Today on this Big Feast of Ram Navmi, Kripa team under the guidance of Fr, Joe H Pereira, Founder Managing Trustee of Kripa Foundation. www.kripafoundation.org ( at present doing programs in Australia) created an historic event by holding an awareness program on Addiction and HIV for under-trials inside the Thane jail premises.
This awareness would not have been possible without the help and support of dynamic Jail Superintendent Shri U.T. Pawar shahib whose zeal to reform these under-trails has no boundaries.
More than 200 under trails sat in disciplined apt attention for an hour listening to the team of Kripa speak on addiction and addiction related ailments like HIV. The awareness included the disease aspects and sharing by two Kripa patients who are still in recovery. it was heartening to see so many of the beneficiaries ask questions at the end to the team.
Kudos to Shri Ashok Kakare - Jailer grade-1 and Shri Vijay Kamble - Jailer grade-2 for their co-operation and well organized under-trails. A sincere gratitude to Guruiji Borse along with kokhrolo of TISS. Mumbai.who were the backbone of this awareness program.
The team shared with Shri U.T. Pawar shahib how Kripa is doing similar programs in Goa jails and in the North East of India. They also conveyed greeting of Fr. Joe to him, and how Fr. Joe had called all the way from Australia to conveye his blessings and prayers to the inmates. On hearing this the crowd of 200 stood up and gave a loud applause for the thought of Fr. Joe for thinking of them.
Superintendent U.T. Pawar shahib assured the Kripa team that they would have similar such programs in the near future.
The Kripa team was led by Bosco D'Souza our National Program Director, Vijay Pujari, , Khemchand Nembhnani, Steven and Ajmaal from Bandra.