Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation and Announces Tobacco Control Awards Prevention, protection and planning for a brighter future!
The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation is a non-profit initiative created to support enterprising individuals and innovative organisations. Its goal is to promote excellence among individuals, improve the quality of life for those living on the edges of the society, and to protect and promote traditional culture and art forms.
A cause that we, at the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation, are strongly committed to is tobacco control. As part of our commitment to this work, we are pleased to announce the second edition of the Tobacco Control Awards.
The awards are presented in two forms:
Grant for NGOs — An amount of Rs. 5 lakh awarded to non-profit organisations doing excellent work in the field of tobacco control. The focus is on organisations working in rural and small town areas (population less than 1 million). A maximum of five grants will be awarded to deserving organisations.
Award for Individuals — Awarded to individuals, who have made their mark in the area of tobacco control. Individuals will receive a cash reward of Rs. 1 lakh with up to five individuals awarded.
Please visit http://www.nsfoundation.co.in/ for entry forms and more details on the application process.
Please hurry, as applications will close on April 22, 2011.
In partnership, we can provide for a tobacco-free future!
Neelima D'silva Dalvi
Project Co-ordinator- Health
Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation
102 - Maker Chambers III, 10th Floor,
Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021
Ph: 022 -22824589/22828502 Etn: 113
Monday, March 21, 2011
We at the Kripa Drop in Center, at DHARAVI, MUMBAI for street children are grateful for your support and prayers for the little ones. Thanks to your generosity, we are able to provide food, shelter, clothing, basic literacy and value education for the boys and hope to see each of them grow into individuals who have broken free from the shackles of the past and are confident and contributing members to society.
We are looking for volunteers who can commit to
* Coming on weekdays between 04:00-07:00 P.M. and playing outdoor games with the children. It is not necessary for the volunteer to come in every day of the week. Even if you can commit to being there once or twice a month, it would be a great blessing to our boys.
* Visiting the children on Sundays and taking them on outings/ picnics, along with a staff member. Alternately, one could even visit the children at the Center and spend time with them, do craft or play outdoor games with them.
Please send in your responses to :-
stating your name, address, contact number, the slot you can commit to and the activity you intend carrying out. Volunteers will go through a screening process after which they will be briefed with respect to our child protection policies.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Fr Joe Pereira
Founder Managing Trustee
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The annual get together for ex-patients, their families and well wishers was organized at Kripa Foundation Anjuna, Goa on 27th February 2011. The Chief guest at the function was Mr. Vishal Agarwal of Indus Health Care Centre, Mr. Joseph chairman of AA Inter group Goa and many members from the AA fellowship of Goa. Some of the ex-patients & AA members shared their experiences and motivated patients who were presently undergoing treatment.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Speeches on Addiction, Recovery, Sobriety were also given by other members of the Inter group.
Friday, March 4, 2011
My name is Rahul Bharadwaj and I was born in a small town in Firozabad, Utter Pradesh. I am told that I lost my mother when I was one month old and my father when I was five. I was looked after by my paternal grandparents. I was very young when they expired. I was then looked after by my paternal uncle and aunt, who were very rude to me and ill- treated me and even beat me up very badly. I am a victim of polio and yet although physically challenged, even as a child, I was made to work in a glass article manufacturing company instead of going to school. My earnings were all taken away by my uncle. I was always beaten and ill-treated by my cousin and eventually I ran away from there and went to Delhi where I worked in a small roadside hotel (dhabba) in Chandini Chowk. I learnt to save and in the year 2010 I heard from people and movies I saw, I dreamt of going to Mumbai and make it big.
While in the train to Mumbai I heard that they were checking at Dadar station for runaways and so I got off at Bandra. I was very fascinated to see a big city and was day dreaming as to becoming rich like in the Bollywood films. By evening I had nowhere to go and landed at Mount Mary’s Basilica, Bandra. There I managed to meet a Mr. Michael who sells religious items and candles and he offered me a place to sleep in his roadside stall and gave me a job in his shop, where I am at present.
While at the shop I used to see a priest coming and going and always smiling at me as he passed by. I came to know he was Fr. Joe of Kripa Foundation. At the moment he looked at me I felt blessed and when Fr Joe spoke to me one day and asked if I wanted to study I just smiled. He got me a admission in Mount Carmel’s Night School. As I was sleeping on the roadside, he spoke to Brother Bosco from Mary’s Clan, who offered me a place to stay at the Clan. I can see Mother Mary listening to my prayers. I have a place to stay, a chance to study and a small job to earn something.
Today, although I miss my parents, I feel I have Fr Joe & Brother Bosco who care so much for me, that every time Fr Joe passes by he will stop to say hello to me. He is so concerned that he keeps a tab on me. I did not go to school one day and he stopped to ask why I had not gone. I was amazed as to how although so occupied with his work yet he keeps a tab on my well being. Just yesterday evening Fr. Joe took me personally in his car to meet an orthopedic surgeon Dr. Antao,who is well known among sportsman. He checked me thoroughly and said I could walk straight with the help of calipers. I felt happy to hear that. I have no words to express my gratitude to Fr Joe.I feel happy and wanting to live, despite my physical challenges and difficulty to travel. I look forward every evening to attending school. Thank You Fr Joe. For all that you do for me.
As spoken to .....Newsdesk