All Media Persons' Welfare Association & South 24-Parganas Journalists'
Association jointly organised the 10 th award ceremony in which journalists and
people from different walks of life were awarded. Aroop Biswas, Bengal Housing
Minister inaugurated the programme, while Justice Chittatosh Mookerjee was the
chief guest and Madan Mitra, Transport & Sports minister was the guest of
Ms. Joba Guha Program Director of Kripa Foundation North Eastern Region recieved an award for outstandinf work in social work at the hands of Hon'ble Minister for Youth Affairs Mr. Arup Biswas.
Fr. Joe H Pereira Founder Managing Trustee Kripa Foundation and the entire Kripa Family congratulate Ms. Joba Guha for this achievement.
Kripa Pune conducts Sahachari Women’s meet programme at regular intervals. This year, Women Day was commemorated with the Sahachari group on 23rd March 2013. Around 60 women of the Al-Anon group as well as the families of the Ex-clients and In-house clients attended the programme for discussion, sharing and interaction at the centre.
The programme concluded with and plans for the next meeting to be conducted. Refreshments were served to all who attended.
On 21st March 2013, the resource team from Kripa Counseling centre at Bahare, Dahanu conducted an awareness programme, organized by Vasai Janhit, on “Empowerment of Women through Self Help Groups”.
More than 100 female participants benefited from the information on Addiction and alcohol abuse and the de-addiction facility available A separate arrangement was made to answer the queries and to distribute information brochures and leaflets. The response of the participants was clearly indicative of spread of substance abuse in tribal area and need for providing recovery facilities. Most of the target audience was happy about the initiative of the new centre of Kripa, operating in Dahanu, which is very beneficial to the adivasi tribal population.
They also expressed the need for conducting more such program in the tribal community in the vicinity in the near. The programme concluded with Tribal dances as part of entertainment.
Patients and staff at Kripa Foundation's rehabilitation centre in Bandra (West), Mumbai, celebrated Holi, the festival of colors- with great fervor, on March 27, 2013. Patients from all walks of life and various faiths joined hands to participate in these celebrations, which are traditionally held to welcome the onset of the summer season in India. Participants splashed one-another with water and colours, a common Holi tradition. Kripa Bandra ensured that all colors used during these celebrations were eco-friendly and non-hazardous to humans, as part of its social commitments to preserve the environment and follow healthy practices. Father Joseph H. Pereira, Founder and Managing Trustee, Kripa Foundation, in his message to patients and staff said, such celebrations are ample proof that all festivals can be enjoyed in a spirit of amity without resorting to substances such as drugs and alcohol. Patients and staff later enjoyed a special Holi lunch, including traditional sweets
For the second year in sucession Fr. Joe brings his wonderful knowledge and teachings of Iyengar yoga to a small Canadian yoga group of students from non-Iyengar tradtition. These were woman who wanted to discover India and experience the real yoga world of B.K.S Iyengar Father Joe' eyes and expertise. And like he says: " yoga is not a work-out but a work-in." and thats excactly what he taught us for the next four days.
As the group put it " We were blessed to receive his teachings. Many of us got transformed by this trip and the true teachings of Father Joe on practice of Iyengar Yoga " As one of the particpants said
" At least now I know how to put the yoga belt to good use."
This small group consisted of Julie Charro, France Paquette, Nadine Landry, Sonia Leveille, Jocelyne Ashby from Canada along with particpants Miriam Batliwala,Mieko Hashide.
At the workshop we also got an oppurtunity to meet a wonderful and terrific woman, Miriam Batliwala (lovingly called Mimi) who was so inspiring to all of us.
Doing yoga at the beautiful yoga studio at the Aashyana Lakhanpal with natural and sereine surrondings was a unique experience to be with in touch with nature.
Indeed these four days of yoga retreat with Father Joe was a great an honor and priviledge erish for a long time to come. Looking forward for the next yoga retreat with Fr. Joe in the near future.
On 26th March 2013, Kripa Vasai conducted an Awareness Programme at Bus Depot, Parnaka, Vasai West. Banners and Posters were well displayed and the team went around distributing pamphlets and giving information to those who wished to avail of it.
The members of the general community had a positive interaction with the staff and also promised to refer their family members and friends for treatment to the centre.
Mumbai was invited to conduct a training workshop on ‘Addiction Management’ in
Municipal Schools by Aishabai College of Education of Fazlani Foundation, Aishabai & Haji Abdul Latif Charitable Trust and
South Bombay Public Charitable Trust, Byculla to a group of 15 school
counselors/psychologists, on 08th and 09th March 2013.
The participants were trained in topics like Addiction;
disease concept, different stages, warning signs, methodology to effectively manage and deal with substance abuse cases in
school settings, early identification and establishing appropriate referral
systems for treatment.
drugs of abuse and preventative measures were also explained to the
participants. The workshop was made participative and interactive using
modalities like case studies, group discussions and presentations.
participants gave a good feedback stating that it had helped enhance their
knowledge and understanding about the disease and how to manage it sensitively.
The also expressed their interest in collaborating with Kripa Foundation to
design training modules which could be integrated in the education curriculum
of the Municipal schools for the next academic year.
In accordance with repeated requests from local leaders and well-wishers of the area, the staff of Vasai conducted an Awareness Programme at on 22nd March 2013 at Papdy Market; during peak hours. The team went around interacting with passersby’s and shop-keepers; continuously giving information on the organization; its activities and services and distributing pamphlets.
It was proposed to do this every Friday, the weekly market place of Papdy village, Vasai, and with skits and street plays.
Every year, the Diocesan Human Life Committe gives away two awards, "The Sr. Annunciata Pro-life award " and " The Lily and Rose Award" to those individuals /institutions who have worked for the cause of Life.
Today 23rd March 2013, these awards were given at a function well organised by the office bearers of DHLC, which included Fr. Cajetan Menezes Managing Trustee of Snehalaya Family Service Centre, Mahim, Mumbai. This event was held at St. Joseph convent hall, Bandra, Mumbai. The program started with a traditional Indian prayer dance song done by students and staff of St. Joseph Convent.
Fr. Joe was invited to the stage and the award was presented to him by Rt. Rev Bishop Agnelo Gracias Auxillary Bishop of Bombay amongst a loud applause by the house packed gathering.
Fr. Joe in his short address to the gathering thanked God, his parents ( late) Hilary and Martha Pereira, Mother church, all those who contribute in helping him reach out the the addict and People Livng with HIV/AIDS. He specially thanked his staff whom he calls "Wounded Healers" The Kripa film 'Gods Grace" was screened which again received a thunderous applause viewing the work that Fr. Joe does to help mankind.
The Lily and Rose award was given to Perpetual Succour Home for the aged, Andheri.The home later conducted a cultural programme with some senior citizens from there home, the dance act was appricated by one and all.
A birthday song was sung for Dr. Anthony Sequeira the brother of Sr. Annuncita, however on doctors advise he could not attend the function due to a surgery. A cake was cut on his behalf by his daughter Dr. Priya Pinto who read out a message from her father. The mesaage thanked the organisers for their kindness , Congatulated and praised Fr. Joe' work that he does to improve the lives of the addicts and their families. In Dr Anthony Sequiera' word " A fitting reward to Fr. Joe"
During a short intermissi snacks and tea were served to all who attended the programme. It was very touching to see Bishop Angnelo go around auditoruim, greeting each and individual at their seat.
The program ended with a final Prayer and blessing by Rt. Rev. Bishop Agnelo Gracias.
On 16thMarch 2013, students of the Armed Forces Medical College visited Kripa Pune for an Orientation Programme.
The staff spoke on the Kripa Model of Recovery, Therapies and Activities of the organization. An In-house client shared his life story followed by queries from the students about Addiction and its related topics. They also interacted with clients of the centre. After the session, the students were conducted on a tour of the centre
The event was conducted at the New Mumbai Municipal Hospital at the Anyava De-Addiction Centre, which is run by the New Mumbai municipality.
The Kripa team was welcomed by Dr. Ajit Magdum, Director, Anvaya Deaddiction Centre, Vaishali Magdum, Professor and Secretary, Stri Mukti Sanghatna, Navi Mumbai and around 50 persons including patients, alcoholics and drug addicts, their relatives and social workers of the hospital. Two AA members, Dharam and Jaywant, also spoke at the program. The Rotary Club of Millennium City chairman Vijay Kulkarni, President, Rajan Pannikar and Reliance India's senior staff, Suresh Babu, also attended the event.
The Kripa Bandra Team which conducted the program included Mr. Vijay Pujari, Mr. Rohan Solomon and one recovering addict Gregory. They spoke about the Kripa Model of Recovery, the disease of addiction, how Kripa helps and counsels addicts to undergo recovery, sharing by recovering addicts and a question-answer session for about 30 minutes.
Many families inquired with the Kripa Bandra staff about admitting their affected relatives for the rehab program. The Kripa Team also gave away brochures and pamphlets as well monthly newsletters to the attendees and others.
The event lasted for about 2 hours and evoked an excellent response from the organizers and attendees, who asked the Kripa Team to conduct more such events for the benefit of Navi Mumbai residents. They called upon Kripa Foundation to open a complete detox and rehab centre in New Mumbai. The Rotary Club and Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation have pledged to extend all help to Kripa to open a complete detox and rehab centre in New Mumbai.
A One Day Seminar on ‘Management’ was organized by Vasai Janhit and Kripa Foundation for representatives of various NGOs/Trust in Vasai, on 16th March 2013 at Kripa Vasai, under the theme, ‘Taking Our Trust / NGOs to Greater Heights.
The key speaker was, Mr. Conrad Saldanha who spoke on Development Issues, Initiatives, Performance Appraisal, Competency Development and the like. The response was overwhelming and the participants gave their feedback and plans were outlined for the betterment of their organizations. It was proposed to continue these seminars on a quarterly basis.
In an effort to keep the association with the Shetkari Sangh Club and activities ongoing with them, the resource team of Kripa Dahanu Counselling Centre conducted an Awareness program. On occasion of the tribunal celebration on 7th March 2013, the resource team conducted program at Ambesari in collaboration with Vasai Janhit Sangh. The program was targeted at the youths, farmers and women from Adivasi tribal community in and around Ambesari.
The program was focused on overview of addiction and HIV / AIDS. Life experiences sharing of Kripa resource team during program added different dimension to it and was well received by the target audience. Many prominent personalities including Director of Vasai Janhit Sangh and Chairmans of three different Shetkari Sangh ( Farmers’ Club) from Ambesari, Ghadane and Nagzari villages were present on the occasion and extended their cooperation.
51 Students from Madras Christian College from Chennai visited Kripa Mangalore on 20th February 2013 to gain first hand information on the working of a Rehabilitation centre.
The staff put in a series of topics on the issues of concern of Drug Addiction and HIV AIDS that met with approval by all present. They listened with rapt attention to staff sharing their life experiences and the ruin caused to them by Alcohol and Drugs. The programme ended with a question-answer session and interaction with clients of the centre.
On 02nd March 2013, Kripa Mangalore conducted an awareness programme for 35 students of Canara College. Informative sessions on the progressive nature of the disease, focus on healthy living and changes in life style consisted of the programme. Testimony by staff enabled the students to perceive the dangers of a life full of drug use and addiction.
A power point on Drug use and other related topics was much appreciated. The students posed a lot of queries that was successfully answered by the resource team.
March 16th 2013 will go down in history as a red
letter day in the lives of inmates in three different jails in the state of
Goa. A unique model created to have corrective measures to reform drug addicts
in any of these jails
An initiative by Fr. Joe H Pereira, Founder Managing Trustee
of Kripa Foundation, was well appreciated and accepted by the dynamic
man with a vision Dr. Jayadev Sarangi I.A.S. Inspector General of Prisons, Government of Goa.
This unique programme will consist of sensitization of the
Jail staff, programmes of awareness on
the harmful effects of addiction, counseling, detoxification, rehabilitation
and vocational guidance based on the Kripa Model of Recovery with the help of
the 12 step programme of AA/NA inside the jail premises.
Initially the programme will be introduced in jails of Vasco, Aquada and
Mapusca in Goa.
Fr. Joe signed the MOU with three jail superintendents
in Goa, and personally met Dr Sarangi and thanked him for entrusting Kripa
with this unique model induction and assured Dr. Sarangi of all his support in his journey to help clean
addicts in the jails of Goa.
Kripa Goa conducted an Orientation cum Exposure Programme for 19 students of Travel & Tourism, St. Xavier’s College on 13th March 2013.
A brief introduction of Kripa Foundation; activities and services, and its model of treatment were given by the staff. The daily activities of the programme were also explained to them. The programme concluded with a testimony by In-house clients and screening of the film, ‘God’s Grace’.
As part of their curriculum course, 40 students from Navjeevan School of Nursing, Shahapur visited Kripa Vasai for an Orientation Programme on 13th March 2013.
The students who will be doing project work in the field of Addiction and HIV AIDS; Care and Support, Detoxification process, needed to understand the recovery process in a rehabilitation centre. The staff facilitated the programme and adequate information was given to them. The Kripa film, ‘God’s Grace’ was screened which concluded with a testimony and a question-answer session.
The students assured Kripa, to refer the organization in their area that is prevalent in addiction and has poor resources available for Rehabilitation programme.
Awareness Programme at Shirke (Siporex) Group of Companies
As part of the Employee Assistance Programme, Kripa Pune conducted an outreach to the workers of Shirke Group of Companies on 05th March 2013.
The team spoke on disease of addiction; its progression, and Kripa Model of Recovery. There was great response from the workers who showed their interest by raising queries.
An employee of the company, who quit addiction having being present at an earlier outreach programme by Kripa, gave his testimony to those present. He spoke on how the resource team made an impact on him and brought changes in his life. Another highlight of the outreach programmes conducted, were that the employees have started Self-Help groups under guidance and planning by the team.
16 Students, on an Exchange Programme from Chowgule College and Educational Institutes in Sweden visited Kripa Goa on 08th March 2013.
They wanted to understand the rehabilitation process used for people with Substance Abuse. A brief introduction of Kripa Foundation since its inception, therapeutic sessions and daily activities were explained to them. The film, God’s Grace was screened followed by sharing of life experiences. A Swedish AA member who is a friend of Kripa gave his testimony
16 Students, on an Exchange Programme from Chowgule College and Educational Institutes in Sweden visited Kripa Goa on 08th March 2013.
They wanted to understand the rehabilitation process used for people with Substance Abuse. A brief introduction of Kripa Foundation since its inception, therapeutic sessions and daily activities were explained to them. The film, God’s Grace was screened followed by sharing of life experiences. A Swedish AA member who is a friend of Kripa gave his testimony.
On 27th February 2013, Kripa Dharavi conducted an Orientation Programme for 30 T.Y.Bsc Nursing Students of L.T. College at the centre itself.
Basic Information on Addiction and HIV AIDS were given to the students. They also spoke on the AA / NA Twelve step program, Kripa Model of Recovery and the therapeutic sessions conducted for the clients. Other topics touched on were, Safer Injecting Practices, Vein Care and Abscess Management, Oral Substitution and Needle Syring Exchange Programme of the NACO project running in Maharashtra .
the author of life. He has infused His own life in us so that we may live this
life to its fullest and glorify Him. Keeping this in mind on 4th
March 2013, the Kripa Staff conducted an awareness programme for the people
attending worship at fipcol. Indeed it was very fitting ambience as the people
were well inclined to chip in the conference soon after their hearts and minds
had been elevated to God in the Eucharistic celebration presided over by Rev
Sanjay Joshi, the main presenter of the programme began with the topic on
addiction that initially starts as a small single dosage for relief and
reinforcement once a week and then with gradual progression becomes a menace
not only for the drinker but also for the whole family. Delightfully and with
an alluring tone he expounded the various stages of addiction, the excruciating,
agonising aftermath of it resulting in total delusion, existential void,
petrifying loneliness, which in due course of time leads to insanity and death.
in spite of the venomous sting of the disease coupled with the powerlessness of
the victim, Mr. Sanjay also promised the bright hope of recovery for all those
who are willing. He assured that it is ‘Kripa’ that promises hope against hope
through its spectacular amalgamation and blending of East and West; a programme
of Spirituality of the East combined with Science of West, helping the victim
to re-establish his/her conscious contact with the Higher Power and thus
facilitating the sufferer to regain his original dignity in which he is created
by the Creator.So, he invited the
congregation saying when the sun has set and the light is gone; when the hopes
are bleak and the night is on; one need not panic, for there is always ‘Kripa’
with its arms extended, waiting to embrace the victim lovingly. Mr. Sanjay was
assisted by Mr. Jude who added colour to the event with power points, videos
was marvellous, well appreciated and followed by variety of questions raised by
audience which were answered to their satisfaction. We thank Fr. Leo who facilitated
the event, the participants for their willingness and openness to listen, share
and debate, Mr. Sanjay for his fabulous presentation and above all Fr. Joe
Pereira who through his ‘Kripa’ has enthused and inspired us to walk in the
right path that leads to recovery and life.
On 04th March 2013, the Shetkari Sangh Club was inaugurated at Jain Mandir Trust, Ambesari. Many prominent local and religious leaders, social workers and farmers were present for the occasion.
Taking good opportunity of the occasion and on request of the organizing committee, the resource team of Kripa Dahanu Counselling Centre on behalf of Paraspada Youth Club presented the activities of Kripa Foundation, an overview on addiction and HIV AIDS. They also shared their life experiences and how the effect of the Kripa Model of Recovery made changes in their life. There was continuous distribution of Pamphlets to the Public.
On 28th February 2013,
Fr. Joe along with Kripa Dharavi conducted an Awareness Programme for around 1000 police personnel
including officers, at Andheri Police Camp.
ACP Mr. Ghadge welcomed Fr. Joe
Pereira and Dr. M.S. Menon by felicitating them. Fr. Joe spoke on yoga and meditation and the various types of ‘asanas’
that keep an individual physically and mentally active; much needed in such
stressful times. He specified the importance of meditation to keep calm and in
a peaceful frame of mind. He also spoke on Addiction and the Kripa Model of
Dr. M.S. Menon spoke on the abuse
of various substances; addiction as an illness and its effect on the self,
family and society and presented the organization activities, facilities and
extent of services in Addiction and HIV AIDS. He also spoke on Harm Reduction
and other addiction related illness.
The Kripa staff Deepak and Rajan distributed
Newsletter and other IEC materials.
The Vote of Thanks was given by
ACP Mr. Ghadge and ACP Hemant Patil, who also presented the police activities
conducted in the camp Collage and writeup Mozen H.
accordance with a request from CCDT, an organization that focus on health,
education and vulnerability of children in the community, Kripa Vasai conducted
an orientation programme for around 10 children and 2 staff on 04th
participants were conducted on a tour of the centre; interacted with the staff,
and explained the various facilities and services of the organization. A power
point presentation on the various activities at Kripa Dharavi was shown. The team
also spoke on the dangers of drugs used like inhalants and nicotine. Various
therapies used in the Kripa Model of Recovery were discussed. They were also
treated to songs as part of music therapy.
From 25th to 27th
February 2013, Koshish (a TISS project) and NISD organized a 3 day
residential workshop for the officials of Department of Women and Child
Development, Maharashtra (Ministry of Women and
Child Development), Government of India. These officials work
with children, women and Beggary institutions. The theme for the workshop
was 'Rehabilitation' and it aimed to discuss and deliberate various
aspects of rehabilitation in the context of custodial populations.
Kripa Mumbai was invited to
conduct sessions on ‘Deaddiction – Issues and Challenges faced in
Rehabilitation' and for a panel discussion on 'Issues and Challenges'. The
resource person highlighted the fact that one of the biggest challenges faced
in rehabilitation of the custodial population and otherwise is social stigma
and discrimination. As addiction is a widely misunderstood disease, the people
afflicted by it face extreme stigma, during their active addiction and even
during recovery. Addicts who also have other discrediting problems attached to
them like 'homelessness', 'poverty', 'being a minority', living with HIV/AIDS,
or being a woman etc, are faced with even more stigma. The possible ways to
address the challenges one face while dealing with addicts and treating them is
to have appropriate referral systems established for the treatment of addiction
and to exhibit a more tolerant and understanding attitude towards this
Speakers and workers from other
areas of work were also invited for the same, like authorities working with
elderly, prisoners etc.
The session was well-appreciated
by the officials, as most were not aware of the 'disease concept' and the fact
that timely and effective treatment could be beneficial. Kripa Foundation
helpline numbers were disseminated to the audience.
3rd March, 2013, the monthly family
meeting was being organised in ‘Kripa’, Vasai. The hall was packed to the full.
Rev. Fr. Seraphinus welcomed the parents, relatives and friends of the in house
patients. The internship students namely Mansi Parekh, Bhakti Chheda, Manisha Bagal, Kavita
Mitalia, Shabnam Shaikh, Hiral Pandya interns ofManiben Nanavati Women's College, Vile Parle, Mumbai studying MA
in Counselling Psychology, spoke about the imperative
mission of the family members in the life of a recovering alcoholic. This was
further substantiated and emphasised by Mr. Bosco D’ Souza National Program Directorin his welcome address also introduced the core team of Kripa Vasai
consisting of Fr. Seraphinus, Mrs Jean
Pereira, Fr. Cyril D’Souza, Fr. Andrew Jadhavalong with the staff who work behind the scenes round the clock to the
Fr. Joe Pereira Founder Managing Trustee of ‘Kripa Foundation’ highlighted the
combination of ‘faith and reason’ as an indispensable component of recovery for
both the recovering alcoholics /addicts and their relatives. He spoke of the
need of surrendering oneself to his Higher Power and remaining faithful to the
12 step programme. Further he said that every human being is been divinely
configured and therefore has to actualize this divine potential letting aside
all pride, arrogance and self-deception,so that one becomes a fully human being. He elaborated on the combination
of various models of recovery used in Kripa.
audience well spell bound as and one could see tears rolling as Fr. Joe Pereira
ended his session to the singing of slokas “Sarva Dharma Prathana” ( Prayer of
all Religions by Acharya Vinoba Bhave.)- in Sanskrit.
It was indeed a joy to see the baffling look of
the family members mixed with bewilderment and shock at their own family
members (now reflecting transformation phase) and shedding the joyful tears as they
met. The family members of inmates expressed thanks to Fr. Joe, Mr. Bosco and
all the staff of ‘Kripa’ Vasai for this wonderful meet. Kripa family in turn expressed a big thanks to
God for His ‘Kripa’, Grace upon all of us for enabling us to be capable of
serving our fellow human being.
Submitted by Fr. Cyril D'Souza Kripa Vasai Collage Newsdesk