FISI by hoisting the Tri-Color flag on the 15th of August 2019. Sr. Celine Joice gave a wonderful speech recalling the great freedom fight of our forefathers. 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. Julie compered the program.
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Transitus of St. Clare of Assisi
On the 09th of August 2019 at Shanthi Sadhana-FISI celebrated the Transitus of St. Clare of Assisi. The participants of Diploma Course in Spirituality acted the Transitus very beautifully. During the Transitus Fr. Robin Victor D’souza, Director of the Institute preached a fitting homily of the Event. The Feast of St. Clare of Assisi was celebrated in a grand manner on the 10th of August as 11th of August 2019 fell on Sunday.
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Independence Day Celebration @ Darshan College & St Anthony’s PU College
May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our country! With this basic feeling of oneness and vigourous patriotic spirit for the country, the Anthonian family gathered together on the 15th of August 2019 to pay honour and respect to our nation, India. The 73rd Independence Day was celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm at St Anthony’s Institutions, Kengeri, Bangalore. Rev. Fr Robin Victor D’ Souza, OFM Cap, Executive Secretary, CEB unfurled the tri-colour National flag and emphasized saying that pleasure without conscience and politics without principles is a futile exercise. Students gave expression to their nationalistic spirit by means of various performances. May we always have the freedom to choose, freedom to dream and freedom to live. Freedom is never dear at any price, it is the breath of life.
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Solemnity of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary & Happy Independence Day 2019
Mother Mary assumed both body and soul into heaven and she intercedes for us. To mark the two special events of the day a Solemn Eucharist was presided over by Fr. Deepak Fernandes at Saccidananda, Capuchin Provincialate with the apt message for the day and praying for all the Victims of recent floods and calamities in different parts of our country especially in Karnataka. With the community Fr. Alban Dsouza, missionary at Mamit in Mizoram was present. After the Eucharist the solemn honour was paid to our country, India with the flag-hoisting ceremony. Fr. Alban, the chief guest hoisted the flag and Br. Stanis sparked the audience with the powerful message. As we pay homage to Mother Mary and Mother India let us not forget the thousands who laid down their lives so that our country could celebrate this day. Their sacrifices remain as indelible memories in the pages of the history of India. Festal wishes from Fr. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister, Holy Trinity Province Karnataka.
Mother Mary – Maa Tuje Pranaam ! Mother India - Maa Tuje Salaam !
Happy Feast & Happy Independence Day 2019
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Asian anti-Trafficking forum Meet; building a strong coalition to fight trafficking: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust® Pothnal Director Fr. Sathish Fernandes along with the staff attending the Asian anti trafficking forum meet 2019 at Hydarbad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre from 29th to 30th July 2019. Renowned speaker from all over India who are working for Human trafficking attended and address the gathering. Nearly 183 NGOs Representative from all over India came together to fight human trafficking. It was wonderful to have met and interact with each other. It is very encouraging to share that 99% of our Implementing Partners participated in the Asian Anti Trafficking Forum along with Government officials and CWC members as guests. Each one expressed that, meeting and interacting with IPs from other states in India were inspiring. The purpose of the gathering was to create a network of partners. This has been initiated and now, we hope to create an ownership among the partners to support each other.
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Singing Competition 04-08-2019 : Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya Pothnal
Filmy Song competition was held on 04-08-2019.Students Of class 6th to 10th took part in it . Students gave thrilling competition . Brothers of Clara Vihar were the judges of this competition. Winners were given opportunity improve their talents .Headmaster announced the winners name during the assembly.

PASTORAL VISITATION OF THE FRATERNITIES BY PROVINCIAL MINISTER
As Our Constitutions of the Capuchin Friars Minor states that the purpose of Pastoral Visitation is to contribute much to the inspiration and renewal of our life and to the unity of the brothers. It is time of grace. Thus while enhancing the life of the brothers by conversing with the brothers both, individually and community, about everything, whether spiritual or temporal to protect and foster their life.
Pastoral Visitation at Anugraha Ashram, Bidar:
The first round of Pastoral Visitation of this new triennium by the Provincial Minister, Rev. Fr John Alwyn Dias began with Fraternity of Anugraha Ashram, Bidar on 5th to 6th August, 2019. It was a fraternal sharing and renewal of life. We thank the community, specially the Guardian, Br. Prashanth Kumar, and Brs Vincent Balaraj and Karunesh for their services and good works both in educating children and the pastoral care of the faithful in and around Bhalki, Bidar.
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Pastoral Visitation at Clara Vihar, Pothnal Raichur:
The Pastoral Visitation by the Provincial Minister was held from 7th to 8th August, 2019. The fraternity cordially welcomed Provincial and the Secretariat. The visitation went on smoothly. The brothers openly shared their life and activity in and around Pothnal and Raichur district. It is one community which undertakes four diverse ministries, namely; formation of Post Novices, School Ministry, Parish Ministry and Social work. We thank the Guardian, Br. Joel Jason Lobo and all the community members and brothers in the formation for the fraternal life and wonderful services in Pothnal, Raichur District.
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Inauguration of NSS & Red Cross Units @ Darshan College
“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains immortal.” Darshan College strives to inculcate the sense of service in the minds of students through National Service Scheme (NSS). The inaugural function of NSS for the year 2019-2020 was chaired by Rev. Fr Roshan Rosario, Director, St Anthony’s Institutions in the gracious presence of Rev. Fr Joy D’Souza, Principal, Darshan College, Management, Faculty and Students. The Chief Guest for the function was Dr. Poornima Jogi, NSS Implementation Officer, State NSS Cell, Government of Karnataka. The NSS and Red Cross Units of Darshan College for 2019-20 were inaugurated on 03 Aug 2019. The students performed environmental awareness dance on pollution control. The Chief Guest highlighted the importance of NSS in the life of an individual as well as in the society. The programme was concluded with NSS Anthem followed by planting of saplings by the Chief Guest. ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’Mahatma Gandhi.
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STUDENT INTERACTION WITH MS. ANYA : Trinity Central School
On 31st July 2019, students of Grade 10, had a rare opportunity to interact with. Ms. Anya Biggins, a renowned Psychologist from England. Ms. Anya, who is at present pursuing her Doctoral studies at Leicester University, visited the school as part of her studies. In a very candid and friendly approach, Ms. Anya shared about life in U.K. and various other facets of the British lifestyle like the culture, food and entertainment, sports etc. Students too with innate curiosity, were keen to know about life and living in UK especially the British Royal Family details of which Ms. Anya shared with equal exuberance. A fun question and answer session followed, with the students, asking questions about her experiences in South India.
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Encouraging and Enrolling farmers for Kisan Samman Scheme: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized training and awareness program to all the Community leaders’ at VCT Premises. LK Campaign facilitator initiated the CL members for registering eligible farmers in the villages under Paradhan Mantri Kissan Samman Nidhi Scheme. Speaking on the training, he said that the benefits of the scheme should be ensured to every eligible farmer in our targeted pockets; hence the process of registering farmers must be started through the village accountants, PDOs, Raitha Sampark Kendras and through the concerned horticulture department officers. Further he said some of the famers have already registered and due to lack of information about the scheme getting delayed. To tap this scheme you should have Aadhar card, bank account details, and record of rights etc. once you registered under this scheme farmers will get sum of Rs. 6,000/- which will be credited to their bank accounts directly in three equal installments of Rs. 2,000/- .
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Gram Panchyath Members attended 21 days intensive training on Adult Literacy program: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with Loka shishana Samithi Raichur conducted the training program to selected women Panchyath members from two clusters, Manvi Taluka at Vimukti premises. The adult literacy training targets to enhance the learning, reading, writing and cognitive skills of adults from the most marginalized communities in an around Manvi Taluka Raichur, North Karnataka; The main “aim is to extend educational options to those adults, who have lost the opportunity and have crossed the age of formal education, but now feel a need for learning of any type, including, basic education (literacy), skill development (vocational education) and equivalency.” The project strives to address the functional literacy of adults, women in particular. This will lead to higher self-esteem and self-confidence enabling them to engage in economic activities.
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KANNADA ESSAY COMPETITION 26.07.2019 : Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya Pothnal
To create awareness among the students about environment and its protection. We conducted essay in kannada from class 5th to 10th . From class 1st to 3rd we had the story telling competition. All the students were encouraged to participated in the competitions. Result of the competition was announced by the Headmaster and participants were applauded by all.

CEB MEETING @ Saccidananda on 28/07/2019
The Meeting of the Capuchin Education Board (CEB) was held in Saccidananda on 28th July, 2019 with the fruitful dialogue, discussion, sharing and measures to improve our strategies in our school ministry. All the Principles, Headmaster, and Guardians along with the Provincial, Councillors and Provincial Secretariat were present. We appreciate the efforts of all the brothers involved to bring out best out of all their students not only academically but also comprehensively.
May God bless our ministry of education, all the management, teaching and non-teaching staff, associates and all the children!
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National workshop on Social Security and Good Governance- Realizing Entitlements: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust® Pothnal Director Fr. Sathish Fernandes along with the staff attending the training on Social Security and Good Governance- Realizing Entitlements at Indian Social institute New Delhi from 23rd to 25th July, 2019. Hundred and eighty NGO Representatives from 12 states attended this Seminar. The participants who belonged to the religious minority communities were eager to know about their rights that are enshrined in the constitution of the country. The focus of the seminar was to make participants aware of their rights that are enshrined in part three of the constitution and various other statutes of our country. Article 30 of the constitution gives to the minorities the right “to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice”. The honorable Supreme Court of India has interpreted and elaborated these two rights in its various judgments’.
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GUEST LECTURE : Trinity Central School
“Never regret a day in your life. Good days give you happiness and bad days give you experience”. Mr. Mathew C Ninan, Director of Little Rock Indian School Brahmavar visited as a guest faculty to our school and motivated our 9th and 10th grade children on 16th July 2019. He spoke on topics such as ‘Good habits’ and ‘decision making’ and inspired the children with the real events and made the session active. The half day session was thus really thought provoking and are inspiring.
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CALLIGRAPHY, ESSAY WRITING AND PICTURE WRITING : Trinity Central School
“Competition is a good thing, it forces us to do our best”. To encourage the children in grooming their extra-curricular activity the school conducted competitions on 9th July 2019. Calligraphy competition for grade 1 to 3, Essay Writing for grade 4 and 5 and Picture writing for grade 6 to 10. All children gave their best and participated in their particular events actively. Overall the competitions helped the children to show their creativity and put forward their imagination.

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YOGA DAY : Trinity Central School
“Yoga is the journey of the self, to the self, through the self. Our scouts and guides along with their mentors attended the yoga day program held on 21st June 2019 at Rajangana, Udupi. The event was well organized by Sri Krishna Matha Udupi, Rotary Club Udupi, Bharath Scouts and Guides Udupi. Our students joined the other participants and experienced the knowledge about yoga and its benefits.
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TALENTS DAY : Trinity Central School
“One of the greatest talents is the talent to recognize and to develop it in others”. Trinity witnessed this talent in great measure as it was exhibited at its enthusiastic best, on July 2nd 2019. The students who were gathered at the Trinitorium, Mother Teresa Hall and Assisi Bhavan, showcased these talents to their fellow classmates. While the Mother Teresa Hall, and Assisi Bhavan was lively and abuzz with melodious voices and strong acting performances, the environment at the Trinitorium was that of a live concert, where the participants were in full gusto and tempo. The highlight of the event – was definitely the dance performances of the Kindergarten children, who exuberated innocence and joy. Our upcoming Lata’s and Elvis’ sang their heart in melodious flow, which kept the audience enchanted. Ms. Sharon, Ms. Jesslin and Ms. Deepthi were the judges of the competition.
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A Trip to Talakadu by Darshanites
Friends become our chosen family; good times and crazy friends make the best memories. With these positive and adventurous vibes, the Final Year students of Darshan College along with the faculty members enjoyed a day out to Talakadu, Gaganachukki and Bharachukki falls. The temples of 6th century dug-up by Archeological Survey of India since 1970-80s are a pride to the nation. The backwater facility at Talakadu drew the attention of everyone. The Bharachukki falls is wider than Gaganachukki falls and has a narrow path of stairs carved through the rocks. The former is also known for the coracle ride that takes travellers up to the mouth of the waterfall. The Gaganachukki falls is famous for old dargah and watchtower. A glimpse at these places in monsoon is a bliss, as the waterfall would be awesome for visitors. The Final year students and the Faculty had memories behind, friends beside and dreams before them.
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Quiz Competition 20-07-2019 : Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya Pothnal
To increase the general knowledge and to have competitive spirit we had the quiz competition on 20-07-2019. Students from class 1st to 10th std actively took part in this. Competition was conducted according to house-wise . All the houses had thrilling competition among them . Winners were applauded during the school assembly when Asst. Head Master announced the result of the competition.

Essay Competition  : Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya Pothnal
Essay competition and story telling competition was held on 13-07-2019. To create awareness among the students about cleanliness essay competition was arranged . Students from class 4th std to 10th std participated in it . The topic Swachh Bharath (clean India mission) helped the students to know the significance cleanliness . Competition results were announced during the school assembly.

THE FEAST OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY : THE PROVINCE FEAST AT SACCIDANANDA, BANGALORE
With festal wishes in the mind, with thankful note in the heart, with plans of service in our walks, The Province Feast of the Capuchins of the Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka celebrated the Feast of Holy Trinity at Saccidananda, Bangalore. The celebration began with the solemn Holy Eucharist at 6:00 pm in the eve of Sunday on 21st July 2019, presided over by the Rev. Fr. John Alwyn Dias, Minister Provincial of Holy Trinity Province Karnataka concelebrated by the Councilors, priests from the neighboring parishes and various communities. The presence and participation of the religious brothers, sisters, benefactors, well-wishers, friends and especially the extended family of Saccidananda witnessed the joyful and thanksgiving communion. Prayers were offered to all the friars, brothers, missionaries, our kind benefactors and those who are associating with us. The Saccidananda Community remains indebted to all the support, help and services rendered to make this celebration a joyful memory to cherish.
May the blessings of the Holy Trinity ever remain with us !
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New Born Babe at DITh
Darshan Theologate witnessed the new arrival of a scholarly book “Religions, Inter-religious Dialogue and Evangelization” written by Dr. Andrew Anil Sequeira, OFM Cap. Professor of moral theology at Darshan Institute. This book places before the readers the right approach both to inter-religious dialogue and evangelization. And it will be a great help for all those who are directly involved in the task of inter-religious dialogue and evangelization.

Renewal of Vows on 6th July 2019
14 of our brothers renewed their vows in the hands of Fr. Salvador Fernanes, rector of DITh and provincial delegate during the Eucharist. It was the day of monthly recollection and the rector preached a meaningful homily on Franciscan theme “Gospel is Rule” and exhorted the brothers to live according to the Gospel as our patron and founder St. Francis of Assisi lived.

Diaconal Ordination at Darshan Institute on 3rd July 2019
‘Come build my Church its falling to ruins”. Responding to the call of God to build the Church, 4 young men were ordained deacons on 3rd July 2019 at Darshan Insititute of Theology, Bengaluru. Most Rev Dr Peter Machado, the Archbishop of Bengaluru presided over the Eucharist concelebrated by the Rev. Dr. John Alwyn Dias, the Provincial Minister of Karnataka, Rev Fr. Waldheim Rodrigues, Provincial Minister of Goa, Rev. Fr. Benoy Joseph, Provincial Minister of Delhi together with other Capuchin Confreres and diocesan clergy. This event was witnessed by religious brothers and sisters of various congregations, parents, relatives, friends and well wishers of deacons. The Holy Eucharist was followed by the felicitation to the newly ordained Deacons. Fr. Salvador Fernandes, Rector of the Institute welcomed the dignitaries and the newly ordained deacons expressed their thankfulness to all those involved in the formation. Darshan Choir added grace and divine atmosphere to the celebration.
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Bridge-IT- Digital Entrepreneur Training Program: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust in collaboration with Development Focus Bangalore organizes Digital Entrepreneur training Program to all the Entrepreneurs at vimukti Premises from 9th to 10th July 2019. The main Resource person was Mr. Abhilash TCS Bangaluru, who met personally to the entire 16 entrepreneur from Pothnal clusters and gave an input session regarding various business services they provide and which is generating revenue. In his second session he also enlightened different methods, to attract and to satisfy the community and customers in their new business. All the entrepreneurs shared their business strategies and services they provide in their respective villages like, Online services, Photoshop, Money Transfer, PMKISAN, Land records, Cast Income, Aadhar card print, Pan card, Ration card etc,
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Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka, India Celebrates The Delegation Assemblies!
The capuchins are called to be missionaries where they are needed most and where no one is willing to go...True to the capuchin call the Friars of Karnataka Province ventured into the mission of North-Eastern States of India that is Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. These missions have grown and have become two Delegations of Infant Jesus Delegation and Christ the King Delegation wherein 14 plus 18 Friars render their selfless service and give witness to Christ and to the Capuchin Charism. Another unique Delegation of Srilanka-South wherein 8 Friars are taking care of the formation of the Brothers from Pakistan Capuchin Custody. It is unique in the order because Indian Friars looking after the formation of Pakistani friars in Sri Lanka. Truly, a great witness of fraternal collaboration. Every three years after the provincial chapter, the delegations celebrate their assemblies to evaluate and to enliven the life and ministry of the friars amidst the people of good will. It is also a time to review the life and activities of the friars, as well as a time to reflect and to discern the future leadership of the delegation and formation of the fraternities. All three delegation assemblies were animated by Br. John Alwyn Dias, the provincial minister of Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka, India. The forty missionary friars are doing a marvellous work in these three delegations, they need our prayers and fraternal support!
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Freshers’ Day @ Darshan College
Every new experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward. Freshers’ Day is a day to begin to know one another and to walk together with the Seniors and the New-comers. Keeping this in mind, the Seniors warmly welcomed the Freshers to the Darshanite family. The total strength of the freshers for the Academic year 2019-20 is the highest ever in the history of Darshan College. The Cultural Secretary and Sports Secretary along with the Class Representatives pronounced the oath of fidelity towards their daily responsibilities during the ceremony of investiture. It was a mind blowing explosion of talent and music, showcasing the performances by the senior students. Rev. Fr Anthony Raj, Professor of Systematic Theology, Darshan Institute of Theology was the Chief Guest for the occasion. He appreciated the efforts of the Management and Faculty in making this Institution a vibrant and lively one and so also encouraged the students to be disciplined, hardworking and have perseverance. The future belongs to those who dare to believe in their dreams.
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540 Adult Literacy Learners received Educational kits in Second level of training held to make Sustainable in Rural Communities: Vimukti Pothnal
“Literacy is the abili