About the Trust
BACKGROUND INFORMATION OF THE
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 social action apostolate of Karnataka Capuchin Province is a
traditional ministry. Every house was involved in charity based on
social work. As the social work trend changed from charity to
empowerment and issue based approaches. The need was felt to
scrutinize our social work and also to reach to wider areas and
larger number of needy and poor people.
A Society rooted in the Gospel values of love, justice, peace
and respect for life and environment.
To create a just society where all receive equal opportunities
for development and growth, where all have equal share in the
resources of the earth and where every ones human dignity is
Vimukti objectives are.
undertake integral human development by way of education,
training and creating awareness, capacity building and
sensitizing people on human rights.
build and strengthen community based organization (CBO),
people's organizations (PO) and people's institutions (PI) and
thus facilitate local leadership, participatory development and
people's control over resources.
organize and empower the marginalized the Tribals, Dalits,
Women, Children, mentally/physically challenged so as to enable
them to live a life of fuller human dignity.
evolve and undertake ventures in alternative education, so as to
empower those who are deprived of the mainstream education, and
thus to make education a liberative tool for the Disadvantage.
promote and support collective social change by voluntary or
collaborative efforts by networking with others and by working
at policy level change in favour of the poor and the
document and disseminate information by promoting field based
research and publish literature on social issues through the
resource unit of Media and Communication of empowerment.
BELIEVES in oneness of humanity based on UNIVERSAL LOVE,
irrespective of caste, creed, colour, culture, ethnicity, gender,
age and ability; it respects all diversities. This LOVE, to be a
force of transformation, is to be translated into socio-economic
justice, equality, equity and equal opportunities for all to grow
and to have control over all and access to appreciate resources. It
is the denial of this truth and the disparities inbuilt in the
structures and the process of development have resulted in the
marginalization of the Tribals, Dalits, Women, Children,
mentally/physically challenged, the destruction of cosmos and
devastation of harmonious relationships. It is everyone's sacred
duty to work towards a Humanity based on UNIVERSAL LOVE and
Vimukti is concentrating in every sphere of life in the rural
society. Today Vimukti is serving in six districts of Karnataka
bringing smiles on the faces of the poor, deprived and marginalised
people. The Units are spread in Ujire of Dakshina Kannada, Banakal
of Chickmagalur , Badravathi of Shimoga, Chikodi of Belgaum, Pothnal
of Raichur and Halburga of Bidar District. The major activities are
Women Empowerment and Economic sustainability through Self Help
Groups, Microfinance activities, Micro entrepreneurship, livelihood
options, and sustainable activities, upholding the dignity of life
through training awareness and concientisation. It also focuses on
Children, their overall development in health, education and
personality in order to provide them a better future. Vimukti
promotes agriculture initiatives, vocational courses, job oriented
trainings and carrier guidance for rural youth. It has an unit of
Deaddiction and Rehabilitation center, to set people free from
alcoholic and substance abuses. Some of the Programs are done in
networking with Government, bank and likeminded NGOs.
PROFILE OF THE CAPUCHIN SOCIETY
Franciscan Capuchin Friars' society is in India since 400 years.
Now the members, numbering around 2000 are spread over in most of
the states, and the administration is decentralized dividing
themselves into different zones, called the 'Provinces'. The society
belongs to the spirit of great humanist and environmentalist, St.
Francis of Assisi, whom the United Nations has declared as the
Patron of Ecology. The members of this Capuchin order are committed
workers and are engaged in Social Ministry of different kinds all
over India. Especially they are engaged in activities of the nature
of inter-religious dialogue to bring about harmony, justice and
The present request for collaboration comes from the Karnataka
Province of the same, who have already had the interventions in the
areas of, Women empowerment, Child Development, alcoholic
de-addiction, intervention among the poor, and the marginal farmers
in Mangalore and community organization activities are undertaken in
Belgaum, Raichur, Mangalore and other parts of Karnataka.
Alternative education through the national open school, Delhi,
India for the education deprived poor rural children.
Facilitation of CBOs, Pos, Pls among the marginalized to evolve
local leadership, collective voice and participatory
Drought prone area management programs, watershed programs,
cooperative farming management of common property Resources in
Vocational training, livelihood programs, professional courses
etc for the rural poor.
Promotion of integral community health action through awareness
raising, capacity building and training local community health
Establishment of documentation, research and media resources
unit to promote and document.
Rev. Dr. Fr. John Alwyn Dais
Rev. Dr. Fr. Paul Melwyn Díosuza
Rev. Fr. Maxim Dsilva
B.A; B.Ed; M.Ed
Rev. Fr. Vijesh Loyed Menezes
Rev. Fr. Elvin Santa Lopes
Rev. Fr. Arun Lobo
Rev. Dr. Fr. Sathish Fernandes
B.A; M.Sc; PGDHRM; ;M.A; M.S.W
Rev. Fr. Vinod Mascarenhas,
Rev. Fr. Vincent Dísouza