Thursday, June 30, 2011

International Drug day against drug abuse & Illict trafficking -Kripa Kolkatta

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International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Drug Trafficking -Kripa Assam

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In collaboration with Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Kripa Assam organised programs on International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 26th June 2011 in various parts of the city, Kripa In-house clients, staff and students from Assam University conducted street plays on evils of addiction and other related topics..
Later that evening, a meeting was organised by Department of Social Welfare in association with Kripa Assam. Shri Akon Bora, Minister of Social Welfare was present for the program along with other dignitaries of the state. Project Director of Kripa Assam delivered the vote of thanks.

Submitted by

Deepak Sahney

Kripa Assam

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thank You Star Singers- Oflingen-Germany

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Monday, June 27, 2011

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking- Kripa Vasai

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Kripa Vasai organised programs on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 24th, 25th and 27th June 2011 in five different locations of Vasai Taluka.
On 24th June, an awareness programme was conducted for around 450 students of G.J. Vartak School, Vasai Station. The programme consisted of Street Play performed by the In-house clients and staff; depicting the evils of addiction, affected family members and role of the counsellor. Life Sharing and Question- Answer session, Distribution and Display of IEC Materials were other activities of the programme.
On 25th June 2011 and 27th June, the entire programme was repeated at Evershine City: Diwan Market, Evershine Circle and Vasant Nagri, and G.G. College, Vasai respectively with an inclusion of a Signature Campaign. The number of participants was around 250 passersby in Evershine City and 300 Students of the school.

Submitted by

Mozen H.

Kripa Vasai

Sunday, June 26, 2011

International Day against Drug abuse & illicit trafficking. A program by Kripa Foundation & Narcotics Control Bureau with MSJE

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On the occasion of International Day against Drug abuse & illicit trafficking. Kripa Foundation in association with Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) and The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment conducted a program for students of 9th and 10th standards, from the vicinity of Bandra, at St Aloysius High School Hall.
Keeping in mind the theme for this year “Think Health- Not Drugs”, the program commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the Guest of Honors Fr. William Athaide, Parish Priest of Mount Carmel Church, Mr. C Fernandes and Mr. Khan of NCB, Mr. Sanjay Godekar of MSJE, and staff of Kripa Foundation Dr S. Mehta, Dr. Sujata Nair, Ms. Krishna Iyer and Fr. Seraphine.
Mr. Fernandes and Mr. Khan of NCB in their address to the students stated, that NCB would support Kripa Foundation in their battle against chemical dependency and pledge their full support to this cause. Mr. Godekar of MSJE mentioned that Kripa Foundation was one of the largest and best NGO in the field of chemical dependency.
A play on the harmful effects of drug abuse was enacted by the patients and staff of Kripa Bandra, which was well applauded. A poster painting competition was held, and trophies and certificates were given to the best 3 posters. Dr. Snehal Mehta and team presented a rose and a memento to each guest on behalf of Fr. Joe and the Kripa Family.
The children on their part pledged that they would carry this message of the harmful effects of drugs on health back to their schools and homes.
Bosco D’souza compered and gave the vote of thanks on behalf of Kripa Foundation. Those present were served refreshments and cold drinks. The program ended with the singing of the National Anthem.

Reported by
Mervyn Rocha
Brett Rodricks

Francis Fernandes

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fr Joe at an old Baroque monastery of St. Peter in the Black Forest,Germany

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A weekend yoga was conducted by Fr. Joe at an old Baroque monastery of St. Peter' in the Black Forest, Germany. The day would commence with the morning meditation, followed by a walk in the Black Forest and practice of yoga. On one of such walks, Fr. Joe visited the Kneipp cold water basin, where he demonstrated asana's for the heart. The evening would end with the celebration of the Eucharist followed by a singing session. It was a real experience to do yoga in these huge princely rooms and dine in the ancient hall. The place had great serenity and calmness and it was a joy to do this weekend yoga organised by Ludwig, after a five day retreat with Fr Joe, organised by Silvia Maria. The weekend was a great learning and soul searching experience under the teachings and guidance of Fr. Joe. Thank You Fr. Joe.
Submitted by
Silvia Maria


Fr. Joe conducting a yoga workshop at Karuna-Zentrum in K├Ândringen near Freiburg.Germany

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Fr. Joe conducted a yoga workshop at Karuna-Zentum near Frieburg. The workshop was well attended by many students , also present for the workshop was Mr. & Mrs. Ajay and Rishita Agarwal from India. It was a grand success and ended with a sumptous meal.

Reported by

Silvia Maria

Frieburg Germany

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Focus on Drug Abuse Prevention in schools, in Nagaland


KOHIMA, JUN 17: There are around 27000 Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) in Nagaland, excluding oral drug users, as per a survey conducted by the Nagaland State AIDS Control Society. There is no available statistic on alcoholics, but it has been estimated that the number of drug users and alcoholics in Nagaland would cross a minimum total of 50,000 drug abusers and alcoholics.

These were highlighted during the one-day Orientation Workshop on Drug Abuse Prevention for Heads of School Institutions held at Millennium Hotel today. Looking at the long prevailing issues of students’ indulgence in use of Gateway Drugs such as Inhalants including Dendrite, Erasex, Gutka, Alcohol etc, the consultative meeting aimed at identifying roles and responsibilities of educational institutions and working towards initiating Drug Abuse Prevention in schools.
In drawing a comprehensive action plan strategies to mainstream Drug Abuse Prevention programmes into educational institutions, the workshop suggested that schools should identify users according to its own suitable method as a first step towards prevention of drug abuse.
It also strongly endorsed the need for a counselor in every school but keeping in mind that this would depend on the proprietor of the school for private schools, it suggested on impressing upon the government to fund a counselor for every school as it does for Hindi Teachers.
It further suggested that a section of schools be allotted for display of all necessary information related to tobacco, drugs, etc, as well as to dedicate a day in a month to discuss the matter with the students and do necessary surveys to find out the status of the problem. The involvement of students was also necessitated in order to find a solution towards this goal besides seminars and trainings for teachers and parents.
Also voicing concern for the failure of strict implementation with regard to the sale of tobacco within 100 yards of school premises, the schools representatives pointed out that, although it is banned, shops sell it and students buy it. While a fine of Rs. 1000/- is being imposed on the shops caught selling tobacco products, it was reasoned that if they can make a profit of Rs.5000, losing Rs.1000 is still not a loss. This has been observed as a major problem in all the schools.
Earlier, Abou Mere, Director of Kripa Foundation,Nagaland stating that Nagaland is passing through a turbulent period in its history, the transition from a traditional tribal society to a modern technological culture, lamented that homes and families do not discuss values anymore. He pointed out that the major reasons why people abuse drugs is availability and easy accessibility, parents not providing quality time, increase in peer pressure and low capacity to cope with life/stress respectively.
He said this is impacting us in respect of health by causing premature deaths and side effects besides producing school and college dropouts, loss of working hours and productivity, increase in crime and economy.
He also informed that Hepatitis C among IDUs is more than 20%, which he noted is much more alarming than the prevalence rate of HIV.
The Director further said a study done by Kripa Foundation & UNODC H-13 in Kohima with 250 Drug users showed that Rs.180 Crores is going out of the State annually taking into account the daily expense of a drug addict and alcoholics (this excludes local brew as the money generated from it circulates within the State).
Strongly pointing out that drug or alcohol abuse is a disease, he impressed upon the schools on creating awareness on drug hazards by promoting youth friendly activities and not just regular academic classes through seminars, trainings and workshops on life skills and social issues, counselling of students and family members, taking part in community events and referral for counselling.
Meanwhile, Dr. P Ngully, Chairman, of Kripa Foundation in Nagaland, asserted that drug abuse is a social problem which has to be addressed together.
Referring to a study on drug abuse conducted in the urban area in Nagaland, he said 80% are in the age group of 20-30 years while 96% are above secondary level. 47.3% are employed while a worrying factor is the age of first use at 19, accounting for 86.5% in this regard. 60.8% of them attributed the cause of addiction to curiosity while 47.2% was because of peer pressure and 52.6% showed secondary addiction including gambling, sex and womanizing. He said that the criminal record before treatment stands at 25.6% according to the study while it showed improvement by coming down to 15% after first relapse. The Regional Resource & Training Centre - North East II covers the states of Nagaland, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh and is supported by National Institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment Govt. of India and managed by Kripa Foundation, Nagaland.

Submitted by
Abu Mere
Kripa Foundation Nagaland

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sensitization workshop on Drug Abuse Prevention & Voluntary Blood Donation at Kohima-Kripa Foundation Nagaland

Organizers of RRTC NE-II along with participants during the one day orientation and sensitization workshop on Drug Abuse Prevention & Voluntary Blood Donation at Kohima, June 17. (Morung Photo)

Kohima June 17 : Alarmed by the high rate use of tobacco in Nagaland, especially by School children in and around Kohima, the need to minimize the trends has been highlighted at the “Orientation and Sensitization Workshop on Drug Abuse Prevention & Voluntary Blood Donation” for educational institutions held today, at Hotel Millennium. After thorough deliberation, the workshop came up with some action plan, which will be forwarded to Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, the department concerned and educational institutions.
The Action Plan included schools to identify the users according to its suitable method, to train a counselor (train a teacher with less work, where that particular teacher should also abstain from all kinds of tobacco products and related things), section of school allotted to display all necessary information related to tobacco, drugs etc., a day in a month should be dedicated to discuss the matter with the students and do the necessary survey to find about the status of the problem, involve the students and to solve the problems through them, to conduct awareness programme for teachers and parents and to impress the government to sponsor or appoint full fledged counselor in each school to maintain good health.
The participants held a series of discussion trying to understand the prevailing issues of students’ indulgence in use of gateway Drugs such as inhalants (Dentrite, Erasex, Gutka, Alcohol etc) to curb the issue in the institution with proper co-ordination. Many concerned teachers pointed out on the use of gutka by the students which is indeed a tough task for them to put an end besides countless warnings.
Earlier, Abou Mere Director, Kripa Foundation highlighted on drug abuse scenario of Kohima district. Basing on research done by Kripa Foundation, he said as the problem further compounded, it was confirmed that HIV cases had been detected among the Injecting Drug Users in 1990 where Manipur and Nagaland is among the six HIV high prevalent states in India. Nagaland HIV prevalence rate stand approximately 0.78 percent, to 1.5 percent (reduced from 35%) due to intervention of various civil societies and large scale awareness campaign. Economically, assuming 50,000 drug abusers & alcoholics in Nagaland, Mere said the state spend Rs. 180 crores annually on drugs and alcohol products.
Highlighting on drug abuse prevention activities by NSID/MSJE Dr. P.Ngullie, chairman, Kripa Foundation maintained that according to the Study on Drug Abuse there are 74 Respondents in urban area between the age group from 20 – 30 years and educational level remains 96% above secondary. Stating that it is not easy to change a person who is into addiction, however Ngullie added that Kripa foundation is giving its best effort to normalize their life. Basing on reports he also asserted that the causes of addiction predominantly happens due to curiosity (60.8%), peer pressure (47.2%), 52.6% showed secondary addiction (gambling, sex, womanizing) and the cause of relapse takes place due to personal problem (37.8%), peer pressure (33.7%), loneliness (31.1 %), frustration (27%), curiosity (25.6%) still continue to “hang around” with using friends after treatment 48.7% . There are also some reasons for taking Treatment which may be because the person is willing to give up which was found (56.7%) and family pressure (24.3%).11, Ngullie said.
The programme was organized by Regional Resource and Training Centre North East II in collaboration with All Nagaland Private School Association (Kohima unit). The programme was sponsored by Nationals institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India.

Submitted by

Abu Mere

Kripa Nagaland


Kripa Nagaland- article in Nagaland Post

Teachers deliberate on prevention of drug abuse Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 17 (NPN):
Article published on 6/18/2011 1:08:09 AM IST

School teachers representing private institutions in Kohima district on Friday collaborated to take up preventive measures on drug abuse among students community.
The key issues heading their action plan included conducting of a one day seminar for teachers on sensitization of drug abuse prevention and including drug abuse prevention programmes in their school’s events calendar.
Discussing this during a sensitization workshop on drug abuse conducted by the Regional Resource and Training Centre (RRTC)NE-II along with All Nagaland Private Schools Association Kohima Unit, it was decided that RRTC would initiate in conducting sensitization programme for teachers in private schools in Kohima starting from the current year.
This system module would be further carried out to other districts, the RRTC assured.
The participants also proposed for a counseling training programme to be given to representative from each school.
Having felt the importance of counseling in schools, the teachers also decided to impress upon the government to sponsor a full-fledged counselor to schools.
Further to sensitize students, it was proposed that a day in a month be dedicated to discuss matters of drug abuse with students and let students take involve in finding solutions to it.
Speaking on drug abuse prevention activities carried by National Institute of Social Defense, chairman of Kripa Foundation Dr. P. Ngully said that there are 11 RRTCs in the country, RRTC NE-II being one of the centres covering 10 rehab centres in Nagaland, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
He informed that role of RRTC NE-II include training of service providers, research and documentation, human resource development and IEC development, networking and advocacy, Drug Abuse Monitoring Systems (DAMS) etc.
Dr. Ngully further asserted that the RRTC was trying to decriminalize drug addicts, saying that addiction is a disease. While mentioning that the most vulnerable age for drug abuse was between the age of 20-30 years, Dr. Ngully said that proper and humanitarian form of be taken to rehabilitate them.
Speaking on drug scenario in Nagaland, director of Kripa Foundation Abou Mere said that Nagaland was passing through a turbulent period in its history, the transition from a traditional tribal society to a modern technological culture, and the people becoming vulnerable to drugs. He pointed out that availability and easy accessibility of drugs, lack of family quality time, pressure and low capacity to cope with life stress were some of the reasons leading to drug abuse.
To curb the ill-affects of addiction, Abou Mere stated that schools should create awareness of drug hazards, promote youth friendly activities like trainings and workshops on life skill and social issues besides academic classes, counseling therapy to students and family members, participation of students in community events.
The programme was sponsored by National Institute of Social Defense, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
‘The Bridge’
While addressing the high incidence of children indulging in ‘gateway drugs’ such as tobacco, gutkha and sniffing of inhalant drugs and realizing the importance of dealing with such problems with proper care and counselling, Kripa Foundation has created a space called ‘The Bridge’ where professional help can be accessed with the hope to bridge gap between the child and adult. For issues relating to drug abuse, school drop-outs, or children dependent on gateway drugs, professional counselling can be availed at The Bridge, Kripa Foundation Nagaland, Red Cross Complex Kohima/ 0370-2241853/

submitted by

Abu Mere

Kripa Nagaland


Friday, June 10, 2011

An Article of Mrs. Anurdha Karkare of kripa Pune

An article by Ms Anuradha Karkare Project Co-ordinator Kripa Pune. in local Tabloid "Gavkari Tarun"

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

World No Tobacco Day at Kripa Vasai

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No Smoking Day

Kripa Vasai declared 13th May 2011 as a No Smoking Day in the premises itself. This was initiated by the in-house clients with motivation from the centre manager and Rob Harris; a yoga enthusiast during his visit to the centre.
The experiment was a huge success with all clients decreasing their intake and a few quitting altogether. There was also a request from the clients to declare every ‘Friday’ henceforth as a No Smoking Day.
In continuum, World No Tobacco Day was commemorated on 31st May 2011 in the centre itself. There was a display of banners and posters. The counsellors motivated the clients to quit tobacco, nicotine and there was positive feedback from them. Tournaments were arranged for the in-house clients and staff and the winners and participants were presented with gifts.
Reported by
Mousin H
Kripa Vasai