Friday, December 31, 2010

Orphan Christmas Night at Kripa Vasai

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The Children’s party for kids from orphanages situated in and around the Vasai region was held on 27th December 2010. The event began with the celebration of Holy Mass led by Fr. Joe Pereira. His Grace Archbishop Felix Machado graced the occasion with his presence. A total of 762 children and more than 150 guests and well-wishers attended the program. Archbishop Felix Machado addressed the children and commended the work that Fr. Joe was doing through Kripa Foundation. Fr. Joe along with Archbishop Felix Machado invited the youngest children from all the ashrams to come forward and cut the cake.
Santa Claus also made an appearance much to the delight of all the children. A number of entertainment programs were organized which the children thoroughly enjoyed. Thereafter the children were invited to the patio and both staff and children shook a leg or two. A sumptuous dinner was served to all present and thus the curtains came down on yet another fun filled programme at Kripa Foundation.
Design and report by
Jimi Amore
Kripa Vasai

Monday, December 27, 2010


"The youth rise to help Kripa for the Stanchart Marathon. Your generosity will go a long way to alleviate the suffering of the marginalised and to draw many youth into such work of Kripa " Fr.Joe

Message from Naomi Nigam Youth Ambassador of Kripa Foundation
Dear Friends
With the spirit of giving in the air this festive season, I kindly appeal to you to pledge for Kripa Foundation and in particular for the KRIPA DHARAVI STREET CHILDREN PROJECT at theStan Chart Marathon 2011 for which I will running the Dream Run in the DREAM MAKER category.
Please followl the link below for further details about the project and the ease of online giving through the United way of Mumbai secure website

Together, this Christmas let us be the drop of change in the lives of the beneficiaries and make their dreams come true!!

Thanking You for your generosity and wishing you all the joys of the season

Naomi Nigam

Please note -

1.Please note that this transaction will reflect as a or Avenues India Pvt Ltd transaction in your credit card/bank statement

2. E receipts will be sent to all donors directly on their email address. Please make sure you enter the correct details

3. All contributions (above Rs100) will qualify for 50% deduction from income-tax under section 80-G of the income tax act

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Greetings

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The Festival of Christmas 2010

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A musical concert " The Festival of Christmas 2010,was held at Supari Talao .Bandra Mumbai. Various artistes from all over the country sang to a packed audience of more then 3000 people.Fr Joe known to many as the SINGING PRIEST sang "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" The children from Dharavi were present with him on the stage. The crowd was moved as Fr. Joe spoke about his work with street children and prostitutes in Dharavi , Asia's largest slums.
There was no sale of tickets, however the hat was passed around to collect love offerings for Kripa Foundation and another NGO Atma Vishwas. The Programme was a success and well presented by Mr Dereyk Talker.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas edition - Kripa News letter

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Graphics & Designers
Cynthia White
Jimi Amore
Editorial Team
Fr Joe Pereira
Francis Fernandes
Bosco D'Souza
Mozen H

Thursday, December 16, 2010

They showered their Love on kripa - Staff of Credit Suisse

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Credit Suisse had their annual party on 3rd Dec, 2010. The theme for this year was 'Blast from the Past' - dress code - "Retro". Kripa Foundation was chosen as the charity for this year for whom employees were urged to donate funds. To add fun to the event several heads of departments were dressed up as famous Bollywood characters from yesteryears (Don, Gabbar Singh, Hawa Hawai, Jumping Jack etc) and all employees were encouraged to bid to have their favorite character on stage. Bidding was done a week prior to the event and closed on the 3rd Dec afternoon. A Love offering was handed over to Rev. Fr. Joe Pereira and Dr. Maria Nigam. Rev.Fr. Joe was deeply touched by the generosity of the staff and overwhelmed with this kind gesture. As a token of thanks and appreciation, Fr. Joe presented the CEO of Credit Suisse - Mr. Mihir Doshi with a canvas created by the street children from Kripa Street Children Project.
A report by

Sharon vallis

Credit Suisse

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Do They Know it's Christmas?

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In this Advent of Christmas and in preparation for the coming of Jesus, a Christmas dinner was held for the Patients and the kripa family of Kripa Bandra on 10th December. Fr Joe in his interaction with the gathering, which consists of patients from different Faiths, explained the real meaning of Christmas and how one should prepare themselves for the coming of Jesus on Christmas day.In his Grace before meals Fr. Joe thanked the Donor( Anonymous) for his kind and thoughtful love offering.The boys were treated to soft drinks, a sumptuous dinner and delicious dessert.
The patients thanked Fr Joe for this wonderful evening, and also the Donor for remembering them during this Christmas.
The party was well organised by Mervyn, Steven Brett, and staff of Kripa Bandra, Francis Fernandes - photography and Errol Netto for Catering.


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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Visit by Our Swiss Collaborators

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Mr. Gerard and Philip of Start Again Rehab, Zurich ,Switzerland visited Fr Joe at Kripa Bandra. They shared valuable information on Systemic Approach to Addiction recovery.
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Sunday, December 5, 2010


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In commemoration of World AIDS Day, Vasai Region AIDS Control Society (VRACS) conducted a series of events from 01st to 03rd December, 2010, supported by Kotak Education Trust and Municipal Corporation of Vasai-Virar.

On 1st December, four rallies were organized, with around 4800 students from 44 schools in different parts of Vasai-Virar and a street play on HIV AIDS & its related topics.

On 2nd December, two awareness stalls were held in different parts of Vasai wherein there was a question-answer session, game show, poster exhibition, distribution of pamphlets.

On 3rd December, a rally and a cricket match was organized for around 60 migrants of the industrial area of Vasai.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

World AIDS DAY - at Kripa Dharavi- Mumbai

World AIDS day was celebrated at Kripa Dharavi, Mumbai by holding a rally of school children which was flagged off by Chief Guest Mr.Julio Riberio , Former Ambassador to Romania and also Former Police Commssioner of Mumbai, along with Fr Joe Pereira, also present was Mr.Dereyk Talker,Dr Maria Nigam, Dr. Sashi Menon, Mr Linus Pinto,Mrs. Krishna Iyer, Mr Bosco D'Souza, and staff of Kripa.

The children walked through the streets of Dharavi, shouting slogans on AIDS Awareness and later collected back at Dr Ambedkar Hall where a a quiz and poster competition was held. The Guest of Honour for this competition was PSI Hemant Patil. The judges for the competion were Mr Dereyk Talker of Wake Up Bandra,Ms Manali from Angaan Trust. and Dr Singh PHM dept. Sion Hospital Nearly 650 school students from the vicinity participated in this rally and competion.
Fr Joe in his speech to the children mentioned that it is so important not to have just knowledge on the subject of HIV/AIDS, but very important to get a change in our life style. He also mentioned how one should have a holistic approach to facing these challenges and even quoted Mahatma Gandhi.He further mentioned that with awareness and a change of life style the latest analysis shows that there is a drop of 20% of new cases of PLHA.
The winners were awarded trophies and certificates of participation given to each school. The celebration was well organised by Dr Maria Nigam, and staff of Kripa Dharavi Deepak, Pravin, Rajan and Shabana. The children were served snacks and soft drinks and the program ended with the singing of the National Anthem


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