The statement that “Health is Wealth” is a very true to its meaning, as one cannot do anything if he or she does not have a sound health. It is important that each person must know the causes, effects and remedy related to each one’s health problems. Hence, Social Centre organized a Free Health Camp in collaboration with HCDI in three villages of the Parner taluka. Around 200 people benefitted from this camp. We are grateful to the staff of Nitya-Seva hospital, Shevgaon, especially Dr. Shrikant, Srs. Hilda and Nirmala for rendering their valuable services to these villagers who are otherwise neither able to afford medical treatment nor having any basic knowledge regarding health and hygiene. Through these programs people are given various tips on health issues. Besides these, basic health problems and sicknesses are diagnosed with free medicines.
On 28th and 29th September 2013 an SHG training for SHG animators was held at Social Centre. There were 15 animators from different projects who took part in the training. The SHG training was conducted by Dr. Supriya, who is an expert in Social Work. The theme was: Meaning and purpose of self-help groups, functioning of self-help groups, importance of conducting regular self-help groups meetings, role of animators, information and development of self-help groups, gradation of self-help groups, bank linkages and business development, federation of self-help groups. This training helped the animators to build their capacities to have a sustainability of SHGs work.
Mr.& Mrs. Lyra
On 10th November 2011, Mr. and Mrs. Lyra, the generous donors have visited the Ashakiran- The Rehabilitation Centre for HIV+/AIDS affected children. They have donated for the construction of a one of the dormitory. They had visited Ashakiran last year. At that time the construction was at plinth level. In this visit they have overviewed the completed well furnished building with children. The Lyra family was very happy and satisfied with the facilities provided to the inmates. They discussed with the children about their staying comfort. Ishwar, the boy, has given a greeting card to the guest as a token of his Love and gratitude. Other two girls, Shruti and Swati had made a wall hanging and they honored the guest by giving them as their token of love. The children sang two songs and welcomed the guests. Mr.& Mrs. Lyra also visited the surrounding farm and the premises. They were very much impressed about the healthy environment and cleanliness kept in the Ashakiran
Mrs. Lyra expresses “I am happy and very much impressed about the work and the children, rehabilitated in Ashakiran, looks very happy and healthy. Fr. Jerome has made lot of efforts for all this. We both are thankful to him. It is good that all the children are enrolled in the school and the way the care has been taken about their nutrition and treatment.”
Before visiting the Ashakiran, the Social Centre staff welcomed and felicitated Mr. and Mrs. Lyra in a small function to express our gratitude towards their generous contribution.
Newly constructed water harvesting structures called check weir shows the over flowing water in this monsoon. Both the structures have constructed under strict supervision of our staff and Village watershed committee which is responsible for all the implementing and monitoring of the ongoing work in the project village.
|The check weir shown in the first photo is having 27 meter length and 1.25meter height. The water storage capacity of this weir is 1782 cum.
||The check weir shown in the second photo is having 17 meter length and 1.25meter height. The water storage capacity of this weir is 1122 cum.
In order to reduce the drudgery of women of the project village Bandkhel, Tal. Ashti, Dist Beed; the pressure cookers are distributed. The activity was planned by the women of the Self Help Group after consensus among the members. 128 women have collected their share in their group and kept it in bank. It was 20% of the total purchase cost. Women prefer the cooker of HAWKINS company. The dealer of the company have provided the cookers in whole sale rate.
The cooker were distributed in the simple ceremony organised by the women in the village . The treasurer of Social Centre Fr. Ramesh Tribhuvan SJ were the chief guest. The staff of the Social Centre Mr. Anil Chandekar, Miss. Seema Arole and Ms. Pache were present for the function.
Women were very happy with the pressure cooker. Saved cooking time approximately an hour per day is utilized for taking care of the children and the family.
Women with New cooker box
Fr. Ramesh Distributing cooker in the function
On 23rd July 2011, the ASHAKIRAN has been inaugurated with the blessings of
Bishop of Nashik Rt. Rev. Fr. Lourdes Daniel in the presence of Fathers and Sisters
from all the congregations in and around Ahmednagar. Many villagers were also
present on this occasion. Fr. Thomas D’ Costa, Fr. James Shelke were the chief guest.
Fr. Jerome Gonsalves, Director of the Social Centre welcomed the guests and has
given the inaugural speech. In his speech he thanked all the benefactors who have
supported this centre especially Mr. & Mrs Lyra and Family from Australia,
Missio Austria. Bishop Fr. Lourdes has blessed the centre and called for the support
for this Socially Centered Centre.
ASHAKIRAN – Rehabilitation Centre for HIV+/AIDS affected children.
The construction of the Rehabilitation Centre is almost completed. Hope to start it functioning from July 2011. The organization has put in 9.1 million INR to purchase the land and to put up the shelter for the poor HIV/AIDS affected and infected children. The organization is not very rich. It is one of the charitable trust run by the Missionaries. The centre is planned for the 100 inmates aging from year 1 to 18 years of age.
The organization also has planned to put the children in school and conduct multi-skilled programme for the affected and infected children above 15 years of age. From the studies it shows that; these children need to be kept occupied with different activities; so that they are not in a depressed situation. Their mind is busy with studies, work and games. This will prolong their life.
We do hereby earnestly request you to be generous enough to contribute towards the noble cause, for which you may kindly send cheque/Demand Draft in favour of “Social Centre, Ahmednagar”. All the donations are exempted under 80G.
On 1st May 2011 Social Centre family celebrated Fr. Jerome’s Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee . Fathers and Sisters of all the communities in Ahmednagar District were present for the function. The whole staff of the Social Centre actively participated in arranging the function. The Holy Mass was said by Fr. Jerome. The choir group of Mr. Peter Pandit and Family added religious atmosphere to the celebration.
The ceremony was led by Fr. Ramesh Tribhuvan SJ, Treasurer of the Social Centre. In his inaugural speech he put forth the journey of Fr. Jerome’s life.
Fr. Jerome in his introductory talk before the mass said that he is been chosen to serve God in his kingdom.
Fr, Jerome was congratulated by all the invitees along with the staff and the BSW students.
Fr. Jerome was felicitated by the community and the staff.
Before the program was concluded, students of Bachelor of Social Work put up a comedy play.
The ceremony ended with the delicious lunch.
Fr. Lisbert D’Souza has visited Social Centre on 17-18 January 2011. At 5.00PM he has welcomed by the BSW students with a nice song and flowers. On 18th morning he, along with the Director Fr. Jerome Gonsalves, has visited the construction site of the Rehabilitation Centre at Pimpalgaon about 15kms away from the Social Centre. He has gone around the premises and saw the construction work. He was very happy with the fast progress.
In the afternoon he had a meeting with the SC staff and he has taken information about the work of the Social Centre.
Finally he blessed our staff and has given best wishes for future.
Fr. Lisbert’s visit to Rehabilitation centre
Fr. Lisbert’s visit to Rehabilitation centre
Fr. Jerome falicitating Fr. Lisbert on behalf of staff at Social Centre
Here Fr. Bertie is inaugurating the construction of New building of Arrupe Institute of Social Science, Research and Development at Newasa.