*Kripa Foundation 39th Foundation Day virtual event on 15th August 2020.*
15th August 2020 marked the 39th Foundation Day of Kripa. On this day staff of various Kripa Foundation centres participated in a joint virtual meeting over Google Meet. It was an interesting programme with audio - visual presentations; songs, poetry and speeches all rapped into one hour. Fr. Cajetan D. Menezes, Managing Trustee gave the welcome address & spoke on reaching out to those afflicted and affected by substance abuse, people living with HIV/AIDS and the ethos of Kripa; the role of the staff, the quality and standards in maintaining patient care and taking Kripa to greater newer heights. Fr. Cajetan paid tribute to the COVID19 warriors, and mentioned the shocking loss of our medical director Dr. Hemant Patil last month, and expressed his sadness and gratitude on behalf of the organisation.
Mr. Abou Mere, Regional Director, Kripa North East India congratulated Fr. Joe H. Pereira, Founder Trustee for his vision and shouldering a huge task in providing services to drug users, alcoholics, and People afflicted by HIV AIDS for many years.
He thanked Fr. Cajetan Menezes for giving him a platform to present his views and opinions on, ‘The Challenge of Reaching out to Substance abusers during the COVID-19 Pandemic’ and commended his leadership skills that are evident in his systematic approach and able leadership that will help Kripa to grow to new heights with many innovative and scientific evidence programmes.
He highlighted the challenges faced by the organization in reaching out to the substance abusers and spoke on various policies of the Narcotic Drugs Act 1985 to help curb the menace of Addiction. An important milestone of Kripa Anjuna centre, Goa completing 30 yrs was highlighted at the programme.
The programme concluded with a vote of Thanks by Shrikant and Serenity prayer by Fr. Cajetan D. Menezes. It was a first all India joint event for staff & centres.