Saturday, June 30, 2012

International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficing Observed Nation Wide by Kripa -Section Goa

An Awareness Programme on" INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE & ILLICIT TRAFFICKING " was held on Tuesday 26th June 2012 at St.Jerome's Parish Hall, Mapusa, Goa. It was Presided over by Dr.Rajesh Dhume, Sr.Psychiatrist, Directorate of Health Services, North Goa and DR. Jayadev Sarangi IAS, Excise Commissioner of Goa, the Guest of Honour.

 Despite incessant rains there were around 80 Guest, Families, Ex-Kripa Patients, AA/NA Members.which also included The Haroon Family Memebrs, Mr. Humza, Dr.Saramento Gomes.

 Dr.Anand Chaudhuri introduced the Guest of Honors and explained to the audience the importance of this marker day. Dr.Sarangi in his addresss to the audience said though he was a Civil Servant as a Professional, He was married to a Cause of this nature, especially the Prison Reform System which he imitated at Tihar Jail and has  now progressed. He mentioned this  could only be done after sensitizing the Law enforcement agencies, the Judiciary & other Govt. Depts about  the gravity with which Drug & Alcohol Addiction could be managed. This Model was was replicated by him in other South East Asian Countries through UNODC when he was on deputation."

" Dr.Rajesh Dhume, spoke of the long partnership between the Directorate of Health Services of Goa & Kripa Foundation in the Treatment & Rehabilitative Services and said it was not enough to combat this menace. Members of the Civil Society, Law Enforcement Agencies, Recovering Addicts too need to join hands, if Goa is to be made Drug Free State through  awareness, outreach & educative Programmes,

The awareness also include testimonies by our Ex-Patients & a co-dependents. There was a Power Point Presentation on the Kripa Activities & Documentary of 'God Grace'. Entertainment by ex-Patients with Magic Show, Songs etc raised the exuberance of the festive-like occasion.

Simultaneously on the same day a drawing competition was held at Kripa anjuna for students from various schools. Certificates of participation an prizes to the winners were distributed.
Submitted by
Paul Noronha
Kripa Goa

International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficing Observed Nation Wide by Kripa -Section Bareilly

.A rally of about 200 children who participated in the programme was taken through the villages for about an hour, in which the Children carried placards and shouted slogans that they would never get involved in drugs and would be healthy future citizen.
The children were explained the ill-effects of drugs on each organ of the body by Dr. Amit Davis of Enlargan Hospital, a project run by the diocese of Bareilly. He also spoke of the ill-effects on the family life, society and the financial problem that is caused by drugs. He told children to be cautious about getting trapped in drug abuse and the healthy& beautiful life they could live without drug. Sister Lizzi, a social worker along with her staff took an active part in the programme. They composed and sang songs on the good work of the organization and explained the drug scene, its ill-effects and prevention by means of an interactive session.
The children were very co-operative and happy to participate by shouting slogans boldly & loudly as they passed though the villages. They promised to carry the message of the illness of addiction to there elders and neighbours in a loving and peaceful manner. The programme concluded with snacks and soft drinks and a vote of Thanks.
Submitted by
Joseph Pereira
Kripa bareilly
Mozen H

International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficing Observed Nation Wide by Kripa -Section Guwahati, Assam

On 26th June 2012, Kripa Assam in collaboration with Department of Social Welfare, Assam State AIDS Control Society & Narcotics Control Bureau performed Street plays in various locations of the city on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Ex-Clients, staff and interns of the centre took active part in the event
A Panel meeting was also organized by Assam State AIDS Control Society, Department of Social Welfare, Assam with support from Kripa Assam and other NGOs. Discussions were on harmful behaviour of injecting drug users, rehabilitation programme for drug users and NGOs must come forward to make this a reality.
Submiited by
Deepak S
Collage by
Mozen H.

Friday, June 29, 2012

International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficing Observed Nation Wide by Kripa and NCB -Section Dharavi, Mumbai.

Kripa Dharavi commemorated International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 26thJune 2012. The programme started with a rally, flagged off by Senior Inspector, Mr. Nandkumar Mehetar, and well attended by around 300 students from five schools of the area, local leaders, members from other NGOs and staff and beneficiaries of the Centre. There were also a display and distribution of IEC materials. The Chief Guest of the function was A.C.P. Mr. Hemant Patil.
After the rally, the participants adjourned to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Hall. The students of the schools put up Street plays and Slogans competitions and the winners were awarded trophies. Certificates of participation were also given out.
Speeches on the harmful effects of drugs and its effects on the family and society were also given to the participants. The programmes ended with snacks and refreshments served to all.
Submitted by
Mozen H

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Observed Nation wide in collaboration with NCB- Section Bandra.

Kripa Foundation along with the rest of the world  observed 26th June -International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking in collaboration with various agencies namely Narcotic Control Bureau by holding rally, procession against drug abuse, poster presentations  highlighting drug abuse prevention strategy, rehabilitation for drug users,  etc.
Kripa Bandra observed the day at 3 different locations  1.Dadar railway station along with ANC -Worli unit and NCB.  2. Rajiv Gandhi sea link Worli end and 3.Carter road promenade and amphi-theatre with Celebrate Bandra.

The highlight of the day long program was a visit by Mr. Vijay Kumar, Director General- Narcotic Control Bureau - South Western Region. accompanied by Mr. Khan and Mr. Tiwari of NCB, also present was PSI Gadage of ANC- Worli Unit. Mr. Vijay Kumar canvassed in the scourching sun on the sealink and even distributed handbills to the passing motorist. The team placed posters and banners on strategic points to attract maximum attention from the travellers.

The evening program on the carter promande was a grand success with the team enacting street plays, poster displays and distribution of handbills. the event was presided by Mr. Fernandes and Mr. Khan of NCB.
A special note of gratitude to Brett, Rajan and the team of Kripa Bandra for their efforts during this whole week of campaigning.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Fr. Joe conducts Intense Yoga in Bergelingen, Germany

         Bergalingen in Germany is about 800 mt  high, it's on the Southern end of the Black Forest on the border to Switzerland, having a beautiful view of the Alpes.

         Kripa Foudation Iyengar Yoga Germany meets at Heidevur ,Bergelingen with Students from all over Europe: Switzerland, Poland and Ireland, which also included  a participant from America.
        After 18 and 16 years respectively and  being personally trained by Fr. Joe, two Kripa Family Members in Germany are now authorised to teach Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga, Silvia Maria Braucks and Waltraude Eckert, and earlier Jim Pope from Toronto who is associated with Fr. Joe for 20 years. 
        The Intensive includes portions of the forthcoming book of Fr. Joe on Iyengar Yoga for Addiction Recovery.
With gratitude for the photographs & input
Gabriele Wilde
Bergalingen, Germany

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kripa Kick Starts International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking with Awareness Drive Week along with Anti Narcotic Cell, Worli Unit Mumbai.

The build up towards 26th June, the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking started off with Kripa Bandra in collaboration with the Anti Narcotics Cell, Worli Unit, Mumbai, holding an awareness program at the Mahalaxmi Railway Station.

The program, specially designed by the new awareness team of Kripa Bandra staff consisting of Rajan, Brett, Newton, Akshay, Praveen, Rohan and supported b
y Ricki and Augustus, consist of street plays, distribution of IC material, poster presentation, one to one information exchange, history of Kripa and the integration of
addiction, HIV care and yoga by Fr. Joe over the years.

The Kripa team was well supported by the Anti Narcotics Cell, Worli Unit with a huge presence of active participation at the venue consisting of PI.
Rajendra Sangle, PI. V.D. Badade, PSI. B. Ghadage, PSI Sankapal, along with Woman Head
Constable Manisha M Pawaskar, Constables Shinde, Dhanwade, Shegar, Ghosalkar,Mane,Mandhare and
transport logistic by Jhadav.

This whole week  awareness programs have been scheduled which will culminate with the programme on the 26th at the famous amphi- theatre at Carter Road promenade, Bandra, Mumbai, supported by the Narcotics Control Bureau, Mumbai and Celebrate Bandra Trust.

The planning of these programs are the efforts of Fr. Joe Pereira Managing Trustee, co-coordinating daily from Germany and is being  executed by the team of Dr. S. Mehta, Ms. Krishna Iyer, Stephen,Brett, Bosco along with logistic support from Selwyn, Merwyn and Solomon of Kripa Bandra.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Fr. Joe conducts a mega yoga class at St. Jacob's Church, Zurich

Since the past 2 years during his tour to Zurich and Germany, Fr. Joe has been conducting open yoga classes in Protestant Church of St. Jacob's Church, Zurich. The demand for Fr. Joe's yoga class is so high that this year too the attendance of participants  was to a full capacity.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fr. Joe teaches at Vilaret Yoga University

Photos by

Liebe Grüsse

Monday, June 11, 2012

Fr. Joe teaching Yoga at Vilaret Yoga University- Switzerland

Fr. Joe conducted a Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga at Vilaret Yoga University, Switzerland for yoga instructorswho have trained at this university for over four years. The programme was more to give them an idea of the Holistic method of applying Iyengar Yoga for various ailments including Mental Health and Addiction. The program was organised by Bela and translation done by Lucy.

World Anti Tobacco Day at Kripa Vasai

World Anti Tobacco Day
Kripa Vasai commemorated World Anti Tobacco Day on 04thJune 2012 in the premises itself.
The In-house clients formed teams and put up skits and hand-made posters & slogans portraying the evils of tobacco.
The highlight of the event was the enthusiasm and creativity shown by the clients in using ready available props in the centre to put forth complete skits with powerful messages for the audience. Many of the clients took an oath to, ‘Kick the Butt” while others have already reduced their intake
Submitted by
Mozen H
Kripa Vasai

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fr. Joe conducts a Yoga Workshop at Start Again Rehab- Zurich

Fr, Joe conducted a yoga workshop at Start Again Rehabilitation Centre, Zurich from 4th to 7th June 2012. Start Again is one of Kripa's  collaboratives  and Fr. Joe has been visiting them for  the past 16 years.
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

NISD-MSJE National Level Certification Course at Kripa Foundation

Organised by the National Institute of Social Defence (NISD), a one month in-house and exposure training to other NGOs was conducted at Kripa Vasai for four participants, from 7th May to 02nd June 2012.

The Students were trained under the resource team of Kripa Institute of Training in topics like Holistic Methodologies for yoga and meditation. Other topics included Evolution of addiction, Kripa recovery model, Secondary addiction, Character defects, Sponsorship, Tips on addiction counseling, Cause and consequence of drug abuse, processes for detoxification and Deaddiction, counselling, co-morbidities of physical & psychological nature, codependency involving families, referrals, networking & linkages.

Exposure visits to other Kripa facilties, various NGOs and drug user sites were part of the syllabus.
Submitted by
Mozen H
Kripa Vasai

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Awareness on HIV by VRACS in Vasai Region

On 02nd June 2012, VRACS in collaboration with ‘Alpham Salvi’ group conducted two awareness programmes on HIV AIDS, in different areas of Vasai.

The group conducted a street play portraying, the basics of HIV and other issues of concern. Pamphlets were distributed to the passersby and many of them put forth their queries to the resource team.

A short overview on Kripa Foundation and its activities were announced to the general public.
Submitted by
Mozen H
Kripa Vasai

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fr. Joe teaches yoga in an ancient monastry- St. Peter,Germany

Submitted by
Silvia Maria Braucks

Fr. Joe teaching yoga at Karuna-Centre,, Germany

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Submitted by
Silvia Maria Braucks