Saturday, June 29, 2013

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Programme's by Kripa Foundation India


On 26th June 2013, Kripa Bareilly commemorated Anti Drug Day in collaboration with The Salvation Army at their premises.
The purpose of the programme was to educate their staff and cadets, other social workers and the general public about addiction, so that they could help addicts in the vicinity and other nearby areas. They were made aware on the abuse of drugs, their effects on the users, their family members and society and treatment modalities possible through Kripa Model of Recovery, Counseling sessions and self help groups of Alcoholic anonymous.
The Division Commander of The Salvation Army proposed to have more such programs through a tie-up with Kripa Bareilly. There was good response from the audience to spread the message to the suffering addict.

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking- Kripa Assam


International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
On 26th June 2013, Kripa Guwahati commemorated Anti Drug Day in collaboration with Narcotics Control Bureau.
A rally was organized that was flagged off from Cotton College, Panbazar. Many In-house and Ex-clients, Staff and Trainess students participated in the rally. Pamphlets and Posters were distributed and displayed at strategic locations. Post Rally, street plays were performed in various parts of the city depicting the life of an addict, his problems, role of the counselor in helping him to be restored in the mainstreams of society.
A panel meeting was organized by Directorate of Social Welfare, Assam, Assam State AIDS Control Society in collaboration with Kripa Guwahati and NESPYM, Guwahati  at  Vivekananda Kendra Auditorium. Various Dignitaries from Social Welfare Department and other Government Departments graced the occasion. The present drug scenario was discussed and each representative was called upon to present a strategy in curbing the menace.

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking- Kripa Vadodara


Kripa Vadodara commemorated Anti Drug Day on 26th June 2013 at the Vadodara District Integrated Education and Training Centre for 50 PTC teachers from different parts of the city. The participants listened with rapt attention to the team who spoke on Addiction; its relation to HIV-AIDS, Problems in the Family and Kripa Model of Recovery.
The importance of disseminating this information to the students in schools was stressed on, so as to nip addiction in the bud and focus on their studies and lead healthy lifestyles.
There was a huge display of Posters, Banners and Leaflets were handed out to the teachers. Ex-clients, their families and well-wishers of the centre also took part in the programme.

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking- Kripa Kolkata


On 26th June 2013, Kripa Kolkata commemorated Anti Drug Day by setting up a kiosk in collaboration with Narcotics Control Bureau.
The Kiosk was inaugurated by Mayor in Counsellor. Eminent members of the city spoke on the good work of the organization and commended the staff for their activities like awareness, training programmes conducted throughout the city.
Leaflets, T shirts and Caps were continuously distributed. Members of the General Community were made aware of addiction and the timely intervention of treatment programme for the recovery of the addict. Many family members of Ex-clients were gathered on the occasion and expressed their views too.

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by Kripa Imphal


International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
FINGODAP, Manipur Chapter observed Anti Drug Day wherein Ksh. Jibanmala Devi, Kripa Imphal was invited as a Convenor for the programme.
The programme in collaboration with Johnston High Secondary School was held on 26th June 2013. Speeches and Slide shows on the impact of drug abuse were delivered.
Kripa Imphal also commemorated Anti Drug Day in the centre. The participants were In-house and Ex-clients and well-wishers of the centre. They shared their opinion on causes of drug abuse, how to help addicts once they complete treatment and identify other recreational activities that would help them stay focused on life activities, ‘Substance Free’

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking- Kripa Bandra



International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

On the 26th and 28th June 2013, Kripa Bandra in collaboration with Narcotics Control Bureau conducted awareness programmes in different parts of the city to mark the occasion of Anti Drug Abuse Day.

Various colleges and Cinema halls were the target population at strategic locations to deliver specches, slide shows and screening of documentary film " Gods Grace". Display of posters and distribution of leaflets and badges to mark the vent which were sponsored  by Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) and sharing of life stories of recovery were also part of the awareness.

The programme was a grand success as any doubts about addiction were cleared in the minds of the students there. Many of the students were shocked to learn the facts of raw addiction and its evil effects on the family and society. The theme for the day was well received and understood as fliers were passed around. The blooming enthusiastic minds of the students came up with numerous questions which were answered by the team

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking - Kripa Goa


International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
 
On 26th June 2013, Kripa Goa commemorated Anti Drug Day at St. Jerome Church, Mapusa, in collaboration with Narcotics Control Bureau.
 
The members on the dais were, Dr. G.V. Prabhu, Mr. Ravi Rana, Superintendent, Narcotics Control Bureau, Fr. Joe H. Pereira, Managing Trustee, Kripa Foundation.
 
The programme consisted of a Greeting Card Competition on the theme, ‘Think Health – Not Drugs’ was held for North Goa Schools at the centre. A group of College students and Recovering addicts enacted street plays depicting the evils of addiction. The participants were presented certificates of participation and expressed their gratitude in being a part of the programme.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Follow Up Programme for Youth in Jharkhand


Follow Up Programme for Youth in Jharkhand
 
In continuum to the De addiction Camp programme held at Holy Cross Kripa, Chainpur, Jharkhand, a follow up programme was conducted from 04th to 14th June 2013.
 
The participants were mostly ex-clients and a few had even persuaded addicts to visit the centre. The follow up programme consisted on In-house therapeutic sessions like prayer, yoga, meditation, educative and re-educative topics, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and Recreation. Eucharistic celebrations were conducted on a daily basis.
 
It is proposed to conducted De-addiction camps and follow up programmes on a regular basis and a plan for the same will be chalked out. 

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Awareness for Street Children by Kripa Assam

Awareness for Street Children
 
On 21st June 2013, Kripa Assam conducted an Awareness Programme for Street Children. The programme was organized by World Vision, India , at Panbazar. Around 30 children, children who come from poor socio-economic background and are vulnerable to High risk behaviour and rampant use of Dangerous Inhalants attended the programme.
 
 
They listened attentively to the resource team who spoke on Addictive Behaviour, Dangers of Addictive substances and explained to the children to focus on good things in their life like education and recreation. The staff also shared their own life experiences and the harm that befell them. The children resolved to bring positive changes in their life.

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Awareness Programme for School Children by Kripa Assam


Awareness Programme for School Children
 
The School authorities of Assam Valley School , Tezpur, alarmed at the increasing rise of addictive substances among vulnerable population requested Kripa Assam to intervene.
Accordingly, on 16th June 2013, the staff of the centre conducted an Awareness Programme on Substance Abuse.
 
Topics on Kripa Model of Recovery, Disease of Addiction, and Dangers of Secondary substances like Tobacco and Nicotine were explained to the children. Importance of Yoga, Meditation and Changes in Lifestyle were also stressed on. The children were happy to be part of such educative and informative programme.

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Awareness Programme for CHILDREN of Tea Garden Workers





Awareness Programme for Children of Tea Garden Workers
 
On 16th June 2013, Kripa Assam conducted an Awareness Programme for Children of Workers of the Tea Gardens. The programme sponsored by Assam Valley School, Tezpur was a huge success and greatly appreciated by the children.
 
The children were happy to have many of their doubts clarified as the staff spoke on Addiction, Disease Concept, Myths and Misconceptions and Sharing of Life Experiences. The children vowed to stay away from addictive substances and focus on their career and be a credit to their family.

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Awareness Programme for Tea Garden Workers by Kripa Assam


Awareness Programme for Tea Garden Workers
 
On 14th June 2013, Kripa Assam in collaboration with Assam Valley School , Tezpur conducted an awareness programme for Workers of the Tea Garden plantation.
 
 
A power point presentation, Talks on Addiction, Life Experiences and Basics of HIV were covered. The participants showed enthusiasm and put forth many questions to the team. It was also suggested by them to conduct programmes for their children.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fr. Joe H. Pereira, Founder Managing Trustee Kripa Foundation & Class A Trustee Alcoholic Anonymous India- comments on the Jungian experience with Dr Ashok Bedi.


The tutorial on Jungian depth of understanding the twelve steps of Alcoholic Anonymous was absolutely mind-boggling. It was a beautiful presentation and teaching of Dr. Bedi who truly excelled as a Pedagogue of Psycho-spirituality. I was deeply touched and saw that all of us have so much to work on the proper understanding of the twelve steps instead of just mouthing them without knowing the spiritual insights of them all. It will take us a long time to make this material reach the   common person in the recovery programme not only in Kripa but in the fellowship which is today so unaware of this dimension and hence full of what we commonly observe as “Dry Drunks” Thank you Dr. Ashok Bedi. God bless you. “
Fr. Joe

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Service is the only path to real sobriety: says Jungian Dr. Ashok Bedi and Fr. Joe -" A Satsang " says Dr. Shashi Menon



Knowing- Understanding-Accepting-Practicing: The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

The Jungian Perspective with Dr Ashok Bedi: 19 June 2013.
The ‘Satsang’ this morning with Dr Ashok Bedi and his colleagues in the USA and the Kripa Family in India, through the internet, was both revealing and inspirational. An all too common lip service to the text was converted into a deeply felt awakening to the realities of one’s common experiences and the experiences shared by many who we try to help.
Dr Bedi’s narratives and inspired descriptive would help anyone on the path to self revelation and a commonly shared goal in the desire to offer service. A daily need to recognize the experiencing, observing and practicing self in our personalities was a highlight of the session and ‘the three point’ journaling technique a very practical mechanism that could be followed by all.
I particularly appreciated the value of practicing Stillness in our lives, and from there using the horizontal planes of Love, Work, Play and Creativity to move vertically into the plane of Spirituality. From here we may learn to enjoy and appreciate the Unknown and the Higher Power’s plan for us on a daily basis.

Dr Shashi Menon
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Kripa Foundation


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Monday, June 17, 2013

Go Green with Otis at Kripa Pune - World Environment Day


Environment Day at Kripa Pune
 
Kripa Pune celebrated Environment Week on 06th June 2013. The programme was supported by OTIS Group wherein they donated around 35 saplings of Guava, Mango and Pomegranate.
 
An overview of Kripa and its services were presented to the staff of OTIS Group and were conducted a tour of the centre. They were well impressed with the centre and its activities. The programme concluded with snacks and refreshments served to all.

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Awareness by Kripa Pune- Military Population






Awareness Programme for Military Community
 
On 11th June 2013, Kripa Pune conducted an Awareness Programme in the Army Infirmary at the Military Campus for the detox patients. The participants were very cooperative and listened intently to the staff giving talks on Addiction, Kripa Model and Yoga asanas, sharing their own personal life experiences that enabled them to pour out their woes and sorrows to the Resource team.
 
With a genuine will to change they had a positive interaction with the team and requested them to come twice a week to teach them yoga and meditation. The team also spoke to the medical staff, social workers at the Military campus and gave them an overview of the programme and how best to handle the patients.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Awareness programme for children- Kripa Bareilly


Awareness Programme for Children
On 05th June 2013, Kripa Bareilly conducted an Awareness Programme for children on Arya Samaj Budain, Uttar Pradesh on the occasion of their annual celebrations. The staff spoke on the evils of addiction; its effect on an individual, family and society.
More stress was laid on addiction among children wherein the staff shared their own personal experiences as children and the measures they resorted to sustain their addiction. Other topics on Kripa Model, Changes in Lifestyle, Importance of Self help groups concluded the day’s programme.
 
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Fr. Joe conducts a yog workshop of Kripafoundation Iyengar yoga® on Addiction in Katowice, Poland


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Fr. Joe completes his programmes in Germany, Switzerland with a grand finale of WCCM Meditation n Poland .



In his recent tour doing programmes abroad. Fr. Joe completed his final programme in Poland after a grand  success and demand for more of his programmes on Meditation and Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga in Germany and Switzerland.
Whilst in Poland in Kotwice Fr. Joe conducted a WCCM seminar on Christian  Meditation to a packed audience.

The participants were spell bound with the way Fr. Joe conducted the seminar, going home soaked with beautiful memories to practice John Main's teaching.

The programme was well organised with the help  and   Mr. Andrzej Ziolkowski member of WCCM Poland.



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Awareness Programme for General Community by Kripa Vasai


Many Local leaders and Social Workers; having heard of the good and commendable work of Kripa Foundation requested for an Awareness Programme at the Market place, Ambadi Road, Vasai, for members of the General Community.
On 06th June 2013, the resource team armed with Banners and IEC materials set forth to give information about the organization to the Community. They covered around 100 stalls and shops and also kept distributing pamphlets to passersby’s.
Many people sought information about activities and services of the organization thus giving a need to continually conduct awareness programmes. at Market places and other densely population locations.

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Orientation and Sensitization Programme on Drug Abuse Prevention by Kripa Nagaland

From 22nd to 23rd April 2013, an Orientation and Sensitization Programme was organized by RRTC NE II, at Youth Hostel, Shillong for 36 participants comprising of police personnel, church organizations, NGOs, social welfare official and educational institutions
 
The objective of the workshop was: to identify roles and responsibilities of each department, NGOs, FBOs and educational institutions, Work towards initiating Drug Abuse prevention Work Place Policy, to share the experience/activities carried out during the past years for Drug Abuse Prevention, to bring out a comprehensive action plan strategies to mainstream Drug Abuse Prevention Program into the respective organization activities.
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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Training Programme on Livelihood option and micro credit- RRTC NE 11- Kripa Nagaland



The Regional Resource and Training Centre NE II organized a “five days course on Livelihood Option and Micro Credit” in collaboration with New Hope Centre, Shillong from 16th to 20th April 2013 at Youth Hostel, Shillong, Meghalaya for 25 participants from various partner NGOs.
The training was sponsored by the National Institute of Social Defense, Ministry of social justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India. Resource persons from Government as well as private sectors were invited to share the schemes and options that can be avail by the NGOs through various procedures which will assist the drug abuse clients after their recovery for a sustainable life.
 
The objective was to enhance the knowledge of Livelihood options accessible in the region for sustainability of the NGOs and the recovery people in particular. The content of the course was also designed to impart an integrated understanding of Micro Insurance for the benefit of the community in various sectors. A one day field visit to Synroplang Self help Group, Mawpat was arranged with a view to explore the idea of livelihood options accessible for the NGOs and also to give an insight of the success stories of Self help groups. Topics covered were, Micro credit, Book keeping, Micro credit & entrepreneurship, Micro finance, Livelihood option, Career guidance and planning and Skill Development.

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Training Programme on IT Initiatives and Documentation- RRTC NE 11- Kripa Nagaland


From 06th to 10th May 2013, The Regional Resource and Training Centre NE II, organized a “ 5 days course on ‘IT initiatives and Documentation’ RRTC NE II , Kohima under the sponsorship of the National Institute of Social Defense, Ministry of social justice and Empowerment, government of India for 24 participants.
 
The main objective of the training was to enhance the knowledge of IT usage in organization, get a better understanding about IT and to bring out the maximum advantage for the growth of the organization.
 
With the rapid growth of IT and technology the need of computer knowledge has emerged as mandatory and as an important tool in order to have a better communication and understanding in networking among a diverse group of people. Topics on basic computer skills, types, needs and areas of documentation, record keeping and reporting. 

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Three Day Training Programme for Nurses and Ward boys by RRTC NE -II, Nagaland


A 3 Days Training for Nurses & Ward Boys was organized by Regional Resource and Training Centre NE II” from 29th – 31st  April  2013 at RRTC NE-II hall, Kohima under the  sponsorship of the National Institute of Social Defense, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India for 24 participants from Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland.
 
The training mainly focused on the role of Nurse’s and Ward Boys and to develop their skills for efficient management in the IRCA and functions as: nurturer, comforter, provider, ‘mothering’ actions of the nurse, provides direct care and promotes comfort of client, activities involves knowledge and sensitivity to what matters and what is important to clients, Shows concern for client welfare and acceptance of the client as a person.
 
Topics covered were Tobacco, legal aspects of Drug and HIV/AIDS, addiction disease concept, harm reduction & abscess management, psychiatric problem in treatment, role of nurses & ward boys, types of drugs and its effects, overdose management and medical complication in treatment.
 
The valedictory function was graced by Mr.  Khevito,  Director, Social welfare Department, Kohima, wherein he informed the participants to take active role in contributing for the welfare of the society and be a role model in their field of work as a nurse.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Awareness at Kasarwadi Village by Kripa Pune


The Armed Medical Forces of Pune have adopted many villages in the radius of 40 to 50 Kms; one being Kasarwadi village. On request, Kripa Pune conducted an Awareness Programme for the Villagers on 06th June 2013.
 
The programme was held at the local clinic and the people were explained the dangers of alcohol and other intoxicating substances. The team personally went from house to house and gave more information about the organization; its services and facilities and the importance of A.A. meetings to the residents.
 
The villagers were invited to visit the centre and a tentative date and venue was planned for the first Alcoholic Anonymous meeting. A Bi-monthly follow up plan was also drawn and chalked out. The villagers expressed their gratitude and repeatedly thanked the staff and Fr. Joe H. Pereira, Managing Trustee for the commendable work done by the organization.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sherrad Wallang and Nigel Pek organises a Kripa-James Cook University Singapore Awareness Program in Coimbatore 19th May 2013






James Cook Australia, Institute of Higher Learning (also known as JCU Singapore) is fully owned by James Cook University Australia, the leading tropical research university in Australia. The university established the company in Singapore in 2003 as part it’s expressed intent of internationalising its activities and in pursuit of its vision of “Providing a Better Life for People in the Tropics”. The University offers a suite of university level programs at the JCU Singapore campus; specifically • Undergraduate programs in psychology, business, marketing, tourism, information technology, and environmental science • Post graduate programs in psychology, guidance and counseling, business, and information technology • Doctorate programs in psychology Importantly all programs offered follow the same curriculum as the Australian versions but are contextualised to the Asian environment. This ensures high quality, while at the same time maintaining a local relevance.

This year JCU organised a 5 kms run to spread the work of Kripa Foundation and awareness on Addiction and HIV/AIDS IN  Coimbatore. This major event would not have been possible without the great efforts of Sherrad Wallang  and Nigel Pek. It was very heartening to see Sherrad and Nigel share their love offerings for Kripa.

A report of the event from Sherrad and Nigel

Nigel Pek’s Experience:

The event conducted in Coimbatore was an unforgettable experience because it was a virgin trip for me in so many ways. It was my first time being in India, first time conducting an event and most of all first time helping a Non-governmental organization to spread its awareness program. As a student studying psychology in James Cook University Singapore, I felt that Kripa's chemical dependency and AIDs awareness program plays a very crucial role in educating the public. Besides educating the public, the program also reaches out to addicts and AIDs sufferers to come forth and seek help from the organization.

The experience of helping Kripa organize the event has benefited me in many ways. Through the obstacles faced during the trip I was able to learn more about my strength and weaknesses where it has allowed me to recognized these strengths and help me improve on my weaknesses. However, the most satisfying part of the trip was the sense of accomplishment after the event was done.

Sherrard Wallang:

It is very difficult to explain in words as to how this event panned out to be for us, but two young individuals given responsibility to run an awareness program in Coimbatore was a task quite hard to follow. Thanks to the funding sent from James Cook University Singapore, we as Kripa Members were given the opportunity to create a Youth Project Campaign whereby we attract people between the ages of 16-22, for a short 5km run. The Youth Project is a necessity I believe because this is the time whereby choices and decisions are made, and since they are the Future, we have to nurture them in the right manner, give them a platter of healthy choices.

We had the privilege of inviting Coimbatore’s District Collector to be our Guest of Honor, and he too took some insight in understanding the entire Kripa Foundation concept and was able to deliver his message in Tamil for the participants and spectators around. 

In a nut shell the event, although astonished with the extreme culture shock and language barriers, we did manage with extreme enthusiasm and perseverance from Nigel Pek who flew all the way from Singapore, to pull off a successful event.


JCU RUN For A Purpose is a Corporate Social Responsibility Campaign emphasizing on SAVE TREE'S. Creating an awareness to the young generation of India towards How to Reduce Plastic Bag Usage. 

We are inviting the Indian Citizen's in the age group of 16-21 years old with a challenge run of 5km. The run starts at 6.00 am in VOC Park, Coimbatore on 19th May 2013.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Catholic Priest teaching Yog in St. Jacob's Church Zurich: Fr. Joe


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Every Year Fr Joe H Pereira of Kripa Foundation teaches yog in Europe and gives a special teaching on  Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga in Zurich.  This year the event on the evening of Monday 3rd June drew in a record crowd of a hundred yog practitioners from all over Switzerland at St. Jacob’s Church.
Fr. Joe demonstrated from the front of the altar and explained how some postures help to bring the brain into the ‘Alpha’ state so that one is able to contemplate with full attention.
It is most extraordinary that a Catholic Priest is allowed to do this programme year after year in a Church and all the offerings are given fully to Kripa Foundation.
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Friends Forever: Fr. Joe with Waltraude Eckert & Günter Oberschmid Largest and Longest Yoga Donors from Germany.


During his ongoing programmes in Germany. Fr. Joe conducted an Intense Yoga Workshop at Seminarhaus Heidwauhr run by Waltraude Eckert & Günter Oberschmid of Tat-Tvam- Asi Trust. Mr. Günter Oberschmid is Fr. Joe's longtime and oldest friend in Germany and also the largest donors to Kripa Foundation from Germany.

 Their bondage is so strong that no trip to of Fr. Joe's to Germany is complete without his presence at Seminarhaus Heidwauhr. Indeed a home away from home for Fr. Joe.

One of the features of Kripafoundation Iyengar yog seminars in Seminahaus Bergelingen, is that every evening Fr. Joe celebrates Mass with some of the St. Ulrick's parishioners like Bona and Rosewith, Uwe Richter joining in. It was Bona who first introduced Gunter to Fr. Joe.

Bergelingen is the Kripafoundation Iyengar Yog Centre in Germany with Waltraude Eckret being certified as an instructor by Fr. Joe.


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KRIPA and OTIS- " WAY TO GREEN " - A tree plantation drive at Kripa Vasai on WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY







World Environment Day was celebrated in Kripa Vasai in collaboration with OTIS India. The management and staff of OTIS conducted a tree plantation drive at Kripa Foundation Vasai under the CSR programme.
The programme commenced with Kripa’ National Program Director Bosco D’Souza welcoming the delegates of OTIS on behalf of Fr. Joe H Pereira Founder Managing Trustee, who is currently in Germany doing programmes for Kripa and  introduced Mr. Anthony H Pereira of the Pereira Family that has donated the land on which Kripa Vasai stands. Instead of the traditional welcome with bouquets, the delegates were each given an indoor plant to take with them as a memento from Fr. Joe. H. Pereira.
The OTIS team was headed by Mr. K. Manivannam – Director, Mr. K Suresh- General Manager, Mr. Siddartha Krishna- Regional Head HR, Mr. K.H. Kadam – Regional Head E.H.S, and a host of OTIS Management and staff.
The Kripa film GODs GRACE was filmed, after which Mr. Anthony H Pereira (brother of Fr. Joe) spoke on the theme of this year THINK,EAT, SAVE. Mr. Pereira stressed on the need of each individual to take responsibility  to check on wastage of food, as billions of tons of food goes as wastage every year. He shared that when we love another, we love ourselves and with this change of attitude,  we could save unaccounted of wastage and safe the environment.
Mr. Siddartha Krishna of OTIS in his address appreciated the work Fr. Joe and Kripa. He was very impressed after seeing the film GODs Grace and acknowledged that Fr. Joe and Kripa was doing tremendous work in the field of addiction and HIV care. He further added that there was a need to look beyond self and help the world to be a better place. Mr. Siddhartha said that OTIS was always environment friendly and they even go to the extent of presenting a plant with every new client of an OTIS Elevator with Gen2 and their motto Way to Green. Mr. Krishna assured full support to Kripa in their help towards the marginalized.
Later the delegates along with the staff and patients of Kripa Vasai ventured into to open new plots of Kripa Vasai and commenced the tree plantation drive with the first plant being grown by Mr. K. Manivannam followed by each staff of OTIS. Mr. Anthony H Pereira and a group of patients planted trees on behalf of Fr. Joe and Kripa. The vote of thanks was delivered by Mrs. jean Pereira, Center Manger of Kripa Vasai, who assured the OTIS family that they would look after the plants with utmost care till they grow full bloom and give fruits. This was followed by refreshment served to all present. The programme concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.

 Fr. Joe H Pereira and the family of Kripa Vasai  acknowledges the help of Mr. K. H Kadam for coordinating on behalf of OTIS and Mr. Anthony Santos ( Horticulturist) for his valuable guidance and supply of the plants

. The OTIS delegates later left for another tree plantation drive at a school in Sandor village, Vasai.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Fr. Joe's Wishes on World Environment Day - From Germany


The 2013 theme for World Environment Day is Think.Eat.Save, Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your footprint  According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.

Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the resultant devastating effects on the environment, this year’s theme – Think.Eat.Save – encourages you to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices you make and empowers you to make informed decisions.

While the planet is struggling to provide us with enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people (growing to 9 billion by 2050), FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost. Food waste is an enormous drain on natural resources and a contributor to negative environmental impacts.


This year’s campaign rallies you to take action from your home and then witness the power of collective decisions you and others have made to reduce food waste, save money, minimize the environmental impact of food production and force food production processes to become more efficient.

If food is wasted, it means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost. For example, it takes about 1,000 liters of water to produce 1 liter of milk and about 16,000 liters goes into a cow’s food to make a hamburger. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions from the cows themselves, and throughout the food supply chain, all end up in vain when we waste food.
Making informed decision therefore means, for example, that you purposefully select foods that have less of an environmental impact, such as organic foods that do not use chemicals in the production process. Choosing to buy locally can also mean that foods are not flown halfway across the world and therefore limit emissions.

Therefore lets remember on this day Blessed Mother Teresa who feed the hungry and the poor, recollecting her words " When I was hungry you gave me to eat"

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