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governing body

Rev. Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais

Rev : Fr. Alwyn Dias

Secretary &
Director Chikkodi

Fr. Arun Lobo

Director Pothnal
Fr.Satish Fernandes

Director Ujire
Fr. Vinod Mascarenhas

Director Asha kiran
Fr.Fredrick Braggs

Director Bankal
Fr.Vincent D’Souza

Director Palya
Fr. Sunil Ullahanan.



COVID-19 Pandemic
Capuchin Friars in Solidarity
Holy Trinity Province Karnataka

We thank all our friars, communities, coordinators, volunteers, support staff and others who are connected with the pandemic initiatives and responses. Let us pray for the humanity and help the needy. God bless us all.

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Free Health awareness program: Vimukti Pothnal
On 2nd June 2020 a program was organized in four villages of the working area, on how to prevent sun strokes, consumption of maximum water and fruits to avoid sicknesses and the use of house medicinal remedies for such instances. The need of preventive measures to be adapted at any situation was the key note address. Free health check up was done for the old people. For about 45 participated benefited from this health training program.

Survey done of Migrants in the month of April and May: Vimukti Pothnal
Due to the current Pandemic Covid-19, Corona Virus infection the Country as well as many of the states is in a lockdown situation since past few weeks. The migrants are the worst affected due to the lockdown. The state Government has taken initiative to distribute free food grains and rations. The migrants are requested to stay wherever they are and are requested not to travel in this situation. Vimukti leaders and community members surveyed the houses whether they got any ration or food grains given by the Government. It was learnt in the survey that the pregnant lactating women do not get nutritious food which is allotted to them. Pulses, cereals are not served in the Midday meals for the children. In view of protection against spread of Corona Virus information was provided in detail to old members, women and the children by following social distance, the use of mask, frequent washing of hands was insisted.

Adolescent Health Check-up: Vimukti Pothnal
Adolescence is a transition from childhood stage to adulthood stage and hence there is an extensive physical and psychological change in an individual. These adolescents are usually unaware about healthy lifestyle essentials and habits. Vimukti Pothnal Staff Nurse makes a periodical visit to all the Sponsored children families and encourages to all the Sponsored children to live a healthy lifestyle and prevent the unforeseen future illnesses. Children are the most energetic folks, and perhaps this is why parents fail to see the need for early health checkup for them. This screening and test are not merely because your child might have fallen sick, but preventive methods to ensure the growth of the child happens most naturally. Also, this is the best way for our Staff Nurse to understand what is healthy for the individual kid in our working area. Leukemia, heart diseases and other problems that are life-threatening can be identified at an early age. Preventive measures can be taken to control the disease. Upcoming health issues can be determined and can be treated in the right manner. The tests include screening for dental health, sleep deprivation, skin infections, infections in the digestive tract, and lot more. Health checkup once in three months is the only way to ensure a healthy and happy childhood.

Petition filed against illegal sale of liquor: Vimukti Pothnal
Spread of Covid-19 has affected the daily life of millions around the world and the country. Central government along with the cooperation of state Governments had declared lockdown from March 23rd to May 30th 2020. It was successful in containing the spread of virus. Some relaxations were given in the second phase where few shops were allowed to sell things basic for daily living. At the same time liquor shops were also allowed to sell the liquor which is a sad thing to hear. The daily wage earners who have collected some money are been spending money to buy liquor resulting in fights in the families. There is so much of suffering, loss of lives; loss of belongings, families on streets is seen thereafter; The Government being ware of the situation but failed to respond to this chaotic situation. The Vimukti Women came together and appealed to the Panchayat local body unit leaders not to permit the illegal sale of liquor and to take stringent action on concerned people without delay.

Local administration fails during lockdown to provide nutritious food to the Pregnant, lactating mothers and children: Vimukti Pothnal
It has been brought to the notice that in the Toranadinni and also nearby villages of Pothnal that under the Anganvadi- Central Government scheme of providing nutritious food to the pregnant and lactating mothers has been totally neglected during lockdown period. Under ‘Matr Purna’ project and children up to the age of 0-3 and 3-6 years are supposed to get cereals, grains, milk, eggs, and pulses so on. The pregnant, lactating mothers have to get 150gm rice, 24 to 25 eggs per month, milk, pulses, grains and cereals. It was Government’s action plan in view of eradicating malnutrition, promoting child health development; reduce the number of infant and mother mortality rate. It is a wonderful initiative taken by the Government. But the fact is that the local Panchayat administration has failed to provide as per the expectations. The village women addressed this issue and their problems to the Vimukti staff. There was strong outcry on the equal and fair distribution of pulses allotted to them. They also submitted memorandum to get an amicable solution. The concerned authorities are requested to address the issue as soon as possible.

Free health camp for the migrant families: Vimukti Pothnal
On 12th May 2020 Vimukti organized a free health camp for the migrants who had been travelling since long and had stayed due to lockdown in Pothnal. There were about 80 families who had free health screening. The families earn daily living by spraying medicines on trees and do other works. They were on their way back home but due to lockdown could not travel further. The families were living around the Vimukti organization Pothnal. The Trust after knowing the situation immediately distributed food kits to them. There were many children in the group. So Vimukti initiated free health camp and also distributed Protein tonics and medicines. The elders had B.P test as well. The entire group was enlightened on various social issues. Due to migration children are deprived of education. They later turn to bonded child laborers. It is a serious crime in the present day context. The present laws are very severe towards such practices. So the elders must be aware of it. They have a social responsibility towards their children and their upbringing. The migrant families received lot of attention and care in this health camp.

Blood donation camp organized by Vimukti Pothnal:
“Your blood donation can give a precious smile to someone’s face.”
To realize the need of the hour and serve the purpose of the people is the greatest wonder and the achievement of human being. As the age old saying goes ‘Health is wealth’. The Vimukti Charitable Trust (VCT) had been catering to the manifold plans, undertaking projects for the welfare and the upliftment of the people in this region. ‘Health’ has been the core issue, and the focus to attend to this issue is the prime need during COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore Vimukti Pothnal organized Blood Donation camp in Collaboration with Taluka Health department, family welfare society and RIIMS Blood Bank unit Riachur on 15th May 2020 at Primary Health Centre Pothnal. Dr Ahmed Hussein explained the benefits of the blood donation. Every healthy person can donate blood once in a six month. It increases immune system of the body. It can keep one away from cancer and other deadly diseases. Blood pressure and cholesterol can be maintained due to this practice. Taluka health department administrator addressing the gathering requested everyone to eradicate the virus spread by mutual cooperation and service. Blood donation can save the COVID-19 patients. We need to follow social distancing, use masks, wash hands frequently to fight against the virus. If there are symptoms of cold, fever, cough need to approach the doctor without delay. He thanked the Vimukti director for organizing this blood donation camp. The Vimukti Director addressing the gathering said that the pregnant, lactating mothers and the children are highly in need of blood. The program was also meant for creating awareness in villages on the importance of voluntary Blood donation. ‘Give Blood-save life’ has been the motto of Vimukti. Thus we can save the lives of many such needy ones around us. It should be self initiative we can follow. The donors received certificate of recognition. For about 36 people volunteered themselves to donate blood.

International Worker’s Day celebrated @ Vimukti Pothnal:
Acharya Vinoba Bhave Once Said, “It is a worker who balances the world by his hands. Absence of workers means collapse of the world”. 1st of May world celebrates the international Worker’s day. It adds one more holiday in the calendar. On this special day our beloved laborers are remembered for the amount of work they do. What generally we see in our workers is that the total dedication and zeal for work. We need to be grateful to them for their immense contribution to their families, society and world at large. To make this day even more special Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal celebrated laborers’ day in its premises. Director Fr. Sathish Fernandes in his message he said, for the wellbeing, and for the good of laborers many measures have been taken in the society. We are indeed indebted to our laborers. He explained further, who are the true laborers, their stand in the society and their duties and responsibilities towards the society. Many of the workers face dangers in their day to day lives so they need to be protected in every way possible. Compensation need to be given by the owners or those who recruit to the ill-gotten. There is no labor without laborers. Government has to work seriously in upbringing the standard of laborers. To mark this day, Vimukti identify the worker’s families who are affected y the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and distributed free food kits to these families in this emergency situation. Vimukti staff Mr. Charlie, Mr. Jaysheel and Mamatha played a major role to make this day a memorable one.

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Completion report of Convergence
 Workshop for Strengthening of
Child Protection System

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VIMUKTI CHARITABLE TRUST is a social action unit of the Capuchin Franciscan of Karnataka Province, Registered under the Trust Act bearing number, Trust/718/10A/Vol-II/V-299/2000-2001 Dated 01.05.2000. VIMUKTI is integral liberation as understood popularly and it undertakes and executes socio-economic empowerment activities among the disadvantage and the vulnerable sections of the society. As the activities of the province became widespread, ‘Vimukti’ came into existence in 1999 to co-ordinate, document, monitor, review and evaluate the social work intervention activities to ensure greater efficiency and increased accountability towards the same.

The Karnataka Capuchin Province has established a registered trust called, Vimukti Charitable Trust for social service and developmental activities in the Province. The goals and objectives of this trust are to be attained in a systematic and cohesive manner. For this purpose the Province shall establish in a suitable place a well furnished central office to plan, coordinate and supervise all the programmes and the activities. The Statutes are applicable to all the Friars of the Province who are involved in this ministry. So that all the Programmes function effectively and achieve the expected goals and objectives. These Statutes are to be read along with the Constitutions of the Order and also the Statutes of the Province.

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