Friday, April 26, 2013

Fr. Joe expanding the horizons of Kripa in interior Maharashtra with Mr. Shaligram Thakaji Hodgar- Manchi Hill, Sangamner.

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Eklavya Adivasi Bhatkya Vimukta Jati Jamati Va Maga Vargiya sevabhavi Sanstha Manchi Hill, was established  in the year 1995 the trust campus is located in the lush green surroundings of Manchi Hill, Tal. Sangamner, Dist. Ahmednagar  with an excellent ambience and environment for the young igniting minds to give their best of thoughts.
The aim and objective of the trust is providing quality education and training to the weaker section of the society, empowering the youth with courage and confidence to shoulder the challenges emerging from global competition, and to excel in their respective areas of work life balance.
 All the campuses of the trust are fully developed and well established having a Medical college, a D Ed college, a school from K.G.  to 12th standard and a auryvedic hospital with all the amenities for students for their pursuit, extracurricular activities, sports and hobbies. The campus has an extraordinarily exemplary group of people – the management, faculty, students and non-teaching staff who combine together to create a unique learning environment – a congenial climate to provide a well rounded education. These institutes  maintain a commendable percentage of results continuously in the University examination
This trust  is run under the dynamic leadership of  their chairman Shri Shaligram Thakaji Hodgar. It is his sheer hard work with the help of his dedicated staff that he runs a well organized campus of various educational and health care institutes. In his zeal to help more and more mankind he observed that there was a need for starting a rehabilitation centre for alcohol and drug abuse. Mr. Hodgar personally came down to Mumbai along with Fr. Mathew and invited Rev. Fr. Joe H Pereira Founder Managing Director to visit Manchi Hill campus,Sangamner.
On 25th April 2013, Fr. Joe drove down 252 kms to meet Mr. Hodgar. A man of punctuality, the host were surprised to see Fr. Joe reach Sagamneer much prior to the time of appointment. Fr. Joe was given a tour of the school, medical college, hospital, dairy farm, and the proposed site to start the rehab centre. Later Mr. Hodgar felicitated Fr. Joe and with great respect personally tied the traditional Maharashtrian turban for Fr. Joe and presented him with a shawl.
 In the hot simmering summer heat of 40 degrees celsius students, staff both teaching and non teaching accompanied by their principals and even patients from the hospital assembled in the open air auditorium sitting under the shades of the trees listen with apt attention as Fr. Joe  addressed the gathering. In his speech Fr. Joe shared how it was a need to make people aware about the ill effects of addiction and how especially the youth and teenage of vulnerable Indian villages should not fall victims to addiction in this rapid modernization of our country.” It is Gods providence that has bought me here” said Fr. Joe. The audience stared with amaze as they listened to Fr. Joe speak in pure Marathi and wonder struck as he sang in Sanskrit the interfaith prayer “ om tat sat ¤rí náráya`a tu…” by Vinoba Bhave. And the invocation to Patanjali as a yogic yogena cittasya padena vacam….”
Mr. Hodgar in his address thanked Fr. Joe for his visit to his campus and said that although a businessman he was fully convinced after hearing Fr. Joe speak from his heart to his students, staff and patients that indee Fr. Joe was indeed a  man of God, come into Manchi Hills to eradicate the ills of addiction.
Fr. Joe also had a special briefing for the principal, doctors and teaching staff of the various institutes which later ended in a question and answer session.
After the function all who attended were served a sumptuous lunch. On his departure to Mumbai, Fr. Joe assured Mr. Hodgar that this would not be his last visit but a beginning to a new phase of Kripa collaborating with Mr. Hodgar in Manchi Hill.
The whole visit was arranged by Fr. Mathew. Fr. was accompanied by Bosco and safely transported through and fro from Mumbai by Khemchand.
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