Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fr. Joe's article in the DNA newspaper on the Detoxification Camp at Kripa Dharavi D

Reform druggies to curb crime
Cops use informer network to indentify addicts and then send them to a 10-day deaddiction camp
Maitri Porecha
In a one-of-a-kind intervention, the Mumbai police are now identifying drug addicts through a network of local informers instead of arresting miscreants for indulging in substance abuse. They are hoping they will gradually get weaned off their addiction.
The first batch of 20 from the eastern suburban slums of Shivajinagar and Rafiquenagar was sent to NGO Kripa Foundation’s Matunga Labour Camp centre at Dharavi for a 10-day deaddiction camp. On July 14, 16 of them returned after completing the programme.
“I started smoking cannabis when I was nine,” confessedMohammad Saddam, 16. He has not felt the urge to touch drugs since returning from the camp.
“We crushed cannabis leaves with tobacco and got sleeping pills from the black market. Drinking an entire bottle of cough syrup was easy. We would then commit petty thefts and end up assaulting each other with swords,” said Mominnudin, 18, who willingly attended the camp.
The escalating crime rate in slums led the local police to blame increased drug abuse as a major reason influencing youth to become criminals. In 2011, 1,336 offences were registered in Zone VI (eastern suburbs of Nehrunagar, Shivajinagar, Cheetah camp, Trombay amongst others). Till July this year, 1,436 offences have been registered w ith a 7% increase in the crime rate as compared to last year.
“Routine interrogations revealed that most of the crimes by the youth were committed under the influence of drugs. Our men identify slum households where drug abuse is prevalent and then summon the parents of such youth to convince them to put their children in rehabilitation,” said Quaiser Khalid, additional commissioner of police (eastern region).
A walk down the bylanes of the densely populated Govandi slum in the late evening would reveal that sword fights are not a thing of the past. Under the influence of cheaply available drugs, young teenagers roam the streets in a trance-like state with swords and knives.
Local activists have identified over 200 such households were drug abuse amongst teenage children is rampant. “The efforts of getting the first batch for deaddiction are but a drop in the ocean. Drug addicts have troubled pasts and thus, there is a chance of relapse. The key is to be persistent in deaddiction drive efforts,” said Father Joe Perriera, member of an expert panel group in the state ministry of social justice and welfare.

Sunday, July 29, 2012


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Paul Noronha

Goa is sitting on a HIV time bomb: Fr. Pereira in THE TIMES OF INDIA -GOA

         Joseph Zurate / TNN : 26th July 2012. Goa

CALANGUTE: Goa's today the hot-spot for partying in India, because of which drinking alcohol-from cheap feni to expensive whiskys and wines - has become so ingrained in our culture that nobody realizes anymore that this is destructive, says Fr Joe Pereira, founder of the Kripa Foundation who is currently on a retreat in Goa.
This August 15, Kripa Foundation, which works with recovering addicts, will celebrate its 31st Founders Day and it's been over 25 years since they started a branch in Goa at Anjuna.
Pereira warns that because of this party culture, permissive sexual behaviour, specially among women, has also increased and Goa is sitting on a HIV time-bomb. "Unfortunately Goan society has a false sense of status. They're into denial that they have any problem. They're so scared of shame that they will never admit that they're alcoholics or drug addicts. They would like to think that only the poor sections of society suffer from alcoholism or drug addiction," Fr. Pereira says. "Earlier the flower children were our biggest inmates. They're our biggest supporters now," he informs.
A certified Iyengar yoga instructor, Fr. Pereira advocates what he calls 'secular meditation' to bring about body, mind, spirit unity. "Then your recovery process becomes much more authentic, because it bypasses your ego," he says, adding, "without the grace of God you cannot do anything."
He also strongly feels that liquor tycoons like Vijay Mallya should set aside a portion of their profits to fund organizations which help alcohol addicts to recover. "They're turning so many people into alcoholics. I'm not suggesting prohibition or anything. But I feel they should put a certain portion of their profits to lend a helping hand to those who wish to stop drinking," says Fr. Joe Pereira.


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News Desk

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


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Paul Noronha
Kripa Goa

Friday, July 20, 2012


This event took place immedately after the panel discussion with Sagarika Ghose on CNN IBN.( anchor in Mumbai-Ms. Nikita Mishra & Team) -  There were more than 1 lac clicks which caused the crash. Result-  our counselling centres all over the country are guiding citizens how to go about treating and admitting thier loved ones who are having an addiction problem.
Fr, Joe H Pereira
Managing Trustee
The Kripa Family
Email: kripahelpline@gmail.com

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Fr. Joe spreads the message of AA and Teaches at the Nagpur Seminary.

Fr. Joe taught two courses to the final year students of St. Charles Regional Seminary Nagpur. The first was on Pastoral Counseling and the second on Addiction Counseling for Deacons to be ordained priests  and be posted in  various parts of India.
During his  week long stay in Nagpur Fr. Joe attended various AA meetings as a Class A Trustee of AA in India and addressed huge gatherings of recovering alcoholics and was part of  two sobriety birthday celebration. 
 Fr. Joe completed his teaching in the seminary on the 13th of July. However extended his stay till  the 14th of July, and spoke to many Al Anon members who met him  jointly with their recovering spouses to seek guidance and help to live sober one day at a time.
Owing to the tradition of anonymity the pictures are not on this blog. However the recording of one of the talks is available through the Kripa Educational Materials, at Kripa Institute of Training, Mumbai.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

International Day against drug abuse and Illicit Trafficking- Section Darjeeling

Kripa Darjeeling commemorated International Drug Day on 26th June 2012 in collaboration with the Police, Excise and other NGOs. A rally was organized were students from various schools, local leaders and employees from institutions took part.  Exhibits, lectures, entertainments and distribution of leaflets were part  of the programme, which was broadcasted live by a local TV channel.
Christabelle Edwards
Kripa Darjeeling

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Fr. Joe visits Kripa Mangalore

On a one days visit to Mangalore, Fr. Joe visited the centre and interacted with the staff and clients. which concluding with a yoga session. The clients later mentioned to Paul 'Souza the Centre Manager that they felt so fresh and juvenated.
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Paul D'Souza
Kripa Mangalore 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

" Fr. Joe this a is Unique initiative" says Mr. Julio Rebeiro-IPS (Retd) -The Detoxification Camp at Kripa Dharavi




Submitted by
Rajan & Praveen
Kripa Dharavi

Dear Kripa Famly and Friends  this unique camp has been held with the police of Govandi Police under the able guidance of Senior PI R. S Agarwal to help addicts in and around his police station. As there is no special budget to fund such camps, he along with his police force of Govandi Police station, Mumbai sought sponsors  who were willing to help.
There is a  need to hold such camps in Mumbai and your support will mean a lot.
Do contact us on:
022 26405405/26439295
Email us: kripahelpline@gmail.com  further information 

News desk

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fr. Joe orients BMS students of Chetna College, Mumbai about the Holistic approach of the Kripa model

Five students of BMS stream of Chetna college were oriented by Fr. Joe about the Holistic approach of the Kripa model in an hour long session at Kripa Bandra. The students were further interacted with Dr. Snehal Mehta and Ms. Krishna Iyer.


His Grace Most Rev. Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes visit kripa Bandra

His Grace Archbishop Most Rev. Stanislaus Fernandes of Gandhinagar, visited Fr. Joe on a stop over journey to Rome. Fr. Joe had a meeting with the Kripa team and discussed  Kripa Gandhinagar. Fr. William Athaide the parish priest of Mount Carmel Church, Bandra also paid a courtesy visit to His Grace.


Fr. Joe bids farewell to Romeo Pereira Ex-staff of Krip Pune

Ex-staff of kripa Pune, Romeo Pereira was layed to rest at a funeral service in Vasai his home town. Fr Joe was the main celebrant at the funeral service with co-celebrants a priest representing the Jesuits community, and the Asst. priest of the parish..Fr. Joe's homily moved many in the huge gathering at the funeral.
Romeo leaves behind his wife Nathalia, son Remy and  daughter-in-law Andrea.
May his soul rest in eternal peace. Amen.

Fr. Joe and the Kripa Family sends Birthday greetings to Rt. Rev Bishop Anthony Fernandes


Thursday, July 5, 2012

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking-Section Shillong

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
On 26th June 2012, Kripa Shillong conducted International Drug Day, organized by Department of Social Welfare, Meghalaya.
Awareness Programmes and Street Plays were conducted in different areas of the city. The participants were students, workers, social welfare staff and general public. An inter school painting competition for students and Street Children was also part of the programme.
The programme concluded with refreshments served to all.
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Kripa Shillong
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Watch Fr. Joe LIVE on CNN IBN Tonight on a Panel Discussion at 10.pm

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Nikita Mishra
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International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficing Observed Nation Wide by Kripa -Section Imphal

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Kripa Foundation Imphal observed, ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’ on 27th June 2012 at Kripa Imphal.
The program started with a key note address by the Project Director and was followed by quiz competitions and focal group discussions facilitated by the resource teams on topics like, Harmful of abuse in an individual as well as in the society, Responsibility of youths and role of the family.
The programme ended with a question-answer session and testimonies by Clients in recovery.

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Jibanmala Devi
Kripa Imphal

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Monday, July 2, 2012

International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficing Observed Nation Wide by Kripa -Section Vasai

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
To mark the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Kripa Vasai organized a series of awareness campaigns on 29th and 30th June 2012 at Manickpur and Parvati Cross Vasai.
This initiative included Street plays, talks on Drug abuse and a signature campaign to raise the public awareness. The aim of these programmes was to bring to fore the disastrous repercussions caused by drug abuse which effects, The Self, Family and Society at large, that outlined the life of a drug addict starting right from his childhood where he is influenced by family habits and peer pressure and, later succumbing to his addiction.
There were also distribution and display of IEC Materials
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Mozen H
Kripa Vasai

International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficing Observed Nation Wide by Kripa -Section Mangalore

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
On 28th June 2012, Kripa Mangalore commemorated International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at Padua College by organizing speeches and talks.
Around 200 students and staff members from Padua College, Mangalore attended the programme. The team spoke on drug addiction; its rampant growth and its long term effects on youth. There was a question-answer session and the feedback received was encouraging. The programme ended with a vote of Thanks.
Submitted by
Paul D'Souza
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International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficing Observed Nation Wide by Kripa -Section Nagaland

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
Kripa Zunheboto commemorated International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 26th June 2012 at the Town Hall in collaboration with CCFZ and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Around a 100 stakeholders and youth attended the programme.
The Chief Guest was Mr. K.S. Anden, Deputy Commissioner spoke on the occasion and expressed his concern of the growing menace and appealed to the people to collaboratively work towards curbing the menace effectively. Kripa Staff also spoke on the problem and suggested holistic approaches to deal with it. A testimony and songs by recovering drug addicts concluded the programme.

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Abu Mere
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International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficing Observed Nation Wide by Kripa -Section Kolkata

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
Kripa Kolkata commemorated International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in collaboration Narcotics Control Bureau on 25thand 26th June 2012.
The resource team set up a kiosk wherein people could seek Information on Drug Addiction, Preventive and Rehabilitative measures. Around 400 people visited the stall and had their queries answered. Many Ex-Patients and family members attended the programme. Leaflets, caps and T-Shirts were also distributed.
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Sandeep Mitra
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