Monday, September 7, 2009

Celebration at Kripa Vasai

Sunday, the 6th of September 2009, was a red-letter day on the Kripa Foundation calendar. It marked the 67th birth anniversary of Rev. Fr. Joe H. Pereira, Founder and Managing Trustee, fondly known as Fr. Joe to one and all. An entertainment program was organized at the Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar hall, Kripa Foundation, Papdy, Vasai.
The occasion began with the traditional cutting of the birthday cake by Fr. Joe , who was accompanied by his sister, Sister Teresa. In his address Fr. Joe thanked all those present for taking time out of their lives to share this joyous occasion with him. He added that by the Grace of God .Kripa had spread to remote parts of the country with 58 projects and facilities , spread all over the nation ( Including 6 aboard ) and shared his vision to take Kripa to International heights.
Thereafter, Fr. Joe blessed the adjacent plot of land where the proposed Kripa Convention Centre and International Institute for Addictions and HIV/AIDS is to be built.
A tree sapling was planted on the occasion of by Fr Joe, which was presented by Master Finn ( nephew of Fr. Joe ) on behalf of the Kripa Family world wide.
The entertainment part of the program commenced with an African Chant by Mr. Victor, a blind student from Libya. This was followed by a variety of performances by the staff, which included a song specially written and song by Mr. Jimmy Amore. Followed by a song in the local East Indian dialogue by Mr. Steven Coelho. Therafter, Mr. Anthony H. Pereira, Fr. Joe’s elder brother, addressed the gathering with nostalgic memories of their childhood days. Mr. Wilfred Pereira, brother in law of Fr. Joe also said a few words. This was followed by a dance session for all.
The occasion was attended by a number of dignitaries, staff from different centers, friends, villagers and VIPs from different walks of life. A sumptuous lunch was served to all, after which the curtains came down on yet another memorable and joyous event at Kripa Foundation.