Kripa Foundations 34th anniversary celebration commenced with a thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration by Founder Managing Trustee Fr. Joe H Pereira along with representatives of Kripa Family and Friends, at a scheduled Mass along with parishioners of Mount Carmel Church, Bandra. Fr. Joe in his homily spoke of the work that Kripa does and blended his thoughts with the New Adam - Christ as the Savior from the evil Spirit ( alcohol)Spiritus Contra Spiritum with Mary our Mother to guide us. Fr. Joe's homily was well presented with the help of a power point presentation, supported by the choir led by Francis Fernandes.
This is a red letter day on the Kripa Foundation calendar. It marks the birth anniversary of Kripa Foundation, founded by Founder Managing Trustee Rev. Fr. Joe H. Pereira way back in 1981 which today is having 76 varied facilities in 14 States and various collaborations World wide.
This year the institution celebrated 34 years of service to the marginalized and people afflicted and affected by chemical dependency and HIV / AIDS.
A musical concert was organized and staged at St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra, later in evening. This year Fr. Joe selected Principals of schools and colleges as the guest of honors, as they have contributed immensely in reaching out to those youth of our country, who are unknowingly being trapped in the clutches of addition
Many famous artists and singers came together to make the evening a truly memorable and exciting one.Rev. Fr. Joe also contributed to the event by singing the Hymn " Shepherd of my soul". The added attraction this year was the Yoga ballet put up by Mimi Batliwala's Institute with girls from D.M. Girls Orphanage Trust & WECAN ( Women's Empowerment Centre & Network).
The guest of Honors were felicitated with the traditional shawl and gift. It was a pleasure to see Mr & Mrs. Julio Riberio, Mrs. Joy Pereira & Family, Mr. Ashish Shelar, Priest and religious, corporators and distinguished personalities and all who loving support the work of Kripa.
At the interval the Guest of Fr. Joe's was treated to a well spread table of snacks namely done by our Kripa Chefs Lester and Sterling supported by Chandu.
Kudos to the organization committee who did a remarkable contribution in making the event a grand success led by Fr. Joe along with Mr. Linus Pinto, Christabelle Baptista, Sushila kapadia, Millie Castelino, Cynthia White,Constance Amara, laura Rodrigues, Vernon Alvares, Mervyn Rocha, Myra Pereira, Santosh Sadan and Bosco D'Souza.Acknowleges to Ashutosh Mandelia of Rachna Images for the Printing of souvenir well co-ordinated by Xavier Baretto and Stephen Monterio.The backdrop video clips of each singer and designing of the broucher cover by by Bosco D'Souza with guidance and support from Cynthia White.
The clockwork precision in which the entire evening unfolded is a direct result of efforts that Mr. Felix Flor and his team of musicians and dancers, supported by Stage Manager Mr.Vernon Alvares. and well compered by Mr. Brian Tellis.
The program ended with the singing of Vande Mataram with an applause to all artist that had been called on the stage.
As the guest left the auditorium one could hear feedback's like " Wow what a fantastic program", "Fr. Joe should have at least two such programs a year", "Just waiting for next year", " What talent", " Remarkable work kripa does'
Hearing such comments and looking at the house full auditorium fills our hearts at Kripa Worldwide that " Together we can make a difference and this world will be a better place to live in'.
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