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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.



Makkal Gram Sabha was organized by Vimukti at two Gram Panchyats of Manvi Taluka: Vimukti pothnal
VIMUKTI Pothnal (Raichur District): Over 328 children from the 11 villages that come under the Manvi Taluka limits participated in the “Makkala Grama Sabha” (children’s gram sabha) at two panchyats in different places demanded immediate intervention of officials concerned in redressing their grievances. By successfully listing out problems being faced by children, especially those living in rural areas, these children became a role model for their counterpart in other parts of the Taluka. The children, guided by the non-governmental organizations Vimukti Charitable Trust (VCT) and the Concerned for Working Children had made all efforts to make the gram sabha a grand success. The Gram Sabha started with the prayer song by a group of children. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Channa Reddy Public Development Officer (PDO) Gram Panchayath, Utaknoor. He said it was important that the State Government conduct capacity building programmes to equip panchayats and officials and all civil society groups which would be engaged in ensuring that the children’s gram sabhas realized their full potential.
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Child rights club children took out HIV/AIDS and awareness rally at Tadkal: Vimukti Pothnal
Child Right club children from Tadkal, Organized HIV/AIDS awareness rally on 1st of December 2017. The children took out a rally to create awareness about AIDS and importance of hygiene among villagers. The students walked in the lanes of the village and made people aware about myths related to HIV/AIDS. The villagers also appreciated the initiative and took active part in the informative session. Other than students, faculty of the school including Head master, Mr.Sadashiva Patil, Dr. P.B. Shing Kavithal PHC, Mrs. Nagarathna Nurse, tadkal school teachers and Vimukti Staff and several others took part in the initiative. It is important to mention here that child rights club children conducted a week-long awareness, street play, cum informative drive in Tadkal village. Under the banner of Vimukti charitable Trust, the aim behind the camp is to create awareness about health, prevention from deadly diseases and hygiene among the villages.
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Ventures in the field of social work: Vimukti Pothnal
If you see someone without a smile then give one of yours is a fitting phrase for our Vimukti Director Fr. Sathish Fernandes who dedicated his total self in the social work in order to bring smiles of those who are less privileged children of the society. For the past seven years he was actively involved in the district as care and protection of children concerned. Considering his jealous work and involvement in the sector of child Rights and their education, helping poor orphan, semi-orphan, HIV/AIDS and disabled etc. more than that he has made a positive difference in people’s lives through his heard efforts. On 28th of November Vijay Karnataka news paper published an article highlighting his strenuous work. We the Vimukti Staff wish him great success and bright future.
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Vimukti organized World Toilet day awareness program: Vimukti Pothnal
“Sanitation is more important than political independence”. ~ Mahatma Gandhi, Vimukti organized 19th November 2017, World Toilet Day awareness program at Utakanoor Grama Panchyath. As per project Swacch Bharat Andolan (Clean India Mission) has not been able to provide toilets to 335 million women and girls in India today. It also says that about 732 million Indian have no access to toilets and are thus forced to defecate in the open. VCT for the past eight years through its continuous awareness programmes only 5% of families have stopped open defecation. Efforts to increase access to water, sanitation, and hygiene not only advance progress towards reaching the water and sanitation Millennium Development Goal (MDG 7), but also contribute to the reduction in child mortality (MDG 4) and reduction in malnutrition (MDG 1). Access to improved sanitation facilities can even prevent young girls from dropping out of school.
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Vimukti Children parliament members voice out concerned authority to conduct Makkal Gram sabha in Every Grama Panchyath in the Raichur District without fail: Vimukti pothnal
“When we talk of children’s right to participation, we are talking about children being able to intervene in decisions that affect their lives.”
Vimukti children parliament members on 15th November 2017, morning gave a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner and Chief Executive officer (CEO) Raichur and demanded the official to look into the matter very seriously. Shashi Rakha, Children Parliament President from Karabdinni said, In India, just as most of the world, children are not considered as ‘citizens’. They are regarded as citizens in waiting, not fully franchised. Though they are expected to do many things responsibly – going to school, studying and performing in exams, carrying out duties at home – they have no say in determining what their city/locality/village should be like in the next twenty years or determine what needs to be done to make their (children’s) life easier.
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Children, parent’s stage protest for Toilets in government Schools before DC office Raichur: Vimukti Pothnal
“Many girls’ students at primary level quit studies owing to lack of this facility” Vimukti children parliament members with the collaboration of likeminded NGO’S from Raichur staged a protest in front of Deputy commission office at Raichur on Tuesday 14th November,2017 alleging that the elected representatives and the concerned officials had failed to utilize the allotted amount for the development of the school infrastructures like maintenance of toilets, cleanliness in the school premises. Vimukti Children here demanded proper implementation of Right to information Act and checking of children’s rights violations. While children across the state celebrated children’s Day, hundreds of students of government-run schools across the district took part in a protest. The students participated in the drawing competition held as part of their dharna on the ‘Children’s day’ to get the attention of the authorities.
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Vimukti appeals the district government to make Government schools in manvi Taluka attractive, relevant as well as child friendly:
Vimukti after revising the situation of government schools in the project area brought out various prevailing issues and collected them in a booklet form. This report highlights the real situation of AWCs and educational institutions in Manvi taluka in general. Schools are supposed to be the temple of learning, but the average primary educational institutions and AWCs in the taluka are likely dingy, dilapidated, with no access to electricity, toilets, lack of basic infra-structures, leaking roofs, without play grounds, broken furniture, late arrival and handing over of school books, absence of computer labs, shortage of teachers, etc., are major problems which are blocking and reducing the standard of child education at large.

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Universal Children's Day Prayers: Vimukti Pothnal
Heaving Father, please awaken in us a sense of universal responsibility towards children. May we collectively welcome children into our lives, learning from them as we serve them, and may our leaders teach and guide their communities, businesses and countries with the needs of children foremost in their plans; May power be used with gentleness and kindness. Please unite the world community in efforts to give children status and respect. Bless our global efforts to end the violence and cruelty inflicted upon your children; May the world see your likeness and image in every child. Amen.
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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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