Vasai Kala-Krida Mohotsav is also about indiscrimination. The mohotsav is conducted without regards to religious, cast, creed and political affiliations. This platform has produced many a great sportsman like Anand Menezis who represented India in the Olympics of 2000. Other games like Karate and Kho-Kho have created state level players.
Every year this event is conducted at the year end precisely from the 26th of Dec. to the new years night at the Chimajiappa Playground and the New English School, Vasai.
This year a new event was added to the competion namely cartoon drawing. Fr. Joe Pereira Managing Trustee of Kripa Foundation was the Chief Guest to inaugurate this landmark event. Also present for the programme was Yvonne lawlor.Friend of Kripa from Ireland and Bosco D'Souza National Program Director of Kripa.
Before the inuguration Fr. Joe was felicitated on stage by the office bearers of the Mahotsav committe for his humanitarian service towards helping society cleanse itself from addiction and HIV/AIDS.
Addressing the plenary session of the 'Kripa Model of Recovery: Training Program for Standardization' workshop at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Bandra (West), Mumbai, Fr. Joe said, scores of staff at Kripa had departed from the organization, tempted by higher wages or other pecuniary reasons but those who have remained with Kripa are a gift from God and their relentless dedication to the Kripa cause has played a pivotal role over the last 31 years in ensuring the NGO’s success while securing it’s position as the foremost in the field. “There are no other organizations in our field anywhere in the world which are staffed by recovering addicts helping those suffering from substance abuse,” Fr. Joe, added.
He noted that Kripa is now standing at crossroads where every individual facility can become a self supporting and financially autonomous unit, following a standardized operating procedure. “Thus, care and services offered at any center in
Dr. MS Menon, Director-Medicine at Kripa, in his speech at the closing session said, modernization had made imminent standardized operating procedures. “Clients today are better informed than as earlier times in history of kripa”. Standardization of processes is not an isolated event. But it can be achieved simply by applying the prescribed processes daily in our operating techniques,” he added.
Christabelle Edwards of Kripa Darjeeling delivered a vote of thanks on behalf of the Kripa Family Nationwide to Fr. Joe and the team for the excellent programme and logistics arrangements for each of them. Indeed a memorial visit to Kripa Head office.
Dr. Bedi was addressing the Kripa Model of Recovery: Training Program for Standardization’ via teleconferencing yesterday morning with visiting centre heads, project managers, counselors and other senior staff at Kripa Foundation, led by Father Joseph H. Pereira, Founder Trustee. Through a PowerPoint presentation entitled ‘Sacred Vessel’, held online, Dr. Bedi highlighted how counselors at Kripa have to hone their skills to battle the menace of addiction and risks posed to substance abusers by deadly disease such as HIV/ AIDS. Dr. Bedi pointed out that a patient’s relationship with his counselor is an “X-Ray” of his behavior with his family. Dr. Bedi also spoke about the importance of leading a spiritual life, quoting examples from the Holy Bible.
Kripa has a tie-up with the Carl S. Jung Institute in US, through Mumbai Jung Centre,
Attendees were pleasantly surprised by the arrival of Dr. Francis Pinto, Chairman, Xandev Foundation,
Meditation helps a person return to spirituality and focus on our Creator, facilitating real healing of the mind, body and soul, Fr. Joseph H. Pereira, Founder, Kripa Foundation and National Coordinator for the World Community of Christian Meditators in India, said on December 8, 2012, while leading a workshop on “Including the body in Contemplative Prayer”, held at the hall of the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Bandra (West), Mumbai, India.
Speaking on the occasion, Fr. Joe mentioned that eradicating HIV and AIDS is yet to be achieved scientifically. However, these infections can be prevented by leading a mentally, physically and spiritually healthy life, which encourages people to shun drugs and casual sexual contact. VRACS, a division of Kripa is exerting extra efforts in the Vasai-Virar region to create a general awareness of HIV/ AIDS among all sections of the society. In addition, Kripa’s centers across India have dedicated HIV/AIDS help-lines that can be accessed by the general public 24/7. He further added that most HIV patients carry a social stigma and are discriminated against by the society, which is a sad reality in India and abroad, However with the support of the Mayor and Elected Leaders Forum against AIDS (ELFA) and outreach done by VRACS it is far less in these areas of Vasai- Virar”. He assured all support by Kripa and VRACS to Mayor Patil and the people in his municipal region, to combat the dreaded disease.
Mayor Patil lauded the achievements of VRACS in his municipal precinct and urged Fr. Joe and his delegation to continue their efforts to ensure that the region nears to the zero mark of HIV/AIDS. Pledging full support for his work towards mankind.