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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.




Inauguration of Bridge-IT Project and distribution of 16computers & Projectors to the Entrepreneur: Vimukti Pothnal
The project, aptly named Bridge-IT, is a micro entrepreneurship program that aims to provide livelihood opportunities and bridge the IT gap between urban and rural India by building the capacity of rural youth in e-entrepreneurship. Bridge-IT will focus on building the IT and entrepreneurial skills of rural youth, build their confidence, and enhance their life skills, providing them with the necessary means and support to earn a livelihood through e-entrepreneurship. The initiative will not only allow rural youth to be gainfully employed and self-sufficient, but will also bridge the IT gap by enabling the youth to bring much needed IT related services into their communities. By promoting rural entrepreneurship, the intervention aims to improve the rural economy, reduce illiteracy, and provide academic inputs to both school going children and adults through computer based education. On 8th of July Vimukti Pothnal in partnership with Development Focus Bangaluru inaugurated this new project and gave away 16 lop tops, Projectors, to the selected entrepreneur, who will be learning how to be e-entrepreneur and start own business in their own village.
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Adult (computer Based) literacy programme: Vimukti Pothnal
Education a man, you educate a person, but you educate a woman and you educate a whole civilization- Mahatma Gandhi

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope,” says Kofi Annan, adding to him, it’s a basic human right, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, and woman and child can realize his or her full potential. That is what the ALP stands out make the learners specially the women aware of their right to education. The ALP is not directed just learning reading and writing letters but putting them down to act to not to get enslaved to malpractices of the society. So ALP at Manvi Taluk has tried to reach its learners and helped them to bring out their potentiality in learning.

Goal of the Programme:
To improve functional literacy among the most marginalized communities of Manvi Tq., Raichur Dist. Karnataka.
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Mass awareness campaign on Seeds and fertilizers: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti charitable Trust® organized mass awareness campaign from 6th to 9th July, 2018 in five major villages of our working area. Vimukti Staff with the help of local community leaders gave input sessions on seeds and fertilizers stock for monsoon cultivation. Govt. as already allotted sufficient seeds and fertilizers for the farmers for the monsoon cultivation. But farmers should demand the concerned authorities to distribute the seeds and fertilizers in concessional rate. Seeds are available with the Karnataka State Seeds Corporation Limited, National Seeds Corporation and other private agencies. Sufficient stock was ensured and there would not be any shortage for this season. Seeds would be distributed on 75% of concession for scheduled caste and scheduled tribe farmers and on 50% concession for general category farmers. The price of BT-1 variety would be Rs.635 and BT-2 would be Rs.240. Seeds should be purchased from approved 30 agencies; if sale of unauthorized seeds was found kindly, contact agriculture officials immediately. This mass awareness campaign was very successful in the targeted villages. Nearly 545 farmers attended and benefited from this program.
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Blessing and Inauguration of 1st floor Merci Nivas: Vimukti Pothnal
“Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything”.
Girls boarding and child Recourse center is a long awaited dream is finally becoming reality and brought great joy and gladness for the staff and Director of Vimukti Charitable Trust(R) Pothnal. With the blessing of God and the hard work of Fr. Sathish Fernandes and Fr. Elvin Lopez along with Vimukti staff, the newly constructed Merci Nivas 1st floor at Pothnal was blessed on 8th July by Rev. Fr. John Alwyn Dias, Vicar Provincial Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka; Who proudly unveiled the plaque and proclaimed with humble gratitude to God saying ‘Lord your love is eternal; Complete the work that you have begun.... what is done in love is done well. Fr. William prubu Director clara vihar, said i would like to thank immensely those who have put their efforts for the completion of the work and thanks to Merci Nivas 1st floor has given a new look with the construction of an extension. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director Vimukti expressed his gratefulness to our benefactor Mr. Patrice Fabart and Ensemble Agissons Mr. Daniel Helbert President and all the Members - France, for their love and sacrifice towards sponsor children and their family.
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Free medical Health Check-Up Camp at Vimukti Pothnal:
As a part of our efforts to make basic healthcare accessible for all, Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal with the support of Ensemble Agissons France conducted free health camps in villages, providing succor to over 250 people. Many of these villages have no healthcare facilities or even a qualified healthcare worker. Monthly free medical camps are being conducted specifically for pregnant women with active participation by staff nurse and support staff from Pothnal hospital. The objective of the camp was to provide information regarding diet, exercise and weight control. Free medicines have been provided to subjects who were diagnosed with HTN and or DM and advised them to follow up with their local doctors or Public Health Centers. Follow up has been done with those patients who have been diagnosed with HTN or DM on a regular basis by our staff nurse with their medications and ascertain that their blood pressure and/or blood sugar are controlled. People are very positive regarding this camp and 214 people have been benefited from these camps.
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International Day of Yoga at Sneha Jyothi Boarding, Pothnal:
Yoga for Harmony and Peace
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice originated in India. Yoga in Indian traditions is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. Yoga promotes relaxation, reduces stress, helps to focus and concentrate our mind and improves some medical conditions. It strengthens and balances all the parts of the body. It is an excellent training for children and adolescents, both as a form of physical exercise and for breathing, focus, mindfulness, and stress relief. Briefing this knowledge to the children at Sneha Jyothi Boarding, Pothnal by Fr. Elvin Lopes, we celebrated the 4th International Day of Yoga with a title ‘Yoga for harmony and peace’. It was magnificently organized; the children themselves took up the lead. At the end of the event children experienced a kind of equilibrium of mind and heart as they opined their views. Yoga has become a part of the daily rhythm of life at Sneha Jyothi Boarding. Children enjoyed the event with much ease, relaxation and peace of mind.
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Awareness program on LGBTQ, FSW,PLHIV held at Vimukti Pothnal:
Vimukti Charitable trust®, Pothnal with the collaboration Aptha mithra development organization, Sindhnoor jointly organized awareness program on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) ,female sex worker, and people living with HIV on 16th of June 2018 at Vimukti premises. The objective of the program was to make known the struggles of LGBTQ, female sex worker and people living with HIV people face in the society for their existence. The resource person Sri Madhu said, as a community, LGBTQ people face higher rates of poverty, stigma, and marginalization, which put us at greater risk for sexual assault. We also face higher rates of hate-motivated violence, which can often take the form of sexual assault. Moreover, the ways in which society both hyper sexualizes LGBTQ people and stigmatizes our relationships can lead to intimate partner violence that stems from internalized homophobia and shame.
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“A single pint can save three lives, A single gesture can create a million smiles” Vimukti Pothnal
Blood is the fluid that gives life, growth and health. Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood. World Blood Donor Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO). With these key note from Fr. Elvin Lopes Sneha Jyothi Boarders organized World Blood Donor Day on June 14, 2018 to mark this event Mr.Charlie was chief guest, spoke of the benefits and the myths about donating blood. By donating blood we become life savers and real hero and a ray of hope to someone in need of blood and Mrs. Nagarthna the staff nurse guided the children and spoke of the purpose of the event.
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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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