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Rev. Dr. Fr. John Alwyn Dais
B.A;M.A; Ph.D President

Rev. Dr. Fr. Paul Melwyn D’osuza B.A;M.A; Ph.D
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Rev. Fr. Maxim Dsilva
B.A; B.Ed; M.Ed
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Rev. Fr. Vijesh Loyed Menezes
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Rev. Fr. Elvin Santa Lopes

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Rev. Fr. Arun Lobo B.A; PGDHRM;M.S.W
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Rev. Dr. Fr. Sathish Fernandes

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Rev. Fr. Vinod Mascarenhas,
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Rev. Fr. Vincent D’souza

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News and Events

Vimukti Child Resource Centers (CRCs): Vimukti Pothnal
Child Resource centers are strong child-support spaces in the marginalized communities. CRCs function beyond school hours and provide alternative educational experience and learning. These CRCs provide an age graded learning platform for all the children in our targeted villages. The children are initiated to come to these centers weekly to make use of the play materials and the library books to read and to write. This will help them to improve their reading and writing skills, general knowledge and skills in sports and games. It will also provide them the apt information, learning opportunities, learning materials and ways to access other resources in the community to support other young children and families. Nearly 380 Children are benefiting from these programs.

Sports Day Organized for the unorganised Youths: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal, organised, under the Unorganised Youth project, organized Sports Day for the 20 pockets Youth at Vimukti Premises on 28th of February 2024. Mr. Nagraj Pothnal PT master, inaugurated the programme. The Youths were divided as two teams. They participated in a variety of individual and team sports events like, ball and spoon, musical chair, etc. It was a fun-filled day with Youths jumping, shouting, encouraging, and supporting their team members. The winners were announced and prizes were distributed. Mr. Jaysheel, Coordinator Vimukti, and Mr. Charlie Udbal, Mr. Arogyappa, Mis. Mamamtha Mrs. Shilpa was present for the event. 73 Youths from 20 pockets participated in the event. Mr. Arogyappa youth coordinator welcomed the gathering and proposed the vote of thanks.

Inter- Religious Harmony Dialogue Held to Promote Peace: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal along with like-minded NGOs organized an inter-faith Harmony Dialogue at Manvi Basava Circle on 30th of January, 2024. Vimukti is striving hard to promote peace and harmony by undertaking various activities. Encouraging inter- faith dialogue for shared security, peace, and prosperity is part of vimukti Mission. The event was organized as a follow up to the United Nations appeal to observe the first week of the month of February every year as the world interfaith harmony week. The meeting was chaired by Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti Director Pothnal. While appreciating the UN proclamation to highlight the significance of the inter-faith harmony dialogue and lead taken by Vimukti, the participants felt the need of sharing each other’s cultural and spiritual tenets to reduce myths and misunderstandings about each other. In this regard, religious leaders can play a vital role by spreading the message of brotherhood and harmony to masses. They should meet regularly at a common platform and formulate a common minimum programme for harmony. It was emphasized that to be united one must give space to others and people should appreciate that ‘what is hateful and hurtful to them, they must not do to others. Importance of value based moral education was also emphasized. It was felt that the positivity of such exercises should be focused on and extended to the youth and at the grassroots level.

One-day training on various government schemes: Vimukti Pothnal
The vimukti Pothnal organization informative training program to women and unorganized youths to know, and utilize the available government schemes. Nearly 25 village leaders and representatives attended the training program. The organization invited the well-known resource person to give the detailed useful information on the various government schemes like SCSP/TSP under the scheme on youth self-employment, land rights, Ganga Kalyana scheme, individual irrigation, Borewell scheme, how to avail a relief to the scheduled caste victims of atrocity scheme, and various scholarship for the children and lot more information on how to tap the various financial benefits and schemes from the 33 government department come under the talukas. The resources person briefed about the schemes like, Pradhana Mantri Rozgar yojana, Rajeev Gandhi Chithanya Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Employment generation program, Chief Minister Employment generation Program Mudra Yojana, Mathru Puran Yojena, Swatchh Barath Mission (Toilet facilities), Educational loans etc. thus all the women and unorganized youth were encouraged to apply one or the other schemes and get benefits from these schemes. Nearly 540 women and unorganized youths were able to profit for their life and help others in return.

Role of inter-Religious Harmony in Peaceful Society: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized inter-religious Harmony program to unorganized youths in the villages on 29th of January, 2024 at Vimukti premises. Iner-religious dialogue possesses a great purpose in this world which is torn by deadly conflicts. Interfaith dialogue always advocates toleration, peace, and harmony. It never denigrates any religion being biased to a specific religion. It always tries to make people understand that despite several differences the core points of all religions are the same. Fr. Sathish Fernandes in his introductory talk said interreligious dialogue works for peace building and conflict resolution among followers of different faiths and religions. We are facing deadly conflicts, wars, and armaments every single day. And yes, it is interreligious dialogue which can save the world from all these vices and can help in disappearing fanaticism. This type of dialogue is so significant that it has the power to strengthen inter-personal Interreligious Harmony and Social Engagements. Muslim Imam said ‘If a person knows the religious teachings, concepts and values of other religions, there will grow respect and high regard towards other religions and cultures of the world inside him’. He will always advocate peace and harmony not conflict.

Self-Defense Training to Reduce the Fear of Violence among Adolescent girls : Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized training on Self- Defense to reduce the fear of violence among adolescent girls on 4th, 10th and 29th of January, 2024 in various schools of Manvi taluka. The main objectives are, to educate the girls students about the different types of violence against them. To provide knowledge about the different tips of self-protection to keep in mind in different situations. Purpose of the Workshop: The need of the hour for the girls and women in the society is to safeguard them against violence committed against them. It is felt that student welfare can strengthen the girl students for their self-protection and women empowerment through a workshop of self-defense in collaboration with various schools. The learning outcomes are • The students learnt about the different kinds of violence that may be faced by girls or by women in any place including at home. • The student participants got different self-protection tips on how to avoid/defend by attacking a potential attacker by using objects or by striking on the soft spots of the attacker, when subjected to physical abuse, violence, crime, etc. • The students have the chance to see the live demo of the self-defense techniques as demonstrated by the trainer and the companion cadets. The workshop concludes with a note on the promise from both sides that these kinds of workshops will be continued in the times to come. nearly 550 adolescent girls benefited from this training.

Vimukti Charitable Trust Israel group members visit to vimukti organization:
On 19th January 2024 Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal organized a programme to all the 150 beneficiaries at Vimukti premises, who are from different parts of Pothnal region. The programme began at 12. 30 p.m., invoking God's blessings through a prayer song. Mr. Arogyappa Vimukti staff welcomed the gathering and briefed the audience on the purpose of the programme. Then Vimukti Director addressed the gathering through his valuable message and motivated and gave guidance on how to follow the organizational rules and regulations. He also motivated the children and parents to get the maximum benefits by participating in various activities conducted by the organization. The benefit that each child receives is not only in the form of money but he insisted on the importance of taking active part in all other activities which help the children to form themselves and develop their inborn skills. To achieve our set goal every family should work hard for the children and for their all-round development. Those children who don’t go to school regularly and don’t cooperate with the organization's rules, their sponsorship will be automatically cancelled. Vimukti Charitable trust members Mr. Sunil D’souza, Mrs. Rita D’souza, and Fr. Vincent Crasta. who were present to encourage the beneficiaries to involve actively in the trust activities and get maximum benefit from the trust. Director thanked the staff wholeheartedly for making this programme a successful one.

“National Girl Child Day” celebrated at vimukti Pothnal:
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with Jana Barathi High school Pothnal celebrated “National Girl Child Day” on 24th of January,2024. The event marked a significant initiative to raise awareness about gender-based discrimination, inequality, and importance of empowering the girl. Mrs. Jacintha vimukti staff inaugurating the function emphasised the pivotal role of education in empowering women. She shared insightful thoughts, stating, “When a man is educated only one individual is educated, but when a woman is educated, the entire family is educated.” With respect to this celebration, vimukti Pothnal conducted an awareness program to school children at pothnal. Through the video show ‘Save girl child’ was highlighted and they also expressed how important a girl child is to the society. The entire day was spent with various games and input sessions. The main objective of celebrating national girl child days was; to focus on the need to address the challenges of gender bias in our society and the whole purpose of the day is the change society’s attitude towards females. To increase awareness among students on the importance and role of girl child in the society. To remove all inequalities faced by girl children. to ensure equal rights for them etc. all the events turned out to be a great success and made the day for many students and staff realizing the importance of the girl child and the need to celebrate it. The participants were very happy to participate in the events and the program received wonderful responses. Nearly 65 adolescent girls participated and benefited from this program.

Potential Income Generating Activities: “Livelihood and Sustainable Life…” Vimukti Supported Rs. 3,00,000/- 60 SHG members Profited Rs.11,50,000/-
In our commitment to fostering inclusivity and empowering individuals, we expand our boundaries to strata of society, including under privileged and disabled persons. Through this project activity introduced “Interest-free loan scheme” as a revolving fund to the SHG (Self Help Groups) groups of Rs. 60,000/- to develop their financial condition. Interested women were motivated and helped to venture into new businesses for their self-sustainability. The SHGs vision includes: “enabling other women to become entrepreneurs by promoting different business activities through various resources and skills to become financially independent in their villages in small units”. This was created to promote the beneficiaries in becoming economically independent. This effort strives to make it easier for rural and semi urban folks to engage in generating income by indulging in productive and enjoyable activities. Vimukti women have begun Sheep and goat farming, livestock farming, tailoring Poultry, Rabbit, Pigeon, Ducks, farming, Roti Rolling, Stationery shops and hotel business preparation and marketing of dairy products. As a result, for the past six months 60 youth and women have financially grown and created a better environment in their family from Rs. 3,00,000/- to11,50,000/-. Vimukti, in 2024 places livelihood at the center of development and works towards building a sustainable life including health-Malnourishment, education and vocational skills, unorganized youth and women empowerment etc.

“Vimukti Mobile Library” brings wisdom and knowledge:
“A book is a GIFT you can open again and again”. – Garrison Keillor
Vimukti Pothnal initiated the “Mobile Library” in the year 2012 with the limited resources. Though there are many developmental initiatives in our place, very few reach those who are in real need. Families living in our villages have their own hardship, where both male and female members of the household work to earn their living. Children remain the most neglected part of the society, as a result they are deprived of many good things. Due to lack of awareness and financial resources rural children lag far behind their urban counterparts. Many children living in and around pothnal surrounding villages do not have access to books other than their school textbooks. This limits their education to a narrow range of school subjects. The mobile library stifles their curiosity and awareness of what the world has to offer. Our Goal: we hope to instill a love of reading in children, giving them a productive way to spend their time, enhance their knowledge, and encourage their passion for learning. Vimukti Mobile library has more than 5,000 books, in the evenings, vehicle visits to designated places every alternate week, hence the children are able to access the library books. Vimukti staff members ensure that the children are involved in discussions about the book they read, what they learned, and what they would like to study next. From the inception of the organization till date the mobile library project has made over 5,000 books distributed which is a testament to how much the children have enjoyed reading.

Training on Government Schemes- “Combatting Youth unemployment and poverty with skills development.”
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with the Italian Bishops Conference conducted a training program for youth on Government Schemes in Vimukti on 28th December 2023. Fr. Sathish Fernandes spoke to the youth on the advancement of technology and the initiatives of Vimukti to empower youth. Mrs. Madhumathi, the resource person, gave a talk on various government schemes under the Social Welfare Department, Adijamabava Development Corporation and Ambedkar Development Corporation. After which Mr. Jayasheela spoke on the government schemes under the Department of Agriculture. 62 youth participated in the program.

Sharing the Joy of Christmas Gift with 75 underprivileged children : Vimukti Pothnal
“Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you”- Steve Maraboli.
Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most. The Star of Bethlehem shines even today, it helps us to walk together on the right path of fraternity and of solidarity. The Christmas celebration at vimukti premises brought together one and all as brothers and sisters to spread the good news of peace, love and harmony. The Spirit of Christmas reminded everyone that we should not be blinded by hatred, violence, and injustice. The Christ-event was enacted through carols, dance and Santa Claus which gave an expression to the human values of caring, sharing and spreading the goodness and kindness. The Chief guest of the day Fr. Sathish Fernandes, Vimukti Director, Pothnal shared an inspiring Christmas message. As God the Father gave his only son to humanity so also, we are called to give ourselves to each other. Giving gifts is an easy task, but giving oneself to the other needs great sacrifice.

Vimukti Charitable Trust Distributed 57 solar powered lights at this Christmas for the economically poor families:
It is the joyous moment when we await the coming of the Saviour of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, the season of cheer and joy is here- Christmas. With excitement in their hearts, our little sponsored children at Vimukti eagerly await to experience the joy of Christmas. The celebration was held in our vimukti auditorium. The entire auditorium was beautifully decorated with flowers, festivals, lights, posters, and models. All the sponsored children and staff members were very excited and full of enthusiasm for the celebration. Fr. Director Sathish Fernandes wished everyone a very happy Christmas and also gave a short motivational speech and asked the young children their understanding of Christmas; however, the real Christmas lies in the birth of Jesus who came to teach us love, harmony, unity and forgiveness. Over 57 sponsored children were extremely delighted to receive special Christmas Gifts from Donor agency, Ensemble Agissons, France. Each family has received Solar lights as per their choice, which is very useful to their family during electric failure.

Vimukti Pothnal Celebrates Christmas with less privileged families:
“No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas without being truly poor…Only the poor, the hungry, those who need someone to come on their behalf, will have that someone, Emmanuel, God-with-us”. - St. Oscar Romero, Christmas, 1978
Vimukti Pothnal takes the initiative to celebrate Christmas with less privileged families. We always believe less privileged families are excluded from all the celebrations and we made a point to include them in our celebration. We visited all the tents of the migrants and welcomed them for the program and we distributed Christmas cake, and sweets. The program began with a welcome note and followed by cutting the Christmas cake. The migrant families are living in tents made of tarpaulin sheets. These families have come from across the states working as road constructions. On this occasion migrants’ families had sumptuous meals together and various lucky games, and winners were distrib
uted prizes and gifts. Nearly 150 members joined in this celebration.

Self- defence & Self-protection workshop to Girls and Women-unit Banakal
“Self – defence is not just a set of techniques; it’s a state of mind, and it begins with the belief that you are worth defending.” Vimukti Charitable Trust at Banakal organised a workshop on self-defence and self-protection for the girls and women. The founder of Swaraksha for Women Trust® Mr. Karthik S. Kateel and his mother Mrs. Pushpalatha were the resource persons of the day. Total 370 Students and 45 women were trained by Karthik S Kateel in Self-defence. The training included awareness regarding cybercrime, mobile addiction, how to identify threats, various types of threats and ways of escaping, defence against kidnap, chain snatching, various types of attacks and ground defence technique etc.,

Health awareness Program – Awareness on TB & HIV/AIDS: Unit Bankal
“Good health is the most important thing. More than success, more than money, more than power.” Vimukti Charitable Trust® at Banakal in its efforts to promote good health and wellbeing among its beneficiaries conducted a precautionary awareness program regarding tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS. Mr. Harish, Counsellor from Health Department of Mudigere, Mr. Shivaraj, Ayushman Bharath staff were the resource persons of the day. A detailed information was provided regarding illnesses and measures to be taken to be away from the same. Mr. Nasir, the lab personnel of Mudigere Health Department conducted the medical test of the beneficiaries. Mrs. Sushila, the supervisor, Sr. Shantha from Banakal PHC were also present. 82 women participated in this awareness program and underwent the precautionary medical test.

Vimukti Club children took out HIV/AIDS awareness rally: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti children parliament and club children pothnal organised awareness rally at Karbdinni Village, on the occasion of World AIDS day to make public aware of HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, human trafficking, child abuse, malnutrition, to stop open defecation etc. the rally started around 10.30 a.m. from Government higher primary school and children and staff used placards, posters, slogans and flex to make the public aware. Mr. Chandra Shakar, headmaster of the school said in his speech HIV caused AIDS and interfered with the body’s ability to fight infection. If detected early, a regular consultation and proper treatment will help in fighting infection and allows a patient to live longer. The awareness rally helps the people to know about the disease, its symptoms and prevention methods. The children gathered for the rally took pledge to fight against the dreaded disease. The parliament and club children, school teachers and vimukti staff and nearly 95 stakeholders participated in the awareness rally.

Diwali Celebration at Vimukti Pothnal:
‘Let us move from untruth to truth and from darkness to light.’
Vimukti Pothnal celebrated Diwali Festival in its premises on 12th of November, 2023. Diwali is a festival of light that enlightens the hearts and brings joy to every heart. The activities permeate the vimukti premises with an atmosphere of togetherness and hope. The sponsored children celebrated the festival of Diwali with great enthusiasm. They decorated the premises with earthen lighted lamps, and inaugurated the festive program with lighting the lamp by the dignitaries (Mrs. Bernadette, Mrs. JATTIOT Lily, Mrs. Belleville Christiane, Mr. Eric, and Mrs. Patricia). Diwali celebration begins with a solemn prayer led by Fr. Sathish Fernandes, to the almighty and a beautiful thought, that filled our hearts and minds with love and harmony. Bro. Karthik Jemes spoke about the significance of the festival- how good always conquered evil and about why and how Diwali is celebrated across India.

Raichur District children’s Parliament raises children’s concerns around education and their future. Vimukti Pothnal
The Children’s Parliament caters for children below age of 18 years, and Children’s Parliament gives a chance to speak for the children, by the children and of the children. It serves as a platform for the children to develop leadership skills, team spirit, analytical skills and maturity. This is none other than an organization/movement for children. Today there are efforts all over the world to help children to be in charge as children are the best agents of the much- sought social change. Children refuse to be any more just objects to be looked at. They are beginning to participate in various social and political decision-making forum. They believe that they can do this better than the elders without any inhibitions or slash expectations. They are not anymore just to be governed, but also to govern. They have realized their rights to participate in governing. Now Children parliament comes to their rescue which is a Children's movement with deliberations, interventions and actions. On 3rd of November, 2023 Vimukti in collaboration with CRT Bangalore organized program on bringing all talukas representatives of children on one platform at Raichur to raise their voice against injustice done to them. Children’s parliament will help highlight the problems faced by them in their respective schools and villages.

Sponsor Children Summer Camp: Vimukti Pothnal
“Camp is where I learned about myself; facing fears, trying new things, pushing my boundaries, and accepting myself.”
Believing in the above ethos, we, at VIMUKTI, have been conducting summer camps regularly during every summer vacation. We strongly believe that every adversity brings an opportunity to bring out the best. To promote emotional wellbeing and to enrich our students, Vimukti organized the virtual SUMMER CAMP for all our sponsor children from 24th and 25th of October, 2023. The scheduling of events was such that entire two days the sponsor children had a new topic with different, fun-filled, and educational activities. The event was planned with an objective to keep the sponsor children constructively engaged and to promote learning with fun. The students were engaged in activities that were enjoyable and meaningful. This summer camp gave them an opportunity to learn and develop diverse skills in painting, craftwork, dance, etc. Additionally, it provided an even platform for all children to explore and express their creativity in any form. This virtual summer camp aimed to educate and create awareness among the students about various issues like the environment, nutrition, etc.

Leadership Training for Vimukti Children’s Parliament: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Charitable Trust ® Pothnal, organized a Leadership training program to our Vimukti Children Parliament members from 14th to 15th of October, 2023 at vimukti premises. The sessions began by invoking the blessings of God by reciting the preamble of the Indian constitution. Soon after the prayer session, Vimukti Children Parliament coordinator Arogayappa welcomed the participants and speakers of the day by calling them into the dais. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti Director said,” Parliaments of children open horizons of the minds of the children by introducing a broader society and a world beyond their immediate circumstances. The Parliaments help children to succeed in life and to grow individually as true persons”. The main objective of this training is to learn to understand the process involved in the formation of children’s parliament and its possibilities. The workshop contained four input sessions on children parliament and leadership qualities. What is children’s Parliament? Prashant kumar karabdini, in his presentation highlighted saying, 1. The students who are busy only with text books, tuitions and examinations find themselves ill-equipped to face the challenges and pressures of modern-day complex realities of life.

Letter Campaign by the 1000 adolescent girls to Chief Minister of Karnataka to provide Sanitary Pads to the poor girls in the villages: “Improving Menstrual health and hygiene for women and girls” …Vimukti Pothnal
Menstrual hygiene management is one of the neglected health and hygiene issues surrounding the rights of vulnerable adolescent girls in Manvi taluka. For hundreds of these adolescent girls living in the villages, natural monthly occurrence is disruptive. Adolescent girls in our targeted villages often deal with the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products or if they are available the Sharp rise in the price of sanitary pads makes it impossible to buy due to poverty. Stigma and period poverty has a significant impact on the lives of vulnerable women and girls in our village, who often must resort to using unhygienic alternatives such as using old unhygienic clothes as sanitary pads. This causes discomfort that can increase their risk of infections- especially since they are often washed without detergents and dried indoors, out of shame and fear of superstitions related to menstruation.

“JPIC Day”- Poor Widow House renovation work: Vimukti Pothnal
267th House Renovation work is in Progress - Yet another mile stone in sheltering the POOR WIDOW. Vimukti is very grateful to all the Donors for their timely financial wholehearted support. In return, we invoke God’s blessings on you and your family. SEEK YOUR PRAYERS AND HELP, so that we could complete this little house Project without much difficulty.

Pothnal Vimukti Children Parliament and Club children submitted the memorandum to Pothnal PDO demanding pure drinking water and other basic facilities in the Government school at Karabdinni:
Vimukti children parliament and club children members came together discuss this issue in their meeting and on 30th September 2023, morning gave a memorandum to Pothnal PDO demanding the official to look-into the matter very urgently. Nerupadi children Parliament President from Karabdinni expressed, saying in our school, we lack basic facilities like scarcity of water for the toilets, playground, pure drinking water, play materials, paper etc. As a result, many children drop out from the school, since our school is not so attractive and lacks basic facilities. Here by children parliament and club children urge concerned authority to make our government school attractive and child friendly.

Vimukti Initiatives to combat human trafficking of Women and Children 897 Stakeholders benefited from this program:
VCT Pothnal organized mass awareness programs in Madlapur and Haravi villages of Manvi, taluka, Raichur District, Karnataka on 12th 13th 19th and 20th of September 2023. Lack of awareness of human trafficking is the biggest barrier in preventing human trafficking, most of those victimised are either women or minors (consisting of individuals under 18 years of age who are recruited, transported, transferred, harboured, or received for exploitation,). Kidnappers most commonly force women into commercial sex and indentured servitude. Bride trafficking has also been a consistent commodity due to skewed sex ratios in certain areas. Keeping this thought in mind VCT has been creating mass awareness in schools, AWCs, public places, and residential area so that children and women are saved from these evil practices. Nearly 523 people and 374 children have benefited from this program.

Training on Child rights and Protection systems- “every five minutes a child dies from violence, every day, in all country children are abused, beaten, raped and more…” vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti organized training on child rights and protection system on 13th, 14th 17th and 18th of September 2023. Our children in our villages, have very little access to fundamental requirements such as nutritional food, healthcare, education, protection, and advocacy. Despite strong government regulations and policies children in our villages continue to face challenges in attaining these child rights, especially those pertaining to education, forced labor and child marriages. To address these issues and increase awareness amongst people of the community regarding social protection of the children, regular workshops were conducted by vimukti staff. These workshops were conducted in our targeted villages. Workshops are conducted for school/ dropout children who are aged 12 to 18 years and it was observed that more than five hundred children had participated in various workshops. The children were provided with information and insights regarding the following topics. 1. Fundamental Rights in our country. 2. Acts related to child marriages, child sexual exploitation and child rights. 3. Child protection systems such as ChildLine 1098, CWC and DCPU etc.

International Day of Democracy – Reading the Preamble of Indian Constitution: Vimukti Pothnal
The reading of the Preamble of Indian Constitution was organized by vimukti at its premises on Friday 15th September, 2023. Addressing the students, Mr. Arogyappa said, “The Preamble of the Constitution is an important element in our constitution”. The objective is to make people aware of the constitution and its preamble.” Protection of the constitution is the duty of every citizen; our constitution opens with WE THE PEOPLE OF INDIA. If the wishes of the constitution are not effectively understood and followed, it is not possible to build an equal society. As per the aspiration of the constitution which calls for equal society and highlights secular principles, all the students gathered were exalted to read and motivate others to read this should spread to more people. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti Director said “the intention is to make people, especially the youth, should understand the idea of the democracy and the constitution, and thereby they know the main purpose of the preamble, to lead a life with dignity, freedom, and equality. Vimukti has distributed 5000 printed handbills on the preamble of Indian constitution. Thanks to all the staff for the great initiatives.

Free Health check-up camps 101 patients received treatment and free medicines:
The Vimukti Charitable Trust ® Pothnal, conducted a free health checkup camp, on 31st of August and 1st of September 2023, in Belawata and Jeenoor villages. On this occasion, Mrs. Jasintha Muddanagudi gave an awareness talk on health. She spoke about the consumption of healthy food and the need for regular health checkups to care for one’s own health. She highlighted the importance of visiting the doctor especially for women who face a lot of health issues and consult the doctor on their health. Mrs Shilpa, Valkamdinni, Nurse and Health Assistant, spoke on the importance of self-care for women. She also spoke on keeping the house and the surroundings clean and tidy or else it would give rise to contagious diseases. There was a strong point made on consumption of vegetables, leafy vegetables, and fruits to prevent Anemia. After which there was a health checkup made. The concerned medicines and syrups were provided. The vehicle for Education, Health and Library necessities from the Vimukti was an aid for this event. Mrs. Eashamma, Sunkanur, the staff, Mrs. Shantamma, from the village Anganvadi, Mr. Devanna, Mr. Narsappa, Mrs. Hampamma and Mrs. Sunanda, the village leaders were present in this program. Nearly 101 people benefited from this health camp.

Vimukti Mobile library is helping students to encourage reading habit among rural children from Remote villages: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti mobile library would visit each school in the surrounding 25 villages of Pothnal for around 90 minutes every fortnight allowing children to borrow books of their choice till the next visit. This is part of vimukti organization initiative to promote the habit of reading among the school children in villages. Mobile library has books in kannada, English, story books, Grammar books, spoken English, novels etc, which will cater to children from class 1st to 12th. We have more than a thousand books in our mobile library VAN. Students can pick books with a lot of pictures, fiction or academic as per their taste. Vimukti is confident that the “mobile library will evoke a much bigger response from the children and people” the mobile library covers at least two schools a day and caters to at least 600 students. Initially, school teachers may have to push them to borrow books and read them, but gradually they will develop the habit of reading. So far there is a very positive response from the teachers and students, as a result more than thousand children are benefiting from this program.

Empowerment of children through Child Rights Clubs becomes a reality: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal effort in making children’s right to participation though Child Rights Clubs has been very effective. It is VCT’s firm conviction that “a child who is capable of forming his or her views has the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child” (UNCRC 1989 – Article 12). To prepare and train children to participate we have formed Child Rights clubs in 10 Gram Panchyath and Balikasanghas in 10 Gram Panchyath of Manvi Taluka with the collaboration of Government Schools.

Training program on Child Rights, Child Sexual Abuse, Child line: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized a child Rights awareness program on 27th of August, 2023 at vimukti premises. The main aim of the training program was to sensitize little children to protect themselves from evil practices that prevail in our society and to fight for their rights and empower them with the power of education. After the training staff distributed the hand bills and posters stating “MY HOUSE IS CHILD LABOUR, CHILD TRAFFIKING CHILD MARRIAGE FREE….” Session on CHILD LINE AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE was given Nearly 85 nearby school children participated and benefited from this mass training program.

Safe Village Program: Vimukti Pothnal
The safe village Program is aimed at building child trafficking awareness among rural communities across villages of Raichur District. The programme adopts a holistic approach and focuses on sensitizing at-risk community members about child trafficking, its causes, risk factors, creating awareness about ways to prevent child trafficking, sustaining the awareness, and conducting vulnerability reduction workshops. It aims to mobilize communities to keep their children safe from trafficking. So far 107 safe villages are conducted, 80 Rakshaks,60 Nodal teachers, 46 Gram Mitras, 33 community leaders,219 stakeholders, 57,852 people have been reached and 25,667 safe village program books are distributed.

500 sapling distribution drive August 2023: Vimukti Pothnal
VCT, Pothnal organized a free plant sapling distribution drive in 16 villages from 10th to 25th august 2023. The village leaders’ children and women were sensitized about their responsibilities towards the environment and ecology. The main aim of the awareness program was to spread awareness on the environment crisis, climate change and its protection. The saplings of various species were distributed in the villages. The initiatives were lauded by the villagers who committed to take care of the saplings. The children and community expressed their interest in preserving the environment by making small contributions towards betterment of our Mother Earth. We at Vimukti believe living, Cohabiting and co-existing with nature is the surest way to a balanced ecosystem, healthy and eco- friendly living without destructing and harming our environment. Nearly 500 families and others benefited from this program.

Women Empowerment through Tailoring Centers: Vimukti Pothnal
The main objective of this tailoring training program is to enhance the quality of life of women and teenage girls through enhancement of their skills and knowledge. Due to poverty, these teenage girls drop out of high school to get married and work as temporary farm workers or go for daily labour work. And lack of appropriate technical skills prevents adolescent school dropout girls and women from coping with job opportunities. As a result, Vimukti organized various life-skills development trainings for the adolescent school dropout girls and women. These skills have helped them to take up some new jobs and improve their economic status.

Plant a Tree and Save Millions of Lives: “Spread the love of nature everywhere you go by planting trees” Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized a special program to bring awareness about afforestation, an occasion which united all the minds together with one definite purpose, that is nothing but save trees and save life. For the past many years Vimukti has been taking keen interest in motivating children and people in our villages to plant a tree and to save life. Every year more than five hundred plants are freely distributed to the schools and community and bring to their awareness of how important trees are to both our existence and the survival of every other species on the planet. It is also very important to combat the menace of global warming, the alarming rate of deforestation and the resultant impact on the environment. Vimukti reminded children and women of their duties and responsibilities. Plantation drives are a practical and effective way of engaging students, children, and people, making them aware of the challenges they will have to address in order to conserve the environment for our future generation.

Vimukti Initiatives to combat human trafficking of Women and Children 150 Stakeholders benefited from this program:
VCT Pothnal organized mass awareness programs in targeted villages of Manvi, taluka, Raichur District, Karnataka on 14th of August 2023. Lack of awareness of human trafficking is the biggest barrier in preventing human trafficking, most of those victimised are either women or minors (consisting of individuals under 18 years of age who are recruited, transported, transferred, harboured, or received for exploitation,). Kidnappers most commonly force women into commercial sex and indentured servitude. Bride trafficking has also been a consistent commodity due to skewed sex ratios in certain areas. Keeping this thought in mind VCT has been creating mass awareness in schools, AWCs, public places, and residential area so that children and women are saved from these evil practices. Nearly 150 people have benefited from this program.

The 5th Asian Anti-Trafficking Forum Meet; Creating Safe villages and reaching every victim of trafficking, leaving NO ONE BEHIND: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust® Pothnal Mr. Arogyappa coordinator anti-trafficking attended the Asian anti trafficking forum meet 2023 at Jeevan Jyothi Retreat House, Hyderabad from 1st to 3rd August 2023. Renowned speakers from all over India who are working for human trafficking attended and addressed the gathering. Nearly 180 NGOs representatives from all over India who are actively involved came together to fight human trafficking. It was wonderful to have met and to interact with each other. The focus was laid on child trafficking, child marriage, child and bonded labor. There was a point made that if we involve Rakshak, Grama-Mitra, Nodal teachers and community leaders (Labor Department, Police Force, Social Welfare Department, Department of Children and Women Development, Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj) in the awareness programs that we conduct, it would be a more effective. An action plan was made to ensure 6 programs in three months and in the fourth month there would be a training program conducted for 24 stake holders of these programs on a cluster level. Altogether there were 180 NGO partner members attended for this event which included National Coordinator, State Coordinators, IP heads, and Field trainers. Well organized program including good resource persons.

Free Health check-up camp 111 patients received treatment and free medicines: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Charitable Trust ® Pothnal conducted an awareness program on contagious diseases in Dotharabandi, Mudammaguddi on 10th August 2023. Mr. Charli, Staff addressed the gathering highlighting the precaution that they need to take with regard to certain contagious diseases like Madras eye infection, Cholera, Chikungunya, Dengue, etc. and there was a video presentation made on keeping their houses and surroundings clean. After which there was a medical examination conducted. Mrs. Basalingamma, Angawadi worker and Mrs. Shilpa vimukti staff Nurse, Asha worker and 111 stakeholders participated and benefited from this program.

Children’s Participation- ‘Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow: Vimukti Pothnal
Children’s Participation is the heart of our program. We encourage children to express their views/ideas, participate in decision making processes, share their problems collectively and find suitable solution. To ensure this, children are given the space to do so, children have their own club meetings. These meetings are held every month at contact point. The unresolved issues are discussed in a larger meeting called the Children parliament, held every month, in which 15 to 20 child representatives participate from each contact point. Children themselves select their convener and secretary for these meetings. Children raise issues like police atrocity, crisis intervention, employer abuse, legal support, death and took decisions and formed action groups to resolve them. The main issues were related to the environment, child rights, and education. Children suggested making some changes in our interventions. Some of the decisions taken in the meeting have already been incorporated in our programs and actions have been taken with the involvement of the children as per their needs. In every month 450 to 550 children are benefitting from these trainings.

Free Health check-up camp 125 patients received treatment and free medicines:Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Health for all programs ensure that everyone should stay healthy. To do that, we organize health checkup camp on 2nd of August 2023 in remote rural village. So far hundreds of patients have benefited and the trend does not stop here. We have plans to go the extra mile with these health checkups in the near future. Our health staff nurse provides consultation and health awareness sessions on various topics. Children, youth, Women, elderly come to health checkups with complaints of abdomen pain, cough, headache, fever, skin diseases, etc. staff nurse advises the patients through personal counseling and distributes free medicines if required any further treatment patients are referred to the government hospital. Nearly 125 patients were given free treatment and distributed medicines.

Child Rights and Sexual abuse awareness program: Vimukti Pothnal
VIMUKTI Pothnal, organized Child Sexual abuse awareness programme at Govt. High School Pothnal. Mr. Sudharshan coordinator, Childline, in the keynote address spoke on Child Rights and responsibility of children. Mr. Mukanna, team staff CHILDLINE, Raichur, addressed the gathering and briefed on the objectives and purpose of the awareness programme. The School Headmaster, Mrs. Niloferbagm exhorted the children to stay away from evil elements in the society. Child protection rest on three important pillars that is prevention, intervention and rehabilitation, especially in the case of child abuse, we believe that prevention is the most important pillar because if a case reaches the intervention stage where abuse has already happened, the damage caused to the child is immense and as all of us believe “prevention is better that cure”. Children shared about the various issues and the authorities present there suggested possible solutions to them. Various child rights issues and other difficulties faced in the school were discussed before the concerned authority and sort the clarifications. Nearly 285 children attended the program.

A Mobile Library to cultivate a love for Books and Promote reading habits in Children: Vimukti Pothnal
“To provide alternative to smart phones and gadgets and develop a reading habit” …
Books soothe us, help us get through a rough patch and open our eyes to better understand the world. Therefore, it is essential to surround children with books to ensure that they become educated and not just literate. when many public libraries suffered setbacks and even closures, without proper facilities, Vimukti saw it as an opportunity to encourage children to develop a reading habit. VCT Mobile Library Van aims are to make life long readers out of children, also we wanted to provide alternative to smart phones and gadgets and develop a reading culture among the children. Children are showing lot of interest in reading. This has helped them keep in touch with studies and increased their knowledge. More 100 children are benefited from this program.

Sexual and Reproductive health education for adolescents: Vimukti Pothnal
This program was conducted in various schools in our targeted villages, with an objective to furnishing the knowledge on physical, mental, and cognitive changes during adolescence. Moreover, other topics like child abuse, child marriage were also dealt in these workshops. The main objective of these adolescent meetings is to educate and guide the adolescent girls to understand and accept their physical maturity and emotional changes they undergo. They also need to take good care of themselves during this period avoiding all kinds of fear and superstitious beliefs, prevalent in the villages. They must know their rights to save themselves from child labour, child marriage, child trafficking, school dropout, etc. The main topics dealt were personality development, health and hygiene, HIV/AIDS, contagious diseases, reproductive health care, physical growth and mental changes, gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Nearly 51 adolescent girls benefited from this training program.

First time in history, Sunknoor village people saw bus connectivity to their village. Vimukti pothnal
Three-decade old demand was realized on Monday when Mrs. Eshyamma vimukti staff along with other women from her village visited the Concerned MLA demanding bus facility to their village. The women have been demanding a bus service for the last three decades, but nothing has materialized. Up to now they had to either go on foot for about 7 km to access public transport. Their demand was fulfilled soon after the MLA of Maski visited their village, and within five days bus service became a reality for the village. “we will not forget the Maski MLA for the rest of our lifetime”, says Mr. Eshyamma, from the village who goes for MNREGA work. She said that there have been several MLA’s and government authorities whom they had petitioned for the bus facilities, but just an oral request to the present MLA who acted positively without delay helped us to realize our dream in less than week.

Three days training on Constitution of India to NGO representatives from Raichur Dist.: Vimukti Pothnal
Empowering citizens through constitutional awareness and capacity Building!
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with Azim Premji foundation organized three days training on constitution of India to NGO representatives of Raichur Dist, from 20th of July to 22nd July, 2023 at vimukti premises. In the introductory talk Mr. Udaya kumar, Azim Premji foundation spoke about endangering the situation of our Constitution. He said that equality, fraternity, freedom is delivered by the Constitution which is in threat because of the stereotyped and closed mindset of the few people. The protection of our Constitution is the right of all of us. We need to build up our lives according to the values laid down by our Constitution, he said. The Spokesperson of the Training Mr. Adviyappa the resource person who stated that before the drafting of the Indian Constitution there was a lot of discrimination about the religion and sects and casteism was very rampant. The life of the common people was in danger. The human being was not considering human beings as human person, they were acting like wild beasts. It was the great reformist, who understood the depth of human values which everyone needs to follow in their life.

The itinerant mobile health educational van performs several functions during the day: Vimukti Pothnal
The itinerant mobile Van would create a resource center for children where in various library books, play materials and mats will be provided. The mobile Health Educational VAN will reach the vulnerable targeted villages where children are provided books to read and various videos will be played and use the play materials for entertainment. The free health checkups are done and impart knowledge on various communicable diseases and non- communicable diseases, free health camps, hygiene, and nutrition activities etc., Van will also move towards local communities to raise awareness of the importance of health and education their children and parents. This will help them to improve their reading skills, general knowledge and skills in sports and games. It will help them in providing information, learning opportunities, learning materials and ways to access other resources in the community to support young children and families. nearly 1250 people have benefited from this program.

Public awareness Campaign through itinerant Mobile health educational Van: Vimukti Pothnal
Awareness for the public in the vicinity of the Market and in the surroundings of the bus station was conducted by Mobile health education team. Public were explained about the issues of children such as child labour, school drop outs, begging children, child abuse, missing children, and run-away children. Hand-outs with information on CHILDLINE (1098) and child related issues were distributed to the public. A group of students from government high School and youth received the awareness with great enthusiasm. A positive response was given by the public who assured that they would call the child helpline if any children were at risk. After counseling the parent and the children on child labour, the mother was advised to refrain from using the children to earn a living to meet the school expenses. Around hundred people received awareness.

FREE MEDICAL HEALTH CHECKUP CAMPS: Vimukti Pothnal
Free healthcare camps are of great importance to the poor people who live on a meager income. These people never dare to visit the hospitals or clinics even when they are sick because their meager income is insufficient to bear the expenses of a good health checkup or buy the medicines prescribed by the doctor. Free medicines as prescribed by doctors were distributed amongst the people. Free health checkups were provided without cost. In this medical camp detected that all the patients from locality were suffering from various diseases including chest infections, Muscular and joint pains, seasonal Cough & Flu, skin Allergies, High Blood sugar levels, Gastrointestinal diseases and many more. These medical camps have successfully provided free healthcare services to more than 1120 patients from the locality. Vimukti organization is solely serving humanity by taking care of the sick children and adults and giving them healthcare services for free.

‘Health for all’-Vimukti Mobile Medical care unit inauguration- Making primary health care accessible for all: Vimukti Pothnal
Understanding the lack of medical access in remote villages of Manvi taluka, Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with Catholic Health Caregivers Fund, New York inaugurated Mobile Medical care unit Van at vimukti premises. The main aim to see to the good health of the poor and marginalized through affordable Health care services without compromising on quality; to reach out the unreachable as far as possible; to care for the uncared-for people of the Society. The Medical care unit van will cover 50 villages of Manvi taluka which began April, 2023. The treatment and medicines will be given for free of cost weekly basis. Beneficiaries are provided health cards and records of their treatment are maintained. Periodical village, home, visits by doctor (in the case of bedridden patients), and counselling for patients, the elderly, family members, children, and caretakers. If any patient is not cured by the preliminary treatment, they will be referred to the district hospital.

Vimukti Mobile vocational Tailoring unit: Vimukti Pothnal.
Our youth faces serious problems of unemployment and underemployment. The causes are legion and include dropping out of high school because of poor education, needing to support one’s family at an early age, a lack of information on the job market and most importantly, not possessing the basic skills required by employers today. Many of our youth engage in daily work unaware of the opportunities available to them. Vimukti vocational training unit help provide individuals with practical skills. The aim is to create sustainable youth skilling program for employment to foster indentureship and subsequent job opportunities to underprivileged youth form economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Nearly 15 adolescent girls are benefiting from the program.

Distribution of free Sewing Machine tool kits: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust® Pothnal organised a free distribution of Sewing Machine tool kits to poor women of Pothnal on 15th June 2023. The main objective is to empower women by helping them generate livelihood opportunities and enhancing their self- reliance. The machines were distributed to 30 women who were selected based on their skills and financial status. Mr. Charlie (GP President) was the chief guest for the occasion. Addressing the gathering he said, “Vimukti organization is always ready to help the poor people as a result many people have been benefiting from this organization. The opportunity for these women to earn an income and stand on their own feet will go a long way in women’s empowerment.” One of the beneficiaries expressed her thankfulness to Vimukti for giving her a sewing machine, which will enable her to earn a livelihood by doing respectable work in the society. Vimukti helps many people each year to reduce the cycle of poverty through income-generation programs.

Distribution of 2500 free notebooks help students access to better education: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with Navachethana charitable Trust for disables® Rama nagara, organized free distribution of note books to the selected government School children at Manvi Taluka. The main aim of the note free note book donation drive was to sensitize the younger generation to be aware of the value of things and promote quality education and a favourable environment. The notebooks were distributed to the primary and middle school students in the presence of the school authority. The notebook donation drive is a small step from the school to develop social responsibility among students and teach them about sustainable learning, said Fr. Sathish Fernandes, Vimukti director. Vimukti is highly sensible about our poor children as well as our students. Whenever we get an opportunity to stretch our helping hands towards those poor, we do rush immediately to help them and always find a way to serve our economically poor children. Nearly 2500 notebooks were distributed to various government schools in Manvi taluka.

Free health check-up camps 157 benefited from this program: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust® Pothnal organised free health checkup camps in Eralagaddi, Devipura , Karabdinni on 16th and 17th June 2023. 136 adults and 21 children benefitted from the free health check-up. Before conducting the individual checkup Staff nurse explained in brief the causes of some of the common sicknesses and advised the participants not to neglect issues related to one’s health. One should always consult a doctor when one feels some uneasiness in one’s body. This will reduce further complications. Those with minor illnesses were provided the necessary medicine while those who needed further treatment were referred to the concerned doctors. Mrs. Jacintha provided the necessary medicine free of cost. The staff of Vimukti contributed their mite for the success of the health camp. The director of Vimukti. Fr. Sathish Fernandes thanked for voluntarily coming forward to conduct this health camp for the benefit of the poor families.

Free note books distributed to 125 poor children: Vimukti Pothnal
For the past many years Vimukti has taken special interest to help the poor school going children in various ways. Primarily Vimukti trust has been distributing free notebooks, to the poor deserving children who are studying in nearby government schools. Around 125 poor children are given note books, and encouraged not to drop out from the school. This benevolent service was started ever since 2009 irrespective of caste, creed or religion. The poor children are given necessary things as they need most at the beginning of the new academic year at free cost. The distribution of education materials was well organized this year by the Vimukti team under the direction and guidance of director Fr. Sathish. The eminent dignitaries who were present at this event appreciated this kind gesture of this emerging institute. The children received these loving gifts full of joy and enthusiasm. The school staff and teachers applauded who witnessed the event. The effort of this institute was praiseworthy.

World Day Against Child Labour: SAY NO to Child Labour- child is meant to LEARN not to EARN: Vimukti Pothnal
‘Small hands are made to hold pens and toys. Do not let them hold things which are designed for adults to handle.’ Children must handle with lots of love and care as they are the most beautiful creation of God. An awareness rally was taken out by vimukti Pothnal at Malkapura Government school on 14th of June, 2023 on World Day against Child Labour. The rally started from the school and ended at the temple premises. The children were holding placards with slogans against employing children. After the rally stage program was organized in the school. Vimukti staff Charlie stated that employing the children below 18 years is a punishable offence as per law, Both the persons employing the children and the persons who have supplied the children are equally responsible. The law provides three years imprisonment for this offence he explained. Further Mr. Arogyappa Vimukti staff said, children are the future of the country. It is the responsibility of every one to ensure that the children are provided good education and become good citizens. It is wrong to employ children and ruin their future. School headmaster, teacher’s

Free educational kits distribution to stop school dropouts, 75 economically poor children: Vimukti Pothnal
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”-Nelson Mandela
Vimukti charitable Trust® (VCT) Pothnal takes initiative every year to help economically poor, semi orphan, deserving children and encourages them not to drop out from the school by distributing free educational materials to the 16- surrounding villages of Manvi Taluka. The aim is to bring SMILEs to these little children as they take their next leap in learning. We all have experienced the joy of having a new school bag, notebooks, pencils, slates, geometry box, and crayons etc., on the first day of school. With the ‘VCT School Kit’ program we hope to create that ‘moment of smile’ for the underprivileged children in the society. Due to rising inflation and unemployment, more parents are unable to provide basic needs to their children or meet their school expenses. There are others who have little money to get their children admitted to schools but can’t afford to deal with daily expenses related to studies such as necessary stationery items, school bags, etc.

Vimukti Free Health Check-up Camps 456 were assisted in getting the various facilities:
Health for all project conducts periodic health camps with a sacred aim to bring awareness amongst the deprived population of our targeted remote villages, who have no proper access to basic healthcare services or knowledge about the diseases they are suffering from. So, health camps provide free medical advice, free medicine to the unfortunate people and refer for specialized treatment or surgery whenever it is required. Vimukti camps make sure people are getting the healthcare at the right time, and seeing the doctor early enough before a small health problem turns serious. Secondly, these health drives have created awareness among poor people of the significance of routine check-ups and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. During the Screening staff nurse has shared easy healthcare tips and counsel about Do’s and Don’ts to lead a healthy life. In the month April and May, 2023 nine camps were conducted, 456 were assisted in getting various facilities from the health department and treatments were completed.

SAVE BIRDS SAVE ENVIRONMENT…One step to save birds…Vimukti Pothnal
Birds are a precious gift of nature, protect them. Many birds die in summer without water. Please save them. Keep water pots for thirsty birds at Balcony, window, terrace, on the roof etc. let us show our concern and love........

Vimukti Pothnal Celebrated Easter with migrant families- “the great gift of Easter is HOPE”:
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”- Mahatma Gandhi Vimukti Pothnal organized the "joy of giving" activity in an Endeavour to make Easter celebration special and reached out to the 150 migrate families at pothnal on 8th of April 2023, Saturday. Easter festival makes us join with our brethren in doing little something extra for someone. It is joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for coming together with less privileged families and children. Easter is an important time for us to not only reflect on God’s love, but to share His love with those around us through our concrete actions. Vimukti always believes in saying “great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day,” with this motto vimukti celebrates Easter along with migrant poor families who have traveled from different states in search of jobs and staying in the temporary tents. On this occasion we distributed stationery items, like notebooks, pens, tooth brush, tooth paste, washing soaps, clothes for children etc., encouraging, and motivating parents to send their little children to continue their education. On this occasion children and parents were distributed a sumptuous meal and a health checkup was organized. Nearly 275 stakeholders benefited from this program.

Creating awareness about Health check-up through Health check-ups camps: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Health for all programs ensure that everyone stays healthy. To do that, we organize health checkup camps in remote rural villages. So far hundreds of patients have benefited and the trend does not stop here. We have plans to go the extra mile with these health checkups soon. Our health staff nurse provides consultation and health awareness sessions on various topics. Women and children came to the health checkup with complaints of abdomen pain, cough, headache, fever, skin diseases, etc. the staff nurse advised the patients that such problems were seen due to not paying attention to personal hygiene, and not drinking sufficient water. further she guided the parents and children who came to the camp for check-ups to pay more attention to food and hygiene rather than medicine. Nearly 75 women and children received free health checkups and free medicines.

Vimukti support to Transforming the lives of special challenged children: Vimukti Pothnal
“Disabled children in Manvi Taluka miss out due to lack of support services…”
On 27th March, 2023, Vimukti organized a Counselling and training program to all the specially challenged families at Vimukti premises. Vimukti staff with the support of MRW and VRW members identified differently abled children in the entire Manvi taluka. 60% of children with disabilities do not attend schools for various reasons. Three- fourths of the children with disabilities at the age of five years and one-fourth between 5-19 years do not go to any educational institution. However, only 2% of Children with disability in Manvi Taluk from low- and middle-income families attend school. Children with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities, and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. They even do not have medical certificates to ascertain disability, leaving them out of the radar of many government schemes. Keeping these thoughts in mind, lately Vimukti conducted a survey report provides the best available evidence regarding children with disability (physically handicapped, Blind, Deaf, Dumb, lame, leper, crippled etc.,) and what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments action for government to help these beneficiaries.

Training on various Government Schemes to Unorganized youths: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Charitable Trust ® Pothnal also conducted the informative training program for the youths to know and to utilize the available Government Schemes on 17th March, 2023 at Vimukti Premises. The VCT had invited the resource persons were Mr. Charlie and Mr. Jaysheela gave the detailed useful information on government’s 33 departments like SCSP/TSP under scheme on: youths self-employment, land rights, Ganga Kalyana Scheme, Individual Irrigation, Borewell Scheme, how to avail a relief to the scheduled caste victims of atrocities scheme, and various scholarship for the children and lot more information on how to tap the various financial benefits and schemes from the 33 government departments come under the talukas. 70 unorganized youth were able to profit for their life and to help others in return.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY- “Opportunity to Make a Difference”: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with Devipura women SHG groups came together on 23rd of March 2023 to celebrate International Women’s Day at Devipura village. The day-long event was not only filled with fun, food, and entertainment but also workshops on health, financial literacy, etc. Mrs. Amramma SHG President Chikotnekal ensured that the women not only had a wonderful time but also enriching time with one another during the day. The eminent speaker Mrs. Gagamma Vice president, Mrs. Umadevi Teacher, Mrs. Jyothi Taluka GP member, Manvi, Mrs. Shilpa Staff Nurse vimukti and Mrs. Jecintha Vimukti staff were guests on the dais. After the sumptuous lunch, various lucky games were conducted and all the SHG members actively participated with meaningful messages like: save a girl child, gender equality, save the planet, etc. The day ended with a small surprise gift for all the women who participated in the event. Empowering women as a concept is noble but practical implementation is a challenge. VIMUKTI has accepted this challenge and is working to give women the opportunity to make a difference. Nearly 74 women joined and participated in this program.

International Women’s Day- “Innovation and technology for gender equality -2022” Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Charitable Trust® Celebrated the International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2023. The International Women’s Day, 2023 highlighted the Motto: “Innovation and technology for gender equality”. Mr. Charlie Vimukti coordinator gave a key address saying that ‘women live amidst the four walls called a house and a family. In this 21st century, today women need to grow socially, literally, and politically to make known the capacity of her to the inside and outside world. For a better tomorrow one must work today in instilling the seeds of the equality of gender’. Mrs. Jacintha vimukti staff, advised the women saying equality should begin firstly in our own homes by eliminating the inequality of the gender to build a better society. Women must be very keen on this issue and can be overcome by giving them the social and mental support and apt education will help the women to face tomorrow. Mrs. Eshyamma vimukti staff, in her inaugural speech motivated the women to stand firm in facing their problems. No doubt, the violence is increasing against women because she is considered a weakling. But remember that a woman should not forget that if she wills, she has the greatest strength to protect herself. Therefore, she must strive after giving the girl child education and equality in her own home first. This motivating factor helps her to become a better citizen tomorrow.

Exposure Visit of unorganized youth to National Seed Corporation Limited, Jawalgere farm: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti in collaboration with unorganized youth representatives along with staff visited National Seed Corporation Limited Jawlegere on 19th March, 2023. The overall objective of the exposure visit was to exchange ideas and experience regarding challenges in implementation of agriculture productivity while decreasing production costs and minimizing environmental impacts. Secondly, to see hi-tech farming and the use of improved varieties and farm resources. Thirdly, to know the working of precision farming on the farm and how to use new technology and training on micro-irrigation systems. Mr. Arun Kumar, Asst. Supervisor NSC-CSF Jawalgere explained and demonstrated the various bio-pesticide formulations and explained the complete details in growing organic rice, other products. He introduced high technology tools that are so effective and more accurate, cost- effective and bringing awareness and motivating especially farmers for increasing their income. All the participants visited various organic sites and there were healthy debates and discussions over myths about organic culture and financial benefits. The events also enabled participants to know some of the traditional organic farming methods, such as the formation of vermi-wash/vermicompost, herbal pesticides/insecticides and treatment of seeds and soil management, etc

Vimukti CCFF, VDC and SHG Members demanded concerned health department to provide basic facilities in the Pothnal PHC and sub-Centers: Vimukti Pothnal
On 2nd of March, 2023 a report in the form of Memorandum was submitted to DC, CEO, DHO, and THO. The CCFF, VDC and SHG members in their respective villages monitor the PHC and sub centers for the past few months and come together and discuss, identified the major problems in the PHC and Sub centers at their meetings. They collectively prepared the memorandum stating all the difficulties faced by the public, during the PHC and sub center visits for their health facilities. All the beneficiaries/ public opinion suggestions were listed out clearly in the form of a booklet and submitted to the concerned higher authority and demanded in writing when they will solve these major problems and provide basic facilities for the public without fail. The focus of all the center’s is to improve the health conditions of women and the children.

Training on Adolescent girls on Eliminating Child Marriage and Gender-based Violence: Vimukti Pothnal
VIMUKTI Pothnal in collaboration with Province of Emilia-Romagna, Italy organized training on adolescents on Eliminating Child Marriage and Gender- based Violence on 5th of March, 2023 at Vimukti center Pothnal. The objective of this trainings is adolescent girls face many social challenges such as gender discrimination, child marriage, teenage pregnancy, sexual abuse, and domestic violence in their young lives. As young daughters, early married young women, and often as young mothers, they are expected to conform to certain “norms” and behaviors. The following key issues were explained to the adolescent girls by the two resource persons, who are at risk, in the age group of 13 to 18 years, to build their capacities in three ways.
• Firstly, by helping them understand and acknowledge the enormity of the issues they face, such as the lack of basic rights including access to educational facilities and livelihood opportunities, and being forced into child marriage, teenage pregnancy, and domestic violence.

Training on Constitution of India: Vimukti Pothnal
An informational training for a day was organized for the unorganized youth of surrounding villages of Pothnal by Vimukti Charitable Trust ® Pothnal on 4th of March 2023. In the introductory talk the director of Vimukti Charitable Trust, Pothnal Fr. Sathish Fernandes spoke about endangering situation of our Constitution. He said that the equality, fraternity, freedom is delivered by the Constitution which is in threat because of the stereotyped and closed mindset of the few people. The protection of our Constitution is the right of all of us. We need to build up our lives that the values laid down by our Constitution, he said. The Spokesperson of the Training Mr. J. Sharanappa, Ballatagi who stated that before the drafting of the Indian Constitution there were lot of discrimination about the religion and sects and casteism was very rampant. The life of the common people was in danger. The human being was not considering human being as human person, they were acting like wild beasts. It was the great reformist, who understand depth of human values which everyone needs to follow in their life. Human person be respected as human.

Sports Day Organized for the unorganised Youths: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal, organised, under the Unorganised Youth project, organized Sports Day for the 20 pockets Youth at Vimukti Premises on March 7th, 2023. Fr. William Prbhu guardian Clara vihara community, inaugurated the programme and encouraged the youths through sports and fun filled activities all should strengthen your youth clubs in the villages. This is the one of the ways to bring together all the youths to put together their potentiality for the growth of their personality. The Youths were divided as two teams. It was a fun-filled day with Youths jumping, shouting, encouraging, and supporting their team members. The winners were announced and prizes were distributed. Mr. Charlie vimukti coordinator gave away the prizes to the winners. Mr. Arogyappa, Mis. Mamamtha Mrs. Shilpa and Mrs. Jeceintha were present for the event. Hundred two Youths from 20 pockets participated in the event. Mr. Arogyappa youth coordinator welcomed the gathering and proposed the vote of thanks.

Training on Income generating activities: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with the Province of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, organized training on income generating to all the poor women of the project area on 2nd, March 2023. Mrs. Jacinta the vimukti staff briefed on the importance of self-help groups and functioning and the aim of it. With their small savings, the women are meeting their daily requirements, or meeting expenses related to illness, marriages, or financing their small ventures. twenty-five SHGs each have been organized into Clusters (total number of clusters is 25) and all the 10 clusters. Vimukti, formation, and mobilization of SHGs in the targeted villages of pothnal and surrounding villages of Manvi taluka. The existing SHGs organized need further strengthening and greater financial support for sustainable livelihood creation. In order to overcome the crises and to provide the SHGs for sustainable development, Vimukti has been encouraging and giving handholding support for income generation activities in their respective SHGs like jute bag making, Rotti centers, animal husbandry, pickle preparation, garland making, embroidery and various designs, etc.

Exposure Visit on Solid waste Management Unit: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti in collaboration with other like-minded NGO representatives along with staff visited Pothnal Grama Panchyath Solid waste management unit on 25th February, 2023. The overall objective of the exposure visit was to exchange ideas and experience regarding challenges in implementation of Solid waste management unit more effectively. The visit involved the interaction with concerned authority and working staff team. The role and participation of Gama Panchayat and various strategies applied for solid waste management, problems faced while implementing, solutions for the problems being faced while implementation were discussed in length. The biodegradable waste is segregated and placed for recycling. The interaction with working staff was brief regarding various activities undertaken by them. It was well appreciated for their hard work. The exposure visit ended with thanking the authority and staff for spending their valuable time with us.

Vimukti Initiatives to combat trafficking of Women, Children and men 556 Stakeholders benefited from this program:
Vimukti Pothnal organized mass awareness programs in targeted villages of Sindhanoor Manvi, Sirvar talukas, Raichur District, Karnataka from 9th, to 14th, December 11th to 15th, January and 2nd to 6th February 2023. "Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. "But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That's why we must pursue an end to the scourge of human trafficking. Keeping these thoughts in mind VCT has been creating mass awareness in the schools, public places, and in the residential area, so that our children and women are saved from this evil practices. Nearly 556 school children and families have benefited from this program.

Formation of Adolescent Girls Clubs: “Empower a Girl child, Empower the Community.” Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti adolescent clubs have been set up in surrounding villages of Pothnal to improve girls’ confidence, safety, and aspirations. The adolescent clubs aim at improving skills and promoting the talents of adolescent girls as a way for preparing her to become a responsible woman of our nation. She will face the world with courage and confidence, without fearing the circumstances or obstacles that may come her way for a better tomorrow. The adolescent girls’ clubs are formed-regardless of their caste, class, and creed- who come together as one to form a unit. Clubs help the girls to feel part of their society and valued in the community where they live. Vimukti staff sacrifice their time to mentor and develop their skills, talents, self-esteem and build confidence to speak out for the voiceless girls who are in bondage and can’t speak for themselves due to various traditions and customs. Nearly 650 girls, who profited from the programme, expressed that they were ignorant about these things and were happy to be members of this Adolescent girls’ club.

Raichur Network of NGOs: Vimukti Pothnal
Advocacy, collaboration and networking have become the bywords of global civil society engagements especially in the context of many violations of the rights of the people, the poor and the marginalized. It is in this context that VCT has been consistently engaged in networking with other like-minded NGOs on various Right based issues.

Vimukti Children’s Fest: “Children are budding Stars, the more you embrace them the more they Shine”
With this lovely thought, Vimukti Pothnal organized a children fest in collaboration with Ensemble agissons, France on 15th of January, 2023 at vimukti premises. The day’s festivities began with a beautiful prayer dance by Sneha Jyothi boarding students. The opening ceremony was marked by pouring of the water to the little plant by the dignitaries on the dais. Mr. Arogyappa in his welcome speech, he thanked the director Fr. Sathish Fernandes, for giving all the sponsored children a platform to exhibit their hidden talents. Many stage and non- stage events like singing competition, dance was conducted and all the sponsored children took part with zeal and enthusiasm. Fr. Sathish Fernandes, Vimukti director appreciated the sponsors for their extraordinary talents which were portrayed on the stage. The chief guest, Mrs. Veronique while addressing the audience lauded the efforts put in by each sponsored children and staff, congratulated all the kids who took part in the events and also thanked the director and staff for giving a platform for the children to exhibit their hidden talents by organizing children fest. She also exhorted sponsored children to take an active part in all the activities of the trust.

Mass awareness on Hunan Trafficking: Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation are inherently evil. It robs people of their God-given dignity and children of their innocence…Vimukti Pothnal
"Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security”. But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That's why we must pursue an end to the scourge of human trafficking. Keeping these thoughts in mind VCT has been creating mass awareness in the schools, public places, and in the residential area, so that our children and women are saved from this evil practices. Last one month nearly 2250 school children and families have benefited from this program.

Children’s Club: Children find a new environment for innovation and creativity: Vimukti Pothnal
The Children and youth live with some risk of experiencing violence; their age, size, inexperience and dependence which all make them vulnerable. They face, child marriage, child labor, child drop out, child abuse malnutrition as the current situation in Raichur. The purpose of the children’s Club is to relay the challenges and obstacles that children face in their community or inside the school to Vimukti’s team as well as submit ideas that can improve their surrounding environment. Basamma will be the voice of her colleagues. The vimukti team in return will try to help by implementing these ideas and make them realities. During the workshops, children were asked to name the different types of violence against children they witness in their community and which children are most at risk. The trainings facilitated by child protection’s staff from vimukti with its aim to establish a children's club throughout Manvi taluka. In light of the fact that hundreds of schools are not attractive, structures, and minimum basic facilities. Nearly 15% of children are out of school and given the lack of qualified teachers in the ground. Vimukti continues engaging in the rehabilitation of clubs and remedial classes and teacher training on psycho- social support and child protection as part of the initiatives, and in recognition of the fact that access to education is a key tool to the protection of children.

Christmas program: ‘it’s a time of joy, a time of peace, and a time when hearts are set free’. Vimukti Pothnal
It is the joyous moment when we await the coming of the Saviour of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, the season of cheer and joy is here- Christmas. With excitement in their hearts, our little sponsored children at Vimukti eagerly await to experience the joy of Christmas. The celebration was held in our vimukti auditorium. The entire auditorium was beautifully decorated with flowers, festivals, lights, posters, and models. All the sponsored children and staff members were very excited and full of enthusiasm for the celebration. The Christmas festivities commenced with a beautiful prayer song, led by the children. The placing of the Babe Jesus in the Christmas star by our Vimukti director Fr. Sathish Fernandes, along with few children heralded the commencement of the Christmas celebrations. After that, a man disguised as Santa Claus comes with a bag containing several gifts. Santa Claus was roaming all over the auditorium giving presents to all the sponsored children. Fr. Director Sathish Fernandes wished everyone a very happy Christmas and also gave a short motivational speech and asked the young children their understanding of Christmas. Across the field, the answers were ‘gifts’, ‘sweets’, ‘Santa Claus’, etc.

Vimukti Pothnal Celebrates Christmas with migrant families: Vimukti Pothnal
“No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas without being truly poor…Only the poor, the hungry those who need someone to come on their behalf, will have that someone, Emmanuel, God-with-us”. - St. Oscar Romero, Christmas, 1978
Vimukti Pothnal takes the initiatives to celebrate Christmas with migrant families. we believe always migrates workers are excluded from all the celebrations and we made a point to include them in our celebration. We visited all the tents of the migrates and welcome them for the program and we distributed Christmas cake, and sweets. The program began with welcome note and followed by cutting the Christmas cake. The migrant families are living in the tent made of tarpaulin sheets. These families have come from cross the states working as the road constructions. On this occasion migrants’ families had sumptuous meals together and various lucky games, and winners were distributed prizes and gifts.

Vimukti Prepares 30 poor women and men in Sustainable Skills in Tailoring sponsoring Rs. 9,60,000/- Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime:
This is exactly what VCT professes through its vocational training Centre. Poor girls and women both from the rural areas sitting idle at home are specially focused for their development in view through job opportunities beginning with tailoring skills. They will lead them to become economically self-sufficient. Personality development leadership training is also added to their learning. Some are emotionally disturbed because of domestic violence and want a way out in their economic and social life while others are gripped with generational poverty. This program has scaled their outlook to better social living and economic empowerment. This highlight of the one-year training program is the gift of a sewing machine along with a toolbox and intensive training cost worth Rs. 32,000/-( total amount 9,60,000/-). This way, the support of VCT helped 30 poor women staying alone at home get integrated into the society.

Vimukti Charitable Trust supports Basic facility to the Government Schools: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti charitable Trust® walked an extra mile on 13 December, 2022 to reach out to the Government Primary and Higher Schools of Karabdinni, Uttakanuru, Dotharabandi, and Malkapura by providing them 120 plastic stools to sit and to attend the classes instead of sitting on the ground. Present were the school Head Masters, teaching staff, SDMC members and the Vimukti staff Charlie Udbal, and Arogyappa Dumathi. We always would like to be the part of the Nali-Kali program to encourage the students to attend the school to pursue their future. This also somehow helps to distance the inequality existing between the Private schools with the benches/chairs and desks. In this way Trust keeps on helping the school children who are deprived of the basic facilities for learning. Come join us in reducing the gulf that is existing between the Private and the Government schools by supporting us. Contact us: 9448335778

Vimukti Initiatives to combat trafficking of Women, Children and men 1,356 Stakeholders benefited from this program: Vimukti Pothnal
“Defeating human trafficking is a great moral calling of our time….”
Vimukti Pothnal organized mass awareness programs in targeted villages of sindhanoor Manvi, Sirvar talukas, Raichur District, Karnataka from 12th, to 24th, October 9th to 17th, November 2022. Our mission is to make a positive impact in our local community, by promoting the protection and prosperity of local women and girls with vocational training, advocacy, and awareness. Female children are trafficked for marriage, sex-work, criminal activities, adoption and organ trade whereas male children are trafficked mainly for labour and exploited as beggars. Sometimes, trafficked children are also recruited into armed groups or for criminal activities. Lack of awareness on human trafficking is the biggest barrier to prevent human trafficking, most of those victimised are either women or minors (consisted of individuals under 18 years of age who is recruited, transported transferred, harboured or received for the purposes of exploitation,). Keeping this thought in mind VIMUKTI has been creating mass awareness in the schools, AWCs, public places, and in the residential area, so that children and women are saved from these evil practices. Nearly 960 school children, 286 women and 110 men totally 1,356 families have benefited from this program.

World AIDS Day 2022: Putting ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV…Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti children parliament and club children pothnal organised awareness rally at Devipura Village, on the occasion of World AIDS day to make public aware of HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, human trafficking, child abuse, malnutrition, to stop open defecation etc. the rally started around 10.30 a.m. from Government higher primary school and children and staff used placards, posters, slogans and flex to make the public aware. Mr. Gundappa, headmaster of the school said in his speech HIV caused AIDS and interfered with the body’s ability to fight infection. If detected early, a regular consultation and proper treatment will help in fighting infection and allows a patient to live longer. The awareness rally helps the people to know about the disease, its symptoms and prevention methods. The children gathered for the rally took pledge to fight against the dreaded disease. The parliament and club children, school teachers and vimukti staff and nearly 110 stakeholders participated in the awareness rally.

Medical and Legal aid for a human trafficked child: Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal
A 15 years old girl child migrated f
rom Pothnal was human trafficked in Bangalore, forced into child labour, sexually assaulted and abused, and her internal organs were removed with one eye and the kidney. The heinous crime was resulted in multiple internal organ damage. At present she is fighting between life and death and for the medical treatment she needs Rs. 500000/- worth. In desperate situation the Vimukti Trust reached out to the poor and illiterate family on time financially helping them to get the hospital care, counselling, and legal aid support. This is one of the cases being reported by the Vimukti Trust. Likewise, there are similar cases which go unnoticed by the responsible government officials. It is here the Vimukti Trust involved in giving the handhold support to these vulnerable families who are trapped under the banner of human trafficking. Let’s all stand united in uprooting the evil of human trafficking. At the same time let’s pray for the speedy recovery and to get the justice for this innocent Child.

State level Children’s Parliament will help highlight problems facing them: Vimukti Pothnal
State level children parliament was organized by Child Right Trust at Indian Social institute Bangalore. Children representatives from all over Karnataka, each district two children representatives came with their problems faced in their respective district. two days training was organized and listed out all the problems from each district. From Raichur district Vishwa vikas and kerthana 8th std, actively participated and raise the problems and difficulties faced by Raichur children, such as child marriages, child labour, dropout, child trafficking, missing cases, sexual abuse and using children for illegal activities etc. these are very predominant as a result many children are succumbed to these evil practices and losing their childhood and not able do justice to their voices. The children’s parliament programme will help them to raise their voices against injustice done to them and get relief. Referring to the Census conducted in 2011, that a total of 47 crore children had been identified in the 10-18 age group. But the shocking fact is that the ratio of children suffering from malnutrition and anemia is very high in Raichur. Therefore, children raised their voices before elected representatives and demanded to sort out issues very quickly and to find solutions and also get punishment to perpetrators as per child protection laws concern.

Legal awareness key step towards Women empowerment: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with Enemble agissons France organized legal awareness program on 22nd of November, 2022 at vimukti premises. The aim of the program is to spread legal awareness among SHG members and participants learned about the Indian legal system, concept of basic rights and equality under law, family and property law, as domestic violence act, and sexual harassment ant workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act etc. the resource person kept the sessions active and interactive and expressed her views saying women in our country are viewed through patriarchal eyes. Even in today’s day and age several households see women who remain silent and marginalized, giving the men an upper hand and greater role in decision- making. It is vital that women stand up for themselves, and in order to do so, information plays a great role as it can make them aware of their rights. The fact is that that women’s lack of awareness of their rights is what hinders them from speaking up for themselves and their right to equal opportunity. It is widely acknowledged that elimination violence and discrimination against women necessitates well-planned legal awareness programmes that emphasis and empower women by giving them with knowledge about constitutional safeguards created expressly from them. The dignitaries including chief Guest, Mrs. Bernadette Ensemble agissons member France, Mrs. Gireja resource person, Mrs. Shilpa Staff nurse, Fr. Sathish Fernandes, VCT director, Eshamma, Mrs. Jecintha, Uma devi etc, were on the dais. Mr. Arogyappa welcomed and thanked each one for gracing the event.

Rev. Fr. Sathish Fernandes OFM Cap Received MAHANTHSREE STATE AWARD -2020
Fr. Sathish Fernandes, a Capuchin Priest at the heart of Jesus, has been hailed for his love towards poor and the downtrodden. He has been instrumental in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, not only in words, but also in deeds of charity. He has been a true companion to the most disadvantaged and marginalized people, irrespective of case, creed and religion. His crusade to fight for the rights of the poor and defenceless, is a true paradigm of a Good Shepherd, leading the flock in spite of the dangers and difficulties. His dream to transform the society as a better world to live, have been slowly realising. Fr. Sathish Fernandes, has been dedicating his entire life for the social work in order to bring smiles to the less privileged children of the society. For the past fourteen years he has been actively involved in the district of Raichur, Karnataka to empower the less privilege children. Acknowledging his benevolent works and zealous involvement in the sector of child rights, education, care of the poor orphan, semi-orphan, HIV/AIDS and disabled etc. he has been conferred with several prestigious State Awards. On 20th of November, 2022, he has received Mahanthsree state award-2022 given by Mathoshree Mahantamma Shivabasappa Gonal Foundation at Siddaram Jambldini auditorium Raichur, Karnataka. We the Vimukti Staff congratulate Fr. Sathish Fernandes and wish him all the best to inspire others to join their hands to make this world a better and safer place for children and youth. The dignitaries and Mathoshree Mahantamma Shivabasappa Gonal Foundation organizers from the state applauded the efforts and services of VIMUKTI. The event was witnessed by over thousand invitees.

Doorstep Medical Services: Vimukti Pothnal
The statement that “health is wealth “is a very true to its meaning, as one cannot do anything if he or she does not have good health. So, it is very important that each person must know the causes, effects and remedies related to their individuals’ health issues. One person’s carelessness or ignorance of good health care can affect other people living with him or around him. For the past many years, Doorstep healthcare services has been provided by Vimukti Staff Nurse to the sponsored children families, physically disabled, Pregnant women and postnatal mothers and economically disadvantaged patients who live in the villages without discrimination of caste and religion. Pregnant women and postnatal mothers and children were motivated to go for a regular checkup during pregnancy, they were given awareness on nutrition, special care and nutrition for infants, cleanliness, exercises, sanitation, hygienic, health issues, immunization, Routine check-ups, and tests etc. VCTs main aim is to educate them and provide them with knowledge to live more hygienically so that they too can lead a healthy life and prevent themselves and their families from any health issues. Apart from our regular action plan we also took initiatives for the welfare of the workers and community by conducting need-based camps. We made them aware about how to prevent the spread of infectious diseases through conducting free health screening.

Sponsor’s Day Program: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Charitable Trust® with the collaboration of Ensemble Agissons France had organized sponsor day program at Pothnal on 13th November, 2022. Nearly 70 sponsored children along with their parents (80) participated in the program. This day was filled with full of entertainment. Mr. Arogyappa Vimukti Staff welcomed the guests on the dais. Sponsored children honored the guests with the garlands. The program commenced with the prayer dance lead by Mallamma and group. On this special occasion variety of dances were performed on the stage. Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Bernadette Enemble Agissons president and member were very happy to see all the 70 sponsored children along with their parents on that day. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director, Vimukti in his speech exhorted all the sponsored children saying that every child should learn to give value for time and money the sponsors spend on each child and always remain thankful to their sponsors, who are selflessly trying to give better education. The main aim of the sponsorship program is links sponsors to children at pothnal to provide direct assistance for education and health. The educational sponsorship program provides financial support to academically bright children from low-income families who would otherwise be forced to drop out of school due to economic constraints. Today is the right time to remember all the sponsors and donors to thank them for all their whole hearted support and encouragement. Further he encouraged the sponsored children to increase their participation in Vimukti programmes. Nearly 156 children and parents participated and benefited from this program.

Empowerment of Women Through Legal Awareness: Vimukti Pothnal
A community-based training on Women’s rights and legal awareness was organized at Vimukti Premises on 02.11.2022. nearly 145 women participated in this training program. The main objectives of this training program are to seek justice for women, safeguard their rights, and promote women’s empowerment. To impart practical knowledge about the basic legal rights and remedies provided under various women related laws, thereby making them fit to face the challenges in real life situations. To make the women aware of the various machineries/organs of the justice delivery system available for redressal of their problems/ grievances. The procedure of approaching and utilizing various channels available for the redressal of grievances. i.e., the Police, the Executive and the Judiciary and role of courts in achieving gender equality, most importantly the concept of public interest litigation. The training facilitator emphasised the women about their rights as provided under the various laws including the Indian Penal code 1860, the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, the prevention of Domestic Violence to Women act, 2005 etc. the meaning of law, various social security legislations, free legal aid to the poor, Indian Evidence act, various modes of disputes settlement mechanisms etc, Lok Adalats, family Courts, Mahila courts, crime Against women Cells, State commissions etc. were explain in length. In the after-noon sessions there was discussion on its possible solutions like education for all and making every woman empowered. Due to illiteracy, poverty, lack of publicity on the laws and other reasons, many women are unaware of the laws and the importance of the constitution, and how to act within the law, how to knock on the door of the courts and how to deal with injustices legally were explained. The women participated in the session actively were thanked and sessions were winded up with vote of thanks.

Vimukti reaches on time to help the dumb child…
The heartbreaking life exper
ience of Gauramma aged 16 and her determination surely challenges our humanity. She lost her father and mother when she was three years old. After the death of her parents, she was brought up by her brother-in-law’s family. But that is not the end of her life’s story, they found out later that she was deaf and dumb too. Gauramma’s unexpressed great desire to live her life opened the way to pursue her education at Dasanahalli village school situated at Gangavathi. Being an orphan child, she was helpless too. When she was tested for the possibility of ear hearing aid assistance, teacher also told her about the government scheme. In her helpless situation she remembered the Vimukti staff Mrs. Shilpa and sought her help. In response to the child’s request, she called the child help line requesting the ear hearing aid for Gauramma. As a result, the coordinator of the Child Helpline and the Director of the Vimukti distributed the ear hearing aid to Gauramma. Thanks to the Vimukti Child help line for the immediate help and support.

Raichur District children’s Parliament raises children’s concerns around education and their future. Vimukti Raichur
The Children’s Parliament caters for children below age of 18 years, and Children’s Parliament gives a chance to speak for the children, by the children and of the children. It serves as a platform for the children to develop leadership skills, team spirit, analytical skills and maturity. This is none other than an organization/movement for children. Today there are efforts all over the world to help children to be in charge as children are the best agents of the much- sought social change. Children refuse to be any more just objects to be looked at. They are beginning to participate in various social and political decision-making forum. They believe that they can do this better than the elders without any inhibitions or slash expectations. They are not anymore just to be governed, but also to govern. They have realized their rights to participate in governing. Now Children parliament comes to their rescue which is a Children's movement with deliberations, interventions and actions. On 19th of October, 2022 Vimukti in collaboration with CRT Bangalore organized program on bringing all talukas representatives of children on one platform at Raichur to raise their voice against injustice done to them. Children’s parliament will help highlight the problems faced by them in their respective schools and villages. Children’s parliament programme has been introduced to help children list out their problems of a particular constituency and make the respective elected representatives take them up in legislature sessions and get relief.

Community Convergence facilitation Forum (CCFFs) leaders training: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust Pothnal organised training programs from 7th of August 2022 to October 4th 2022 to community leaders at Gram Panchayat and Village level in 20 pockets of our targeted villages of Manvi Taluka. The main aim of this training program is to train the community leaders to contribute to ensuring the social protection, promoting of people participation in governance, enhancing access to social security schemes to vulnerable people and communities like migrant workers, transgender and other marginalised communities through evidence-based knowledge building, at pothnal surrounding villages. The major focus of the training is realizing rights and entitlements with and through the community by building an effective interface with government departments and institutions using Community Convergence Facilitation Forums (CCFFs) led by a collective of trained CLs. The CCFFs a groundbreaking community driven platform, which is innovative in the sense that the measures adopted not only encourage people’s participation, but also lead to enhancing informed decision-making in local governance. Nearly 65 community members have joined and participated in the training program to become active CCFFs leaders to work for their community to tap the entitlements for their communities.

4th Asian anti-Trafficking forum Meet; ‘Strengthening partnerships and accelerating the use of technology to combat human trafficking: Vimukti Pothnal
VCT Pothnal Director Fr. Sathish Fernandes attended the Asian anti trafficking forum meet 2022 at Institute of Public Enterprise, Shamirpet, Hydarbad. The three-day event was kicked off on the eve of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (30 July) and included individual presentations, panels, roundtable discussions and workshops. The theme of this year’s Forum was ‘Strengthening partnerships and accelerating the use of technology to combat human trafficking and brought together stakeholders from across the country, including our Implementing Partners, strategic partners, supporters, think tanks, government, women rights and anti-trafficking advocates, grassroots level organisations, technological experts and other like-minded organisations.

Children’s Participation: Vimukti Pothnal
Children’s Participation is the heart of our program. We encourage children to express their views/ideas, participate in decision making processes, share their problems collectively and find suitable solution. To ensure this, children are given the space to do so, children have their own club meetings. These meetings are held every month at contact point. The unresolved issues are discussed in a larger meeting called the Children parliament, held every month, in which 15 to 20 child representatives participate from each contact point. Children themselves select their convener and secretary for these meetings. Children raise issues like police atrocity, crisis intervention, employer abuse, legal support, death and took decisions and formed action groups to resolve them. The main issues were related to the environment, child rights, and education. Children suggested making some changes in our interventions. Some of the decisions taken in the meeting have already been incorporated in our programs and actions have been taken with the involvement of the children as per their needs.

Skill training ‘skills for success’: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime: Vimukti Pothnal
This is exactly what VCT professes through its vocational training Centre. Poor girls and women both from the rural areas sitting idle at home are specially focused for their development in view through job opportunities beginning with tailoring skills. They will lead them to become economically self-sufficient. Personality development leadership trainings are also added to their learning. The empowered women come forward and work for the other women’s privileges. This way, the support of VCT helped 42 poor women staying alone at home get integrated into the society.

Vimukti Initiatives to combat trafficking of Women, Children and men 1,350 Stakeholders benefited from this program:
Vimukti Pothnal organized mass awareness programs in four villages of sindhanoor Manvi talukas, Raichur District, Karnataka from 5th,11th,17th and 24th, September 2022. Lack of awareness on human trafficking is the biggest barrier to prevent human trafficking, most of those victimised are either women or minors (consisted of individuals under 18 years of age who is recruited, transported transferred, harboured or received for the purposes of exploitation,). kidnappers most commonly force women into commercial sex and indentured servitude. Bride trafficking has also been a consistent commodity due to skewed sex ratios in certain areas. Keeping this thought in mind VIMUKTI has been creating mass awareness in the schools, AWCs, public places, and in the residential area, so that children and women are saved from these evil practices. Nearly 850 school children, 320 women and 180 men totally 1,350 families have benefited from this program.

Free Medical Health checkup Camps Organized by Vimukti Pothnal:
Free healthcare camps are of great importance to the poor people who live on a meager income. These people never dare to visit the hospitals or clinics even when they are sick because their meager income is insufficient to bear the expenses of a good health checkup or buy the medicines prescribed by the doctor. Keeping the circumstances in mind Vimukti Pothnal have been organizing free medical camps frequently in the rural areas of the Manvi taluka, in Raichur District. In these medical camps alone 135 local patients were provided a free medical checkup facility. Free medicines as prescribed by doctors were distributed amongst the people. Free health checkups were provided without cost. In this medical camp detected that all the patients from locality were suffering from various diseases including chest infections, Muscular and joint pains, seasonal Cough & Flu, skin Allergies, High Blood sugar levels, Gastrointestinal diseases and many more. These medical camps have successfully provided free healthcare services to more than 135 patients from the locality. Vimukti organization is solely serving humanity by taking care of the sick children and adults and giving them healthcare services for free.

Skill Development and income generating training Program: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with Dr Babu Jagjivan Ram Leather development industry Bangalore. the corporation is well known as LIDKAR, and organized 60 days of skill development and income generation training program at vimukti premises. The objective of the training program is to develop skills in the manufacture of footwear/ leather goods making. The Leather Artisans in the state are economically most backward and still engaged in making and selling traditional footwear. They are being exploited by private dealers and hence they are not getting right price for their products. Even now many of the artisans are sitting on roadside without proper shelter and engaged in footwear repair for their livelihood. Keeping in view the welfare of the SC leather artisans, vimukti selected eligible candidates in pothnal surrounding villages of Manvi and Sindhnoor Talukas, motivated and organized 60 days skill development and income generation training program. there was a positive good response from the stakeholders and attended the 60 days training, benefited from this program.

Generous hands Blooms the life of Devaraj: 266th Home Sweet Home.
Vimukti charitable Trust® has unveiled its 266th house to Mr. Devaraj from Santekeluru village, Maski taluka, located in Raichur District. For the past four years he is suffering from the cancer of the mouth. Spending lacks of rupees he underwent the operation but was not much successful. As a result, he is unable to consume food. Presently, he struggles to pay back the loan because there is no earning member in his family. Adding to the misery he also finds very difficult to educate his three kids, and has no house to stay because the house he had planned was half built. At this peak moment of struggles he personally wrote to the Vimukti for help. Understanding the dire situation and visiting the place of Devaraj, the Vimukti along with the Director Fr. Satish Fernandes reached out to this family. In completing their house blossomed happiness and joy in their family. Generous benefactors became the hands of Devarj’s family in completing this project. Thanks to them for restoring the humanity.

Community Convergence facilitation Forum (CCFFs) leaders training: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust Pothnal organised training programs from 4th of June 2022 to August 7th 2022 to community leaders at Gram Panchayat and Village level in 20 pockets of our targeted villages of Manvi Taluka. The main aim of this training program is to train the community leaders to contribute to ensuring the social protection, promoting of people participation in governance, enhancing access to social security schemes to vulnerable people and communities like migrant workers, transgender and other marginalised communities through evidence-based knowledge building, at pothnal surrounding villages. The major focus of the training is realizing rights and entitlements with and through the community by building an effective interface with government departments and institutions using Community Convergence Facilitation Forums (CCFFs) led by a collective of trained CLs. The CCFFs a groundbreaking community driven platform, which is innovative in the sense that the measures adopted not only encourage people’s participation, but also lead to enhancing informed decision-making in local governance. Nearly 165 community members have joined and pariticipated in the training program to become active CCFFs leaders to work for their community to tap the entitlements for their communities.

Free Medical Health checkup camps organized -350 patients benefited from these programs: Vimukti Pothnal
VIMUKTI Pothnal organized free health checkups camps in targeted villages of Manvi Taluka. The Patients who attended for the health checkup, including men women and children were given input sessions on Yoga in life and its immense health benefits. the patients were suggested to practice Surya Namaskar, Pranayama, Anulom-Vilom etc. staff nurse in her sessions educated the patients on avoiding tobacco, maintaining a healthy body weight, eating right, doing enough exercise and patients were diagnosed with health problems like seasonal flu, hypertension, weakness, malnutrition and other illness were given prescriptions and medicines. Nearly 350 patients were distributed free medicines.

Urgent task: fighting for human trafficking in every month around 450 to 550 people are benefiting from this training program: Vimukti Pothnal
From 5th to 16th of July, 2022 Vimukti Pothnal organized the awareness program on human trafficking in ten villages of Manvi and Sindhnoor Talukas. Human trafficking is the third biggest criminal industry after narcotic drugs and illegal arms supply. Generally, the organized crime of human trafficking extends beyond state and national boundaries. It is also multi-dimensional, involving elements of several crimes like kidnapping/abduction, buying and selling of humans, bonded labor and sexual exploitation. The ugliest face of human trafficking is trafficking of girls of sexual exploitation. In India, 46% of women and girls trafficked, are for commercial sexual exploitation, 27% for domestic servitude and 27% for forced labor. Keeping these thoughts in mind Vimukti Pothnal has been conducting sessions in the AWCs, Schools, public places, and in Community apart from legal remedies; prevention of human trafficking requires several types of interventions and demanding the concerned officials should focus on creation of compulsory, high-quality education, employment opportunities and income generation for marginal and vulnerable sections in the society.

60 days of rigorous Dr Babu Jagjivan Ram leather industries development training program held at vimukti:
Vimukti Charitable trust, pothnal organized leather development industries training program for the marginalized people, of Pothnal surrounding villages Manvi taluka. The main an objective of the training program is to overall development of Leather industry and upliftment of socio- economic conditions of leather Artisans in the state. The vision is to train of artisans in modern leather technology, provide strong Backward and Forward marketing linkages to artisans etc. the resources person highlighted and emphases to provide technical and marketing facilities to leather artisans and to create marketing network within and outside the state. The focused issues are to organized awareness programmes, training camps needs to conduct in footwear and leather good making for income generation and livelihood etc. Among 75 candidates who applied applications among them nearly30 were selected for this intensive training program and are benefiting from the program.

Two months intensive training for Women on tailoring and Embroidery & designing: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with UNDP organized two months intensive training on Embroidery and designing programme for the women at Vimukti premises. The main aim and objective of our training is to conduct livelihood programs for women and dropout girls to create sustainable livelihoods, build up confidence among self-help Groups (SHGs). For the past many years now, vimukti begin the self- employment training programs for women and dropout girls has made lot of difference in many lives of many women and their families. Deprived women and girls have been learning and some of them started their Micro enterprise in tailoring and embroidery and stitching the different type of blouses, zari work on sarees, etc. with these skills they earn as supplementary income for their family. Vimukti organized two months intensive skills training in fashion designing course for the women belongs to backward sections of Pothnal surrounding villages, by providing raw materials like threads, needles, clothes, scissors etc. at the end of these courses certificates and visiting cards are provided and helped each learner to support and encourage them to continue their own business for their life sustainability. Nearly 45 women and girls benefited from this training.

Five days of intensive Entrepreneurship Development Programme for the Women: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with UNDP organized five days on intensive Entrepreneurship development programme for the women at Vimukti premises. The main aim of the program is to help local & small entrepreneurs thrive by providing training, handholding and mentorship enabling micro-entrepreneurs to scale better and faster. These training programs help educate & develop microentrepreneurs with various business & social aspects. It helps them learn with problem solving, conflict management, leadership, communication, negotiation skills through a medium of role play, indoor and outdoor activities. Apart from these the entrepreneur is also taken through various accounts & operation support required to run a business such as book-keeping, cost of production, thus enabling the ME to assess himself/herself and the business. This Entrepreneurship development programme makes leaders, helps the microentrepreneurs discover their strengths and abilities. Women micro-entrepreneurs who are chartering an unknown path step by step. This EDP is focused on increasing the ability of the micro-entrepreneurs to do business successfully and earn their livelihood. The extra employment of labour created through these micro-enterprises can also lead to the transformation of the individuals in the community. Thus, vimukti helped 40 women to get trained and motivated to begin their own business for their sustainability.

LET’S PREVENT the children from dropping out the school by supporting their EDUCATION…. Vimukti Pothnal
The VCT organized a unique program with the support of generous benefactors by providing educational kit to the deprived children in the project area. The education kit including bag, books, pens, uniform, water bottles geometry box etc. the intention of this program was to motivate the children towards compulsory education. 65 children were distribution educational kits. There are lakhs of children around us who lack support from their families to get an education and are dropping out of school. Education is available free of cost in the government schools but many children lack support to even get their school equipment. Poverty hit hard the parents had no option other than restricting children’s education. Such children are overlooked or discarded from the Society. These children lack respect and affection. In an age of learn and play, the children are shouldered with responsivities. Children need support to cope with the competitive world to have a dignified life. In order to empower every child with education, vimukti started to provide educational aids to children from economically weaker sections of the society. Fr. Sathish Fernandes expressed saying, providing these basic facilities encouraged the children to study well, motivate the parents to support the children in their education. The realization of the project enabled vimukti to contribute substantially to achieve the goal of universal education in northern part of Karnataka state.

World Day against child Labour2022- Universal Social Protection to End child Labour: Vimukti Pothnal
MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IF YOU SEE A CHILD IN DISTRESS…. Dial the child helpline- 1098
Vimukti charitable Trust ® Pothnal organized an awareness rally in collaboration with our Vimukti children club on world day against child labour campaign in and around Pothnal government Schools on 13th June 2022. The day aim is to spread awareness about the illegal practice of child labor that still prevails and sensitize privileged citizens to protect and demand the rights of children and childhood. Today & every day, join us to support all children across the world to keep chasing their dreams through education, children and participants were holding the placards and as they were marching in and around the villages shouting the slogans to send back the children to school and stop child labour. The Social protection systems that address poverty and provide free education, healthcare, family assistance, and employment to families, assure children the FREEDOM TO LEARN, PALY AND BE A CHILD.

Education kits Distribution to stop School Dropouts-Giving Hope to a child’s Future: Vimukti pothnal
Chanakya Said, “EDUCATION IS THE BEST FRIEND. AN EDUCATED PERSON IS RESPECTED EVERYWHERE. EDUCATION BEATS THE BEAUTY AND YOUTH”. In order to empower every child with education and bring the joy of learning to the little ones, and motivating children towards compulsory education. vimukti charitable trust Pothnal started school kit in 2010 to provide educational kit to the deprived children from the project area. School kit is an assorted set of materials such as school bag, notebooks, pen, pencils, drawing book, colors, uniform, water bottle and compass box which as per the sections like primary, secondary and higher secondary. 30 children are benefited from this program.

Students enjoy visit to police station: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Sponsored children visited Police station on 5th June Sunday, 2022, to understand the its functioning of the Police station as part of our Programme of Inquiry. Police Sub-Inspector spoke to the children about how a police station operates. Students visited the control room, jail, FIR room and were informed about arms and ammunition like gun, pistol etc. They learned how to call no. 911 in an emergency situation, ways to protect themselves and to avoid dangerous situations. Children were told what happens when a person is arrested, how police personnel works and how it helps officers do their job. Initially the children were very serious when they entered the police station, but when they interacted with sub- inspector Mr. Veerana Gowda, they found that the policeman’s are friendly and approachable. The children even asked questions to Sub-Inspector Mr. Veerana Gowda like how you catch a thief, why you were khaki uniform, how the control room and wireless works very effectively, etc. and Sub-Inspector was very happy to answer them.

Free Medical health checkup Camp: Vimukti Pothnal
Free Medical health checkup camp was organized at vimukti Premises. The aim of the health camp was to increase awareness of health-related issues such as cleanliness, sanitation etc. among children and the general public. Children will be encouraged to spread this information among their families, friends and neighbors. The vimukti staff nurse sensitized the children on maintaining hygiene by washing hands regularly and before and after eating, segregating dry and wet waste, keeping the surroundings clean and engaging in physical activities to stay fit. The Doctor Raghavendra divided children into small groups were monitored for BP, weight, height, vision and oral hygiene as a part of their general checkup. The gathered children promised to adhere to good hygiene practices taught at the camp and remain physically fit by exercising regularly and adopting healthy habits. Nearly 65 children benefited from this camp.

Vimukti Children Education Excursion: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized educational tour to our sponsored children. The aim of this program is to students expand their learning through outdoor experiences. Excursions are considered as hands on experience for students which they cannot learn in the classrooms. Student’s life remains incomplete without broadening their outlook. The Vimukti organization gives priority to realize the Nature and multicultural environment. By coming into direct contact with various environments, culture and community, the students develop openness to others. The children were emphasized experimental learning and offer both group and self-directed activities that enable learners to explore various cultures, practices and people.it also gives the students exposure to work in team with others which carries life long memories and bonding with the acquired experiences.

Children March to School (Makkala ‘Nade Shale Kade’) : Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti charitable Trust ® organized Children March to school campaign in and around the 16 villages of Pothnal on 31 May 2022. The main aim of the campaign is to bring back the children to the school by motivating the parents, elders, and village community leaders regarding the importance and the role of the education in the life of children. The main aim of the ‘March to school campaign’ was to sensitize privileged citizens to protect and demand the rights of children. Today & every day, join us to support all children across the world to keep chasing their dreams through education, children and participants were holding the placards and as they were marching in and around the villages shouting the slogans to send back the children to school. Through their very presence and involvement, they were conveying the message of the importance of education that will nurture their future. The Pakistani noble prize winner Malala says: “one child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world”.

Training program on Professional Skills for Women: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust ® Pothnal organized professional skills for the rural women at Vimukti premises on 28th May 2022. Women live within the four walls of home hence they are deprived of the professional skills. Identifying the interested women Vimukti Trust took keen interest in training these women to begin afresh their own self-employment which can sustain their families. The rural women were being inspired and motivated to learn and to take up the various designs of embroidery through the training sessions of three months intensive training by the professionals. Since these rural women were ignorant about the usefulness and the self-sustenance that brings in, they were explained how they can tap the resources and earn their living by the way of these professional skills. The professional teachers are imparting every bit of the knowledge and the technique of being creative to be an expert in the field that they have chosen. Nearly 25 women have enrolled in this program. They come daily for these training classes and unturn every stone towards success in the creative learning.

Summer Camp for children: Vimukti Pothnal
Summer camp for the Children play a vital role in the development of their Personalities. On 13th and 14th May 2022 summer camp were organized at Vimukti Premises. Our Vimukti children proudly initiated the co-curriculum Extra-curriculum activities like dance, music, singing, drawing, and other activities. As the enriching and revitalizing power of these activities was already palpable in the students, Vimukti tried to give these children a bit of value education and personality development skills during their holidays. Nearly 61 children attended the program and benefited from this summer camp.

Bidding Farewell to our Loving Sponsored Children: Vimukti Pothnal
“Some people come in to our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same”- Flavia Weedn
To promote bright future and to bid farewell, on 14th May, 2022 send-off programme was organized at Vimukti center to our 11 sponsored children who completed their 18 years and an end of receiving sponsorship support for the future. The Sponsored children namely Huligamma, Kaveri, Ashwini, Shiva Putra, Shivu, Suman, Mehabubu, Dyavamma, Wilson, Sudeep and Devaraj were seated at the center of the stage. These eleven were the senior sponsored children who benefitted for 10 years under sponsorship project are now eagerly waiting with indignation and anxiety, to leave the portals of Vimukti institution and move forward towards a new world with a better vision. Vimukti director appreciated and encouraged through his words saying that their days of adolescence, he out of his experience admitted, were the toughest to deal with. At times, the Vimukti team must have been a little harsh and demanding too from them. But it was with a pure intention and not to hurt them, but to make them better and better persons and bring out the best out of them. It is all part and parcel of the ongoing process of formation. And today, as they stand at the other threshold of the institution, are not to look back at what was lost and what was left undone but to look forward with a better vision and create a zeal to do everything in future with full of energy and enthusiasm. It is always good to take along all the pleasant and sweet moments cherished in their past life here. The world indeed has a dearth of young educated men and women like them. Go! Make the difference was the loving advice.

Vimukti vocational Training Centers: Vimukti Pothnal
“Do not give fish but teach them to catch fish” is the motto behind Vimukti vocational training Centers. In this regard, we stand with the real needy youths to make them earn and support their families now or later. One such kind of opening is our tailoring projects and these tailoring centers give training to downtrodden students, the ones under the line of poverty in tailoring training at economical cost. Thus, Vimukti organised tailoring, cutting and dress making course nearly 25 students are getting trained and benefiting from this program.

Door to Door Dr. Ambedkar Abhiyana: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized Door to Door Abhiyana on the occasion of Dr. Ambedkar’s 131st birth anniversary on 23rd April 2022. This abhiyana was being undertaken for reaching out to children, youths, women and men, in spreading awareness on Dr. Ambedkar and his prominent role in building up the nation as a great architect of the Indian Constitution. On this occasion Fr. Sathish Fernandes vimukti director said, "An economist and advocate of human rights and women empowerment, Dr Ambedkar is considered as a leading nation builder of our country. He contributed in promoting harmony and tried to eradicate the evils of the caste system. A true believer in the rule of law, Dr Ambedkar constantly worked for the rights of poor and backward classes. We should take inspiration from the life of this great son of India. A true homage to Dr. Ambedkar would be to develop our country on the principles of ‘Social and Economic Justice’ and ‘Equality of Status and opportunity’". On this occasion well- known speaker were called and input sessions were organized to motivate people to imbibe his spirit in safeguarding once own rights in building up the nation.

Free health check-up and medical outreach camp organized on Dr. B.R Ambedkar Jayanthi, more than 55 people benefited from this camp: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti pothnal celebrated the 131st birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Jayanti on 14th Thursday, April 2022 at Mudamaguddi Village, Manvi taluka, Raichur Dist. On this occasion, a free health check-up camp was organised, in which more than 55 people took part and benefited from this health camp. Addressing the gathering Mrs. Jecintha said the health issues in our rural areas as one of the biggest problems, where poor women and children are deprived of the basic health facilities in the villages. Timely health check-ups, taking care of the once health, keeping clean environment, drinking pure water and eating nutritious food will help us to become healthy persons. Mr. Charli GP member in his addressing note expressed, as we celebrate 131st birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Jayanti said, Dr. B.R Ambedkar was an economist, Politician, and great social reformer who fought for the rights of the Dalit community who were considered as untouchables back in those days (they are still considered untouchables in certain parts of the Country till today). He is also a Principal architect of the Constitution of India. advocated for Women’s rights and labour’s rights and also contributed to construct the entire concept of Republic of India. Gathered women and children benefited from the health check-up and free medicines for headache, cough, fever, body pain, antibiotic ointments and first aid medicines and nutrition food to the children and pregnant women were distributed freely. Nearly 55 beneficiaries benefited from this medical outreach camp.

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood: Vimukti Pothnal
In all this world there is nothing so beautiful as a happy child. Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. It is well said “don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be HAPPY. So, when they grow up, they will know the values of things, not the price”.

Vimukti Pothnal Celebrated Ugadi -festival with migrant families:
Vimukti Pothnal organized the "joy of giving" activity in an Endeavour to make Ugadi festival special and reached out to the migrated families at pothnal on 2rd of April 2022, Saturday. Ugadi festival makes us to join with our brethren in doing a little something extra for someone. It is joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for coming together with less privileged families and children. Ugadi is celebrated as a festival of prosperity. Along with the onset of the year, it signifies the vibrancy of nature and the springs. It is also a day of prayer, as Hindu brethren pray for success in the new year. All the Vimukti staff, participated in the Ugadi celebrations. All in all, the Ugadi celebrations at vimukti along with migrant families set the tone for the coming New Year, a year that promises to be full of smiling faces, unity and self-reliance. On this occasion children had sumptuous meal and health checkup program was organized. Nearly 65 stakeholders participated in the program.

Role of Vimukti Children’s Club in safeguarding of children from School dropout and fun-based educational outreach: Vimukti Pothnal
VIMUKTI children Club is a local forum of the village children, where they come together to learn, share and plan their schooling or skills. Every child in the areas is invited to come along and take part in educational and recreational activities that are completely free. They are supervised by the volunteer leader who has been trained by VIMUKTI. The children clubs bolster the young children and encourage their development all with the goal of improving their well-being. in all Vimukti targeted village child clubs are formed depending on the number of children. The clubs are conducted once in a week or as per the decisions of the children. The children are given various trainings and motivational sessions about their rights, life, health and education. The children may go to different schools but in the clubs, they come together and share their experience. They develop their personality, gain leadership skills and improve decision making skills. Through a combination of games, songs, theatre workshops and reading traditional tales, the children have great time whilst learning and applying lessons that are useful in daily life, gradually growing in their roles as future citizens. 572 children are benefiting from these clubs.

Formation of Adolescent Girls Clubs: Vimukti Pothnal
Adolescence is a crucial phase in the life of woman. This stage is intermediary between childhood and womanhood and it is the most eventful phase for mental, emotional and psychological well-being. The life-cycle approach for holistic child development remains unaddressed if adolescent girls are excluded from the developmental programmes aimed at human resource development. Keeping these thoughts in mind Vimukti Pothnal has formed adolescent girls’ clubs in various targeted Schools of Manvi taluka and their main objective is to educate and guide the adolescent girls to understand and accept their physical maturity and emotional changes they undergo. They also need to take good care of themselves during this period avoiding all kinds of fear and superstitious beliefs, prevalent in the villages. They must know their rights to save themselves from child labour, child marriage, child trafficking, school dropout, etc. Nearly 650 girls, who profited from the programme expressed that they were ignorant about these things and were happy to be the members of this Adolescent girls’ clubs.

Birth Day celebration of Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti Pothnal:
A day to be remembered, a day to be shared, a day to be celebrated and moreover a day to be lived at every moment was enhanced, strengthened and nourished on 25th of March, 2022. Vimukti 28 staff came together celebrated the gift of life of Fr. Sathish Fernandes the Director; and thanked God for the gift life during the Eucharistic celebration being the main celebrant. Fr. Dominic Lobo the guardian preached an inspiring homily and the various works done by Fr. Sathish Fernandes for the people for the orphan, semi orphan poor children in the boarding and asked all present to pray for him. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life which is a free gift of God. With these sentiments VCT staffs raise their hearts in gratitude for the selfless service rendered by the Director by organizing short program and wished all the best for this future ministry.

International Women’s Day- “the Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow-2022” Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Charitable Trust® Celebrated the International Women’s Day on the 13 March 2022. The International Women’s Day, 2022 highlighted the Motto: “the Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. Rev. Fr. Satish Fernandes the Director of the Vimukti gave a key address saying that ‘women live amidst the four walls called a house and a family. In this 21st century, today women need to grow socially, literally, and politically to make known the capacity of her to the inside and outside world. For a better tomorrow one has to work today in instilling the seeds of the equality of gender’. The administrator, Mrs. Chandrakala of Shri Krishan Devaraya Education Trust, advised the women saying equality should begin firstly in our own homes by eliminating the inequality of the gender to build a better society. Women have to be very keen on this issue and can be overcome by giving them the social and mental support and apt education will help the women to face tomorrow. The EO of Manvi Taluka, Miss. Stella Vargese in her inaugural speech motivated the women to stand firm in facing their problems. No doubt, the violence is in its increase against the women because she is considered as a weakling. But remember that a woman should not forget that if she wills, she has the greatest strength to protect herself.

Praying for Peace and Justice in Ukraine: Vimukti Pothnal
“And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make Peace” James 3:18
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with Clara Vihar community came together and expressed the solidarity with the Ukraine torn away by the war, devastated by destruction of their houses and no food to eat, and in a special way those Innocent people and soldiers who have lost their loved ones. And urged all the people of good will to join us in prayer for peace for all the people of Ukraine.

God of Peace and Justice
Who change the hardened heart,
And break the power of violence,
We entrust the people of Ukraine to you.
Protect them in this time of peril;
Let them know not death but life, not slavery but freedom.
You are Father of all;
We are brothers and sisters.
Give us the strength
To live that truth in love,
Choosing peace not war- Amen

Vimukti children parliament members organised Swacch Abhiyan Campaign- “Keep School premises Clean” Vimukti Pothnal
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, we all know. We also know that a journey of thousand miles starts with a single step. Keeping this thought in mind the Vimukti children-parliament team with the collaboration of school children conducted cleanliness campaign to maintain the school environment clean, neat and tidy. The objective of this campaign was to make the children realize that action speaks louder than words and it is good to act rather than merely complain. Accordingly, the campaign was well planned and executed with the co-operation and support of the school children. Through the campaign this awareness was created in nearly 170 children.

Upholding the Nonviolence: Saying No to War! Vimukti Pothnal
The Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, Capuchins in Karnataka stood in support and expressed the solidarity with the Ukraine torn away by the war, devastated by destruction of their houses and no food to eat, and in a special way those Innocent people and soldiers who have lost their loved ones. The commission and its members spent little time in silence and prayer. During the meeting the commission decided to appeal all the capuchin fraternities in Karnataka to join hands in support of them in prayer to touch the hearts and to inspire the minds of the leaders of Russia and Ukraine and its Government to come forward to say No to war, and Yes for Peace and Justice.

Vimukti Initiatives to combat trafficking of Women and Children 817 Stakeholders benefited from this program: Vimukti Pothnal
VIMUKTI Pothnal organized mass awareness programs every month respectively. Lack of awareness on human trafficking is the biggest barrier to prevent human trafficking, most of those victimised are either women or minors (consisted of individuals under 18 years of age who is recruited, transported transferred, harboured or received for the purposes of exploitation,). Kidnappers most commonly force women into commercial sex and indentured servitude. Bride trafficking has also been a consistent commodity due to skewed sex ratios in certain areas. Keeping this thought in mind VIMUKTI has been creating mass awareness in the schools, AWCs, public places, and in the residential area, so that children and women are saved from these evil practices. Nearly 817 school children and families have benefited from this program.

Vimukti organized Free health check-up and free medicine distribution camps- 235 families benefited from this program: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti charitable trust® Pothnal visited 16 surrounding villages of Manvi taluka and organized free health check-up and free medicine distribution camps. Vimukti team found that there are areas where diseases are there but because of poor background, people and children are not able to take proper treatment and medicines at the proper time. By identifying these stakeholders Heath check-up and free medicine camps were organised and approximately 210- 250 BPL and APL families and referred them to various hospitals; medicines were freely supplied and children’s height and weight were recorded to be kept in individual children’s file. Children were examined for iron deficit, de-worming optical problem, skin problem, HB low, ENT and dental problems etc. there is lot of positive impacts from the stakeholders who benefited from these camps.

Tailoring Skills and livelihood support to women: Vimukti Pothnal
Since 2013 Vimukti Charitable trust® is providing skill development trainings for the deprived adolescents & women. Many of economically deprived women & girls have been started their micro enterprise in stitching the different type of blouses, zari work on sarees, school children uniforms stitching. With this they are earning 4500 Rupees per month as supplementary revenue for their family. After this initiative many changes occurred in the families of poor women and sending the children to good schools for excellent education. With this income parents are able to educational material & school tuition fee to their children in time. We have been providing 6 months skills training in fashion designing courses for the women belongs to economically backward sections through teaching classes, providing raw material like threads, needles, clothes, scissors. In each batch, after finishes the skills training, we are providing course completion certificate and conducting orientation course on marketing skills, helping to avail the loans from the financial institutions, banks. Women and Girls are got a confidence on themselves and not depending on anyone. Thanks to all the Ensemble agissions donors for your timely help, with your sponsorships we are able to conduct job oriented skillful trainings for the women and girls in time as they deserve.

Extracurricular activities at Sneha Jyothi Boarding Pothnal:
Vimukti organization is taking care of the Sneha Jyothi boarding. Here, the children from 1stStd to 10th STD, study in 3 different schools. Their presence in our campus brings joy and liveliness. They are spiritually and academically brought up in the boarding. In our experience, extracurricular activities play a pivotal role by channelizing energy of children positively. Activities like singing, dance, Music, & sports help children with their artistic expressions. The children were found to be more energetic, cheerful, focused and disciplined.

Reaching out to the 5,000 less privileged families with respect by contributing the unused usable items: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust® Pothnal has been working for the welfare of the society since for the past 12 years. We are working with socially and economically poor and marginalized children, youth, unorganized working-class men and women, daily labourers and persons with disabilities like HIV/AIDS and recently along with the victims of Covid-19. We also provide entrepreneurial life skills for the school dropouts, small and marginalized farmers and the unemployed irrespective of castes and creed. The concept of this program is to give an underprivileged person a pair of clothes that are as good as dressing him with self-respect. With this objective we distribute usable garments /decent unused clothes to the poorest of the poor children, men and women of all ages. To ensure that it reaches out to more and more poor and needy people we distribute these unused clothes directly to them. Do you have unused clothes, shoes, toys, stationery, books, bags and clothes that are gathering dust and can be usable for others? Or have you used them only ones or twice in your life time and no longer use it? Do you want to get the stuff out of your house, but don’t want it to end up in a trash? Vimukti waits for the opportunity and ensures that these decent unused clothes will reach out to the deserving people. This saves resources, contributes to the nature and helps to bridge the gap between surplus and shortage. This is not something new for us, so far, we have been able to distribute these items to more than 5,000 families.

The Lok Munch leaders and Janavedike members submitted the memorandum to Basavanagowda Turvihala, MLA in demanding the basic facilities in their village. Vimukti Pothnal
In collaboration with the Vimukti Charitable Trust®, the Lok Munch and Jana-vedike leaders from Sunkunooru village, 1st ward, Manvi Taluka, Raichur demanded Basvanagowda Turvihala, MLA in submitting the memorandum regarding the basic facilities like water, street lights, drainage facilities, etc. The entire village is surrounded by stagnated water makes their life most difficult to live in. Most of the time children are prone to various sicknesses like malaria, diarrhea, dengue, and chicken gunya, vomiting, skin diseases, etc. Moreover, the village is the potential ground for the breeding of the mosquitos where even the animals also find difficult to cope with this situation. So, to say along with the people they too are badly affected with the adverse situation. Fed up with these above issues the leaders of Lok Munch and Jana-vedike submitted the memorandum in demanding that their village need to have a good basic facility for them, for their children and the domestic animals. In highlighting the issues, they demanded from the Basavanagowda Turvihala, MLA in writing that he will fulfill all their demands without delay within the short period of time. The Vimukti staff encouraged the leaders for animating themselves in taking courage to raise the basic issue for the sake of the village.

A Memorandum was submitted by Child Rights Club to the Grama Panchayath PDO to provide immediate basic necessities to the school premises. Vimukti Pothnal
The Child Rights Club President and its members of Primary Higher School, Markamdinni met together in discussing the needed basic necessities and facilities in the school on February 16, 2022. All the members of the club came together in discussing the issues that were affecting the education due to the lack of facilities provided in the school. The Markamdinni school caters more than 200 children (includes1-7th std). The saddest reality of this school is being deprived of toilets, pure drinking water facilities, the dilapidated midday meal kitchen, scarcity of water to clean even their plates and hands forced them to carry their plates unwashed to home places the entire environment of the school into disgracefulness. This disgusting situation made them to voice out to the concerned department officer through the memorandum.

Free medical health check-up and free medicine distribution camps in every month more than 250 to 300 patients benefit from these camps: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti organization organized a free Medical Health Check-up and free medicine distribution camps at Pothnal. The objective of the camps was to provide information regarding diet, exercise and weight control. The subjects diagnosed with hypertension or blood pressure and diabetes or both were given free medicines and also treated for the cough, headache, diarrhea, and vomiting. They too were advised for the follow-up with their local doctors, or Public Health Centers or with one of our VIMUKTI-affiliated doctors. Follow-up has been done for those subjects who have been diagnosed with hypertension/blood pressure and diabetes or both on a regular basis by our trained Staff Nurse for compliance with their medications. Their blood pressure and blood sugar are monitored on the daily basis or once in a 15 days/month. Around 250 to 300 patients benefited from the16 villages of our working area.

Vimukti free tuition Centers in the villages: Vimukti Pothnal
“Education has to produce the perfect man, sound in character, active in mind and strong in body” says Plato. We know that education plays a very crucial role in one's life regardless of age, caste, class, creed, gender, religion, region and so on. Education is inseparable and has become a part of the necessary requirements of life like food, shelter and clothing. The aim of free tuition is to provide supplementary education to children in our villages and to bring them up to an academic level where they can compete with children from developed urban when they reach 8th standard (at the age of 13). The leap from village schools to secondary schools in urban often results in truancy (drop-out) and depression. Since our village children, being financially challenged they cannot afford tuition, hence the quality education still remains elusive, irrespective of their geographical proximity to it.

Children's rights clubs: Vimukti Pothnal
These clubs are envisaged to give a better understanding of their rights and duties. Children are encouraged to share their autonomous ideas on their rights and discussion them in their groups. In addition, the clubs serve as a platform to bring out and develop their talents such as writing poetry, writing articles, storytelling, singing, acting, painting etc. Vimukti has become a strong force to help children develop in their talents. Almost 1400 children form these groups and benefit from the same.

SCSP, TSP and vocational skill training: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized SCSP/TSP and Vocational skill training in 15 villages of our project area. Government has various schemes and programs under its 33 departments for the development of people belonging to scheduled castes and tribes. Out of these departments, the schemes and programs that are provided under the agricultural department, animal husbandry, forest department and transport and educational department were described in detail by the resource person. The women were encouraged to build a life based on vocational life skills and make use of the different means of assistance provided by the departments of the government. 135 women from various villages were the beneficiaries of this trainings.

Empowering women through vocational training: Vimukti Pothnal
Women have always been marginalized and relegated to the status of subjugated class in our society. Especially in rural areas, women have not actively participated in their emancipation due to their lack of economic independence and illiteracy. Women should be organized and strengthened at the grass root level to end their subordination. Vimukti Charitable trust Pothnal is making an attempt in that direction to make rural women self-sufficient through sewing training centers. The main aim of this program is to enhance the quality of life of women through increased knowledge and skills. VIMUKTI also realized that merely imparting literacy would not be sufficient. The women need vocational training or skills also to uplift their status. They should be able to stand on their feet and be an earning member of the family. Hence, vocational training program (stitching) will enable the rural women and girls to learn and enhance their skills, enhancing their confidence level by making themselves reliant. In order to provide alternative income for the young girls 6 months training in cutting and stitching is organized in villages. At present 25 girls are being trained. This is a good program for girls who had no opportunity for perusing higher education. Few girls who are trained have purchased tailoring machine and are employed.

Distribution of Nutritious Health Product (food) for the Malnutrition Children: Vimukti Pothnal
When expecting mothers and young children get the nutrition they need, it sets off a ripple effect of health and well-being that impacts entire communities, helping create a more equitable world. The vimukti organization pothnal trying its best to creates an important platform to fight against malnutrition the aim is to ‘Nutrition Promotes opportunity for all’. By improving access to vital nutrition, everyone gets an equal chance to grow, thrive, and prosper. As a result, together with our stakeholders we focus on reaching the unreached communities around us. Realizing the need and caring for the children’s health we are distributing the Nutritious Health Kit. Mrs. Shilpa, Vimukti staff Nurse explained the usefulness and effectiveness of consuming these tablets daily. Health is a wealth of the family. Present day hospitals no doubt find many ways to make money. So, we need to be careful in taking care of our well-being and especially that of our children too. Children are the easy victims of the sickness due to the weaker immune system. Hence, provide healthy food to build up the immune system of the children. All the participated children were given free “Kids Vitty Maxx” nutrition tablets. Nearly 45 mothers and little children were benefited from this health nutrition program.

Sports Day Organized for the unorganised Youths: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal, organised Sports Day for the 20 pockets unorganised Youth at Vimukti Premises. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti Director, inaugurated the programme. The Youths were divided as two teams. They participated in a variety of individual and team sports events like, ball and spoon, musical chair, etc. It was a fun-filled day with Youths jumping, shouting, encouraging and supporting their team members. The winners were announced and prizes were distributed. Mr. Jaysheel, Coordinator Vimukti, and Mr. Charlie Udbal, Mr. Arogyappa, Mis. Mamamtha Mrs. Shilpa were present for the event. Hundred one Youth from 20 pockets participated in the event. Mr. Arogyappa youth coordinator welcomed the gathering and proposed the vote of thanks.

Personality Development Training for the Staff: Vimukti pothnal
Personality development training for the staff was organized at vimukti Centre. Around 25 vimukti staff participated in the training programme. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Facilitated the training programme. The objective of the training programme was to bring about personality development with regard to the different behavioral dimensions that have far reaching significance in the direction of organizational effectiveness.

Inauguration of Tailoring and training Center at Vimukti Centre Pothnal:
A tailoring unit, which aims to provide livelihood opportunities for Bhuvaneshwari SHG women who have suffered economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was inaugurated in Vimukti center premises at Pothnal. The unit will be run by SHG women from Pothnal. Vimukti organization facilitated the setting up of the unit with five tailoring machines. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti Director, said the pandemic had left many poor women from underprivileged families in deep financial crisis. “With the help of Ensemble Agissons sponsors, the Vimukti supplied essential commodities to those who reached out to us during the lockdown. But it was felt that they needed a regular source of income. So, the unit was started”, he said. Initially seven women are employed five as tailors and two others for other work- at the unit. The objective of the Vimukti organization is women must turn their steps towards the self-employment to help themselves and their families to make financially stable. This Center first of all provides the training program to make them expertise in stitching the new clothes with different designs, to prepare the bags and paper covers. It also will train them to stitch or alter the old clothes.

HEALTH FOR ALL: Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal
It is an important aspect of human development. It includes in a wider holistic sense, all aspects of human needs such as physical, mental, spiritual, social and intrapersonal relationships. Keeping in mind these objectives, the VCT Health for all project, cater to the well-being of the human persons and are proud to say that they have stepped up the stairs but still long way to go. It serves the socially and economically poor and marginalised people irrespective of their caste, class and creed. Among them, we specifically target the most vulnerable like children, pregnant women, neonatal and postnatal mothers, HIV/AIDS patients, daily-labourers, persons with severe disabilities and the aged, who cannot visit a clinic/hospital to receive medical care, either because they are too poor to afford hospital costs or because they belong to certain backward classes. Our intent, therefore, is to take medical facilities to their doorsteps. The recent Covid-19 pandemic has only rendered the situation much worse. VCT health program caters many people around have seen and experienced a ray of hope in their lives after regaining their health.

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It’s a Christmas- a spirit of sharing and caring-Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal
The joy of Christmas was at its zenith when all the Sponsored children’s families from the 16 remote villages gathered at the Vimukti premises on 23rd December 2021 for the Christmas program. Quoting Saint Mother Teresa’s words of wisdom, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ― and for that matter following in the footsteps of Mother Teresa, the Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal, did the right thing of “Giving and Sharing” during the Christmas Season by distributing Christmas Gifts to all the sponsored children. Over 61 sponsored children were extremely delighted to receive special Christmas Gifts from Ensemble Agissons, France to each family like Dosa tawa non-stick, Idli pot, hot case set of 3, Stainless Steel Storage Kitchen Set Box etc., brought smiles on the faces of the families.

Sports and Games for the Unorganized youths: Vimukti Pothnal
Participation in sports and games keeps every human person fit and healthy. Promotion of game spirit is more essential than win or lose. Everyone cannot win the game. One has to win and the other has to lose. Taking win or lose in an equal manner and playing in good spirit will help us to stand united in all situations and work as one team. In order to promote such sports spirit among the youth of unorganized sector, Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized Sprots and games in its premises on 11th of December 2021. Altogether 140 youth participated in these sports and games out of them 65 were men and 75 were women. Men and women were divided into separate groups. Filling the water in the bottles, blowing the balloons and placing the Bindhi on the forehead were the games for the women and for men, tug of war, musical chair and blasting the balloons with the leg. The winners were awarded with prizes.

International Human Rights Day: Vimukti Pothnal
“To deny people their human rights are to challenge their very humanity itself”- Nelson Mandela
Vimukti charitable Trust®, Pothnal celebrated international Human Rights Day on 11-12-2021 in its premises. Mr. Charlie in his preliminary speech said that attainment of human rights is our very birth right. Every human being needs human rights to live in equality. Therefore, our constitution has given prominent place for the human rights. Fr. Satish Fernandez, the director who was the chief guest of the program highlighted that every person has his own needs and desires. In the present scenario issues regarding caste system, food system, equality etc., are discussed everywhere which is very sad in itself. He emphasized that the foundation of our life is laid on the human rights that is provided in the constitution of our country. Fr. Edwin Dsouza, Treasurer, Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra®, Ujire in his presidential address commented that we are leading a lifestyle wherein we have forgotten our basic human rights. Human rights provide us freedom, equality, self-esteem, progress etc., we need to understand this and live by it. Living a life of self-respect without violating the rights of others and without being violated of rights by others are the very right of us all. Vimukti staff Mr. Jayasheel, Mrs. Jecintha, Mrs. Shilpa, Ms. Sunanda and Ms. Mamatha were present during the program. Mr. Arogyappa anchored the entire program. Nearly 102 attended and benefited from this program.

Distribution of play materials to AWC centres- nearly 500 children in Manvi Taluka benefiting: Vimukti pothnal
“Play gives children a chance to practise what they’re learning.” Pursuing the importance of games for children’s life Vimukti charitable trust in association with Antyodaya Centre, Mudhola Taluka, Bagalakote District Distributed play materials to various AWCs on 9th December 2021. Addressing the animators meeting Rev.Fr. Satish Fernandes, the director of Vimukti opined that attractive environment in the AWCs is very essential in order to make the children come to AWCs every day. Play materials attract the children to come without missing and spend allotted time joyfully in the centres. As per the decision in the meeting the play materials were divided equally, packed as appropriate play material bags and distributed in AWCs at Potnal, Jinnur, Jinnurcamp, Tadakal, Udbal, Badlapura, Malkapura, Iralagaddi and Karabhdinni. The play material bags consisted of cloth toys, plastic vehicles, plastic balls, cloth balls, rings, playing kitchen sets, wooden toys, alphabets, learning toys etc., Receiving these materials the children and the staff of AWCs expressed their joy and happiness. Vimukti staff Mr. Jayasheel, Mr. Charli, Mr. Arogyappa, Mrs. Jecintha, Mrs. Shilpa and Ms. Mamatha were present during the distribution of play materials and 500 AWC children are benefiting from this program.

Vimukti Club children took out HIV/AIDS awareness rally: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti children parliament and club children pothnal organised awareness rally at Malkapur Village, on the occasion of World AIDS day to make public aware of HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, human trafficking, child abuse, malnutrition, to stop open defecation etc. the rally started around 10.30 a.m. from Government primary school and children and staff used plcards, posters, slogans and flex to make the public aware. Mr. Ravi raj sagar Malkapura school teacher said in his speech HIV caused AIDS and interfered with the body’s ability to fight infection. If detected early, a regular consultation and proper treatment will help in fighting infection and allows a patient to live longer. The awareness rally helps the people to know about the disease, its symptoms and prevention methods. The children gathered for the rally took pledge to fight against the dreaded disease. The parliament and club children, school teachers and vimukti staff nearly 110 stakeholders participated in the awareness rally.

Work hard to succeed in life: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti organized training program to our club children in the villages of our working area. While interacting with the children staff advised and encouraged the children to be confident to learn good things from others, and should cultivate the reading habit to improve our personality. Courage is a basic for everything to achievement. One should have self-dignity and self- respect and should love one’s profession. We can create our own destiny by molding our personality. We should face challenges without fear and should convert them as stepping stone for success. Tireless and honest efforts always pay fruitful results. During the interaction, the students posed several questions to staff and got clarified. Nearly 450 children attended this training and got benefited.

Memorandum submitted to Utakanoor Grama Panchayath President in demanding to conduct Children Grama Sabha without delay: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti children parliament members along with club children from Pothnal area submitted the memorandum, demanding concerned panchayath president to conduct Children Grama Sabha without delay. After the several reminders to the concerned authority, have not given attention to the burning issues, as a result Children’s parliament members identified the major issues, discussed it in their meeting and took it to the Vimukti staff. Surprised by the initiatives of the children Vimukti staff supported and engaged this matter to the concerned authority. Children approached the Panchayath president and pressed up on him to take earliest action and solve the problems specially, clean drinking water, toilet, playground, play materials, and compound wall should be provided in the school premises. The school headmaster, teachers, SDMC members, VCT staff applauded and encouraged children in this great venture.

National Constitution Day Celebration: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized National Constitution Day Celebration at Vimukti Premises on 26th November 2021. On this occasion, as an important part of the celebration was, all the gathered students took the pledge of the Preamble. The speaker of the day emphasized the importance of Constitution Day, the significance of its celebration and commemorated the people who contributed to the development of Indian constitution. He highlighted the basic differences of Indian constitution than that of other countries with examples indicating the prerequisites of the constitution such as societal, familial and individual needs. The preamble of Indian Constitution i.e India to be a sovereign, socialist, secular and democratic republic which is aiming to secure justice, liberty, equality to all citizens and promote fraternity to maintain unity and integrity of the nation were stressed in his speech as these rights are necessity and are not a privilege. The session ended with an interactive session which lasted for almost half an hour, where the audience shared and cleared their doubts with the chief guest. The session was attended by 89 students.

Vimukti Initiatives to combat trafficking of Women and Children1,256 stakeholders benefited from this program: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized mass awareness programs in four villages of sindhanoor taluka, Raichur District, Karnataka from 2nd to 9th November 2021. Lack of awareness on human trafficking is the biggest barrier to prevent human trafficking, most of those victimised are either women or minors (consisted of individuals under 18 years of age who is recruited, transported transferred, harboured or received for the purposes of exploitation,). kidnappers most commonly force women into commercial sex and indentured servitude. Bride trafficking has also been a consistent commodity due to skewed sex ratios in certain areas. Keeping this thought in mind VIMUKTI has been creating mass awareness in the schools, AWCs, public places, and in the residential area, so that children and women are saved from these evil practices. Nearly 1,256 school children and families have benefited from this program.

Five lacs worth Various Sports materials distributed to the Orphan, Semi Orphan, disabled, AWC & School children, unorganized Youths and Women, in 20 villages of Manvi Taluka: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with India-win Sports Private Limited Mumbai under the leadership of Mrs. Jennifer Pereria the generous Benefactor, Mumbai organized programs from 1st of October to 7th of November 2021, in 20 villages of Manvi taluka. the various sports materials, like T-shirts – 1500; Caps – 150; Cushions – 300; Notebook – 400; Paper bag – 1025; Led glass – 375; Malinga wig – 130; Whistle – 500; Led hat – 180; Wrist band – 500; Led; horns – 225; Buggles – 120; Mini horns – 150; Handkerchief – 150; Umbrella small – 24; Goal net – 2; Line machine with stand – 2; Poncho blue – 65; Poncho black – 65; Photograph bibs – 25; Referee jersey – 6; Football – 20; Stocking – 40; Jio wonderland t-shirt – 133; and the Immunity booster – 100 etc., these various sports materials were distributed to the orphan, Semi-orphan, disabled, School children, AWC centers, Government and Private Schools, unorganized youths, Women in the targeted villages. Nearly 2890 stakeholders got benefited from the program.

Self Employment Training Program for the Rural Youths: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti organized self-employment training program to the rural youths on 5th of November 2021 at Vimukti premises. The Vimukti centre is helping unemployed rural youth to generate self-employment through short term training intervention. The primary objective of the program is to impart quality training programme in skill development to the rural youth at free of cost. our mission is to make easy for the Entrepreneurs to start their own business. We have helped start and operate 20 entrepreneurs to businesses by offering a range of business services. Our aim is to help the entrepreneur on the legal and regulatory requirements, and be a partner throughout the business lifecycle, offering support at every stage to ensure the business remains compliant and continually growing. Nearly 95 rural youths attended the training benefited from this program.

Distribution of Nutritious Health Product (food) for the Malnutrition Children: Vimukti Pothnal
On 27 October 2021, the Vimukti Charitable Trust ® Pothnal organized the distribution of the Nutritious Health Kit for the selected malnutrition children. Mr. Arogyappa dumathi expressed saying, these days we are succumbing to many types of viruses and fever. Children are not able to withstand these viruses and fever. Thus, they need protein, minerals, calcium, and so on as a substitute for their health. These need to be given to the children without fail every day. Many a times we are not able to provide them through the food, but when we give the children “Kids Vitty Maxx” nutrition tablets, each day one, will increase children’s immune system and helps them to remain always healthy. Realizing the need and caring for the children’s health we are distributing the Nutritious Health Kit. Mrs. Shilpa, Vimukti staff Nurse explained the usefulness and effectiveness of consuming these tablets daily. Thereafter, as a chief Guest, the Director of the Vimukti Charitable Trust, Fr. Satish Fernandes addressed that gathering with this message: it is the prime duty of the parents and elders at home to cater the health of your children. Health is a wealth of the family.

Distribution of Educational Kit for the Deserving Poor Children: Vimukti Pothnal
On 27th October 2021, the Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal launched the Magu-Nagu Program to cater to the economically backward children. During the program the Trust distributed the free Educational Kit consisted of the school bag and books for the selected children. Many students in our service area are dropping out of school before graduation, since their parents cannot to afford to provide uniform, text books, school bag and such other items. Their parents are mostly day laborers, migrates who have travelled other cities in search of work living their siblings in their realities, or work as auto drivers, rickshaw pullers, vegetable vendors, or domestic help etc. We motivate their parents through counseling sessions to send their children to school. Vimukti has been providing educational material to these poor children who attend Government Schools. We provide educational material consisting of text books, notebooks, geometry box, pencils, pens, and school uniforms, clothes, shoes, school bag, lunch box. We select the candidates by personal visits to their homes to assess the family background. We also take inputs from the school head masters to select the students who are doing well in studies.

Death of parents due to Covid-19 deprived 65 children in Raichur District not only of their presence but also leave them dependent on their relatives, Vimukti supported by distributing food, education and hygienic kits:
The Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal has soothed the humanity by reaching out to the 65 children, who had lost their Parents due to the CORONA VIRUS. When the entire world was threatened by the COVID-19, nations were left in dilemma to face this fearful pandemic with its fast spread all over the countries just to close themselves in. While humans were frightened to come near the infected, even they could not touch them- just a chaos to save oneself. The desperation was such that all the migrated wage workers returned home either by a vehicle or walked hundreds of miles together just to reach home; while the poorest of the poor were dying without treatment just because they could not afford one. If some of the parents have lost their children; others have lost their parents bringing them the traumatic experiences of the greater loss to go nowhere.

Vimukti Sponsorship Programme aims at shaping a positive future for children from the marginalized Community: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Sponsorship programme aims at shaping a positive future for children from the marginalised community who cannot afford the basic necessities of life. While VIMUKTI reaches out to many children within the community; we have identified a particularly vulnerable group: those children who have lost one or both parents. Although many orphaned children are taken in by extended families, the extra burden on family resources means that they are often required to work, cutting short their childhood. The Vimukti sponsorship programme provides their children with the best possible start to their life. In an increasingly globalised world, quality education has become vital for children to be able to progress and which would ensure an opportunity to at least one child at a better life.

Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal mark the blessing of Vehicles on ‘Ayudha Pooja’ day:
“All-powerful God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, in the rich depths of your wisdom, you have empowered us to produce great and beautiful works. Grant, we pray, that those who use this vehicle may travel safely, with care for the safety of others. Whether they travel for business or pleasure, let them always find Christ to be the companion of the journey, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.”
Vimukti Pothnal celebrated Ayudha Pooja day at vimukti premises on 14th of October 2021. All the staff were present and Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director vimukti offered prayers by sprinkling the holy water with the words, “May these cars/bikes be blessed in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy spirit”. And also, he prayed to the Guardian angles may guide and the drivers and protect them from all harm and all who travel by these vehicles may arrive safely at their destination through the intercession of our lady of Guidance. Speaking on this occasion, Fr. Sathish Fernandes said that for the last many years we have been blessing the vehicles on this Ayduha Pooja day, to respect the tradition of the local Hindu community and also part of Indian culture. It’s a nice devotional practice and an expression of faith.

Prevention and protection of youths, children and women from human trafficking 1257 profited from these programs: Vimukti Pothnal
After drugs and arms, human trafficking is the third largest profitable industry in the world, and young girls from the district of Raichur happen to be the worst victims. Human trafficking, particularly that of underage adolescent girls shipped out work as domestic helps is big cities has been decades-old phenomenon that has not been addressed adequately. But recent reports indicate that a second, more heinous level of exploitation is being perpetuated. Many of the trafficked girls, according to reports, are impregnated and made to bear children so that babies/children could be sold off. Lack of basic education, traditional beliefs/practices and the girls having no say in the matter because their socio- cultural up bring contribute to this state of affairs. The project focuses on prevention and protection of children from exploitation providing holistic education and raising community awareness. This project has addressed the root causes of poverty leading to trafficking and abuse of these hapless children youth and Women. The project seeks to ensure “education” from a holistic perspective to bring 1257 vulnerable adolescents out of this complicated web of poverty and misery to transform their lives with hope for a decent and dignified future.

Free Health checkup camps for the Women and children: Vimukti pothnal
VIMUKTI, Pothnal organized free health check-up camps in 14 surrounding villages of Pothnal. After the brief survey at the village level, undernourished lactating mothers’, women and children were made aware of the various benefits available at the health centers. The need of special care at the pregnancy period, the food intake, the precautions to be taken at the delivery time, etc., were explained. Free health checkup was done along with the distribution of nutritious calcium tablets and syrups etc. For about 135 pregnant and lactating mothers, and children participated in the camps and benefited from these camps.

Entrepreneurship development assistance training Program for the Women: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with UNDP and Women Community Cadres (Unnati Sakhis) organized enterprise training and Business Development Assistance with Mentorship program at vimukti premises from 20th to 25th September, 2021. Nearly forty selected and interested women were identified from the project area for these five days of intensive training program and it was given by the Mr. Krishna Sharma from Hyderabad. The main objective of this training was to create a job opportunity for all and to reduce unemployment by encouraging the creation of small businesses that will provide a living for successful entrepreneurs. Furthermore, the programme has a community works component that tackles social exclusion on two fronts at once, offering unemployed people chance to gain valuable working experience and improve their professional skills while providing services for those who are most at risk of social exclusion. This training focused on a series of measures and activities such as: Entrepreneurship training for developing of business skills, support in the development of a business plan and coaching and mentorship support. Miss. Monlisa ALC India, Sunil kumar coordinator ALC Raichur, Mrs. Girija, Mrs. Jaysheela vimukti Coordinator, and Shashi Kumar witness the program and nearly 40 SHG members actively participated and benefited from these five days training program.

Clara Vihar Post Novitiate Brothers Social Action Exposure Programme: Vimukti Pothnal
Affection and commitment towards social work is the best activity of life. We the Clara Vihar Post Novitiate brothers, were privileged to be a part of social action week at Vimukti Pothnal from 13th to 19th of September 2021. Our mission exposure programme in Pothnal was animated and guided by Vimukti Director Fr. Satish Fernandes. When we look into the past five days, we had a gradual and progressive growth in our outlook towards social work. We were introduced to a number of activities and initiatives that aimed at the betterment of children, youth, women and adults. In our visit to Raichur, we could closely work with the Child Line Programme coupled with some practical experiences in the field. We were also blessed with the opportunity to visit District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) and had a talk with National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Director, Manjunath Reddy MSW. In short, our mission exposure programme opened our eyes towards the various social issues such as child labour, child marriage, child trafficking, Devadasi system, illiteracy, poverty, migration and so on. We were also introduced to a number of schemes offered by the government for the upliftment of the children, women and the poor.

A house that restored the human Dignity- Vimukti Pothnal
Mr. Joseph (Yamanappa) 45 years old hails from Jeenor camp, Manvi Taluka, Raichur. Being a tractor driver, he earned his living and lived happily with his wife and three kids. One day a severe accident caused him to lose the ability to walk forever. In spite borrowing in lakhs and spending on his treatment Joseph remained paralyzed for life. Learning the above situation, the Vimukti Charitable Trust® visited the family of Joseph immediately. Adding to their present misery, the education of their children, the Vimukti also witnessed the worst family’s living conditions in a dilapidated shed for past six years. When this news was shared with the few generous donors it became a reality. Today, through these inspired donors the Vimukti is able to provide a little decent house to live on. Applauses to all the generous souls for becoming “Joseph” to the family.

Unorganized Youth Formation and Training: Vimukti Pothnal
It is well said, Youth are not useless but they are used less. They are the future leaders of our nation. They can be easily spoiled and brain washed for the evil purposes endangering their future life, talents and skills for the selfish interests of few. Therefore, education and training are the powerful weapons of youth empowerment: to fight and voice against poverty, hunger, and the clouds of evils of this world. Keeping these views Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with 16 pockets youths in our working area, formed 256 members in our youth clubs and all the youths’ clubs consists of 10 to 16 members. The youths’ clubs are motivated to take responsibilities of monitoring the activities of the villages. They had a series of leadership building sessions to develop the capacities in understanding their roles and responsibilities. The youths were sensitized on the on-going trafficking activities and the long-term goal of the project was explained to them. The youths are encouraged and motivated to take active part in Gram Sabha and ward sabha meetings, PDS, SDMC meetings, social audit, Jana-vedike meetings, AWC, PHCs, VHND, VHSC meetings, and also motivated to take vaccine etc in their village, where important decisions on village development are discussed and decided. A total of 16 villages youth clubs are formed and we are trying to motivate and help them through our constant visits and meetings. we met every month to review progress of the project.

Vimukti Childline Advisory Board (CAB) meeting Raichuru:
Childline Advisory Board meetings was held on 23rd August 2021at DC office Raichuru. Superintendent of Police, CEO, Deputy Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Director of Public Instruction, District Collector, District Magistrate, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Divisional Officer, Women and Child Development Officer, District Child Welfare Committee, District Child Protection Officer, Block Education Officer, District Education Officer, District Social Welfare Officer, child development programing officers, Child welfare officer from SJPO, Reginal transport officer, district minority officer, BSNL officers, District health officer, Juvenile Justice Board, district legal serve authority members were present in the meeting. How the Child line 1098 functions in the district and what are the hurdles, challenges and difficulties the ChildLine team faces in implementing the project more effective way. The project aims to advocate and promote child rights of the deprived children of Raichur and their participation in wider decision-making process. The ChildLine team on behalf of the marginalized children raises issues pertaining to the violation of child rights, and make effort to influence the duty bearers and policies for children.

Sponsors Day Program: Vimukti Pothnal
Sponsor day program and farewell program to outgoing Sponsored Children was organized at Vimukti premises as on 25th of August. Sponsorship is program to help the deprived, excluded and vulnerable children regardless of their caste, race, creed and gender. They are provided with health, education and livelihood program. Jayasheela explained the service which have given by the Project to sponsored children. Till the age of 18 years Vimukti has taken care of Sponsored children by providing many facilities. As they are going out from sponsorship program it is their responsibility to utilize the knowledge they achieved and to lead a better life and help the needy. Sponsored children Anjali Thadkal, Arpitha Thadkal and Pavithra Udbala thanked enthusiastically to ensemble agissons president and all the members for their timely support, guidance, encouragement and helping them to reach this stage.

One day training on various Government Schemes: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Charitable Trust ® Pothnal also conducted the informative training program for the youths to know and to utilize the available Government Schemes on 26 August, 2021 at Vimukti Campus. The VCT had invited the resource person Mr. Mahalingappa, gave the detailed useful information on government’s 33 departments like SCSP/TSP under scheme on: youths self-employment, land rights, Ganga Kalyana Scheme, Individual Irrigation, Borewell Scheme, how to avail a relief to the scheduled caste victims of atrocities scheme, and various scholarship for the children and lot more information on how to tap the various financial benefits and schemes from the 33 government departments come under the talukas. 70 unorganized youth were able to profit for their life and to help others in return.

Leadership Training Program for the Unorganized Youths: Vimukti pothnal
On 18 August, 2021 the Vimukti Charitable Trust Organized a special program on “Leadership training” for the unorganized Youths at Vimukti campus. The resource person of this program was Mr. Lawrence, Jawalgera detailed the importance of leadership and its qualities. He explained saying, the leaders are those who have the qualities of knowing the importance of leading someone or something with a clear goal while strives after achieving it through others, is called as leadership. Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to achieve the set pre-planned goals with the spirit of enthusiasm as one team or as an organization. Leadership is a process of social mastery, greatly influences and impacts other’s behavior and conviction maximizing the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a common goal. 80 youths benefited from this leadership training program.

Celebrating for selecting as best top 10 Rural Digital Entrepreneurs from Bridge-IT flagship CSR program: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal is extremely happy to share- three of our Rural Digital entrepreneurs (Huseni, Hanumantha and Erama from the Bridge-IT flagship CSR program selected & awarded from TATA Consultancy Services as best top 10 entrepreneurs. They are very grateful to TCS for selecting, encouraging and supporting to climb this ladder of success….




A Light to the Blind Family: Vimukti Trust, Pothnal
Sureshappa being other-abled man and Basamma is blind for 11 years hails from Hediginala, Sindanoor Taluka, Raichur. They are gifted with three children and were living in a dilapidated house. The entire family is in one way or the other is affected: where the eldest daughter Jyothi (19) is totally blind for 5 years, Naveen has lost almost 90% of his eyesight and the youngest son Petra too may lose his eyesight at any stage of his life. They have become the victims of Palikhonia disease, caused by heredity- only on time treatment can save their eye sight. Adding to their misery this family was surviving only with monthly pension just little to live on. When several attempts made to the government officials failed its purpose it was then the Vimukti Charitable Trust, Pothnal, stood in support of them. Since then 2019 till this day through the various donors it gave the dignity of life, where Jyothi and Naveen were taken to the Shankar Eye Hospital, Bangalore for diagnosis.

Free Health Education and Health check-up camp: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukthi Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized health check-up camp for all the Sponsored children and parents at Vimukti Premises. Mrs. Jecintha and Mrs. Shilpa, organized the health checkup camp. Eye, Weight, Mouth, Ear and Physical checkup was done to all the children. Anemia, mouth cavities, vitamin deficiency, mouth ulcers and fungal infections were commonly seen among children. Children were guided to keep themselves clean and to eat fruits and vegetables. Parents were guided as to how to overcome vitamin deficiency by giving nutritious food. Parents were told to avoid giving chocolates and sweets to children. The health checkup was conducted by Dr. Rajendra, Pediatrician and Mrs. Annamma Nurse, three Anganwadi Teachers and one Helper were also present during the camp. Nearly 140 children parents underwent the health checkup and benefited from this camp.

Self-Employment Training: Vimukti Pothnal
Self-employment training program was conducted to the members of Self-Help Group at Vimukti premises as on 28th of July 2021. The main objective of conducting this program is to motivate the members to involve in self-employment for their livelihood and to improve the standard of living. Mr Jayasheela coordinator of Vimukti addressed the members as, savings money will not enough to meet the requirement of livelihood. It is necessary improve economic conditions of family by adopting income generating activities. Mris Girija Sitram suggested the members to think creatively and actively in Self-help group, share their skills so that they can collectively run income generating activities. The session also included the discussion on goals, objectives, functions and sustainability of Self-Help Group. Mrs. Jecintha, Ishamma, Renuka were participated in the program. It was emceed by Charly. Nearly SHG 58 leaders attended the training and benefited program from this program.

Personality Development workshop for Sponsored Children: Vimukti Pothnal
“Activity Based training to make Children achieve their dream and aspirations”
the seeds of success are sown at the teenage. it is the age of dreams and aspirations. it is the age of the possible. it is also the age of uncertainty and doubt due to many physical and emotional changes taking place in a teenager. it is the right time to build foundation of success in a man. the balance lacks the right attitude, self-confidence and communication skills required by organizations. VIMUKTI has stepped in to fill this gap by catching them young (i.e., in their teenage). the personality development workshop for sponsored children to become super teens workshop provided by VCT, is an activity-based personality development program which lays the foundation of success for an individual. the program trains the teenagers, through the process of learning by doing, on power of positive attitude, improving self-esteem/self-confidence, setting & achieving goals, effective communication and teamwork, public speaking & personal grooming. activity based training to make our children achieve their dreams and aspirations. Nearly 130 children and parents attended and availed the benefits of the camp.

Vimukti Free Health Check-up camps: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized health check-up camps at 8 villages of our working area. Eye, nose, ears, throat, height, weight and general check-up were carried out to all the children, pregnant women and elders. Parents and Anganwadi teachers were informed. Mothers with children below 3 years of age were enlightened about the importance of breast feeding. Ill effects of milk substitutes and nutritional benefits of vegetables were briefed to the parents. Forty-four children and elders attended and availed the benefits of the camp.

Recreation and Relaxation: Vimukti Pothnal
Believing in the words of Aristotle “educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”. Recreation was very much fruitful because it was the time that they built friendship with each other, they mixed, shared their happiness, jokes and funny stories. It was also a time to refresh their mind and heart. The group activities conducted during recreation also made them smart and energetic.

Survey on Antenatal and Postnatal care: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti staff along with CL leaders and Janavedike members jointly conducted the door-to-door Survey on ANC and PNC Services in the 20 pockets. The main objective is to know during this COVID Pandemic, the poor are affected more adversely, especially in our villages weather the ANC and PNC are getting the benefits from the AWCs and PHCs? weather the timely food distribution and health check-ups are taking place? and all the pregnancy delivery and post- delivery women go to the PHCs for the examines and utilize the services offered by the health department? As a result, 565 ANC and PNC women data was gathered for the further reference. The targeted pocket PNCs and ANCs were advised to wear masks, go for timely health check-ups, to receive nutrition food from the AWCs, compulsory to get admitted for the delivery in the PHCs and use in emergency 108 ambulance service for thier use in difficulties.

Public Awareness Campaign: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti childline Raichur organised awareness drive for the public in four talukas of Raichur District from 24th to 27th June 2021. Public were explained about the issues of children such as child labour, school drop-outs, begging children, child abuse, human trafficking, missing children, child marriage and run-away children etc. the ChildLine team took up the initiatives to educate the general public in streets and market places mainly on CHILDLINE (1098) services and Handbills with information and child related issues were distributed to the public. A positive response was given by the public who assured that they would call the child helpline if any children were at risk. Around 2500 people received awareness.

Care in the time of Second wave of Covid-19 Pandemic: Vimukti pothnal
“We Rise by lifting others……”
Due to Covid-19, many poor people lost their job, no work and they were badly need of help. Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal from 1st to 6th of May 2021visited the Remote villages of Manvi taluka Raichur District, to the vulnerable ones and the most disadvantaged families like physically challenged, the destitute, widows and migrates. We could distribute more than 188 food kits to the poorest families in the locality, as the third phase of Corona-relief, each kits costs around Rs.1000. Vimukti staff visited to their area, gave motivational session, and distributed food provisions, gave awareness on preventive measures and cautioning the parents, villagers against taking children out in crowded places, festivals, marriages and other celebrations, to avoid third wave of pandemic, which is very serious issue and perilous.

Extending our hands to the migrate families: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal takes the initiative to help the migrate families who are stranded on the roads, due to lockdown and curfew. They are settled in isolated area where no one visits. Due to Second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, they lost their economic survival. Vimukti staff visited to their area, gave motivational session, and distributed food provisions, petit cash, mask and sanitizers and gave awareness on preventive measures.

Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal distributes 300 food kits, Masks, sanitizers to the underprivileged poor families to fight against COVID-19:
Lockdown, either partially or fully has become an unavoidable drastic step to contain the surge of cases and deaths due to coronavirus. The poor are affected more adversely than the rich and upper middle class, both by the virus itself and the lockdown and curfews, and its impact has significantly worsened the life of many poor, small and marginal farmers especially the migrant families, single headed women, unskilled workers, HIV/ AIDS, disabled, orphan semi orphan families etc. Amid this challenging situation, VIMUKTI along with its generous donor partners distributed dry ration kits (sugar, Tea powder, salt, Green grams, coconut oil, dall, Rava, Chilli powder, coriander powder, edible oil, turmeric powder cumin, master seed, Soaps, paste Tooth brush etc), mask, sanitizers, and medicines for the deserving most vulnerable 300 households in its operational areas. The kit contains dry ration and other essentials items for the month. With deepest gratitude we would like to thank you all the generous donors for your timely support and love towards poor and needy. In order to maintain proper distancing among the beneficiaries, circles were drawn on the ground at a distance of 1 meter and the beneficiaries were made to sanitize their hands before receiving the kits. Masks were distributed freely to the beneficiaries along with the hygiene package. Precaution is taken while distributing the dry ration kits.

Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal launches awareness drive in Manvi Taluka on COVID-19
Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal has been giving mass awareness on the crucial aspects of the COVID-19 menace as the country records coronavirus cases and deaths. Coronavirus are a large family of Viruses that causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, like affect the respiratory system or kidneys. Across several states, the numbers have been significantly increasing with each passing day. Vimukti has been empowering the citizens with the right information and to take necessary precautions as per the advisories given by the state, Karnataka; Therefore, Vimukti is spreading the massage of “stay home save your family, aviod public transport, keep safe distance, hand wash more frequently, avoid gathering & crowds, avoid touching face, etc, people should take precautions and Vaccination. Vimukti has been making this public mass awareness more informative and educative to the children as well as for the public.

Training on empowering and Protecting Adolescent Girls in Manvi taluka: Vimukti pothnal
Adolescents in villages being a neglected lot with regard to human growth and development, an awareness programmes were conducted so as to make them know the adverse effects of early marriage and improper knowledge of physical and sexual development. Topics like physical and psychological changes during puberty, maintaining physical and mental hygiene during adolescent stage, having the right sex education etc. were dealt with. 320 students gained knowledge on various issues.

Legal awareness on women rights:Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust® organized training on Women and legal rights and celebrated International Women’s Day at VCT center Pothnal on 14th of March, 2021. Mrs. Jacintha Vimukti staff in her key note address said there are several laws in India that give women the authority to fight against abuse, discrimination, violence, harassment, indignities, etc. Being aware of them is the first step towards fighting against any injustice. Fr. Sathish Fernandes VCT Director said, international Women’s Day is an occasion to recall the struggles of women around the world to gain equality and rights. In order to live with dignity certain basic rights and freedoms are necessary, which all Human beings are entitled to these basic rights are called Human Rights. Human rights demanded recognition and respect for the inherent dignity to ensure that everyone is protected against abuses which undermine their dignity, and give the opportunities they need to realize their full potential, free from discrimination. Human rights belong to everyone, everywhere, regardless of nationality, sexuality, gender, race, religion or age.

Sports activities to the youth: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust organized sports competition to the unorganized youth of Pothnal in its premises. Fr Sathish Fernandes the Director addressing the sports event said that sports help the young to cope up with the daily stress and keep them mentally as well as physically fit. So, there is a need of sports and entertainment for everyone for better growth. Everyone is busy in the world doing so many things but often fail to have real time for such things in life. Volleyball and cricket, other lacky games were conducted on this occasion. Along with these games other spot games were also conducted like those having highest visiting cards, having highest keys, girls having longest hair and so on. All the youth participated enthusiastically in all the games. At the end of the day prize distribution ceremony was conducted and those who won in the various games were given prizes by the brothers of the resident. For about 145 youth participated and benefited from this program.

Training on Income generating activities in three units: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with Province of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, organized training on income generating to all the poor women of the project area. Mrs. Jacinta the vimukti staff briefed on the importance of self-help group and functioning and the aim of it. With their small savings, the women are meeting their daily requirements, or meeting expenses related to illness, marriages, or financing their small ventures. twenty-five SHGs each have been organized into Clusters (total number of clusters is 25) and all the 10 clusters. For earning an income of their own, SHGs have been imparted training in garland making milk product and goat farming. A few SHGs have started their business, which has been linked up with the local market. Apart from this, the groups have also been imparted training in child rights, women rights, rights and duties of panchayats, welfare schemes of the government, etc. There were about 22-unit representatives present for the day’s seminar program. Mrs. Ishamma, Mrs. Mariamma were also present for the seminar. Mr. Arogyappa anchored the entire program. Poor Women were motivated to do self-employment to become financially stable and to fulfill the need of their family members as well as to provide better education to their children. Nearly 196 women benefited from this program.

Mercy Kit Distributed to 200 poor families at St. Clare of Assisi Church Pothnal:
“Great Satisfaction comes from sharing with others”
Vimukti Charitable Trust® in collaboration with Divine Mercy Retreat Centre of St. Anne's Friary under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Paul Melwyn guardian launched 'Mercy Walk', 'Karuneya Nadige', 'Kakultichim Pavlam.’ To make it concrete, the guardian introduced to people the concept of 'Mercy Kit', preparing a kit which contains essential groceries worth Rs 1,000-It was distributed to the 200 very poor families at St. Clare of Assisi Church Pothnal. We the St. Clare of Assisi Parish people are very grateful to all the Divine Mercy core committee, OFS Members and members of St. Padre Pio group and Vimukti Charitable Trust group Israel for your timely and generous support and help towards these poor families. May God bless your generosity in hundredfold, families gathered to express their deep gratitude to you and your families.

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 4th April 2021 at Vimukti premises Pothnal. Dr. Rajendra 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.

Dr. Rev. Fr. Sathish Fernanades OFM. Cap Received State award- makkala Kalyana Raja Prashati -2020-2021 Vimukti Pothnal
Dr. Fr. Sathish Fernandes OFM Cap was honored with “Makkal Kalyana Raja Prashati” state award for his dedicated and valuable service towards the welfare of children at the International Women’s Day Programme held on 10th March 2021 at Princess Golf, Gate No.9, Palace Ground, Bangaluru. The award was given in recognition of the undeterred and relentless work towards children and youth at risk. Hon’ble Chief Minister Sri B.S. Yediyurappa Karnataka inaugurated the function and exhibition stalls. Mrs. Shashikala Annasaheb Jolle, Hon'ble Minister for Department of Women and Child Department Karnataka honored the state award- makkala Kalyana Raja Prashati- 2020-2021 along with certificate. The dignitaries and organizers from the state applauded the efforts and services of VIMUKTI on the occasion.

Training on Carrier Guidance to Youths: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized training on carrier guidance to youths of the project area, on 15th February 2021, at Vimukti premises. The base line of the workshop was to help prospective generation to understand their hidden talent in an advanced way. Youths are not useless but they are used less. They are the future leaders and rulers of our nation. There are many ways to spoil their skills and talents in this world. Media plays vital role in the part of exploiting youth of today. We have the responsibility to channelize them with proper way. The resource person Mr. Saver KDDC Karwar motivated the youth to achieve their goals by facing the challenges bravely. Along with that the practical tips and examples were given to the youths about entrepreneurship, appearing for the competitive exams, lucrative courses, and the skills for facing the interviews. Nearly 101 youths attended and benefitted from this training.
Core Objective:
To Empower 300 youths of vulnerable families to have an income source for basic needs of life by imparting vocational training skills.

Campaign on Mother/ child Protection and Nutrition: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized Campaign on Mother and child protection. Mrs. Jecenitha and Mr. Charlie was the resource person, who also briefed on how to continue this campaign in near future. Campaign Meetings are held in various villages of our working area. The target groups are pregnant women and children of six months to the age of three years were enquired whether they get the nutritious food at the Anganvadi centres. It was brought to the notice at the meeting that the food allotted to the pregnant and the children were not up to the mark though they are given every month. The quality and the quantity always have been manipulated by the centres. Survey was done at the 14 villages of the number of pregnant women and the children below the age of 6 years. In 31 Anganvadi centres the list of food allotted by the government to the pregnant women and the children were displayed on the charts. It was insisted that this practice of displaying must be compulsory. From time to time the people must be made aware of the benefits by the centres.

Awareness campaign to combat human trafficking: Vimukti Pothnal
On 18th, 21st and 30th January, 2021 an awareness programs were organized on combat human trafficking, as well violence against women and children. We are appalled to read in the media, almost every other day, the horrific incidents that take place against women and children in various parts of our country. Violence against women goes largely unpunished. This is shown by the reports published and research conducted by the united nations, international human rights agencies and the global women’s and feminist movements which have been denouncing this situation for decades. It takes many forms, from domestic abuse to rape, sexual abuse and harmful cultural practices ranging from genital mutilation and honor crimes to premature marriage. Keeping all this problems VCT has been giving awareness programs in the schools, women, men and youth in the villages of Manvi taluka. 150 children, youth women and men benefited from this program.

Makkal Grama Sabha: “EVERY CHILD’S RIGHT TO BE HEARD”….Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal, organized Special Children’s Grama Sabha at Utakanoor Grama Panchayat, on 29th of January 2021. “Every Grama Panchayat should become increasingly child-friendly by identifying and redressing the issues faced by children”, said Charlie Gram panchyath member, Utakanoor, in his inaugural address. Arogyappa Vimukti youth coordinator, Manvi said that everyone should join hands to ensure the protection and promotion of child rights and the safety of children by accessing appropriate authorities and existing safety mechanisms. Manthesh Secretary, Malesh water man, Adhya teacher utaknoor primary school and Vimukti staff, spoke on the occasion. ICDS staff, district health officers, project staff, school teachers and over hundred and fifty children participated in the programme.

A library to cultivate a love for books: “to provide alternative to smart phones and gadgets and develop a reading habit”…Vimukti Pothnal
Books soothe us, help us get through a rough patch and open our eyes to better understand the world. Therefore, it is essential to surround children with books to ensure that they become educated and not just literate. It was these thoughts that motivated Fr. Sathish Fernandes to set up a library in the Vimukti center Pothnal. During the covid- induced lockdown, when many public libraries suffered setbacks and even closures, Vimukti saw it as an opportunity to encourage children to develop a reading habit. Vimukti centre has set up modest library with chairs and tables ensured that all the safety measures were in place at the library. The library currently has books on science, general knowledge, child rights, as well as story book for children. There are biographies and books on great Indian leaders like Ambedkar, Abdul kalam, M.Gandihji, savitribai Phule, Bhagat singh and others inspiring children are placed.

A cherished Dream comes true for Hampamma!: Vimukti Pothnal
Hampamma,is from Malkapura village in Raichur district. She completed her Pre-University course and got married when she was 19 years old to her beau in the village. Both she and her husband moved to Bangalore in search of employment. She found a job in a garment factory where she was paid Rs.7, 000 per month and her husband started working as a car driver. She became pregnant and when she could no longer bear the strain of commuting and working in a factory, she quit her job and returned to her village and soon delivered a healthy baby girl. Three months after her baby, Deepika was born, her husband cut-off all contacts with her and has never visited their baby or even called her over the phone. She has been staying with her mother-in-law who is 55 years old and works seasonally as a coolie. With no steady income and her husband having deserted her, she was upset and discouraged not knowing what her future will be.

Action speaks louder than words: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® group along with the members organized the "joy of giving" activity in an Endeavour to make Christmas season and reach out to the 32 economically underprivileged families on 5th of January 2021, Tuesday. Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. Christmas is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for coming together with family and friends, and brightly decorated packages. Vimukti charitable trust group members has unanimously decided to comfort the neighbourhood poor needy 32 families in this time of pandemic crisis by sharing food items like sugar, Tea powder, salt, Green grams, coconut oil, dall, Rava, Chilli powder, coriander powder, edible oil, turmeric powder cumin, master seed, Soaps, paste Tooth brush, etc. It’s good to the members joyfully sacrificing their share with the poor. The money saved is offered to families in need. With deepest gratitude we would like to thank you all the generous donors for your timely support and love towards poor and needy. Wish you all Happy New year-2021 that will spread TRUTH, LOVE AND JUSTICE.

Timely intervention of Mrs. Ishamma Vimukti leader… my burden was lightened
I am Mrs Basamma wife of Mr Timmappa residing in Sunkanur of Manvi Taluka. We belong to lower caste society and our financial condition is worst to think of. We have three sons and they have gone to Bangalore for daily wage earning. Here I live with my husband. From the past ten years we used to get Rs 1000 per month under a special Govt scheme. We used to manage with that money for our daily sustenance. But since last eight months due to Corona pandemic the pension which I used to get was withheld by the Govt. We had hard times to manage during the pandemic. Even our sons could not help us in our needs. I shared my difficulties with Mrs. Ishamma Vimukti leader who is also living in our village and with her own expenses took me to the different offices to claim my pension. We went to the bank, post office, revenue department but in spite of meeting the members in the office they didn’t respond positively for our need. It was painful to see the reactions of the officers. We wanted to know who is mishandling the amount that was due to me. In the process of finding out the person it was the post man who was deliberately denied that the money hasn’t come and has used the money for him since past five months.

“Helping hands always better than praying lips:” Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® A Capuchin Social Intervention through the generous support of Vimukti Charitable Trust group, and Mr. Ashok Steven Lobo organized the program on Distribution of worship articles to St. Clare of Assisi Parish church and to the 14 substations on 20th December 2020 at Vimukti premises. The above mentioned donors generously came forward voluntarily to support and realize this project. The council members of all fourteen substations of the Parish were present for the program. Rev. Fr Sathish Fernandes addressing the gathering said that when the need of things for praise and worship was addressed to the donors, they immediately came forward with large heartedness and assured to support in whatever way they could. A word of praise and appreciation was added by the Vimukti Director for their kind gesture. The place of worship and the prayers are closely connected to humans. Both help an individual to connect oneself to God. Rev. Fr. Thomas the parish Priest highly appreciated the donors for their contribution towards the parish and the substations. There weren’t enough chairs in the parish Church. Substations didn’t have carpets, candle stands, Bible, hymn books, prayer books and they were essential things for worthy praise and worship.

Vimukti Charitable Trust(r) Celebrates Christmas under pandemic’s shadow with 72 underprivileged children:
"Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most."
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized the "joy of giving" activity in an Endeavour to make Christmas Day special and reach out to the underprivileged children on 23rd of December 2020, Wednesday. Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. Christmas is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for coming together with family and friends, and brightly decorated packages. It was surely a Christmas to remember at Vimukti Pothnal. The essence of Christmas came alive at Vimukti center when the poor children got together and shared the merriment. The delightful celebrations included various activities. Our poor children gelled up as they gave various performances which added up to the joy. The Vimukti center was a festive look and was beautifully decorated. The significance of this festival was told to the children. The children enjoyed to the beats of “Jingle Bells” and wished Merry Christmas to their friends and staff.

Extending our hands to the Sponsor families during COVID-19:
During this period of struggle, we the Vimukti organization extended our concern and solidarity for the poor and neediest around us. As we know, the outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic has been variously affecting all walks of life. Thousands of people who live from hand to mouth on a daily basis have lost their means of livelihood. Through deprivation of jobs, their future dreams were shattered into pieces. When we sensed the humanitarian emergency, especially the cry of the poor people due to the unpredictable situation, through the kindly generosity of our ensemble agissons members, we straight away plunged into actions, rendering assistance to the needy. Over 70 sponsored children were extremely delighted to receive special Christmas Gifts like each families two chairs, Mats, woolen blankets, plask, steel Tiffin boxes, steel teacup-set and tray and food kit. It is said, “Separations are wounds that no one can heal, but memories are treasures that no one can steal.” It was painful to say good bye to four of our senior sponsor children, but as they go for another stage of experience which is the part of their life. To mark this event we gave them memorable farewell with an excellent program along with sumptuous meal.

International Human Rights Day: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust (r) Pothnal in collaboration with Loyal, Janodaya along with likeminded NGOs from Manvi organized International Human Rights Day, Program at Taluka panchyath premises Manvi. In the keynote address Mr, Arogyappa, Vimukti staff, described about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and said that everyone should join hands to prevent violation of human rights. Everyone should take steps to uphold and promote the rights of all human beings. Vimukti Organization Works for “Creating justice to victims of injustice, human rights, freedom, equality, fraternity, peace, harmony, ecological and climate justice, liberation from the ill effects of liberalization; building good families and human communities, preserving cultural and religious traditions. The Resource Person explained that the Indian Constitution guarantees Fundamental Rights to all its citizens like Right to Equality, Right to Freedom, Right against Exploitation, Right to Freedom of Religion, Cultural and Educational Rights and Right to Constitutional Remedies. The Resource Person continued that Human Rights as enshrined in the Indian Constitution are generally defined as the rights which every human being is entitled to enjoy can be found in the Preamble of the Constitution of India. After the session gathered women appealed the authority through the memorandum to give right protection to our children and women in the villages.

Children’s Day celebration at Vimukti Pothnal:
Children’s Day is celebrated in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India’s first Prime Minister. The occasion is celebrated on 14th November every year with great splendor and grandeur. Children’s Day a day celebrated to remember how special, unique and precious each and every child is. On this day let’s together celebrate by enlightening poor children’s life. This day lays a great importance on the children and therefore we can make this day great by making others happy. This Children’s Day we give you a unique opportunity to spend time with children. Because what better way to make someone’s day than to celebrate this special day with them. Vimukti organization believes that the more happiness you spread the happier you get. Together you and we can do this by making poor children happy. This can be done by simple task of celebrating Children’s Day with children at our facility. After all, making a poor child happy is making oneself happy.

Training to village leaders on Karnataka Land Reforms Act and Amendment to APMC Act 2020: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized training program on Karnataka Land Reforms Act and Amendment to APMC Act 2020 held at Vimukti premises. The meeting began at 10. 30 am. The Centre has been issuing various new policies and one among them was the correction in the land reform bill. The new policy was explained in detail. The corrections made in the policy, the problems that could be faced due to this policy by the poor farmers, the speediness of the Govt. without proper guidance to the people were discussed in detail. This new amendment APMC bill would definitely favor the rich the business class people. They can buy the agricultural land for their use. The farm land would turn gradually into industrial areas. Already the poor farmers are not getting basic price for their grown crops. Due to natural calamities farmers face hardships and often not compensated for their crop loss. The number of farmers committing suicide has increased day by day. The middle men the brokers have been exploiting the farmers since past. The present policies are not farmer friendly. So the farmers must strongly protest against the new unbaked policies of the centre. The village level awareness need to be created. The Government must explain or take into confidence before introducing the new policies. Confusion, fear created in the minds of the farmers by the Govt. through the sudden policies. It was a fruitful mind enlightening seminar to the participants. Youth, men, women participated in this workshop.

 Training program on cleanliness and hygiene to leaders and Community Members:
Vimukti organized training program on cleanliness and hygiene to LM leaders, and community members at Vimukti premises. Capacity Builder Mr. Charlie addressing the gathering said that Corona has spread around the world and presently people are living in fear. There is a need of build immunity system in each one’s body. Cleanliness also needed to fight strongly against the spread of disease. One should wash his/her hands frequently with sop for 20 seconds. One should avoid touching the mouth eyes nose without washing the hands. This is a right time for everyone to get into the system of cleanliness and remain hygienic. The Lok Manch leaders have a greater role in spreading the awareness on cleanliness and hygiene in the village’s allotted to them.  The pregnant women must also consume nutritious food which is also clean and hygienic. The fruits which they consume must be washed thoroughly. Everyone must make a habit of drinking warm water. Prevention is better than cure. Proper drainage system must be made around the houses. Whenever we go out we must wear masks and keep physical distance when we are in the public. Parents must take good care of their children especially in the aspect of cleanliness. For about 55 Lok Manch leaders took part in this training enriching program.

Case Study:Looking for the better opportunities.....
I am Mahadevamma hailing from Neermanvi, Manvi Taluka, Raichur District. We are all together 6 siblings to our parents. My parents did not educate me. So I could not read or write. From the beginning I had a desire to learn. But I did not get the opportunity for the learning. From last year onwards school had a facility of computer training. So I joined for the computer class. I learnt the basic of word combination thus was able to learn faster. I was very happy to handle the computer for the first time in my life. For three months I attended the computer training without fail. I learnt word combination, numbers, and computer basics which was useful for my daily living. I was not able to use mobile phone earlier or to dial numbers but now I am able to use the smart phone. I am so excited to learn more and more; but only looking for the better opportunities. I have great desire to achieve many goals in my life. I am very grateful to Vimukti Trust for giving me the golden opportunity to learn computer.

Free food kit distributed around 122 families by Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal:
On 28th October 2020 Food kit distribution was held by Vimukti at its premises. Due to Pandemic many have lost their jobs and are bound to stay at the villages. There are no daily earnings to support the families; everyone facing hardships and struggles to survive in this situation. It has been hard for many to go to distant places for work, to maintain physical distance, to use mask and sanitizers. Health is wealth is the present day situation. To build immunity is a need of the time. There are so many who are facing terrible times and the poor are suffering the worst. Vimukti Charitable Trust® (VCT) Pothnal, past many months have gone out of their way to reach to the people in fulfilling their needs. VCT Pothnal, under the able-leadership of its Director Dr. Sathish Fernandes left no stone unturned in fanning out to the villages through its services and reached out to the poor and the needy and identified the poorest families, HIV/AIDS, orphan, Semi orphan, Devadasi, widow’s, disabled and the aged people and on 24th Oct 2020 they distributed around 32 food kits and on 28th Oct 2020 they distributed 90 Food kits to the needy ones.

Post-Novitiate Brothers Mission Exposure Programme at Vimukti Pothnal:
Affection and commitment towards social work is the best activity of life. We the Post Novitiate brothers were privileged to be a part of the Vimukti Pothnal from September to October 2020. Belonging to a congregation which inherits its spirit from St. Francis of Assisi, it was a rejuvenating experience for us to walk into the life of the people and experience their very state of life. Our mission exposure programme in Pothnal was animated and guided by Fr. Satish Fernandes OFM Cap. When we look into the past few days, we had a gradual and progressive growth in our outlook towards social work. We were introduced to a number of activities and initiatives that aimed at the betterment of children, youth, women and adults. In our visit to Gangavati, we could witness with our own eyes the functioning of Child Resource Centers (CRC’s) and Youth Resource Centers (YRC’s), run by Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra (CKSK) in collaboration with Child Fund India (CFI). We could also visit the families of different students sponsored by CFI and realized the consolation and support that it was providing to the society. In our stay in villages, we mingled with the life style of the people.

Vimukti Distributed food kits to Sponsored children families:
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Teresa.
Emerged COVID19 causing the human disturbances in terms of living, movement and foods have occurred. Lot of changes has brought into the lives, systems have been dysfunctional and situations have been paralyzed. This Pandemic has brought about drastic changes in the social and economic conditions of the people especially migrant workers, daily wage earners, unorganized sector workers, landless labourers and other vulnerable and marginalized communities. Loss of livelihood, reduced employment opportunities, possible low wages with longer hours of work are some of the problems that people will be facing in the post lockdown scenario. It has brought about systemic changes to the socio-economic structure in an unprecedented way and it is essential to study them in order to devise strategies to tackle them.

Vimukti Charitable Trust at Pothnal: Meritorious Service 2010 - 2020
From 2010 onwards, it is Fr. Sathish Fernandes who took reigns of Vimukti at Pothnal and extended its patronage to the taluka, district, and State level by recognizing the needs of the people and the demand of service from Vimukti. In recognition of his work, he has received some honorary titles and become the member of Child Welfare Committee of the District of Raichur. Briefly, the significant achievements of Vimukti from the year 2010 until 2020 have been the following:
Analyzing the cause for the lack of education in the rural areas, Vimukti made provision for many a programme to protect the rights of children, increase their learning opportunities through supplementary training, establish children’s Rights Club and to focus on such problems as infrastructure, environmental concerns, health awareness, child labour, child marriage, livelihood etc. thought of developing social leadership through children's parliament.

Training on Child Rights to Club Members: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized three levels of training for the members of Child Rights Clubs from in 16 villages of our working area. Vimukti staff briefed about Vimukti and its activities, and CHILDLINE 1098. Children gained knowledge about UNCRC, Child, Child Rights, Child related laws and Children in difficult situations. Children were motivated to call 1098, Child helpline number during difficult situations. Children expressed that these trainings helped them become better individuals and empower them to fight for their rights. Children also expressed that they have been identifying child laborers selling balloons, pens, etc. at some important signals and junctions in Manvi and in Sindhnoor talukas. Three hundred and eighty-one boys and one hundred and thirty three girls attended the trainings. Respective school HMs and teachers were present during the trainings.

Hand hygiene is important: Vimukti Pothnal
One cannot ignore the fact that hand washing is the simplest, most affordable and effective way of keeping the virus away. The theme of Global Hand washing Day 2020 is 'Hand Hygiene for all'. The theme is primarily to urge people across society to achieve universal hand hygiene. Keeping this objective, Vimukti organized Global Hand washing day on 15th of October, 2020 in four villages of our working area. The current Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role hand hygiene plays in disease transmission. It reminds us of the importance of the simple yet most effective intervention to stop the spread of any disease- hand washing with soap- and the need to take immediate action on hand hygiene across all public and private settings to respond and control the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, through this awareness program Vimukti urges to all the children and village communities, a global culture of hand hygiene must be fostered and made the mainstay in public health interventions beyond the pandemic. Nearly one hundred and seven children and village community stakeholders, benefited from this mass awareness program.


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Vimukti Free Health Camps: Vimukti Pothnal
The Free Health Camps are organised in the rural areas where people are neither able to afford medical treatment nor having any basic knowledge regarding health and hygiene. So, through these programs people are given various tips on health issues. Besides these, basic health problems and sicknesses are diagnosed provided with free medicines. The program is conducted in its targeted area with the help of staff nurse. In fact, these programs have been great benefits to many such peoples every year who could not reach to the nearest local hospitals in the Manvi taluka has borne a lot in order to help the needy beneficiaries in conducting such activities. In many places Mother and Childcare, Pre Natal and Post Natal Care, TB, AIDS/HIV awareness program are conducted every year. The awareness program organised with such issues like Child labour, Child marriage, trafficking, family issues, teen age such different issues were discussed and 198 stakeholders benefited from this camps.

Training on Arogya Raksha Samithis to the Community leaders:
Vimukti organized the training on Arogya Raksha Samithis to the community leaders in our targeted villages of our working area. Mr. Charile, the Capacity builders and Mrs. Jecintha Campaign facilitator were the resource persons for this training. The main focus of the training was to insist on the need of establishing Arogya Raksha samithis at the Primary Health Centers. There are various responsibilities regarding this. The members who can also be the part of this committee were discussed at length. The various responsibilities of the committee: The various health rights of the people are to be displayed at the primary health centers. Annual health map has to be prepared. The cleanliness inside as well the surroundings of the health centers to be taken care. Health centers have to be protected well with proper construction of wall and fencing. Every month cataract check-up should be done at the centers. For this the trained doctors need to be invited from the nearby private or the Government health clinics. The money allotted to the centers must be utilized with the proper guidance and governance. Every fourth Saturday’s of the month meeting should be held at the health centers.

Vimukti Village leaders demanded DC, CEO, DHO, THO, and Lok Sabha members to prevent the material and infant deaths in Raichur District:
On 24th of September 2020 a report in the form of Memorandum was submitted to DC, CEO, DHO, THO and Lok Sabha members. The report was the outcome of the Survey on maternal and infant deaths in Raichur District. Maternal and Child Health Campaign, Manvi is formed under the leadership of people and People’ collectives in Raichur district. In the back drop of COVID 19 outbreak, the MCH campaign monitored different National and State Health programs for mother and child and also did the audit of maternal and infant deaths that the Campaign came across during the COVID outbreak and listed the problems faced by mother and children. Maternal and child health issues identified by the Campaign and so far six maternal deaths identified in the 5 PHCs.

Free health camp and Medicine distributed to the poor: Vimukti Pothnal
Health camp was organized for the pregnant women,children, and eldersin nine villages of Manvi Taluka, Raichur District. TB&BP check-up, weight check -up and other tests were conducted. Medicines were distributed according to their needs. Protein powders, Zoncovitysers also were given to many women. Aldigestic, Paracetamol, Syrup, B complex drugs were given to treat the common symptoms of fever, body pain, cold etc. Information on various facilities of health departments for the women was given. These types of camps are conducted regularly in the villages thus they can benefit from them. Around 225 women, children and elders participated in this health camp and benefited.

Free bags and books distribution to the needy children: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Trust Pothnal organized a program of free distribution of bags and books in the Bagalada village. The Director addressing the gathering said that the present Pandemic situation has largely affected the poor marginalized people. People have lost jobs and in a desperate situation. The Government has initiated teaching methods for the children at the village set up level. When it was enquired it was found that 6th to 10th school children do not study or go to school due to the poverty and could not afford to have school bags and books. Vimukti after learning the situation provided bags and books for the 30 needy children. The school in charge highly appreciated the initiative taken by the trust and asked people to see that no child should be deprived of education since education also is the fundamental right of children. The village dignitaries namely Dalit leader Gangadar, Mounesha Kori, Nagraj, Jagdish, Arogyappa, Mahesh Child Help line Raichur and children’s parents were present at the program.

Free Medical Treatment camps Along with Free Medicine Distribution: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized Free Medical Treatment camps along with Free Medicine distribution camps in sixteen villages of our working area. We have been distributing free medicines that are dire need of medicines and health checkup is done periodically. Twelve of the women were barren since 5 to 10 years. They were given counseling and health check up was done. For about 123 people had a briefing on the deadly disease of cancer, HIV/AIDS, Sugar, BP, COVID-19 etc were given, free check up and medicines were distributed. Many women and children benefited from these camps.

Vimukti Charitable Trust(r) Pothnal distributed 1500 free face Shields to all the Front Line Warriors in Manvi Taluka:
“Only life lived for others is worth living” Says Albert Einstein. As coronavirus threat spreads across the globe, Vimukti organization is actively spreading awareness about the illness among the underprivileged classes; taking essential steps towards preventing the spread of coronavirus in Manvi Taluka Raichur Dist. Recently Vimukti distributed 1,500 face Shields to all the Front line Warriors in the Manvi Taluka. A face shield offers the first line of defense, protecting them to some extent from a direct infection. If everyone wears a face shields, the spread of this infection could be arrested. By distributing face shields for free of cost, the Vimukti is doing a significant job, says, Mrs. Chandra Shaker THO, Manvi. Vimukti Director Fr. Sathish Ferandes acknowledge the pivotal role played by the frontline heroes in protecting our society, further motivated the frontline heroes (doctors, Police personnel, Gram Panchyath members, PDO, ASHAs, workers, AWC teachers etc) to continue with this extraordinary Godly cause of saving humanity from the Corona Virus Scourge. Vimukti has been giving door to door awareness through distributing handbills, how to protect oneself from spreading Covid-19.

Historic Mile stone!!! Blessing and inauguration - “VIMUKTI CHARITABLE TRUST(r)” Social action Centre Pothnal:
Humble beginning, steady growth, great dreams have been the life of Vimukti Pothnal. Generous and Gracious God had made our hopes and dreams come true. Renovation of VIMUKTI CHARITABLE TRUST® Social action centre is a long awaited dream is finally becoming reality and brought great joy and gladness for the staff and Director of Vimukti Pothnal. July 20th, 2020 was indeed a historic day in the pages of Vimukti charitable institute and a day of great joy and delight to the Vimukti director and the staff, who in sublime gratitude proclaimed God’s immense greatness. Rev.Fr. Joel Jaison Lobo Guardian & Director Clara Vihar Pothnal, 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, and cuts the ribbon symbolically inaugurated the renovated Social Action Centre, Rev, Fr. Anil Parish Priest Harapura, inaugurated the auditorium and Rev. Fr. Sunil Cornelio Assistant Head Master Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya School Pothnal, inaugurated the children Park respectively. We fondly remember and grateful to Rev.Fr. John Alwyn Dias, Provincial Minister Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka; who deserves very special honour for his untiring support from the very moment of the idea of bringing into the reality of this type of needed structure in Pothnal. Words would be insufficient to thank him also for his visualization, constant support, dynamic and ceaseless effort to actualize the dreams of Vimukti Social Action Centre at Pothnal.

Free Medicines distribution camp: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal, under “Health for all” project organized free Medicines distribution camp in 16 villages of Manvi Taluka. Mrs. Shilpa, staff nurse organized the checkup camp. Eye, Weight, Mouth, Ear and Physical checkup was done to all the children. Anemia, mouth cavities, vitamin deficiency, mouth ulcers and fungal infections were commonly seen among children. Children were guided to keep themselves clean and to eat fruits and vegetables. Parents and Anganwadi teachers were guided as to how to overcome vitamin deficiency by giving nutritious food. Parents were told to avoid giving chocolates and sweets to children. Seventy six families and children underwent the health checkup and got benefited.



Vimukti Distributed free face masks for SSLC students:
Vimukti Pothnal organized program on free face masks for SSLC students in and around Pothnal 18 villages of our working area on 22nd of June 2020. Nearly 1,000 face masks were prepared and distributed to the SSLC Students by visiting their homes motivating them individually to ensure the safety by wearing face masks and maintain physical distancing at examination centers and help them to appear the examination with confidence; and also advised to carry their own water bottles. In Four High Schools free masks and Sanitizers were distributed as a result nearly 1000 children were benefitted from this program.

Vimukti team urges the concerned department to extend the work under MGNREGA Scheme:
With reverse migration, the works under MGNREGA are picking up the pace in the villages of Manvi Taluka. The people from Pothnal region had migrated to Maharashtra, Telengana, Bengaluru, Mysoru, and other places in search of jobs to eke out the living. Now they are travelling back to their native places after the lockdown was enforced to contain the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Vimukti team, Pothnal conducted a door to door survey and motivated migrated families, daily wage workers to tap MGNREGA Scheme more effectively. As a result many migrates workers in our project area have been involved in digging recharge pits, check dams, bricks manufacturing, road constructions etc and also initiated to apply new job cards. Vimukti team also urged the concerned department to give 200 days’ work and should issue the job cards to those who don’t have the job cards. Hence, the government should extend work days under this scheme without delay.

Vimukti Charitable Trust® engaged in relief work:
The images of stranded migrant laborers and low-income households in Pothnal region during the lockdown galvanize Vimukti to provide relief work. The major objective is to reach the unreached and very deserving families in the targeted villages of our working area. Distributed food kits to 100 deserving families like, HIV/AIDS, Devadasi, widow, orphan, disabled and migrants etc, the free food kits like, sugar, Tea powder, salt, Green grams, coconut oil, dall, Rava, Chilli powder, coriander powder, edible oil, turmeric powder cumin, master seed, Soaps, paste Tooth brush, face masks etc. who have affected by the lockdown. Vimukti staff moved into the remote villages and neighborhoods to create awareness about health, hygiene and protection from viral diseases. The families were very grateful to receive this timely help. We are also happy indeed to thank for the donors for their generosity. “A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last for a lifetime. “ May God bless the cheerful giver”.

“Mask day” March held to encourage people to take precaution: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal 18th June 2020 participated in Mask day rally to encourage people to wear compulsory face masks and also follow the COVID-19 guidelines to check the spread of virus. The rally was flagged off from Gram Panchyath Pothnal and passed through the main thoroughfares of the town by holding placards. Gram panchyath members and Health department members appealed people on the streets to compulsorily wear face masks to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly 75% spread of the epidemic can be prevented by wearing mask, washing hands for every 30 minutes and maintaining physical distancing should be the part of life. Wearing mask and maintaining physical distancing are the two major weapons to keep covid-19 far from us. Program was well planned and message was spread to many people.

Urgent task: fighting human trafficking awareness reaching every month 250-300 women and girls: Vimukti Pothnal
From 10th to 16th of June, 2020 Vimukti Pothnal organized the awareness program on human trafficking in five villages of Manvi Taluka. Human trafficking is the third biggest criminal industry after narcotic drugs and illegal arms supply. Generally, the organized crime of human trafficking extends beyond state and national boundaries. It is also multi-dimensional, involving elements of several crimes like kidnapping/abduction, buying and selling of humans, bonded labor and sexual exploitation. The ugliest face of human trafficking is trafficking of girls of sexual exploitation. In India, 46% of women and girls trafficked, are for commercial sexual exploitation, 27% for domestic servitude and 27% for forced labor. Keeping these thoughts in mind Vimukti Pothnal has been conducting sessions in the AWCs, public places, and in Community apart from legal remedies; prevention of human trafficking requires several types of interventions and demanding the concerned officials should focus on creation of compulsory, high-quality education, employment opportunities and income generation for marginal and vulnerable sections in the society.

Vimukti Free Health Check-up camps: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized health check-ups camp at 8 villages of our working area. Eye, nose, ears, throat, height, weight and general check-up were carried out to all the children and elders. Parents and Anganwadi teachers were informed. Mothers with children below 3 years of age were enlightened about the importance of breast feeding. Ill effects of milk substitutes and nutritional benefits of vegetables were briefed to the parents. Forty-four children and elders attended and availed the benefits of the camp.

Vimukti Pothnal demanded the concerned authority to clear the garbage from the highway:
On 14th of June Vimukti Pothnal submitted the memorandum to the Panchyath President demanding to clear the garbage from the main road. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti Director urged the concerned authority saying, People from Pothnal are throwing the glass bottles, nails, tacks, wires, cans trash garbage, rubbish, old cloths, chicken waste, chemical waste powders and other debris etc, which is gradually, flows to the Pothnal River. Due to this negligence of the authority and local people, Pothnal River is getting contaminated and not able to use. As a result it will welcome various sicknesses during this rainy season. Secondly throwing the glass pieces on the main road causes injure to human persons, animals and vehicles is against the law. Deliberately abandoned or dumped waste on public is considered illegal dumping. Illegal dumping is harmful to the environment, costs taxpayers over a million dollars each year, and sends a message that illegal activities is not tolerated in our neighborhoods.

World Environment Day 2020:Vimukti Pothnal
The World Environment Day is observed every year on June 5th to create global awareness of the need to take positive actions to protect the environment. The main aim of this awareness program is to “spreading awareness on environment and its protection”. Keeping these thought in mind VCT Pothnal celebrated World Environment protection day at its premises. On this occasion awareness was created among the students to protect and preserve our mother nature through tree plantation and cleanliness drive. Fr. Sathish Fernandes VCT Director highlighted saying, World environment day is very important day in our life. It is the day when we get aware of issues related to our environment and pledge to keep it safe for our better future. We should take care of our environment all through the life. It can be done only when we will keep our eyes open and be active to bring some positive changes within ourselves and environment. Vimukti staff and others witness the program.

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.

Sense of uncertainty shrouds nomadic families: Vimukti Pothnal
The lockdown being enforced to prevent the spread of covid-19 has affected several communities hard, including the migrant laborers, daily-wage earners, roadside vendors, and the nomads. The nomadic, semi-nomadic communities are suffering due to lack of jobs. One such nomadic community is camping on Janatha colony Road on the outskirts of Pothnal. They earn their livelihood by begging, through the traditional professions of performing folk arts like ‘Hagalu Vesha’ ‘Burra Kathe’ through rag-picking, manufacturing brooms and baskets and such others minor professions. However lockdown has put an end to these activities as nobody is allowed outside their homes due to the strict implementation of lockdown rules. Hence, these nomadic people are confined to their tents. The majority of them do not possess Aadhaar Cars, voter IDs, ration cards and are not eligible for the distribution of food grains through the PDS. They do not have access to minimum basic facilities and have to brave the scorching sun and heavy rains. These people are really struggling for their daily sustenance. Vimukti is demanding concerned government authority to heed their call without delay.

Front Line warriors Combating COVID-19 Felicitated by Vimukti Pothnal:
On 25th April 2020, Vimukti Pothnal felicitated frontline workforces who are working tirelessly to prevent the spread Corona virus by shawls and garlands. Vimukti staff Mr. Charlie, Mr. Jaysheela and Miss. Mamatha welcomed and felicitated the doctors, Police personnel, Gram Panchyath members, PDO, ASHAs, workers, AWC teachers etc. the program held at Gram Panchyath premises. Vimukti Director Fr. Sathish Ferandes acknowledge the pivotal role played by the frontline heroes in protecting our society, further motivated the frontline heroes to continue with this extraordinary Godly cause of saving humanity from the Corona Virus Scourge. “It is our responsibility to honor and encourage them to acknowledge the pivotal role played by these front line workers. I salute them, for their enthusiasm is unmatchable and surely deserve appreciation from us”. The small gesture from our side will boast their morale to work further against COVID-19.

Free food kits distributed to wandering families by affected by COVID-19 pandemic Lockdown:
“If you can’t feed a hundred people then feed just one”-Mother Teresa
Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal has been helping to the homeless, slum dwellers and wandering families, who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Recently Vimukti conducted a survey to identify the families hit hardest by the gradual lockdown. We have found some of the daily wage earners like garland makers, ice cream vendors, and those who collect waste materials from shops these families are from disadvantage communities. Especially Schools and anganwadis are shut; they have so far delivered food kits containing a week’s supply of food grains. Very sad story is Government has said free ration will be supplied to the poor people but on the ground, nothing has happened. VIMUKTI is trying hard to support in this emergency situation. Some said, “THE STRONGEST PEOPLE make time to help others, even if they are struggling with their own problems”.

129th Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanthi Celebration at Vimukti Pothnal:
Vimukti Pothnal celebrated 129th Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanthi at Merci Nivas premises on 14th April 2020. First up all, Guest had offering flowers to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar photo by lighting the candles. On this occasion Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director, VCT said, Dr. Ambedkar was a great jurist, economist, Political and social reformer is not only regarded as the architect of India’s Constitution and one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India but also as a campaigner against Social discrimination towards the untouchables (dalits). He was also India’s first independent law and justice minister and a vigorous supporter of women and labour rights, etc. Vimukti staff Mr. Arogyappa, Mr. Jaysheel, Mr. Charlie, Miss. Mamatha, Muthuraj and others witness the program and ended the program with floral tribute.

Free distribution of food kits and hand Sanitizers to 450 economically poor, orphan, HIV/AIDS, disabled, sponsor, Migrant, unorganized and daily wage worker families, by Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal:
The greatest of all virtues is to feed the hungry
The World today (April 13 2020) is gripped with the pandemic of Corona Virus. Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal takes initiatives to help economically poor, orphan, sponsor families, deserving laborers in the rural areas, who are affected by the lockdown. Individuals and families in cities without work, food, housing or security, are forced to trek back home to their distant villages, in the hot sun with no support of food, water, shade or rest, or rides in crowded passing trucks at considerable expense, and on the way intent only on imposing the lockdown. Those migrant, unorganized sector and daily wage workers who have been left behind in metros, cities and towns because of the lockdown with no transport available to their native villages/towns, find themselves without income, shelter, and even food, with state governments struggling to cope up with the problem in overcrowded relief camps, again exposing these workers to infection. Even some migrant workers staying back to their work places, staying together in the small rented house, social distance is impossible for them, they don’t have enough food grans to survive. Money what they had got, they already had sent to their family members. Now no money in their hands. They are walking on foot miles and miles to reach to their home. Since they are walking, not getting enough food, water, shelter and rest, not maintaining social distance, they are the one found positive by the Corona Virus, transmitting the virus from one place to the other.

Free distribution of food kits and hand Sanitizers to 105 economically poor, orphan, HIV/AIDS, disabled, sponsor, Migrant, unorganized and daily wage worker families, by Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal:
The greatest of all virtues is to feed the hungry
The World today (April 5 2020) is gripped with the pandemic of Corona Virus. Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal takes initiatives to help economically poor, orphan, HIV/AIDS, disabled, sponsor families, deserving laborers in the rural areas, who are affected by the lockdown. Individuals and families in cities without work, food, housing or security, are forced to trek back home to their distant villages, in the hot sun with no support of food, water, shade or rest, or rides in crowded passing trucks at considerable expense, and on the way intent only on imposing the lockdown. Those migrant, unorganized sector and daily wage workers who have been left behind in metros, cities and towns because of the lockdown with no transport available to their native villages/towns, find themselves without income, shelter, and even food, with state governments struggling to cope up with the problem in overcrowded relief camps, again exposing these workers to infection. Even some migrant workers staying back to their work places, staying together in the small rented house, social distance is impossible for them, they don’t have enough food grans to survive. Money what they had got, they already had sent to their family members. Now no money in their hands. They are walking on foot miles and miles to reach to their home. Since they are walking, not getting enough food, water, shelter and rest, not maintaining social distance, they are the one found positive by the Corona Virus, transmitting the virus from one place to the other.

Vimukti Charitable Trust(r) Pothnal distributes 5,000 free face masks for the poor people during Covid-19 Pandemic:
As coronavirus threat spreads across the country, Vimukti organization is actively spreading awareness about the illness among the underprivileged classes. Taking steps towards preventing the spread of coronavirus in Manvi Taluka Raichur Dist, Karnataka. Vimukti a Social Action center distributed 5,000 face masks freely available to poor people who barely can afford these. The main focused group are Sponsored children families, youths, men and women of our working area, coronavirus is still a mysterious illness. “They are unaware of the basic sanitary habits and precautions that can prevent coronavirus infections. For them, a face mask offers the first line of defence, protecting them to some extent from a direct infection. If everyone wears a face mask, the spread of this infection could be arrested. By distributing face masks for free, the Vimukti is doing a significant job, says, Mrs. Balappa health officer, Manvi. Vimukti has been giving door to door awareness through handbills how to use masks in this situation to protect oneself.

Enlightenment through Adult Literacy training Program reaching 1200 learners: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti charitable Trust® Pothnal always strives to reach the most marginalized people in Society and this initiative is no different as its most significant impact was seen among the poor people of north Karnataka. The Adult literacy program stands out make the learners specially the women aware of their right to education. The Adult literacy program 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 Adult literacy program at Manvi Taluk has tried to reach its learners and helped them to bring out their potentiality in learning. Goal of the Programme is to improve functional literacy among the most marginalized communities of Manvi Tq., Raichur Dist. Karnataka.

Advisory on Coronavirus (the Virus Causing COVID-19) reaching 50,000 households: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal has been giving mass awareness on the crucial aspects of the COVID-19 menace as the country records coronavirus cases and deaths. Coronavirus are a large family of Viruses that causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, like affect the respiratory system or kidneys. Across several states, the numbers have been significantly increasing with each passing day. Vimukti has been empowering the citizens with the right information and to take necessary precautions as per the advisories given by the state, Karnataka; Therefore Vimukti is spreading the massage of “STAY HOME SAVE YOUR FAMILY, AVIOD PUBLIC TRANSPORT, KEEP SAFE DISTANCE, NO HANDSHAKE, HAND WASH MORE FREQUENTLY, AVOID GATHERING & CROWDS, AVOID TOUCHING FACE, etc, through public announcement and distributing handbills reaching 50,000 households. Vimukti has been making this public mass awareness more informative and educative to the children as well as for the public. We received the positive feedback from the government department and beneficiaries the program is “well appreciated”.

Holy childhood Day Celebration at Sneha Jyothi Boarding Pothnal:
Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." (Mark 10:15,(Luke 18:17). Sneha Jyothi boarding Pothnal celebrated Holy Childhood day at its premises. Speaking on the occasion, Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director, Vimukti Charitable Trust®, said Pontifical Mission Organization (PMO) popularly called is a structure in the church to create and promote missionary zeal among the faithful. It carries missionary flame to all parts of the world so that every Christian is ignited by the fire of missionary enthusiasm. The missionaries are also helped materially by supporting the construction of the churches, presbyteries, schools, orphanages, convents, seminaries, and formation houses of the religious. Further he exhorted the children gathered to pray for all the donors for their support and love towards in our education. The program began with the prayer dance, a dance on the theme of “love and service” followed by stage and cultural program by the Sneha Jyothi boarding children. On this occasion sumptuous meal was prepared all the children enjoyed the day with fun and frolic.

Huge victory to Vimukti Pothnal…..
Public Interest Litigation on Maternal deaths and various schemes and vacancy of the doctors and paramedical staff in PHCs, CHCs, Sub-district and District hospitals leading to maternal and Infant deaths in the poor North Karnataka districts. we the staff and Director is extremely happy to share with you all, the Bangalore High Court Order with regard to the PIL on maternal deaths where Manvi unit has submitted our study report on behalf of Karnataka Janaarogya Chaluvali (KJC). We had submitted that the poor status of antenatal care, postnatal care, poor implementation of the various maternity benefit schemes and huge vacancy of the doctors and paramedical staff in PHCs, CHCs, Sub-district and District hospitals leading to maternal and Infant deaths in the poor North Karnataka districts.

Vimukti leaders demanded to the District health authority to provide basic health facilities in the Primary Health centers at Manvi taluka: Vimukti Pothnal
On 21st February 2020 the briefing of the report of gathering in Pothnal Health Centre on the issue of Mother and the Child protection campaign was submitted to the district health authority. The report included the following issues: the facilities not up to the mark under J.S.Y, Matr Vandana, Matr Purna, Matr Shree yojene, and the poor treatment, non availability of the doctors and the staff, lack of ambulance services, no medical facilities, charging the people after the delivery of the child and so on. The lok Manch leaders spent time in discussing these issues with the authority and succeeded in getting the positive response of addressing these issues immediately. There was also assurance of addressing these issues at the higher level meeting with the officials concerned.

Mother and child nutrition, protection campaign at Manvi Taluka: Vimukti Pothnal
There was a survey done in Manvi Taluka of Raichur district. There are 8 Primary Health Centers of 41 villages. For about 450 women were interviewed of their condition. It was learnt that almost everyone was ignorant about the various schemes available for their benefits. They were told how to deal with various problems they faced and approach the nearest health centres. The health centers have not adapted to the present day situation. There are loopholes in the functioning. There are no experienced personnel, doctors and the staff. The treatment is not up to the mark. There are no proper medicines, ambulance service available. The patients are overcharged, referred outside for further medication, demanded money from the families after delivery. The centre structures are not maintained or clean. The centres do not have equipments for the treatment. Such conditions are observed in most of the villages and even in the towns. People find hard times during emergency situations. What is seen in most of the centre the failures to meet the needs especially the women and the children. Women prefer city hospitals rather than Primary health centers. There is lot of malpractice, corruption in distribution of medicines, nutrition food items to the women after delivery. In the time of delivery the absence of doctors is noticed in most of the centers. Govt has a scheme of 0% charge for the delivery of the child but in the name of the poor centers have been exploiting the people of their situation. All this was the result of the survey done in meeting the people especially the women.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Opportunity to Make a Difference, Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with Jamahathi Islami Hind women organization came together on 8th of March 2020 to celebrate International Women’s Day at Vimukti Premises. The day-long event was not only filled with fun, food and entertainment but also number of workshops on health, financial literacy, etc. Mrs. Ashu Banu the Jamahathi Islami Hind President ensured that the women not only had a wonderful time but also enriching time with one another during the day. The eminent speaker Mrs. Garina Adovcate, Mrs. Spana Teacher, Mrs. Anapurna Taluka GP member, Manvi, Sr. Martha D’souza and Mrs. Jecintha Vimukti staff were guest on the dais. After the sumptuous lunch, various dances were performed by the children. This was truly the highlight of the day because apart from dance for entertainment; the little children brought forth meaningful messages like: save a girl child, gender equality, save the planet, etc. The day ended with a small surprise gift for all the women who participated in the event. Empowering women as a concept is noble but practical implementation is a challenge. VIMUKTI has accepted this challenge and is working to give women the opportunity to make a difference. Nearly 101 women and children joined and participated in this program.

Computer based Functional Literacy training Program: Vimukti Pothnal
“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 Adult literacy program stands out make the learners specially the women aware of their right to education. The Adult literacy program 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 Adult literacy program at Manvi Taluk has tried to reach its learners and helped them to bring out their potentiality in learning. Goal of the Programme is to improve functional literacy among the most marginalized communities of Manvi Tq., Raichur Dist. Karnataka.

Disability children health check up camp: Vimukti Pothnal
Disability health check-up camp was organized by VIMUKTI Pothnal at primary health centre Kavithal premises. Nearly 9 staff actively participated and identified differently abled children in 3 major villages, Kavithal, Vatgal and Amingada. Worldwide, 89% of children go to school. However, only 2% of Children with disability in Manvi Taluka from low and middle income families attend school. People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. Last week with the collaboration of health department RIMS Raichur, Disability department and Samuha Samarthya NGO Devdurga health checkup was conducted and identified various disabilities like physically handicapped, Blind, Deaf, Dumb, lame, leper, crippled etc.,) and demanded the concerned department to provide various government facilities to these little deprived children without delay, So that these facilities will help them to grow, to learn and to smile like any other normal child in the society..

Yova Sangam 2020- “the Role of Youth in Nation Building”: Vimukti Pothnal
On 22nd to 23rd of February 2020 Vimukti unorganized youth Representatives from eleven pockets youth actively participated yova sangam 2020 at Bangalore. Nearly 200 youth participated and got benefited from this program. India has a large number of working class people. The rise of communal tensions among the religions has been noticed day by day, the enemity being planted in the young minds. N.P.R, N.R.C, have been imposed thus rising to a problem of every Indian citizen rather than Muslims alone. Everyone is being conceintised by the evil intentions of such implementations. The Constitution has a greater value no matter how old but still relevant but today's government trying to manipulate it by their views and norms. It's s serious situation to think about it. In the name of uniting the nation Kashmiri youth are being imprisoned and the Assami people have lost their citizenship, and we are witnesses of these recent happenings. Those born and brought up in our own land are to prove their identity. The problem of unemployment of youth who are committing suicide daily is least addressed today. There is a need to be aware of the present day alarming situation. The N.R.C, N.P.R, C.A.A, weakening our Constitution, so the youth need to be prepared to face the challenging situation ahead. There is a need of protection of rights of every citizen. The youth play a prominent role in the nation building was the message of Shri Shivasundara the journalist and human right activist, Bangaluru.


Repair and extension of old Vimukti office work is in under progress: Vimukti Pothnal
The present vimukti office was built 25 years ago was in need of some renovation. The Renovation work is in full swing under the supervision of Fr. Sathish Fernandez. Hopefully, expected accrual will be a great solace to all the staff of vimukti. Old structure has been demolished with the help of Post Novitiate brothers and with the Vimukti staff. Rats had illegally possessed our Vimukti old office and in every nook and corner they constructed the buildings and were staying at peace by stiffening the goods from the rooms. The Vimukti director took the decision to sweep them away and to repair and extend the office. Now it is very species and good in condition. The construction work is in progress. The plastering work is about to finish. Presently painting and tiles works are on the move. The carpentry work is yet to complete. ATHITHIDEVO BHAVA; some of our friends and friars made their fraternal visit to our Vimukti center, The plumbing, wiring, cementing, wash room construction, soak-pit works are completed. As the work is progressing in full swing there is an assurance that the entire construction will be completed by end of March. We express our sincere thanks to all the benefactors for their help and support.

In 60 Schools “Jhalki” Film Screening for Social Change: “when will every child have Justice”?
Vimukti Pothnal organized “Jhalki” film screening program was organized in 60 schools of Manvi and Sindhnoor Talukas of our working area. Purpose of the Film Screening is to for Social Change is to change the attitudes and behavioral pattern of people at the grassroots, government officials and law enforcement agencies. For every child and young person to enjoy their childhood, they must be able to realize their rights to freedom, safety, and education. Free from child slavery, child labour, child trafficking and child marriage; Safe, with protection from violence, war and natural disaster; and Educated, with access to free, inclusive and quality education.

Sponsor’s Day Program: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal with the collaboration of Ensemble agissons France has organized sponsor’s day program at Vimukti Pothnal on 19/01/2020. 70 children along with their parents participated in the program. The program commenced with the prayer dance led by Angeli and group. Mr. Daniel Helbert Ensemble Agissons President inaugurated the program. Angeli Vimukti sponsored child welcomed the guests on the dais. Sponsored children honored the guests with the garlands. On this special occasion variety of games were conducted. Different cultural programmes were performed by the sponsored children. Ensemble Agissons members namely Mr. Daniel Helbert, President, Mrs. Bernadette, Mr. Jean- Dominque and Marie were very happy to see all the 70 sponsored children on that day. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director, Vimukti in his speech exhorted all the sponsored children saying that every child should learn to give value for time and money the sponsors spend on each child and always remain thankful to their sponsor’s who are selflessly trying to give better education. Today is the right time to remember them and to thank them for all their whole hearted support and encouragement. Child sponsorship is all about making a long- term difference in the life of a child.

Free health camp under “Health for all” Project: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Pothnal organized a free health checkup camp for women and children in the remote villages of our working area. About 135 patients were visited by nurse who also distributed vitamins, iron tablets and skin ointments to those in need. Nearly 106 women and children got benighted from this camp.

State level discourse against the evil practice of Devadasi system and child marriage: Vimukti Pothnal
The state level dialogue against the evil practice of Devadasi system and child marriage held on 20th of January 2020 at Bellary. The main objective of the workshop is to respect to the rights of children and promotion of such rights. To all who are facing Harassment due to dowry, family harassment, rape, sexual harassment and such women to get immediate help and due support from those who are at their service so that they learn to survive on their own effort and become self sufficient thus become inspiration to others; discussed at length.

Raichur Women staged Protest against continued exploitation of Women and children in the District: Vimukti Pothnal
On 5th February 2020, indefinite protest march was held at Riachur Tippu Sultan circle premises against recent continued exploitation of women and children by all the women and children organizations. To protect the girl children there should be appointed guardians at schools and at the shelter homes-an application was submitted to the district officer. In the indefinite protest Vimukti leaders too participated. Various issues related to the women and the children and the ways to prevent such incidents were highlighted in the memorandum. There was an outcry to punish the offenders against women and the children. Various other organizations too joined the protest.

Rev. Fr. Sathish Fernandes OFM Cap Received Makkal Maniya State Award 2019-2020
The 1st State level Children Kannada Literary Meet (Makkala Sahitya Sammelana) was organized on 23rd January 2020, at Jambaldinni Rangamandira, Raichur. Recognizing his dedicated and valuable service and initiative for inspiring action aimed at Social transformation and volunteerism. The award was given in recognition of the undeterred and relentless work towards children and youth at risk. The organizers wished that VIMUKTI may inspire others to join the league towards making this world a better and safer place for children and youth. Rev. Fr. Sathish Fernandes spoke about VIMUKTI and the services rendered for the welfare of children and youth in Riachur. The dignitaries and Makkala Sahitya Sammelana organizers from the state applauded the efforts and services of VIMUKTI. The event was witnessed by over two thousand invitees.


Mother and Child Protection and Nourishment Campaign at Manvi: Vimukti Pothnal
For about 461lactating mothers were interviewed in Richur District of Manvi and Maski TQ. the meeting with them personally revealed number of malpractices of 7 health centers in and around their villages. The following problems they faced were shared in detail. The lack of staff, the punctuality of doctors and the staff, the lack of cleanliness, lack of medicines, no ambulance facility, corruption, over charges, not constructing hospitals or dispensaries at the proper places, the dilapidated structures, not updated equipments and machineries, without proper first aid facilities, Doctors and the staff being absent, people who have been lost their faith in them, the staff being made in charge of the centers, lack of medicines in sub centers, not getting proper treatment at the emergency ward, and such type of feedback was really saddening and shocking. Overall the primary health Centers have been failed to provide the proper treatment expected by the people especially to the lactating mothers and their children. Government services are at the scrutiny. 71% of deliveries taking place in the hospitals but only 29% deliveries taking place with proper facilities and most of them done through caesarean.

Training on Effective use of RTI Act: Vimukti Pothnal
VIMUKTI Pothnal organized training program to all the Community leaders at vimukti premises. The enactment of the Right to information Act 2005 marks a significant shift in Indian democracy. It plays a vital role in bringing transparency and checking corruption in administration. By enacting the RTI, India has moved from an opaque and arbitrary system of government to the beginning of an era where there will be greater transparency and to a system where the citizens will be empowered. To make known the rights of the people and empower them in implementing the schemes of the government, campaign facilitator and capacity builder took lot of initiatives to give comprehensive knowledge. The resource person said, anyone can get information from various department of the government. No officer should refuse to provide information sought by any person under this act. The information commission cannot probe the cases related to corruption and wrong information. Complaints in this regard can be filed to the higher officials of respective department he said. Nearly 55 leaders actively participated and benefited from this program.

International Human Rights Day: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust (r) Pothnal in collaboration with Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation New Delhi and Spandana Belagavi Celebrated International Human Rights Day organized various activities in Markumdinni High school. In the keynote address Mr, Arogyappa, Vimukti staff, described about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and said that everyone should join hands to prevent violation of human rights. Everyone should take steps to uphold and promote the rights of all human beings. He explained about the services of CHILDLINE 1098 and how CHILDLINE team would reach out to any child in need of care and protection. Mr. Jaysheel, Coordinator, Vimukti, addressed the gathering and explained about Juvenile Justice Act and POCSO Act. Mr. Thiru Pari School teacher, explained about Drug addiction and the ill-effects of consuming alcohol and drugs. Children should avoid the use of drugs and alcohol, he said. Over two hundred and twenty children and teachers participated in this programme. Mr. Charlie SVP cordinator, spoke about UNO, empowered children about Human Rights and acts. A few incidents of Human Rights Violations were shared and discussed. Children were motivated to restore Human rights and help others in difficult situations as much as possible and briefed about the importance of the day and explained about the human rights and the importance of protecting and promoting human rights. Twenty-three youth participated in the celebration.

A community survey on maternal and child health services utilization from the Primary Health Centers at Manvi Taluka, Raichur District. Vimukti pothnal
This report presents the results from the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program Indicator Survey, a household survey conducted in 42 villages in 7 PHCs 461 mothers of rural villages of Manvi, Raichur District. To provide population-based estimates of the levels of utilization of maternal, newborn, and child health services, provision of key evidence-based interventions during service contacts, and practice of desirable maternal, newborn and child health ,and various facilities available at the PHC level for the mother and child.

Survey on children with Disability: Vimukti Pothnal
“Disabled children in Manvi Taluka miss out due to lack of support services…”
On 12th November 2019, Vimukti with the collaboration of Ensemble Agissons, France, under “HEALTH FOR ALL” project along with CHILDLINE 1098 Raichur involving more than 9 staff actively participated and identified differently abled children in 3 major villages, Kavithal, Vatgal and Amingada. Worldwide, 89% of children go to school. However, only 2% of Children with disability in Manvi Taluka from low and middle income families attend school. People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. They even don’t have medical certificate to ascertain disability, leaving them out of the radar of many government schemes. Keeping these thoughts in mind, lately Vimukti conducted a survey report provides the best available evidence regarding children with disability (physically handicapped, Blind, Deaf, Dumb, lame, leper, crippled etc.,) and what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment and support services, and to create the environments action for government to help these beneficiaries.

Sharing and Caring – Christmas celebration with unprivileged children: vimukti Pothnal
True spirit of Christmas... Sharing and caring...was organized in collaboration with Vimukti Charitable Trust, group Israel, Anitha Pinto and family, and Mr. Ashok Steven lobo with his family at vimukti Pothnal. Christmas is a time of celebration, hope and laughter. Perhaps the only time when children all over the world wake up bright and early with a gleam in their eyes and a smile on their lips, ready to rip open and enjoy their crisply wrapped presents. The sad truth, however, is that there are millions of children around the world who are deprived of this experience, not because they’ve been naughty, but because they come from underprivileged backgrounds and cannot afford to celebrate Christmas. In order to bring the joy and light of Christmas into the lives of such underprivileged children, VIMUKTI, like every year, hosted Christmas celebrated at vimukti premises. The children of vimukti, who come from nearby villages, got the opportunity to participate in games, win prizes and receive gifts.

There's nothing more satisfying than seeing a happy and smiling child: Vimukti Pothnal.
A child's smile is worth more than all the money in the world. Children are the future of a nation. They are the best change agents, be in the family or the community in which they live. It is therefore crucial to help the children, catch them young and inculcate in them feelings of empathy and conscience so that the grow up as responsible individuals. Sensing this need, VIMUKTI CHARITABLE TRUST® came up with MAGU NAGU Programme in 2008. Sensitization of privileged children and their parents, towards the existing inequalities around them, is an important objective of Magu Nagu. Privileged children are sensitized about the deprivation and pain endured by the underprovided kids. Vimukti seeks to inculcate a conscience and value system in the children so that they grow up to become responsible citizens and change makers. Before their minds are set with age, the Vimukti programme tries to make them count they start realizing the worth of the privileged ones. Once they start realizing the worth of the privileges they are born with, they automatically turn their thoughts towards positivity and develop the right outlook.

Makkal Gram Sabha was organized by Vimukti at two Gram Panchyats of Manvi Taluka: Vimukti pothnal
VIMUKTI Pothnal (Raichur District): Over 232 children from the five 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. Basvan Gowda Public Development Officer 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.

Improve knowledge through reading books: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti children in the villages have given ample of opportunity to read books of various interests especially on freedom fighters, scientists, true leaders of our nation and many motivational and general knowledge books. Thus apart from the school text books they are made aware of the wide knowledge that one must have to cope up and come forward in the society today as they grow up through reading these books. So Vimukti trust has wide range of books in the library that are made available for the children generously. This has improved their knowledge and thirst for reading.

Spreading Mass Awareness on TB through “HEALTH FOR ALL” Campaign: Vimukti Pothnal
VCT with the collaboration of Ensemble Agissons, France organized TB Mass awareness program in the project area. The “Health for all” campaign attempts to support people with TB patients, who have little help navigating the health care system. Most of the times, due to low awareness and support, TB patients have to go through social stigma, misinformation and abuse. The campaign provides basic information about the disease and helps people with contacts of doctors and counselors. VCT Pothnal aims to spread awareness that TB is a treatable, bacterial infection and people should not be made to feel guilty about contracting the disease. Nursing staff along with ANM visited the houses and gave awareness on TB to the families. So far we could reach 328 families, thus many people appreciated regarding this program.

Adult Literacy training Programs and distribution of Educational kits to 3210 learners: Vimukti Pothnal
A person who does not know to read and write faces many challenges in life. They are unable to read sign boards, bus destinations, bank transactions, help children in their education etc. they are often cheated in the market place. The person lives with low self-esteem and becomes incapable to defend or speak up in any forum. Illiteracy is a serious challenge in many rural communities of India, where the average literacy rate is around 65% which is far below the nation average of 74 %( Census2011). The low functional literacy continues to be a great challenge and hinders development in any form. As a strategy, vimukti Pothnal strives to reach the most marginalized communities in society; thus this project has reached some of the most backward and disadvantaged villages of Manvi taluka. More than 91% of those reached are from SC, ST, OBC and minority communities. 20 facilitators in 20 villages were directly involved in steering the project at the grass root level. The project used computer based functional literacy software, a laptop, two speakers, one projector and UPS. Month of November 580 learners appeared for an internal test to assess their learning and learners appeared for the exam conducted by national institute of Open Schooling in collaboration with Saakshar Bahrath Mission. The project area is Urban and Slum area of Manvi town and Education kits like note books, pencils, pens black board color pencils etc were provided to the beneficiaries during the training.

A Word of Heartfelt Gratitude…
Helpings Hands are better than Praying lips

Vimukti Charitable Trust in collaboration with Mr. Ashok & family and F-Fitness First Company Dubai distributed Company T- SHIRT to underprivileged children and Youths of surrounding villages of Pothnal, Raichur, Karnataka. "It is indeed was a special moment to see children were happy to see the gifts as token of love”. Believing in the happiness of all, there are some benevolent people and groups who make sure that everyone has smiles on their faces." It was a small gesture by the generous donors from Dubai, Mr. Ashok & family to express that they care for unprivileged kids too, Fr. Sathish Fernandes, Vimukti Charitable Trust Director Fr. Sathish Fernandes parents also appreciated the initiative taken by Mr. Ashok and family to inculcate the habit of sharing and giving. We are very grateful to you the generous donors who have helped these poor children through your contribution. May God bless your generosity in hundredfold, children and parents gathered to express their deep gratitude to our beloved donors and F-Fitness First Company benefactors. Let us continue this partnership in ‘reaching the unreached’ for those who are hardly visible in the mainstream. VIMUKTI Trust will always remain indebted and appreciate the efforts taken to make difference in the lives of poor marginalized children of this locality.

Summer Camp: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with Hosa Belaku Israel organized summer camp on 25th November 2019. “You are the light of the world” is the teaching of Jesus. In order to brighten the lives of the children in the villages we sowed the seed of brightness by arranging a summer camp for all the children in the villages irrespective of caste and creed. We tried our best to teach them how to fish rather than giving them fish.

Distribution of Educational Material to Poor Students: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with Vimukti Charitable Trust Group Israel organised program on distribution of Educational materials to the poor children in the villages of Manvi Taluka. Many students in our service area are dropping out of school before graduation, since their parents cannot to afford to provide uniform, text books, school bag and such other items. Their parents are mainly working as day labourers, work as auto drivers, rickshaw pullers, vegetable vendors, or domestic help. Some of their parents have migrated to big cities in search of jobs. We motivate their parents through counselling sessions to send their children to school. VIMUKTI has been providing educational material to these poor children who attend Government Schools. We provide educational material consisting of text books, notebooks, geometry box, pencils, pens, and school uniforms, clothes, shoes, school bag, lunch box. We select the candidates by personal visits to their homes to assess the family background. We also take inputs from the school head masters to select the students who are doing well in studies. So far we have provided such support to about 10,845 students studying in classes from 5th to 10th standard. There is pressing need to help more poor and needy students for continuing their education you can donate for educational material for these deserving children, and thereby ensure that they do not drop out of school.

Child Sexual abuse awareness program: Vimukti Pothnal:
CHILDINE Collab, VIMUKTI Raichur, organized Child Sexual abuse awareness programme at Govt. Higher Primary School Raichur Taluka collaboration with government high school Zairabad. Mr. Sudharshan coordinator, Childline, in the key note address spoke about Child Rights and responsibility of children. Mr. Mukanna, team staff CHILDLINE, Raichur, addressed the gathering and briefed about the objectives and purpose of the open house programme. The Police Sub Inspector exhorted the children to stay away from evil elements in the society. Child protection has three important pillars on which it rests. Prevention, intervention and Rehabilitation, especially in the case of child abuse, we believe that prevention is the most important pillar because if a case reaches the intervention stage where abuse has already happened, the damage caused to the child is immense and as all of us believe “prevention is better that cure”. Children shared about the various issues and the authorities present suggested possible solutions to them. Various child right issues and other difficulties faced in the school were discussed before the concerned authority and sort the clarifications. Nearly 285 children attended the program.

Forming young minds for an enlightened future… Vimukti Pothnal
VIMUKTI organized summer camp to all our club and parliament children of our villages. The main intention of this program was to get numerous opportunities to the children to grow and learn new things. Various sessions on life skills, awareness on health and hygiene, training on good manners, information on moral values, child rights, and leadership and other activities like ice breaking sessions, outdoor games, etc were part of the summer camp. More than half of the inhabitants of the rapidly growing cities and the rural villages consist of children. In most situations they are deprived of support, guidance and education. Our focus was on the most vulnerable group, that is, children who fall into the problematic categories such as child laborers, street children, school dropouts, orphans, and children living in risky conditions, children and youth from dysfunctional families and disadvantaged communities, children affected/infected by HIV/AIDS and children in conflict with the law.

Public Awareness Campaign on 1098: Vimukti Pothnal
Awareness for the public in the vicinity of the Market and in the surroundings of Railway station was conducted by CHILDLINE Raichur team on October 20th, 2019. Public were explained about the issues of children such as child labour, school drop outs, begging children, child abuse, missing children and run away children. Hand-outs with information on CHILDLINE (1098) and child related issues were distributed to the public. A group of students from government high School received the awareness with great enthusiasm. A positive response was given by the public who assured that they would call the child helpline if any children were at risk. After counseling the parent and the children on child labour, the mother was advised to refrain from using the children to earn a living to meet the school expenses. Around hundred people received awareness.

Memorandum submitted to the Block Education officer in demanding basic amenities in the school premises: vimukti Pothnal
Markumdinni youth members from Karabdinni (Udbal Panchyath) submitted the memorandum, demanding concerned BEO to provide basic facilities in the school as well as in the village. All the youth members got together discussed and listed out the problems one by one and approached the concerned authority to help specially, clean drinking water, toilet, play ground, play materials, and compound wall should be provided in the school premises. Drain water flows near the school and cleanliness remained a mirage. Waste was thrown in the school premises and it had turned into mosquito centre. The youth members studying in the school have been facing the threat of contagious diseases. They also alleged that the school building is in dilapidated condition and action was not being taken even to repair the Roof. BEO Mr. Amresh Gudiyal speaking after the receiving the memorandum said, the problems would be brought to the notice of the concerned authority and further action would be taken as per their direction to ensure the facilities. Youth President Mr. Hanumantha requested the BEO to give in writing that when he will fulfill these demands. The School headmaster, teachers, SDMC members, Vimukti staff applauded and encouraged youths in this great venture.

People asked to be cautious against contagious diseases: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti organized health awareness campaign in surrounding villages of Pothnal. The main objective of the health campaign is to create awareness about people should take precautions to prevent vector- borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, lymphatic filariasis, Japanese Encephalitis, chikungunya. District administration, health and family welfare department and the office of district vector- borne disease prevention officer Mr. Balappa said, diseases are spread through mosquito bites. Vaccines could not be found for such diseases so far but medicines could be given for controlling the disease. Malaria is a life- threatening mosquito-borne disease caused by a plasmodium parasite. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of Anopheles mosquito. The disease was identified 150 years ago but till today no vaccine is licensed for it is treatment. Anopheles mosquito lays around 300 eggs on water at a time all the eggs are hatched and therefore precautions should be taken against the mosquito breeding in the residential areas. Cleanliness should be maintained and water stagnation should not be allowed he said. VCT Staff nurse Mrs. Nagrathna said, mosquito nets creams, liquidator and smoke of the neem leaves could be used to avoid mosquito bites.

Children ask officials, why no Gram Sabha in the District?: Vimukti Pothnal
“We are deprived of a platform to air our problem”
Vimukti Children parliament members gave the memorandum on 13th of November, 2019 at Utakanoor Gram Panchyath demanding children Gram Sabhas to be held at all the gram panchythas. Santhosh, Basvaraj, shashikala, ananda, Praveen and others charged that the ‘gram sabhas’ are not taking place in their villags, which has resulted in them unable to air their grievances at the right forum and get justice. They charged that the officials are denying the children right to get their dues by not holding the children ‘Gram sabhas’. They said, as the children parliament is not taking place regularly, the officials are unable to prevent child marriage cases in our talukas. They also charged that while in some villages the children gram sabhas are taking place, but they are being held for the heck of it and not with a concern towards resolving the issues hurting the children. They demanded the administration to provide training to development officers so that they can conduct children grama sabha every year. The zilla panchyath should also hold special gram sabha for children and award best children friendly panchyath at the district.

Summer Camp Organized at Devipura: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized Summer Camp from november 10th to 13th , 2019 at Devipura. Mr. kriyappa, GP president, Mr. Sharanappa and Mr. charile, jecintha, Pothnal, Child representatives from Tuition centers and para teachers, parliament Leaders inaugurated the programme by lighting the lamp. Children were taught action songs, finger print art, making puppets, crafts, morals, values, good qualities in life, leadership, through stories, using the writing board, puzzles, word building, etc. Mr. Jaysheela, facilitated the session on Child Rights Violation. Mr. Arogyappa, vimukti staff facilitated a session on Self-awareness, goal setting and adolescence, gender equity for Adolescent girls. Mrs. Jecnitha vimukti staff facilitated session on Waste Management. Disadvantages of Plastic, types of waste, importance of bifurcating waste and recycling of waste were briefed. Fr. Sathish Feranandes, Project Director, facilitated a session on Child Protection Mechanisms and Sustainable Development Goals and Advocacy actions. Health awareness and eye camp were conducted in collaboration with PHC Health department. Craft session was facilitated by Mr. Basappa Sindhanoor.

Vimukti Tuition centers : Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti operates 17 tuition centers to usher quality education to 958 children. These centers give students the skills they need to study and learn. They also clarify their doubts and help them to ease their difficult subjects. These centers have been motivating factors to study well and also to reduce the school drop outs.

Vimukti outreaches to provide sports dress: Vimukti Pothnal
The Malkapura school children won the Taluka level Volleyball completion and were selected to compete at the district level. They were in need of sports dress and had requested Gram Panchayat development officer for the same. But there was no positive response from the authorities concerned. It was in this time of need Vimukti learnt about the situation and without delay with much care and concern and by way of encouragement provided the sports dress to all the participants. Fr Sathish the Director of Vimukti encouraged with his blessings and wished them all the best for the competition. It was a great humanitarian gesture from the entire Vimukti team. The sports dress was distributed in a program where Mr Charlie, Mr Shivaram, Mr Mallappa, Mr Budeppa the teachers, the students, Village leaders were present.

District level Children Parliament was organized by Vimukti Charitable trust Pothnal at Utaknoor Gram Panchyats of Manvi Taluka:
Vimukti Charitable Trust in collaboration with Karnataka Child Right Observers, CHILDLINE 1098 Raichur organized District level children Parliament at Tadakal Government High school premises on 27th of October 2019. In the introductory speech Mr. Sudharshan CHILDINE Coordinator Raichur, briefed on the common responsibility that everyone has in order to protect children rights. Everyone has to work selflessly; this is the purpose of the workshop training to instill in everyone the concern to rescue the children. So the laws and regulations must be followed in order to help the children in danger. In taluka level the Tahasildar, education ministers as well as all the taluka ministers of all departments and the public education department at district level and all the heads of the entire department must work unison to rescue the children in risks and protect their rights. All of us should give heed their voice and create a platform better future, Children are the future of our society. Building the children future is like building our nation. In the region of Hyderabad and Raichur there shouldn’t be any cases of atrocities or mismanagement towards the rescue of vulnerable children. If the children of the lower rungs of the society are not helped to get education then we will possible fail to develop our families, our society and our nation.

Leading into the Future: Good education, Transformational leadership and the Gift Discernment: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized training program to all the Para teachers at vimukti premises. The main theme of the training was “leading into the Future: Good education, Transformational leadership and the Gift Discernment”. The programs began with the welcome note by Arogyappa followed by key note address by Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director, vimukti. The main speaker of the day is Mr. Ravi Chandra High school Teacher Malkapur, he address the gathering on the importance of the need for transformational leadership in the educational sector. He focused on the topic “Good education, transformational leadership and the gift of Discernment”. Each and every person in order to grow in transformational leadership, school leaders needed to grow in decision making on the basis of the gift of discernment. He also spoke about the three elements that influence higher levels of discernment, namely: spiritual traits, spiritual capital and spiritual experience. All the participants and the respondents who participated in the event were very happy and contented from the full day reflection on discernment, spirituality and leadership. All 15 Para teachers attended this workshop and benefited from this program.

New milestone of Vimukti @ Pothnal: from the Dark Cells to Clear World: a ray of hope to the Prisoners: Vimukti Pothnal
“Be a love Bomb, Let it be exploded, not to kill, But to heal the broken hearts. This small sentence is the seed of Prison Ministry India. The tiny seed of love, which had been sown through divine intervention in the fertile soil of human hearts of few, has now grown into a large tree providing cool and gentle shade to many who feel frustrated, disappointed and broken spend in their lives in the dark cells of prison. The specific goal of our new venture is to create a just society, where all have equal opportunities for development and growth, all have an equal share in the resources of the earth and above all the worth and dignity of every individual human being is respected and protected. Further it focuses its, attention on the correction, reformation and rehabilitation of those in prison and their families. In the first session Fr. Sathish Fernandes, VCT director, motivated the participants on the values of Mahatma Gandhi and screened the movie on Gandhi life. The resource person, kept the audience in rapt attention for two and half hours. The seminar was very holistic as it discussed about the various problems they face today such as suicide, drug addiction, obsession with social media and teenage crimes. Many practical solutions were proposed. At the end of the talk several prisoners came up to the stage to express their opinion and clarify doubts they had in mind.

Raichur Women staged Protest Demanding Women Voice in the Gram Sabha and basic entitlements before DC office: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust in collaboration with likeminded NGO’S from Raichur staged a protest in front of Deputy commission office at Raichur on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 alleging that the elected representatives and the concerned officials had failed to utilize the allotted amount for the development of the Gram Panchathya and not allowing women, voice their views in the Gram Panchyath. Secondly Community women here demanded proper implementation of basic entitlements. While people across the state celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi, 150 of women Representatives cross the district took part in this protest. Women came from various villages holding and shouting slogans in demanding immediately to basic entitlements and memorandum was submitted to the DC and CEO of Raichur to give in writing that they would do justice to their protest and take these issues very seriously. Fr. Sathish Fernandes VCT Director expressed before Media, the basic infrastructure problems of the school not cast a shadow on the studies of the children. Rather school infrastructure should also be suitable for environment for education. It is a right of every child to have access to toilet in their schools. 150women representatives were present and actively involved in Protest rally.

Free health camp under “Health for all” Project: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti Pothnal organized a free health checkup camp for women and children in the remote villages of our working area. About 150 patients were visited by nurse who also distributed vitamins, iron tablets and skin ointments to those in need. Nearly 123 women and children got benighted from this camp.

Input session on contagious diseases: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized an awareness programme in Muddamaguddi village for the women and the old people. Under the national village employment program there are 100 days of labor work for their benefits. Later about various diseases which are contagious in nature, about deadly mosquitoes and their control, flies control about all these issues were discussed. For women who were present had health check-up. For about 30 women participated in this health camp.

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International Day of the Girl Child: “Girls March to school” Free and compulsory Education For girls till 18 years of age” Vimukti Pothnal
On 11th of October 2019 under the banner of ‘Hennu Makkala Nade Shale Kade’(Girls March to school) with the alliance of likeminded NGOs from Karnataka celebrated ‘International Day of the Girl child’ at VCT Premises. Nearly123 adolescent girls participated in this event and submitted memorandum to Deputy Commissioner and Gram Panchyath President demanding equal rights and Free and compulsory education for girls till 18 years of age. Girls’ took out rally through the main streets of Pothnal and Raichur near DC office by holding placards and banners containing the message on the needs of protecting the rights of girl child. The Campaign on equal rights and Free and compulsory education for girls till 18 years of age, and to create awareness on adverse impact of child marriage in the society; and demanded the concerned officials to take stringent measures in this regard to impose fine on those who violate these laws. The participants, after marching through the main road of DC office Raichur conversed with the local press media where women activist spoke to them and memorandum was submitted to the concerned authority regarding “Girls March to school” and its implication. The main aim of the rally was to sensitize privileged citizens to protect and demand the right of Girl child. Today & every day, join us to support all girls across the world to keep chasing their dreams through education.
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Vimukti Children shine in the State level Seminar on Child Rights under SDG- Sustainable Development Goals: Vimukti Pothnal
The Government of India has issued and a published content on various rights related to the Children and has documented them and has communicated to the world united organization sector. The programs which are organized and the achievements found in the past years from 1997, 2007 and 2011 in three successful terms and are reported in detail. The report has been verified and studied through by the World Organization has asked India to study on various issues. The next year in 2020 in May or in the month of June India will have to submit the report. Apart from the Child rights, other institutes, individually also they can submit the report on the relevant matters as well. This is to certify that whether the Indian Government has provided the correct information on various issues regarding the Child Rights under SDG- Sustainable Development Goals the targets set to improve, whether they have applied laws and norms so on. The expectations or on various views group discussions were conducted. The target was to address the issues of the age group of 0 to 18 years of children. This is the age where they are exploited to the maximum. There are situations at home as well as the outside where they can be vulnerable. So need to be cautious about the situations. It is not safe nowadays to be alone.
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Rape Free India state level stakeholders Consultation held at Bangaluru: Vimukti Pothnal
On 6th of October 2019 30 likeminded NGOs from Karnataka came together at Jain collage, Bangalore to discuss the one of the biggest issues which the nation is facing today is safety of women and children. Rape in India is a National Emergency. Despite strong legislation, our children and women live a life with fear. The absence of political will, accountability and social responsibility to combat rape is dismal. Through the power that we hold in our vote, we must demand that those who seek our vote must commit to creating a new India, a ‘Rape Free India - a Rape Mukt Bharat’.
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Free Educational Kit distribution to the 152 flood affected children, supported by Vimukti Charitable Trust, Group Israel: Vimukti Pothnal
This year especially in the month of August, Maharashtra and part of North Karnataka received maximum rain fall leading dams to let the water out. After letting the excessive water from the dams further led low areas and rivers like Malaprabha, Ghataprabha, Krishna to flow to the above danger levels. All the excessive water entered the low areas and villages where people had to vacate and move to the safe areas. This flood had created havoc in most of the areas and people’s lives. The rains and the floods had destroyed crops, properties, houses, few partially and in some places destroyed completely. The people who had stored grains, vessels of daily use, clothes, school books and bags and other materials were washed out. Children, women, young and the old were most affected due to rain and floods. The floods also took lives of many and the cattle. After the rain and the flood, sickness was spread due to the stagnant water and bad atmosphere. Houses were not in good condition to live. Snakes and reptiles were seen on the roofs, walls, floor of the houses. People faced the worst ever situation during flood and aftermath.
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Community leaders from two pockets along with Vimukti children Parliament Members demanded the Panchyath President to ensure basic infrastructure in the School without delay: Vimukti Pothnal
On 21st of September, 2019 Malkapur Community leaders came together and demanded the Panchyath president and submitted the memorandum to provide basic infrastructure in the school. Since Malkapura School has no proper class rooms, windows, doors are broken; roof is under repair, and furniture’s, toilets are poorly maintained, no drinking water facilities, kitchen, utensils, etc. The children are studying in the school have been facing the threat of contagious diseases. They also alleged that the school building is in dilapidated condition and action was not being taken even to repair the Roof. Mr. Narsappa Panchayth staff speaking after the receiving the memorandum said, the problems would be brought to the notice of the concerned authority and further action would be taken as per their direction to ensure the facilities. The community leader Mr. Hanumantha requested the Gram Panchyath President to give in writing that when he will fulfill these demands. The School headmaster, teachers, SDMC members, LM staff applauded and encouraged Community leaders in this great venture. Nearly 206 school children will benefit from this demand.
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Open House Program: Vimukti Pothnal
CHILDINE Collab, VIMUKTI Raichur, organized open house programme at Govt. Higher Primary School Sangankunta, Raichur Taluka collaboration with government high school on August 28th, 2019. Mr. Sudharshan coordinator, Childline, in the key note address spoke about Child Rights and responsibility of children. Mr. Mukanna, team staff CHILDLINE, Raichur, addressed the gathering and briefed about the objectives and purpose of the open house programme. Mr. Manjunatha, Police Sub Inspector, exhorted the children to stay away from evil elements in the society. Children shared about the various issues and the authorities present suggested possible solutions to them. Mr. Nagaraj HM, Mr. Mahesh CRP, Mr. Kurupathi from Health department, Mr. Thimappa GP president, AWC teachers, supervisors, PDO, Mohan team member was present for the programme. Various child right issues and other difficulties faced in the school were discussed before the concerned authority and sort the clarifications. Nearly 285 children attended the program.
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Farewell to Mrs. Nagarathna Staff Nurse: Vimukti Pothnal
It is said, "Separations are wounds that no one can heal, but memories are treasures that no one can steal". After two years of a journey that seems to have just begun, it was the time to bid farewell to our dear Mrs. Nagaratha staff nurse. It was special moment for us. It was painful to say good bye to dear Nagarathna Being the, staff nurse and severed in the “HEALTH FOR ALL” project in various capacities. She was actively involved in the Programs of the Organization, both within and in networks. She was reaching out poor and needy people in the villages by visiting families of our sponsor children, counseling and motivating people to take care of their health. She has participated in rallies and street plays showing keen interest in advocacy initiatives. She proved her worth in community development, particularly among children, in forming the child personality development clubs and camps. During her tenure she has proven to be with good conduct and love for the work and Organization. She is found very honest and dedicated in all the works assigned under her care. As she lives this organization, we the Vimukti Director and staff wish you all the best in your future. Fr. sathish Fernandez took this occasion to recall all the good times and the good things that the vimukti centre had received during her term. As she leaves us we wish her the best in her future endeavors, we assure that she will be an asset to any Institution she works. As you embark upon a new path, we wish you many moments of happiness, success and achievements. May your success follow you wherever you go...
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Case study: A true leader at the Grassroots: Mrs. Eshamma Sunkanoor : Vimukti Pothnal
Mrs. Eshamma Sunkanoor, Community leader of Vimukti along with pocket members took great initiatives for her village, together with Mr. Basvraja and Mr. Sangayaswami. She is belonging to SC community of Manvi, Raichur District of Karnataka. Being a Community leader she had complained to the Grama Panchyath and concerned department regarding to have separate graveyard to their pocket, many times she has spent time and money to convince the department regarding this issue, but yielded her no results. One find morning she collect some of the villages people along with Mr. Basvraja and Mr. Sangayaswami went to the Panchyath and concerned department and demanded the authority to have separate place in their villages for the burial ground. This issue was discussed in the Gram panchyath level and application was submitted to taluka concerned department, for their effort today Sunkanoor pocket have their own burial ground in their village. Eshyamma active and value based leadership earned her good reputation and she has been recognized as one of the leaders in the community in a male dominated society! She is an inspiration to many women in the vicinity.
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Unorganized youth demanded the transport department for the Bus Facilities to the remote villages of Manvi Taluka: Vimukti Pothnal
No doubt unorganized youth are strong force and succeeded in getting what they wanted. Here we would like to bring to your notice its first achievement in the Pothnal area. In many of the villages in and around Pothnal, lack the proper transport facilities. People and especially the children are the most victims of this. Nalgamdinni, Iralagaddi, Utakanur, Karabadinni, Devipura, Muddanguddi, these village children face transport facilities and due to which, many a time they have to bunk the school and college. During peak hours in the morning as well as in the evening there is hardly any bus facility in these areas. Therefore our pocket youths got together discussed this matter in their meetings and approached the Taluka transport department, with its strong urge to do something concretely in time. For their pleading the unit head Mr .J. T. Choudari promised them to provide transport facility from August 2nd onwards. The youth club members warned them if they fail to fulfill their need, they will counter the head of transport ministry by way of protest. On this occasion Mr. Hanumatha, Mr. Arogyappa, Mrs. Geeta Patil, Mr. Amreksh and Mr. Charlie were present.
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2889 Government school Children were initiated in Digitization of Class Room: Vimukti Pothnal
A digital revolution has transformed the way we lead our lives. With a number of school and institutions adopting digital tools and platforms, the internet and all its immense possibilities are in our classrooms now. Clearly, one of the biggest trends emerging in the education sector is digitization. The second comes in the form of a multitude of online courses that spans a dizzying variety of subjects and skills-learning, for almost every age bracket. Vimukti for the past few years working with Government schools, taking the ongoing digitization of education forward, broaden its scope from pure skills and incorporate digital content into a holistic education. Try to liberate entire generations from the shackles of being self- serving followers. It is important to help create a young India that is concerned and sensitive and has the realistic potential to lead the world into a safes and happy future. Vimukti entrepreneurs are providing inputs sessions on educational software training on basic computer applications such as MS office etc. till date nearly 2889 children have benefited from this trainings.
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Manual work at Sneha jyothi Child Care center Pothnal:
We give prior importance to both spiritual and manual work. We do and believe that “A hand that’s dirty with honest labour is fit to share with any neighbor”. Here in our vimukti center, we all take part in doing corporal work as ministry. We grow fresh vegetables and fruits, by the sweat of our brow and teach the children to protect the mother earth. Working together with the little orphan, Semi orphan children gives joy and eternal satisfaction. Beside physical fitness, we acquire good health and peace of mind.
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Process of Formation and Training to 200 unorganized youth: Vimukti Pothnal
Even in mere 12 months, a lot has been achieved in the project. One of the major activities unorganized youth project was to create opportunities for young people to connect to others, develop skills, and utilize those skills to contribute to their communities that, in turn, increase their ability to succeed. As with positive youth development, a community youth development orientation involves shifting away from just concentrating on problems toward concentrating on strengths, competencies, and engagement in self-development and community development. As such, community youth development is defined as purposely creating environments that provide constructive, affirmative, and encouraging relationships that are sustained over time with adults and peers, while concurrently providing an array of opportunities that enable youth to build their competencies, and become engaged as partners in their own development as well as the development of their communities. Our youth groups have slowly engaged together in creating a just and equitable society and demand for their entitlements.
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Fr. Satish Fernandes OFM Cap., Vimukti Pothnal Recognized as ‘PUBLIC HERO’ by Public TV.
“Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love”, keeping this thought in mind Vimukti Charitable trust has been working for the less privileged children of the Society. For the past ten years organization was actively involved in the district as care and protection of children concerned. Considering vimukti 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 it has made a positive difference in people’s lives through the heard efforts. After hearing our humanitarian work Public TV media persons from Raichur, recently visited our center at Pothnal and went around in the targeted villages to interview with the beneficiaries’ to get the feedback from the people regarding how much they have benefited from this organization. Public Hero is a show that highlights the contributions of regular towards the betterment of the Society.
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Village Health Nutrition Day Pothnal: Vimukti Pothnal
AWC centre organized a seminar in its premises. Head of health department Dr Chandra shekar, health education resource person Mr Balappa, AWC staff, Vimukti staff, were present. Mr Jacinta Muddamgudi, Mrs Nagaratna was also the resource persons of the day. On under-developed children, reasons, importance of breast feeding topics were discussed. Free health checkup along with that free medicine was distributed after the program. Nearly 63 women got benefited from this program.
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Training on Water conservation and Protection of Nature to the Community leaders: Vimukti Pothnal
On 23rd August 2019 various unit leaders had a special training programme at Capacity Building training at vimukti premises. Mr Muniswami the forest Department staff briefed on the theme of protection of Nature/environment, water conservation/preservation topics. What are environment/ Nature? How we need to protect, the benefits, consequences of destroying, the various types of pollutions namely- Air, Noise, Water, and earth/soil were explained elaborately. The present crisis of water shortage is to be addressed and the way of water preservation method was explained. Being forester explained about various facilities being provided by the Govt. such as SCST/TSP people can get Gas, Solar Heaters, Solar lights, various plants for the farming by the form of application. For about 63 Community leaders attended this training programme.
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Vimukti children Parliament Members demanded the Panchyath President to clear the drainage without delay : Vimukti Pothnal
Muddamgudi High School faced a problem during this monsoon. In front of the school water-logging was being witnessed by the children of the school, staff and others. There is no smooth flow of water as well. Recently it has invited many other problems – mosquitoes breed in the stagnant waters, further leading to various diseases. The Parliament children discussed this matter in their meeting and submitted the memorandum to the Panchyath President and demanded and address the issue without delay.
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Belwata Community leaders demanded the Government officials to install purifying water plant in the village: Vimukti Pothnal
On 30th of July Belwata Community leaders came together and demanded the concerned Government officials and submitted the memorandum to install purifying water plant in their village. The recent village development and under the Gram Panchayat Raj projects throughout the district villages there was a plant of implementing water Purification machinery. This new project is highly appreciable and wonderful one. It is a great initiative as well. But the fact is that our village is left out of having such a machinery. And we strongly condemn for ignoring to provide this system in our village. You are depriving an entire village and this will lead to a serious problem as well. The water that is received from the main source from Tunga Badhra has been utilized since past few years keeping in mind of preserving it for the purpose of irrigation, soaking for the increase of ground water, for drinking and for the cattle and for other purpose.
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Asian anti-Trafficking forum Meet; building a strong coalition to fight trafficking: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust® Pothnal Director Fr. Sathish Fernandes along with the staff attending the Asian anti trafficking forum meet 2019 at Hydarbad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre from 29th to 30th July 2019. Renowned speaker from all over India who are working for Human trafficking attended and address the gathering. Nearly 183 NGOs Representative from all over India came together to fight human trafficking. It was wonderful to have met and interact with each other. It is very encouraging to share that 99% of our Implementing Partners participated in the Asian Anti Trafficking Forum along with Government officials and CWC members as guests. Each one expressed that, meeting and interacting with IPs from other states in India were inspiring. The purpose of the gathering was to create a network of partners. This has been initiated and now, we hope to create an ownership among the partners to support each other.
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Encouraging and Enrolling farmers for Kisan Samman Scheme: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized training and awareness program to all the Community leaders’ at VCT Premises. LK Campaign facilitator initiated the CL members for registering eligible farmers in the villages under Paradhan Mantri Kissan Samman Nidhi Scheme. Speaking on the training, he said that the benefits of the scheme should be ensured to every eligible farmer in our targeted pockets; hence the process of registering farmers must be started through the village accountants, PDOs, Raitha Sampark Kendras and through the concerned horticulture department officers. Further he said some of the famers have already registered and due to lack of information about the scheme getting delayed. To tap this scheme you should have Aadhar card, bank account details, and record of rights etc. once you registered under this scheme farmers will get sum of Rs. 6,000/- which will be credited to their bank accounts directly in three equal installments of Rs. 2,000/- .
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Gram Panchyath Members attended 21 days intensive training on Adult Literacy program: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with Loka shishana Samithi Raichur conducted the training program to selected women Panchyath members from two clusters, Manvi Taluka at Vimukti premises. The adult literacy training targets to enhance the learning, reading, writing and cognitive skills of adults from the most marginalized communities in an around Manvi Taluka Raichur, North Karnataka; The main “aim is to extend educational options to those adults, who have lost the opportunity and have crossed the age of formal education, but now feel a need for learning of any type, including, basic education (literacy), skill development (vocational education) and equivalency.” The project strives to address the functional literacy of adults, women in particular. This will lead to higher self-esteem and self-confidence enabling them to engage in economic activities.
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National workshop on Social Security and Good Governance- Realizing Entitlements: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust® Pothnal Director Fr. Sathish Fernandes along with the staff attending the training on Social Security and Good Governance- Realizing Entitlements at Indian Social institute New Delhi from 23rd to 25th July, 2019. Hundred and eighty NGO Representatives from 12 states attended this Seminar. The participants who belonged to the religious minority communities were eager to know about their rights that are enshrined in the constitution of the country. The focus of the seminar was to make participants aware of their rights that are enshrined in part three of the constitution and various other statutes of our country. Article 30 of the constitution gives to the minorities the right “to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice”. The honorable Supreme Court of India has interpreted and elaborated these two rights in its various judgments’.
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Bridge-IT- Digital Entrepreneur Training Program: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust in collaboration with Development Focus Bangalore organizes Digital Entrepreneur training Program to all the Entrepreneurs at vimukti Premises from 9th to 10th July 2019. The main Resource person was Mr. Abhilash TCS Bangaluru, who met personally to the entire 16 entrepreneur from Pothnal clusters and gave an input session regarding various business services they provide and which is generating revenue. In his second session he also enlightened different methods, to attract and to satisfy the community and customers in their new business. All the entrepreneurs shared their business strategies and services they provide in their respective villages like, Online services, Photoshop, Money Transfer, PMKISAN, Land records, Cast Income, Aadhar card print, Pan card, Ration card etc,
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540 Adult Literacy Learners received Educational kits in Second level of training held to make Sustainable in Rural Communities: Vimukti Pothnal
“Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society,” A person without functional literacy has to face numerous challenges right from household chores to social life, and can end up having a low self- esteem or being incapable of speaking for him or herself. This ultimately leads to a lack of confidence and a low level of productivity. Raising literacy rates is one of the biggest challenges in rural communities today. This forms the backdrop to the adult literacy programme implemented by Vimukti Charitable trust, Pothnal.
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“Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls” vimukti pothnal
VIMUKTI Pothnal organized training on gender Equality and Empowerment of women and Girls at vimukti premises on 20th June 2019. Mr. Charlie the campaign facilitator explain in length by saying, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment are today accepted as vital development objectives, crucial for the realization of human rights and key to effective and sustainable development outcomes. The male female ratio though improved over last few years is still far from satisfactory. The female literacy rate is also lower than the male literacy rate. In spite of reservation being granted to women in Panchayat elections after 73rd and 74th Constitution amendment, in many Panchayats the male chauvinism does not allow them to function independently. Socio-cultural norms and practices limit the accessibility to capacity building opportunities that are there for women, which can address the various issues that have long kept them and their communities underdeveloped and poverty stricken.
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Spreading Mass Awareness on TB through “HEALTH FOR ALL” Campaign : Vimukti Pothnal
VCT with the collaboration of Ensemble Agissons, France organized TB Mass awareness program in the project area. The “Health for all” campaign attempts to support people with TB patients, who have little help navigating the health care system. Most of the times, due to low awareness and support, TB patients have to go through social stigma, misinformation and abuse. The campaign provides basic information about the disease and helps people with contacts of doctors and counselors. VCT Pothnal aims to spread awareness that TB is a treatable, bacterial infection and people should not be made to feel guilty about contracting the disease. Nursing staff along with ANM visited the houses and gave awareness on TB to the families. So far we could reach 108 families, thus many people appreciated regarding this program.
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Israel Vimukti Charitable Trust team comes forward to help to the needy :Vimukti Pothnal
Yashodhar a little poor girl has been growing up in a poor family from Raichur district, presently living in Amareshwara Camp of Manvi taluka. Vimukti Trust had recognized and identified this girl as one who had been deprived of education due to poverty in her family. Yashoda’s dad deserted the family few years ago. She has an elder sister and a younger sister. Mother is the only bread winner for the family. Since then Vimukti has been helping Yashoda for her lodging, education and meeting out other needs of her. Her mother not been able to cope up with the daily labour work due to her health conditions goes house to house to clean up the dishes and doing other household duties. The entire family of Yashoda feels insecure since the absence of a fatherly figure in the family. Vimukti has been serving Yashoda since five years by providing her education, shelter and fulfilling other needs for her. The Trust has been a motivating factor to form her towards achieving bright future.
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Free Medicine Distribution Camp: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal takes extra pains to organize periodic medical- screening camps for the poor economically marginalized children of our targeted villages. Vimukti survey team found that there are areas where diseases are there but because of poor background children are not able to take proper treatment and medicines. At these camps, a medical specialist examines and prescribes medicines to the patients which are provided to them free of cost. Recommended patients are also entitled to free medical services including diagnostic. The camps were also used as an opportunity to spread awareness about various diseases such as TB, polio, and skin burnings, Maleria, chikangunia etc, The main objective to organized this camps To improve access of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families to quality medical care; Besides offering regular services and free medicines in the targeted villages of our working area which benefits around 151 patients.
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Janapada Sahithya literary meet at Vimukti Premises: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal in collaboration with Karnataka Sahitya Academy Raichur organized Janapada Anusandana, a “Poetry Symposium" on 23rd of June 2019 at Vimukti Premises. The program president Dr. Basava Prabhu Patile, the Kannada Sahitya Prarishad Presendent speaking on the inauguration said, Our ancient folk culture has been hampered by the changing lifestyles that have resulted from globalization,” The attraction and imitation of Western culture has changed our way of life and culture. Modern inventions are the basis for the destruction of folk literature and arts, which is the culture of our rural life. Although folk literature, which represents the principles and principles of eternal life, is the source of all literature, today it is in decline. He was concerned that the facts of the children's interests had changed. “Folk songs composed by the rural people have great lyrics without any university education. It is the responsibility of everybody to preserve and shine folk literature and art. ”
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New Venture: Apollo Foundations organized free medical Treatment camp along with Medicine Distribution to Economically poor children: Vimukti Pothnal
The “Gifting every child a healthier tomorrow” is the ethos behind the Vimukti Charitable Trust “Child Health Program”. This new project launched and Supported by Apollo Foundations Bangalore, on 17th of June 2019 at Vimukti Premises. Henceforth Sneha Jyothi Vidyalya Boarding and sponsored children will be getting free check-up and medicine every month from Apollo Foundations Bangalore. The free health camps are organized to those children are in the boarding neither able to afford medical treatment nor having any basic knowledge regarding health and hygiene. So, through these programs children are given various tips on health issues. Besides these, basic health problems and sicknesses are diagnosed provided with free medicines. The program is conducted with the help of doctors from the government (PHC).
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Free distribution of Educational kits to 120 economically poor children : Vimukti Pothnal
“A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last for a lifetime.
Vimukti Charitable Trust Pothnal takes initiative every year to help economically poor semi orphan, deserving children and encouraged them not to dropout from the school by distributing free note books, pencils, pen and other materials to the 21 surrounding village of Manvi Taluka. The aim is to BRING SMILES to these little children as they take their next leap in learning. We all have experienced the joy of having a new school bag, books, pencils and crayons on first day of school. With the 'School Kit' program we hope to create that 'moment of smile' for the underprivileged children in the society.
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People should join hands to end the CHILD LABOUR: Vimukti Pothnal
Child is meant to Learn, Not to Earn. STOP CHILD LABOUR: Hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are engaged in work that deprives them of adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating their rights. Of these children, more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict. Each year on 12 June, this World Day calls everyone from around the world, together with governments, employers, workers’ organizations and advocates for justice to highlight the plight of child labourers and what needs to be done to help them.
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Adult Literacy training Programs and distribution of Educational kits to 2820 learners: Vimukti Pothnal
“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 Urban and Slum area at Manvi town has tried to reach its learners and helped them to bring out their potentiality in learning. This program has launched in collaboration with Zella Lok shishana Samithi, Zella Nagara Shishana Samithi Raichur and Vimukti on 10th June 2019. Intensive training program was organized for 45 ALP animators and they have to reach 2850 ALP learners within one year.
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Rally held to create awareness against tobacco consumption: Vimukti Pothnal
“put it out before it puts you out”.
The true and beautiful saying goes like this “Unless we destroy the seed of evil, it will destroy us”. To destroy the seed of evil is hard but not impossible. One must put his heart and soul to destroy this evil seed that ruins oneself and the other. Taking necessary steps and guidance of right people, the addicted can give an end to it. Keeping this thought in mind VCT organized awareness rally against the use of tobacco on 31st world No Tobacco Day at Sunkanoor village,Manvi Taluka. The students voiced loudly against this evil malady by holding placards and banners about the harmful and evil effects on health of Tobacco, drugs alcohol, and so on. It was an urgent appeal from the part of students to all to take effective measures against these evil consumptions. The rally included a well-timed FLASH MOB, performed creatively before the gathered crowd so that they become aware by grasping the meaning of Tobacco termination and its importance.
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Training ‘skills-for-success’: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® - tailoring center had achieved a remarkable progress in training and placing many deserving girls/ women over the past years. The overarching goal of VCT is to reach out to the youngsters who are school dropouts and unemployed by imparting training that can ensure a sustainable livelihood opportunity. While working with women in the villages, the staff of the organization noticed that large number of girls dropped out of schools, especially after class VII (at the age 13-14). Long distance from the village to the high school and lack of public transport and discrimination against girls in education were found to be the main reasons for large number of girls being dropped out.The overall objective of the training is to transform the school dropout girls into catalyst of social transformation by building their capacities for leadership and equipping them with vocational skills. 83 dropout girls benefited from this training.
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JPIC National Conference of Capuchins in India-2019: Vimukti Pothnal
Theme: Celebrating the 800th Anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi meeting the Sultan Al-Malik Al- kamil(1219-2019)
The CCMSI-JPIC national team gathered in Kannur, Kerala on 20th and 21st May, 2019 under the leadership of Br. John Baptist, the Capuchin Definitor General and Br. Ben Ayodi, the JPIC International Secretary. Capuchin National action plan on peace building was set up against the growing Religious Fundamentalism in response to the M. Gandhi 150 and Francis 800 anniversary. To carry out this forward, a National core group was set up JPIC team will work with a core group of four friars to commemorate this year, the event of Francis 800 and Gandhi 150. This meeting was organized by Br. Arun Lobo the JPIC Secretary for India.
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“International Child Helpline Day”:Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust, Pothnal organized International Child Helpline Day at Vimukti Central on 17 May 2019. The Day has been declared as such by Child Helpline International to celebrate the work of CHILDLINE all over the world and observed the day by raising awareness about 1098 and drawing attention to the vital role of a helpline for every child. The CHILDLINE coordinator Raichur stressed the importance of Child Helpline No- 1098 and urged the participants to use the toll free helpline whenever they come across crimes and exploitation against children. “Children deserve to be heard. The care and protection of children is everyone’s responsibility”, Further he explained the importance of helplines and the mechanism behind the helpline system. Rev. Fr. Sathish Fernandes VCT Director said that everyone should join hands for the cause of children in need and refer them to CHILDINE 1098. This toll free No. 1098 plays important role and reaches out to children who are in vulnerable situations.
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Orientation Training on income generation activities : Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with Capuchin Province of Emilia- Romagna Bologna organized training on income generating to all the poor women of the project area. Women participation and empowerment are fundamental women’s rights to enable them to have control over their lives and put forth influence in society. We need to empower them socially, equip them with a range of skills and knowledge to enable them to build confidence, develop a sense of self-worth, a belief in one’s ability to secure desired changes and the right to control one’s life. VIMUKTI believes in helping to provide women from rural villages with sustainable livelihood option by developing skills that benefit them in their rural setting as absence of requisite skills results in increased migration and socio-economic challenges.
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Training on Gram Sabha/ Ward Sabha to Community leaders : Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust® organized training on Gram Sabha/ Ward Sabha to the community leaders at VCT center Pothnal on 28th of April 2019 to deliberate and seek a way forward to strengthen and to voice out to get benefits for their respective Gram Panchyath. The Workshop was attended by 122 community leaders from 20 pockets of our working area. Mrs. Jecintha Lok Manch capacity builder welcomed the participants; Mr. Charlie campaign facilitator was the Resource person who enlightened community leader the importance of Gram Sabhas (GS) of Village Panchayaths and Ward Sabhas (WS) of Municipalities are envisaged as for a of direct democracy where citizens directly participate in taking decisions regarding local administration and development.
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Awareness program on Online Services: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized awareness program on online Services to the women and youth on 17th of April 2019 at Vimukti premises. Bridge IT Module lead Mr. Chanabasava, Mr. Gangagappa and Mrs. Nirmala Cluster leaders were the resource persons who enlightened the stakeholders regarding various online services and its importance in today’s society in length. They also explained how to find out various online services, how to apply and how to do online payment so on. In the Afternoon sessions vimukti entrepreneurs share their experience through their personal case studies, which motivated the stakeholders very much. Nearly 126 women and youth attended and benefited from this program.
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Community Awareness Program on Health and Education: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with Capuchin Province of Emilia- Romagna Bologna organized awareness’ program on Health and Education in two villages of our working area. The campaigns were related to women’s health, drug and alcohol abuse, adolescent health education, HIV/AIDS, sanitation hygiene, child marriage, personal counseling, and dowry system and invest efforts to educate the community through a variety of communication tools. Nearly 152 women and children benefited from this program.
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Bridget IT- Digital Entrepreneur Program Vimukti Pothnal:
Introduction: In recent years, there has been paradigm shift in the development of youth in India with a huge focus on livelihood development through micro entrepreneurship. A severe lack of job opportunities for youth, especially rural youth, has led to entrepreneurship, even at the micro level, as a necessary and viable alternative for livelihood generation. Providing the opportunity for youth to successfully start and run a small business will improve rural economy and lead tobetter quality of life for the youth, their families, andtheir communities. Promoting rural enterprise will also serve as a key to stem the migration of youth and bring about a reduction in the number of youth who moveaway from their communities in search of employment elsewhere.
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Warm and Hearty welcome to French Friend Ophélie de Boisdeffre to Vimukti Pothnal:
Vimukti Charitable Trust was indeed glad to receive our French friend Ophélie de Boisdeffre on 8th April 2019. Fr. Sathish Fernandes the Vimukti Director and the staff members welcomed her cordially. She was received to the campus with the Indian traditional welcome. She was extremely happy to meet and relive her old memories of 2014. She visited the villages and observed each and everything along with the staff. The rich and variety of culture, tradition, social problems and other various issues related to the people and she is indeed made her short visit as fruitful one. She carried the treasure of experience from Pothnal.
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Personality development camps for Adolescent girls: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized programs on personality development camps in the targeted villages of Manvi taluka. Our Adolescent Girls Training Program is focuses on building adolescent girls’ capacities for individual empowerment and social survival especially in patriarchal environments that do not value and respect the rights of girls and women. VCT tackles gender inequality head on to ensure that women and girls become advocates for their human rights and build their self-esteem and self-worth. The program further provides knowledge and skills that empower girls to detect and deal with children’s rights violations and provides them with critical thinking skills. Our program covers important life skills so girls gain the knowledge of their rights and confidence to demand their right to stay in school, reduce gender-based violence, and avoid early pregnancy and marriage, child marriage, child trafficking, school dropouts and to avoid all kinds of fear and superstitions beliefs, prevalent in the villages.
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Vimukti organized Voters’ Awareness Week and its Importance through Rallies: Vimukti Pothnal
In democracy, it is not simply enough to inform voters about election dates. In order to help the electorates take an informed decision, it is quintessential to sensitize them about the importance of participating in the electoral process. Moreover, voters need to be educated about the process and made aware of the political parties, their manifestos, backgrounds of the contesting candidates and armed several other information to help them cast an ‘enlightened’ vote. Vimukti staff along with village leaders has stepped forward to spread the word about importance of voting and the right to vote. In this connection, a Voters’ Awareness Week was organized by vimukti Pothnal. The awareness drive about the right to vote was successfully conducted under the guidance of the Vimukti at Pothnal town as well as at targeted villages. The students and community leaders actively participated in the campaign. Even the first-time voters were also a part of the drive; they spread awareness about the right to vote and also the importance of this right.
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Vimukti at Pothnal: Passage of Service 2010 - 2019
From 2010 onwards, it is Fr. Sathish Fernandes who took reigns of Vimukti at Pothnal and extended its patronage to the taluk, district, and State level by recognizing the needs of the people and the demand of service from Vimukti. In recognition of his work, he has received some honorary titles and become the member of Child Welfare Committee of the District of Raichur. Briefly, the significant achievements of Vimukti from the year 2010 until 2019 have been the following: Analysing the cause for the lack of education in the rural areas, Vimukti made provision for many a programme to protect the rights of children, increase their learning opportunities through supplementary training, establish children’s Rights Club and to focus on such problems as infrastructure, environmental concerns, health awareness, child labour, child marriage, livelihood etc. thought of developing social leadership through children's parliament.
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Training on Women and legal Rights: Vimukti Pothnal
“A woman is like the full circle. Within her is the power to create nurture and transform”- Diane Mariechild
Vimukti Charitable trust® organized training on Women and legal rights and celebrated International Women’s Day at VCT center Pothnal on 30th of March, 2019. Mrs. Jecenitha Vimukti campaign facilitator welcomed the Resource Person and the participants and added that down the ages women themselves have been in the forefront to seek justice and rights enshrined to them under the constitution of India. Fr. Sathish Fernandes VCT Director said, international Women’s Day is an occasion to recall the struggles of women around the world to gain equality and rights, The Resource Person, Mrs. Nilamper Begam. Gvt.high school Headmistress, Pothnal covered multiple subjects like, Domestic Violence, Immoral Trafficking Act-1956, Indecent Representation of women Prohibition Act 1986, Maternity benefit Act-1961, Medical termination of Pregnancy Act 1971, Family court Act-1984, National commission for women’s rights-1990, Sexual harassment of women at work place-2013, Code of criminal procedure- 1973, Benefits to women from Government Departments and Child rights.
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Case study - Mother and son were united after three years …: Vimukti Pothnal
Whatever you ask Manju was able to utter only one word, "Chichamma ...", and he was wandering alone at Pothnal bus stand. When the Vimukti satff Mr. Charlie saw him alone, brought him to the Vimukti organization and He was questioned about his where abouts. Then he was asked to stay in child care center. Meanwhile Manju's photo was published in newspapers and shared in WhatsApp. Within 2 days publishing the news in the media, Parents of Manju appeared before the Child Welfare Committee in the Child care center. The boy who saw her mother, came running towards her saying, “mummy” ...and was in the arms of his mother. Looking at this scene of the union of mother and child, staff felt the satisfaction of their work. Mother reported her story how she missed her son, Manju. The incident happened 3 years ago when they had gone for Kurnool Jatraa (Fair bazar), son got lost. One dead body of a boy was brought to her saying that he is her son and he was cremated.
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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 nine 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. Recently Jana Manada Jeeva Dvani Sathya Marga Magzine published an article highlighting his strenuous work. We the Vimukti Staff wish him great success and bright future.
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Case Study : Standing up for her rights…Vimukti Pothnal
Lakshmi, a year old orphan hailing from Devipura village, Raichur District, Karnantaka, was a victim of domestic violence for long years. Both her husband and mother-in-law were drunkards and tortured her physically and mentally to bring in more dowry. Lakshmi was forced to work as a domestic maid in many houses to earn a living. At the training organized by Safe Village staff under the program Women empowerment against violence, she learned her rights and the legal provisions against domestic violence. Armed with the learning and insights, and peer support, she found the courage to report the domestic violence she was subject to. With the help of Vimukti staff she, approached the women legal aid cell Manvi and took help of women helpline 18004198588. Representatives from the legal cell made a home enquiry and verified Lakshmi’s reports. While she has not yet filed a complaint against him, Lakshmi took the drastic step of separating from her husband even though it is not the norm in her community.
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Create awareness on prevention of contagious diseases: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with Capuchin Province of Emilia- Romagna Bologna organized awareness’ program on prevention of contagious diseases at Vimukti Premises on 24th March, 2019. Public people were called upon to keep their houses and surrounding’s clean to avoid contagious, water-borne and mosquito-borne diseases. People were advised to contribute to create a disease –free society. Mrs. Jecintha Vimukti staff appealed the officials of health and education department to create awareness among people on prevention of spread of contagious diseases, including dengue and malaria. Door to door campaign was done to create awareness about prevention of malaria and dengue in the villages. People were asked to keep clean water stored and not to allow water to stagnate near the houses which will give way for breeding ground for mosquitos in the living vicinities.
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Training to 10 youth clubs on advocacy and lobbying: Vimukti Pothnal
The organization conducted training to 10 youth clubs on advocacy and lobbying. The main objective of this program is to capacitate the youths to discuss the issues affecting their life in their community, in the Grama Sabha meetings at their respective villages. Youth discussed and listed various issues of their villages and indicated in the charts to present before the Panchayath officials.


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Birth Day celebration of Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti Pothnal:
A day to be remembered, a day to be shared, a day to be celebrated and moreover a day to be lived at every moment was enhanced, strengthened and nourished on 25th of March, 2019. Vimukti 35 staff came together celebrated the gift of life of Fr. Sathish Fernandes the Director; and thanked God for the gift life during the Eucharistic celebration being the main celebrant. Fr. William Prabhu the guardian preached an inspiring homily and the various works done by Fr. Sathish Fernandes for the people for the orphan, semi orphan poor children in the boarding and asked all present to pray for him. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life which is a free gift of God. With these sentiments VCT staffs raise their hearts in gratitude for the selfless service rendered by the Director by organizing short program and wished all the best for this future ministry.
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CHILDLINE 1098 Open House Programme: Vimukti Pothnal
CHILDLINE 1098, Raichur organized more than 8 open house programmes in Raichur district. In preparation to this Open House programme the staff of child line visited and met people concerned in 58 villages, 26 wards, 15 gram panchayats, 21 schools, 41 Anganwadi, 74 SHGs, 8 hospitals, 75 ASHA animators, and other community related trusts. They were informed about the Children related problems, their rights related issues. Dates were set. The whole purpose of all the Open House programme was to discuss and come to decision addressing various problem and laxity of provisions to our children whom we educate and take care and about making best use of the child line to help out children in danger specialty those caught up in misery of Child labour, child marriage, trafficking, assault, and other problems. The children openly shared their difficulties in their respective schools and centers with boldness regarding the lack of toilet facilities, open play ground, playing articles, accommodation, meals, and lack of proper teaching and so on.
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Signature campaign to promote child rights: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti CHILDLINE Raichur organized the signature campaign at Pathrika Bhavan Raichur to promote child rights. The occasion was the celebration of child line Se Dosti week organized in collaboration with Department of Women and Child Development, Raichur. Mrs. Mangala Hegde (CWC President) inaugurated the signature campaign that highlighted the rights of children and said that the rights of children should be protected at all cost. “People who violate the rights of children often do not realize what they are doing”, said Mr.Guru Prasd (DCPO Raichur), while speaking on the topic, ‘Protection of Child Rights’. R. Naga Raj (Deputy Director, Department of Women and Child Development), B. K. Nandanur (DDPI Raichur), Kirlingappa (Project Officer, DWCD, Raichur), Mr. Prabu Dev Patil (CWC member), Mr. Bas Raj ( CWC member), Mr. Manjunath Reddy (DLO, Raicur), Fr. Sathish Fernandes (Project Director, Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal), and Mr. Sudharsh Coordinator along with CHILDLINE team members were present for the function.
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Minority Communities raise their Voice to Save the Constitution of India: Vimukti Pothnal
On 10th of March, 2019 vimukti in collaboration with other likeminded NGOs from Raichur jointly organized campaign to save the constitution of India. All the SC, ST, OBC and other minority communities’ representatives from the entire district collectively raise their voices before the concerned authority to safeguard constitution and protect the rights of minority communities. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. S. R. Herematt, President of Samajika Privarthna Samithi said Indian Constitution was a holy document of democracy to which all the Indian should abide by, irrespective of their personal beliefs. Mr. Umar kalli the president of youth Delhi said that the constitution was envisaged to break the shackles of traditional social hierarchies and usher in a new era of freedom, equality, and justice. Mr. M.R Beri expressed that the constitution of India empowered the traditionally deprived sections in the country and had brought in socio- economic transformation of the underprivileged.
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Training to unorganized youth on different government schemes: Vimukti Pothnal
Vision: Forming youth for holistic social transformation
Training on life/ crop/business insurance and government schemes was conducted at office premises on 13th March 2019. Mr. Ravindra Ganekal was the resource person of the day. The resource person disseminated the knowledge on various insurances available at present. Nearly 178 youth attended and got benefited from this training.


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Capacity Building and Career Guidance to youth’s: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal in collaboration with Capuchin Province of Emilia- Romagna Bologna, Italy organized program on capacity building and career guidance to youth was organized on 13th March, 2019 at vimukti premises. The base line of the workshop was to help prospective generation to understand their hidden talent in an advanced way. Nearly 125 youths attended and benefitted from this training. Career guidance plays a very important role in the lives of all individuals, as it helps in setting future goals and chooses careers. Career guidance is much needed service to those who did not plan for their future at an early stage; more should be done to assist the younger generations in personal career development. When high school students have a clear understanding of the best career choices for them, end result is better planning, more college enrollments, and a more productive society for the future.
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TRAINING ON CAREER GUIDANCE TO THE CHILDREN’S HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AT RAICHUR:
“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world” - Nelson Mandela
In this fast moving world everyone seems to be in a rat-race jostling with their own lives. In this busy journey we tend to close our eyes towards the miserable childhood of the little ones who are condemned to live as poor. They are commonly known as rag pickers, street children, child laborers, dropouts, and anti-social elements and so on. Here children’s home for boys and girls Raichur comes with its integral vision to feel with them and to help them to reinstate their lost childhood by proving wings to their dreams. When children are ignored by the society are found in the villages children’s home for boys and girls works to instill a sense of dignity in them and to give back their lost childhood.
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Awareness for ASHA workers on CHILDLINE 1098 : Vimukti Pothnal
Child line 1098, Raichur organized Awareness programmes for ASHA workers both in urban and rural areas. Every programme witnessed 15 to 20 animators. They were briefed about the work of CHILDLINE 1098. They were made aware to make the best use of the free helpline to meet out such issues where children ill-treated, sick, made to beg, work in hotels and garages or made orphans and so on. The children who face sexual abuse, malnourished, and other disturbing factors were discussed. CHILDLINE Raichur gave good information to safeguard and protect the children and urged them to put Child Line poster on the wall of their centers. Nearly 103 ASHA workers benefited from this program.
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Development in the Sneha Jyothi boarding Pothnal:
The Sneha jyothi boarding had been beautified once again well by the renovation works of mending, moulding, building, furnishing and painting. Almost all the works were completed with few minor works, which would be completed soon. The campus has got a complete face lift and now it looks like a well decorative bride. The new brooms sweeping the boarding and the premises under the supervision of Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director VCT has done a commendable job. Every nook and corner has been cleansed and given a new looks. All the available space right from the compound gate has been artistically utilized in such a way that a semblance of an atmosphere conducive to learning is clearly visible. We convey our special thanks, gratitude and appreciations for all the donors in helping us in this great venture.
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Free health camps organized in the villages: our motto “Saving and enriching lives” : Vimukti Pothnal
As a part of our efforts to make basic healthcare accessible for all, Vimukti Pothnal with the support of Ensemble Agissons France conducts free health camps and free medicine distribution services provides in the villages of Manvi Taluka. For many people in rural areas, quality health care is both unaffordable and inaccessible. Hence, medical camps are organized and conducted in several areas of villages, for the uneducated, poor and needy who cannot afford their medical expenses or do not have the knowledge of medical issues. Free BP check-ups, Blood Sugar, medical check-ups like master check-up, heart check-up, etc are conducted for hundreds of poor women, children and men benefit from these camps every year. VCT initializes these methods not only to support them in their health but also to help them gain knowledge and educate them in these issues for their well-being and healthy life ahead.
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Exposure and Training – from Gangavathi Children Parliament Team: Vimukti Pothnal
A team from Gangavathi children Parliament comprising of 90 children along with Staff participated in the training cum exposure programme organized by VIMUKTI Pothnal on child rights issues. The training was organized at Vimukti premises on 24th of February 2019. The main objective of this training was to enlighten the children regarding children parliaments and its function. The training was on various topics like, child labour, school dropouts, unaccompanied children on the streets and child marriage. The most important strategy that was thoroughly discussed was that of community participation in eradicating these child-related problems, especially through the participation of children. In order to elicit community participation, all the stakeholders especially the children, need to be trained on child rights and its violations.
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A DISTINCTIVE AND COLORFUL DECENNIAL YEAR FINALE CELEBRATION HELD AT VIMUKTI POTHNAL:
On 10th February 2019 Vimukti Pothnal celebrated 10 years its service in the humanitarian work empowering children, girls, youths and adults, people who are differently- abled through Right based approached and extending their service to all, promoting holistic excellence. The audience which comprised of Children, women, youth, staff members and Ensemble Agissons President and members witnessed a celebration of the 10 years of service with an array of events and programmes organized on Sunday, at Vimukti premises. A sense of fulfillment was in the air, the audience was enthusiastic and ecstatic, while the mood of the dignitaries who graced the occasion as well as the performers was upbeat.
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VISIT OF DONORS! WE EXTEND A HEARTY WELCOME: Vimukti Pothnal
31st of January was a joyful day as we welcomed the arrival of our loving friends from France Daniel Helbert, Bernadette Daniel, Veronique Patrice , Lily Jattiot, Alix Girard, Catherine Guillemont and Didier Sevre. They are all the members of the funding Agency ‘Ensemble Agissons’ (Let’s get going together). Indeed, it is a wonderful occasion of joy to have them amidst us and to join us in the venture of our work. We are and our sponsored children are filled with joy. They are going to visit their Sponsored Children, their families and villages. It is our great pleasure to associate with them to achieve the purpose of ensemble agissons. This year especially the nine members of the ensemble agissons are representing in the Decennium celebration of vimukti charitable trust on 10th February, 2019. As we thank them we also cordially welcome them and wish a happy stay with us.
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Awareness for Garage Owners on CHILD LINE, 1098:Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti CHILD LINE, 1098, Raichur, staff went out to meet the garage owners, both in city and rural area of Raichur district. The Child Line staff made efforts to gather the garage owners and helpers to address them about child helpline. Almost 140 meetings were held in different places. In the meeting the garage owners and workers were briefed about the functioning of the child Line and the gravity of the crime for making the children work in the garage workshops, they were inspired to help children who are in such cases like school drop outs, trafficked, child marriage, sexually assaulted and so on. They were communicated to use child line which is free to inform if they come to know such children. Many were convinced of promoting the Child Line in their workplaces.
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Awareness on CHILD LINE 1098 for Auto Drivers: Vimukti Pothnal
CHILDLINE 1098, Raichur in an collective effort to give awareness to the auto drivers made efforts to meet them in different auto stations and also the passengers and public. They were given the awareness about the functioning of the CHILDLINE 1098, how they have to make use of it to help to protect the children who are in need, threat, under the bondage of people, working in hotels, factories, assaulted, abused, malnourished and so on. Children who are of underage must be protected. Since the auto drivers are on duty in public places who encounter such children they were guided to take social responsibility to help such children in need.
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Awareness on CHILD LINE 1098 at Market Places : Vimukti Pothnal
VIMUKTI CHILD LINE 1098, Raichur organized awareness programmes at Market place of Raichur city and specially the onlookers and the passersby and many people gathered around to listen to us and about Child help line. As the staff briefed them about the CHILDLINE, Raichur, they were all requested to inform us and make use of the child line to state about the children in danger as they come across anywhere both in city and villages. They were made aware that the child works 24 hours of the day. It wants to help the children caught up with child labour, trafficking, child marriage, atrocities, assault and other bad issues. With everyone’s help they can be helped to be freed from such evil clutches. The people were motivated on this move.
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Awareness on CHILD LINE 1098 to AWCs: Vimukti Pothnal
The Staff of CHILD LINE 1098, Raichur held meetings with 90 anganwadi animators, helpers, and children. During meting they were briefed about the work of CHILDLINE 1098. They were made aware to make the best use of the free helpline to meet out the issues where children ill-treated, sick, made to beg, work in hotels and garages or made orphans and so on. This also concerns the children who face sexual abuse, malnourished, and other disturbing factors. CHILDLINE Raichur gave effective information to safeguard and protect the children. The meetings were very successful.
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Press meet on CHILDLINE SE DOSTI WEEK Celebration: Vimukti Pothnal
VIMUKTI CHILDLINE Raichur in collaboration with District line-Department of Raichur had press meet In view of CHILDLINE SE DOSTI week celebration at Pathrika Bavan Raichur. The main objective of this Press meet was to televise the whole week program and how to spread the message in safeguarding the children from their rights. But even today millions of children are out of the safety network of protection and still entangled in the net of child labour, drop out, trafficking, flesh trade, wedlock, and sexual abuse so on. Mr. Sudharshan, Childline coordinator said, in a small city Raichur, we at CHILDLINE1098, everyday attend to an average of such 10 cases. The committed team at CHILDLINE attempts to reach out to all the children round the clock who need care and protection. He further explained in detailed week program, like signature campaign, Mass awareness campaign, silent Jatha, rally on online safety and drug abuse, misuse of internet, creating awareness on prevention of child marriage, child abuse, human trafficking, etc. Fr. SathishFernandes CWC member said every child has the right to a full and productive life.
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Village Health Nutrition Day Programme: Vimukti Pothnal
On 7th November, 2018 under the collaboration of Health and Family Welfare Commission Raichur, Primary Health center Pothnal Vimukti Charitable Trust (R) Pothnal celebrated Village Health Nutritious Day (VHND) and Village Helath and Sanitation Committee meeting was organized (VHSC). Dr. Rajendra, the physician of the Primary Health Center addressed the Village Sanitation Committee members that the health services for mother and infant’s health, fever, cough, vomit, dysentery must be received from the government hospitals and also the pregnancy treatments, Dengue, malaria, bone damage, and some other general surgeries and certain secondary level treatments are provided by the government health centers. Nutrition, health and education is the fundamental right of every children. Everyone must responsibly support for the developmental growth of children, pregnant women, adolescent girls. Nutrition, health and education from age 14 to 45 years for all the women, children must be well taken care and awareness of family health and nutrition must be taught said Mr. Charli Udbal, the animator of SVP under Vimukti Trust.
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Teachers should focus on Maths, Science and English to improve SSLC Results: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust, Pothnal in collaboration with Bharath Jnana Vigyana Samithi Karnataka and Education department Raichur organized District level workshop on how to improve the Results, on 4th of January 2019 at Rangamandira Raichur. More than 352 Head Masters /Head Mistress of Government, aided and unaided schools across the district took part in this workshop. Mr. B.K Nandanur DDPI Raichur urged the teachers to concentrate more on subject such as mathematics, Science, and English in which students are lagging behind and special attention should be given to students who are week in studies. Zilla panchayat Chief Executive Officer Nalin Athul Calling upon the teachers to identify children whose academic learning is poor and make efforts improve their learning skills and all those involved should strive for bringing Raichur to top position in SSLC exam. Calling upon the teachers to carefully analyze the past results, he suggested them to adopt smart classes’ techniques for most effective results. Thus workshop ended with positive note.
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Sports for non-organized Youth: Vimukti Pothnal
One day Sports was conducted by Vimukti charitable Trust® Pothnal to the non-organized youth. While inaugurating the sportive event the President of Ensemble Agissons, Mr. Daniel Helbert expressed that youth is a power and they have energy to change the society in a better way but he said that today many of the youth choose wrong direction and spoil their future and some of the youth are brain washed by the anti-socialists and terrorists. Thus the life of the youth and the family of such youth is dragged to danger. The youth gathered here must take into consideration that you must stand responsibly to avoid such circumstances and work in unity and friendly manner, respecting each other build a society with true values. The sports that are held must build the friendly rapport with each other he said. The sports event included the games namely; musical chair, passing the ball, volley-ball. And for all young ladies sports was conducted by Mrs. Jecintha, Mrs. Nagaratna and Miss. Mamatha. The sports event was witness by around 150 youth from the surrounding villages of Pothnal. The meals, tea and the transport service was arranged for the gathered youth.
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Awareness on ‘108’ Emergency Ambulance services to the School children: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust, Pothnal in collaboration with Health department organized awareness on 108 ambulances service at Utaknoor high school. The main objective is to know the services of 108 emergency helpline in the state and how its functions. The coordinator of the health department explained it in length, saying; the 108 Emergency Ambulance Service is a 24x7 service, which anyone can avail by dialling the number 108 on their phone during the case of any emergency. It could be a medical emergency, a fire emergency, or a crime being committed. The number 108 is a toll-free number and can be dialed from any phone, be it a mobile phone or a landline, at the time of an emergency, without any prefix or suffix. Help reaches the person within 20 minutes. Initially, the person who receives the call at Emergency Response Centre (ERC) takes down the nature of emergency and the location of the caller. Depending on the nature of the call, an ambulance, a fire engine, or police assistance is sent. This is done through the Emergency Response Centre.
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Under SCP/TSP Scheme Free Health Check up and Ayurvedic Medicine Distribution camp held at VIMUKTI Pothnal:
Vimukti Charitable Trust® in collaboration with Ensemble Agissons France, AYUSH Directory Banglore, and Primary Health Center Pothnal, conducted free Ayurvedic medicine distribution and health check up camp at Vimukti premises on 29th of December, 2018. Awareness about health and environment has always been the chief objective of VIMUKTI, which has always been concerned to achieve the goal in rural areas. Lack of health awareness is the major problem in rural areas leading to many diseases. A bit of consciousness is much needed among people to take some preventive measures. People generally depend on farming to earn their livelihood regular health checkup up is beyond the consciousness of the people. Sustainable and safe health service can be developed by health education, social awareness and herbal medicines. Herbal medicines are the safest medicines in the world. The people of India know herbal or ayruvedic medicines more or less as a part of their life and culture.
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Best Social worker award-2018 - Rev. Fr. Satish Fernandes, OFM Capuchin:
The 8th Taluka level Kannada Literary Meet (Kannada Sahitya Sammelana) was organized on 28. 12.2018. Recognizing his dedicated and valuable service in the social work the director of Vimukti Charitable Trust (R), Pothnal Rev. Fr. Satish Fernandes was honored on this occasion by respected Raj Venkatappa Nayaka MLA Manvi Taluka. The honored Fr. Sathish Fernandes has worked from the month of May 2010 as the Director of Vimukti Charitable Trust in bringing some change in the lives of the people in and around this rural area and through various projects the children from Govt. Schools have been helped by instilling in them the focus for education, the leadership qualities, need for sanitation and good health protection of environment and their rights of having children clubs and children parliament. Thus he has become the guide for their better future. Hand in hand, he also works for the poor, helps the sick dedicates time for the betterment of the society.
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Taluka level art and craft Science Festival held at Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust, Pothnal in collaboration with Bharath Jnana Vigyana Samithi Karnataka organized taluka level Science Festival at Vimukti premises from 21st to 22nd December 2018. The art and craft workshop that was conducted in the VCT premises was indeed a successful one. There were around 150 students who took active part in it. The workshop began with a stage programme. The kids enjoyed to the full the workshop with learning beautiful craft and art work. They learnt different skills like rolling and cutting papers, gluing pieces together, most importantly the skill of cooperating and collaborating with each other. For about 102 children made masks from paper, so also plates, paper pulp, balloons, flowers and caps. Selected teachers from Manvi taluka were the Resource persons, to conduct this two days workshop (Mr. Mahesh, Mr. Rajusab, Mr. Raichandra, Mr. Nagappa, and Mrs. Laxi Devi) and involved with children excellently well.
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Vimukti Charitable Trust Celebrates Christmas with 102 underprivileged children:
May the spirit of Christmas bring you Peace
The gladness of Christmas give you hope
The warmth of Christmas grant you love

Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal organized the "joy of giving" activity in an Endeavour to make Christmas Day special and reach out to the underprivileged children on 23rd of December 2018, Sunday. Christmas is a time to give and forgive. Celebrated everywhere as a joyous family affair, we too, at Vimukti celebrated Christmas as a happy time for our children. Vimukti distributed warm clothes to the 102 underprivileged children of this locality. Right from distributing sweets to helping children draw and colour, they did every possible way to bring smile to them. "It indeed was a special moment to see children were happy to see the gifts as token of love.
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Health check up camp for Sneha Jyothi boarding Children: Vimukti Pothnal
Health camp was held for the Sneha Jyothi boarding children on December 15th 2018 in VCT center Pothnal. Fr. Sathish Fernandes the Director of Vimukti presided over this camp. Dr. Rashmi Patil, PHC Pothnal, Mr. Ballappa Block health officer, Mr. Devendrappa ANM and team conducted the health check up. The children were sensitized about the importance of washing their hands before and after eating and exercising daily and the importance of playing sports and inculcating other healthy habits to avoid falling sick. The children were asked to share their daily routines and the steps they took every day to maintain hygiene. The children learnt a lot from the session and promised to follow all the good habits. 45 children benefited from this health checkup camp.
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Awareness for Farmers: Vimukti Pothnal
CHILD LINE 1098, Raichur conducted programme for farmers to address them about Child Line 1098 and how to make use of this helpline to ensure safety of the children. Around 90 meetings were held to the farmers gathering them in specified places. The farmers came to know about the working of the Child Line which connects to departments to help the children those who are in danger of child labour, child marriage, trafficking, health issues, orphans, beggars, school drop outs and those sexually assaulted. The child help line could be made used by even the children or anyone on behalf of such children. The farmers were enlightened about the many of the rescue stories of the children.
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Slum visit: Vimukti Pothnal
CHILD LINE 1098, Raichur visited slum. The staff of Child Line have covered almost 50 slums and met them both individually and in smaller groups. The youth, the children, the women and working men and other aged people were addressed about the CHILD help LINE. They were made aware of the children who face lot of dangers in today’s society. There is help line to rescue them. They were told to make use of the child line to state the problem the children face whom they whenever encounter. They were explained about the issues of child labour, child marriage, child abuses, beggary and so on. They were also instructed about the laws and children rights. The people of the slum were enlightened about the CHILD LINE 1098.
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Join the Campaign to end HIV/AIDS: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti charitable trust® has been implementing the project “HELATH FOR ALL” in 18 villages in the three blocks of Gram Panchyath of our project area on 7th of December at Thorandini Primary Health Center. The VCT project team organized a rally to mark the World AIDS Day, nearly 62 ASHA workers and ANMs participants including community members, Village Health workers, Doctors, BHO and staff of VCT participated in the rally. Dr. Ballappa, Block Health officer, was the Chief Guest and he flagged off the rally. The rally started from PHC center to the town. ASH workers and ANMs holding placards shouted slogans on HIV/AIDS during the rally. The rally covered main streets of Thorandinni town, Headquarters sending messages through the public address system to create awareness on HIV/AIDS.
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Awareness on Arogya Karnataka Bhagya Scheme: Vimukti Pothnal
VCT, Pothnal organized awareness on Arogya Karnataka Bhagya Scheme on 5th November, 2018 in the targeted pocketed of Manvi taluka. The main objective of the scheme is to extend ‘Universal Health Coverage’ to all residents in Karnataka State. Under this new scheme, primary health care specified secondary and tertiary health care benefits will be provided. The current ongoing health schemes like Vajpayee Arogya shree, Yeshaswini Scheme, Rajiv Arogya Bhagya Scheme, Rashtriya Swasthaya BimaYojana (RSBY) including RSBY for senior citizens, Rashtriya Bala Swasthaya Karyakram (RBSK), Mukhya mantri Santwana Harish Scheme, Indira Suraksha Yojane, etc. and many other related issues were explained to the stakeholders; As a result 125 attended the training and benefited from this awareness program.
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Training to unorganized youth on Indian Constitution & Human Rights: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust organized training on Indian Constitution & Human Rights at VCT Resource Centre, Pothnal on 27th November 2018. A total of 105 participants from 20 pockets participated in the trainings. Fr. Sathish Fernandes, Director, VCT welcomed the gathering and In his inaugural address he exhorted the participants to teach the Constitutional Values to the people so that everyone respects the fundamental rights & duties and enjoys Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. the Resource Person, Advocate Mr. Yallappa. explained that the Indian Constitution guarantees Fundamental Rights to all its citizens like Right to Equality, Right to Freedom, Right against Exploitation, Right to Freedom of Religion, Cultural and Educational Rights and Right to Constitutional Remedies. The Resource Person continued that Human Rights as enshrined in the Indian Constitution are generally defined as the rights which every human being is entitled to enjoy can be found in the Preamble of the Constitution of India.
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Makkal Gram Sabha was organized by Vimukti at two Gram Panchyats of Manvi Taluka : Vimukti Pothnal
VIMUKTI Pothnal (Raichur District): Over 528 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. Baslingappa Hasamane Public Development Officer Gram Panchayath, Heredinni.
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Vimukti celebrated International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: Vimukti Pothnal
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized the program on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in collaboration with Ensemble Agissons, France on 25th of November at its premises. The Resource Person highlighted saying, Violence against women and girls is a global issue. It remains one of the most persistent human rights violations and a threat to millions of girls and women. Violence against women and girls knows no social, economic or national boundaries. It affects women of all ages and arises in various types of settings – taking many forms including physical, sexual or psychological violence, as well as economic abuse and exploitation.
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Silent Jatha/ rallies on Child Sexual Abuse, Child Marriage, Child line and Child Rights: Vimukti Pothnal
On 18th and 20th of November 2018 Vimukti CHILDLINE Raichur organized mass awareness program and rallies were conducted in the main streets of Pothnal and Jawlgera town. The college students and children took out rallies through the main streets of Pothnal and Jawlgera town by holding placards and banners containing the message on the needs of protecting the rights, to create awareness on adverse impact of child marriage, Child Sexual abuse, child line, child dropout, Child trafficking, Child labor, RTF, protection of earth, health-hygiene and cleanliness, beggary etc., in the society; and demanded the concerned officials to take stringent measures in this regard to impose fine on those who violate these laws. The main aim of the rally was to sensitize privileged citizens to protect children rights and empower them with the power of education.
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International child rights day: Vimukti Pothnal
CHILDLINE Raihcur organized Child Rights Rally on the occasions of international Child Rights Day on 20th November 2018, to create awareness on children’s rights in the public. Mr. Malikarjuna, CRP, inaugurated the rally. Mr. Basva raj, Assit Teacher flagged it off which passed through the heart of the town and ended at School premises. School Children parliament and club children actively took part in the rally. Fr. Sathish Fernandes CWC member Raichur said, “Love, childhood, education and protection are the birth rights of all children.” Millions of children have no access to education; works long hours under harardous conditions and are force to child labour and child dropout. Young and immature, they are often easily exploited. In many cases, they are abused by the very individuals responsible for their care. It’s every individual’s duty and responsibility to help and protect children from harm.
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Open House Programme by CHILDLINE 1098, Raichur: Vimukti Pothnal
On 15, November 2018 Open House programme was conducted by the CHILD LINE 1098, Raichur in the Higher Primary School which comes under Kalmala Gram panchayat. The programme witnessed by Mrs. Mangala Hegde, the president of Child Welfare Committee(CWC), Raichur, Fr. Sathish Fernandes, the member of CWC, Gram Panchayat Secretary, Rupasingh and the staff. Along with them Education and Tax Department Officers, Staff of Police Department, Asha animators, Health Department officers, Anganwadi Animators, The heads of the Schools and staff, SDMC members participated in the programme. In his introductory talk Fr. Sathish Fernandes stressed on the purpose of the open house programme and urging children and those closely connected with children to make the best use of the CHILD LINE 1098 and to get required facilities for their schools and villages.
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Sponsor’s Day Program: Vimukti Pothnal
The Vimukti charitable trust® with the collaboration of Ensemble Agissons France had organized sponsor day program at Pothnal on 04.11.2018. 55 sponsored children along with their parents participated in the program. This day was filled with full of entertainment. Sonamma, sponsored child welcomed the guests on the dais. Sponsored children honored the guests with the garlands. The program commenced with the prayer dance lead by Arogya Mary and group. On this special occasion variety of games were conducted. Different cultural programmes were performed by the sponsored children. Ensemble Agissons members namely Mr. Daniel Helbert, President, Mrs. Bernadette, Mr. Marcel, Mrs. Lucie, Mr. Eric and Mrs. Patricia, were very happy to see all the 55 sponsored children on that day. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director, Vimukti in his speech exhorted all the sponsored children saying that every child should learn to give value for time and money the sponsors spend on each child and always remain thankful to their sponsor’s who are selflessly trying to give better education.
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Visit of Ensemble Agissons team (France) to Vimukti Pothnal for the Assessment of Project:
The Ensemble Agissons members namely Mr. Daniel Helbert, President, Mrs. Bernadette, Mr. Marcel, Mrs. Lucie, Mr. Eric and Mrs. Patricia, visited VIMUKTI trust and gathered together on 9th of November, 2018 at Merci Nivas for the evaluation, in order to review the ongoing projects and further visited sponsor’s families and the area of implementation. During the field visits they interacted with the beneficiaries and also saw the progress of the work done under the program child sponsorship. They expressed their happiness on hearing from the beneficiaries how this project had helped them and their family members especially in improvement of health and education. The meeting was presided over by Rev. Fr. Alwyn Dias Vicar provincial, Holy Trinity province; Karnataka. He heartily welcomed the Ensemble Agissons President and members, and VCT staff for the evaluation.
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Awareness program to the village leaders on Mission Antyodaya MobileApp: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti organized awareness program to the village leaders on Mission Antyodya mobile App on 28th of September, 2018 in Utaknoor GP. Mission Antyodaya is a convergence framework for measurable effective outcomes on parameters that transform lives and livelihoods. Objective of Mission Antyodaya is to Survey and Collect the Village Infrastructure Data for all the Villages in the Gram Panchyat. To know the reality of the entire GP, whether GP has basic facilities like, Community hall, Primary health center or sub center, Schools, AWCs, drinking water facilities, drainage facilities, roads etc. Ministry Of Rural Development has planned to collect the village level data on infrastructure and economic activities using this ‘Mission Antyodaya’ android mobile App.
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Summer camp: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti in collaboration with “Ensemble Agissons” organized one day summer camp at vimukti premises from 25th to 26th October, 2018. The main intention of this program was to get numerous opportunities to the children to grow and learn new things. Mr. Jaysheel, vimukti staff welcomed the dignitaries. Mr. Arogyappa described the aim and objectives of the camp. Fr. Sathish Fernandes inaugurated the camp by lighting the lamp. Various sessions on life skills, awareness on health and hygiene, training on good manners, information on moral values, child rights, and leadership and other activities like ice breaking sessions, outdoor games, etc were part of the summer camp. Nearly 350 children attended and benefited from this camp.
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Formation of unorganized youth clubs in seven units: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti strongly believes that human rights and human development share a common vision and a common principle. Keeping this in mind, VIMUKTI worked accordingly and makes sure that the strategies are Right based. Vimukti is very particular in developing a right perspective among the unorganized youth, in the targeted villages. In all the 20 pockets awareness and survey has been on the process. As a result we could convince and began the work of accompanying the unorganized youth by forming the youth clubs in seven pockets. The totally 101 youth have registered their names and formation of the clubs are in progress.
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Free Medical camps: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti charitable trust® Pothnal organized, free medical camps on 20th, 23rdoctober, 2018 in the targeted villages of Manvi taluka. The main objective of the free medical Camps can be considered as a life-saving program which aims to provide free medicines to poor communities living in rural areas by a mobile team. Secondly to provide initial care to people in life-threatening conditions which reflect the unique strengths and goals of medical ethics. Thirdly, set up with a sacred aim to bring awareness amongst the deprived population, who have no access to basic healthcare services or knowledge about the diseases they are suffering from.
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Training on Children Parliaments in Four Units: Vimukti Pothnal
Children parliaments were formed in 13 to have right education in living villages, having regular visits and organizing the meetings once in a month and mold those disciplined life and gain their rights and enjoy their childhood life. More than 300 students participated in a Children’s Parliament training at various places of project area. The main aim of the training was to make children aware of the powers of a parliamentary democracy. They would know how to be a responsible citizen and the importance of involving themselves in community affairs.
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Training on Importance of breast Milk: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti organized training on importance of breast milk to all the ASHA workers of two clusters (Pothanl and Kavithal Primary Health Centers) on 29th of September, 2018 at vimukti premises. Dr. Rajendra Patel Pothnal PHC, Mr. Ballappa BHO, Dr. Vijay Dorandinni PHC, Mr. Anthony Anthodya Mudola, Mrs. Sharada Neolacta life Science Bangalore and Fr. Sathish Fernandes VCT Director were present of the dais and witness the program. Program inaugurated by lighting the lamp. Dr. Rajendra Patel explained the Breast milk contains all the ingredients for a healthy new life.
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CHILDLINE 1098 outreach awareness program: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Childline Raichur, conducted outreach program in an around Raichur city by the team members reaching out more than hundred general, public, auto drivers, shop keepers, bus drivers & conductors, ASHA, AWC teachers etc to bring about awareness on CHILDLINE1098 among the public and how to be alert in contacting CHILDLINE in case of crisis. There was lot of positive responses from the stakeholders.

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Legal Literacy Training: Vimukti Pothnal
On 28th of September, 2018 vimukti organized legal literacy training to all the Village leaders at Vimukti premises. An important part of our capacity building work is enhancing the legal literacy training to our village leaders. This training is vital to improve as responsibilities of the leadership quality and to dedicate his/her time to help the people to understanding of legal mechanisms so that they can use this knowledge to effectively address the issues of discrimination, rights and exclusion that affect socially excluded groups. Vimukti has been helping people to become responsible citizens who can proper decision for their village. Nearly 85 leaders attended the training and benefited from this training.
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School awareness program on 1098: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Childline Raichur conducted awareness program on various schools of the district. More than 65 schools in an around Raichur District enlightened the children, School teachers AWCs teachers and public, regarding the services of CHILDLINE 1098, its functioning and who can avail the services and for what purpose. As a result we are receiving more calls from the children when they need help and support. Nearly 9850 children were enlightened and benefited from this program.
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FR. Sathish Fernandes accompanies State Commission for protection of Child Rights president Mr. Y. Mariswamy, Bangaluru : Vimukti Pothnal
In order to inspect infrastructure with regard to ensuring safety and security of children and implementation of the Right of children to free and compulsory Education Act (RTE) 2009 Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) President Mr. Y Mari swamy gave a surprise visit to Race concept School and AWCs Raichur on 19th of September, 2018. Chairperson of the commission was accompanied by the concerned government officials from the district. During its inspection at Race concept school, the team appreciated the school management and lauded it for keeping the school's premises clean. It said that the school had well-maintained toilets for children. "They have maintained toilets for drivers, conductors and lady attendants separately," the team stated.
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District Child Welfare Committee visits five child care centers to ensure basic infrastructure in the Centers : Vimukti Pothnal
Protection of Rights of Children under 18 years is the responsibility of the Child Welfare members. Though fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution of India are common for adults and children, there are some rights specifically defined for children. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child to which India is a signatory also has specific articles on rights of child. There are also special laws for children in India. All children irrespective of caste, colour, and creed are entitled to the full enjoyment of their rights. Some children however need special attention like those marginalized due to economic or social exclusions or those subjected to physical, mental or sexual abuse and in need of care and protection, victims of natural or manmade disasters, children in conflict with law etc.
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Training on social investigation reports to all the Child care centers at Raichur: Vimukti pothnal
Sneha Jyothi child care center Pothnal participated training on Juvenile Justice Act-2015 on 19th of September, 2018 at Krshi vijinana Kendra Raichur. Karnataka State child rights President Mr. V. Mariswami express, that the children are assert of the nation and they should lead a disciplined life. Child care centers should compulsorily follow the rules and guidance mentioned in Juvenile justice Act- 2015. Further he noted that, the staff at Child care centers should treat the children residing there with love and affection. They should identify the talents in them and encourage them. There should be homely atmosphere and the children should be exposed to the rich culture and tradition, and see that they are taught human and moral values, without expecting much in returns.
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A day Training for Rakshaks of Safe Village Programme on Human Trafficking Help-Line 18004198588 at Vimukti, Pothnal
Stolen People Stolen Dreams
Human Trafficking is modern day slavery. In order to pass a strong awareness on Rakshaks, Vimukti Charitable Trust, Pothnal in collaboration with My Choice Foundation, RED ALERT Hydarbad organized one day Training session for all the Rakshak at Vimukti premises on 24 June, 2018. As inaugurated and being the chief guest Rev. Fr. Sathish Fernandes gave a detailed progress of this Safe Village Programme in the different villages for past two years in and around Manvi Taluk. He explained the purpose and motive of this village-building programme. He added that the beneficiaries of this programme are children, women and villagers. 8000 women have been greatly benefitted from this programme.
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Health awareness programme conducted for school children: Vimukti Pothnal
A health awareness programme was conducted for students from a school in Karabdinni high school. The children were sensitized about the importance of washing their hands before and after eating and exercising daily and the importance of playing sports and inculcating other healthy habits to avoid falling sick. The children were asked to share their daily routines and the steps they took every day to maintain hygiene. The children learnt a lot from the session and promised to follow all the good habits.
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Memorandum submitted to Panchayath President in demanding to form Child Right Protection Committee(CRPC): Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Parliamentary and club children members from Heri Dinni Grama Panchyath submitted the memorandum on 14th of August, 2018 in demanding concerned panchayath president to form Child Protection committee in their Gram Panchyath. The main objective of this CPC Committee is to address child rights and provide more awareness and spread knowledge among children, parents and the society in general. A CRPC is a group of individual including duty- bearers, who are primarily responsible for creating and promoting a child friendly and safe environment wherein all children well-being, safety and rights are protected. Every GP shall have a child CPC under the Chairpersonship of the president to recommend and monitor the implementation of child protection services at the GP level.
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Bride-IT- A Digital Entrepreneurship Training programme: Vimukti Pothnal
When one mentions INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN INDIA, the city that comes to mind is Bangalore in Karnataka. Known throughout the world as a leader in IT and innovation, our state’s most famous city is a synonym for “Silicon Valley” and information technology. But how many of us know Karnataka beyond Bangaluru? If we mention Manvi, how many would know that this under developed Taluka in North Karnataka also forms part of the vibrant, diverse fabric that is Karnataka? Not may, and that’s the sad reality of many of the neglected and backward districts, Panchayath, and talukas that exist in this beautiful state. Plagued by poor literacy, the devadasi system, caste system child marriage, migration, water scarcity, poverty and drought, Manvi Taluka, in Raichur district, is one of the most backward talukas in one of the most backward districts in Karnataka.
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Mahila Bhoomi Samwad Yatra, For Women’s Land and Farmers Rights: 25,000 women across the country submitted the memorandum concerned officials:
“Women play a crucial role in agriculture and they provide agricultural labour yet they feel that they are not FARMERS”
Vimukti in collaboration with likeminded NGOs from Raichur organized program on women’s land Rights at Kananada Bavan, Raichur. The objective of this program is that in most Indian families, women do not own any property in their own names, and do not get a share of parental property. For long, women were not supposed to have as much share in property as men had. Property rights of women in India remained largely an ignored and unaddressed issue.
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First-aid box is made available to the Government School: Vimukti Pothnal
First aid is an important life skill that helps reduce fatalities and enables the faster treatment of injures. It also has an important role to play in providing pupils with a sense of purpose and achievement, in giving them the skills that will potentially save lives but also learn to be responsible for the welfare of others, adding to the sense of community within a school. Keeping these thoughts Vimukti Staff Nurse Mrs. Nagarathna gave inputs sessions on first-aid and enlightened the children its importance and the role as a student in the school. After the session parliamentary and club children got together and discuss this matter in their monthly meetings and planned to buy a First- aid box to their school.
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Dharna Staged demanding crop loss compensation: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti in collaboration with NGO partners from Raichur district, on 30th of August, 2018, staged the Dharana in demanding crop loss compensation by walking 85 kilometers. The protesters said farmers were in distress due to scanty rainfall this season too. Many laborers have migrated in search of employment in the cities. Many farmers incurred loss due to the failures. Therefore, the government should declare Raichur as the drought affected district and initiative relief measures at the earliest. They also said, the government should waive all the crop loans borrowed from the nationalized banks. The loan clearance for Rs. 2 lakh waived off by the government should be issued to farmers. Fresh loans should be provided to take up cultivation.
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Teacher’s Day : Vimukti Pothnal
Every year on September 5 we celebrate teacher’s day on the occasion of the birthday of Dr. Sarvapalli Radha Krishnan, second President of India; The great academic philosopher and one of the most well known diplomats, scholar, president of India and above all a teacher. As a tribute to this great teacher, his birthday has been observed as teachers' day. On this day Sneha Jyothi Vidhyalaya Boarding, children organized a short program at vimukti premises. Children express their gratitude and appreciation for their teachers on this day. The whole program was planned by children themselves. A short program followed by cutting the cake by the teachers who were present for the program. Fr.Sathish Fernandes Director, highlighted about the purpose of being a teacher in the school as well as in the society.
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Free Medical camps: Vimukti Pothnal
For many people in our rural areas, quality health care is both unaffordable and inaccessible. Hence, medical camps are organized and conducted in several areas of villages, for the uneducated, poor and needy who cannot afford their medical expenses or do not have the knowledge of medical issues. Free BP check-ups, medical check-ups like master check-up, heart check-up, etc are conducted for hundreds of poor people every year. VCT initializes these methods not only to support them in their health but also to help them gain knowledge and educate them in these issues for their well-being and healthy life ahead.
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Public hearing program on Right to Food campaign and other related schemes: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti believes that human rights and human development share a common vision and a common purpose.in order to create public awareness regarding right based approach and to have proper understanding of Various Government Schemes and the impediments in taping those schemes. Vimukti Pothnal joined hand with a team of NGOs in Karnataka and organized a state level public hearing programme on 28th of August, 2018 at St. Joseph institute Bangaluru. In this programme state level concerned Ministers and government officials were present to hear those problems. 16 NGOs partners from north Karnataka along with local village leaders’ representatives were present for this programme.
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Free information camp on use of Herbal Medicine: Vimukti Pothnal
Free information camp on use of herbal medicine was conducted in our targeted villages, in collaboration with Ensemble Agissons, France, under “HEALTH FOR ALL” project. The sessions held in Kannada by traditional practitioners. Mrs. Chinnamma and Mrs. Nagarathna staff nurse enlightened the gathering with regards herbal medicine and its importance today’s world. People suffering from diabeties, Asthama, Gasterities, Paralyeis, Obesity, Leporsy , Psosiasis, Old skin diseases, knee or joint pain , varicose vain, fits , constipation , Jaundice , Depression, Weakness of nerves , Infertility, Menstrual Problems , Mental Disorder in children etc…were well explained to the beneficiaries and motivated to the women to spread this message to the other women in the villages. Nearly 41 women benefited from this camp.
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Memorandum submitted to Panchayath President in demanding to form Child Protection Committee (CPC): Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Parliamentary and club children members from Utakanoor Grama Panchyath submitted the memorandum on 22nd of August 2018 in demanding concerned panchayath president to form Child Protection committee in their Gram Panchyath. The main objective of this CPC Committee is to address child rights and provide more awareness and spread knowledge among children, parents and the society in general. A CPC is a group of individual including duty- bearers, who are primarily responsible for creating and promoting a child friendly and safe environment wherein all children well-being, safety and rights are protected.
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CHILDLINE 1098 training to Government hostel children: Vimukti, Pothnal
On 20th of May, 2018 Fr. Sathish Fernandes Pothnal organized the training on CHILDLINE 1098 for the Government hostel children at Pothnal. Fr. Sathish Fernanders Child Welfare committee member Raichur, made random visit to the hostel and enquiry regarding facilities, and how the children are taken care by the hostel in charge. After interaction with the children he spoke about children rights, to create awareness on adverse impact of child marriage, Child Sexual abuse, child line 1098, child dropout, Child trafficking, Child labor, RTF, protection of earth, health-hygiene and cleanliness etc., in the society. The session was well interactive and though provoking. The underlying message of the training was to take collective responsibility in protecting the rights of children.
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Five Days of CHILDLINE In-house Training held at Vimukti, Pothnal :
Vimukti Charitable trust® in collaboration with CHILDLINE India Foundation organized five days of CHILDLINE in- house training to Raichur CHILDLINE staff from 31st to 5th of August, 2018. Inaugural function was held at JC Bavan Raichur. CHILDLINE India Foundation’s south Zone program coordinator Miss Chithra anchan said in her inaugural address that the CHILDLINE 1098 project of the Union Ministry of women & Child Development offers 24x7 toll free emergency helpline service and children in distress must seek help from this service. She further said, that this is the only helpline for children in the country and it was establish in 1996.
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Child Safety / Sexual Abuse: Vimukti Pothnal
We create awareness about child abuse to children of all ages and their parents. We have an open talk with children about keeping them safe from abuse. Since child abuse has always been an ongoing issue, it is our responsibility to create an awareness to bring a change in their lives. They don't have to be quiet like we did in our days. The kids enjoyed the activity session and also made awkward faces when we mentioned certain details. We also provide training on child safety and protection to all staffs and volunteers who work with children. We believe that this opportunity will open up doors to bring an end to child abuse at least in the community we serve.
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A Child is a flower and children are a beautiful Garden : Vimukti Pothnal
With exuberance the children of Sneha Jyothi Boarding organized a wonderful recreational evening after the meticulous organization of the celebration of Independence Day. “Every Child is a different kind of flower, and all together, makes this world a beautiful garden” says an author Play, activities and recreation are the best part of student life apart from the classroom study that makes them lively, active and energetic. Our children began the task from morning with the cleaning of the surrounding, paid tribute to Our father of nation, Mahatma Gandhi and remembered sacrifices of the freedom fighters and the proud soldiers of Bharath Matha, Fr. Sathish Fernandes, the director of Vimukti Charitable Trust and a member of CWC, powerfully enlightened the budding minds of these children with a short message on the occasion of Independence.
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The Sneha Jyothi child care center is a registered children's home under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015.
Our mission at the Sneha Jyothi Child care Center is to create and ensure a safe, nurturing, and family environment for destitute, abandoned and orphaned vulnerable little children presently aged between 5 to 18 years which will fulfill the vision of offering them a hope and a future. In our home, they will be loved, valued and empowered through quality care and education. Our goal at The Sneha Jyothi child care center is to excel in holistic childcare and ensure optimum care is provided for all children by meeting their physical and emotional needs. Our vision for The Sneha Jyothi child care center is to become a reputable home and excel in childcare.
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Right to Food (RTF) and its entailments: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust® conducted Right to Food training to all the adolescent girls in project area. During the sessions adolescent girls were educated regarding the holistic concept of RTF, its various components, entitlements that effectuate its realizations and concern on its progressive realization. An overview of the NFSA Act, 2013 along with an evaluative critique was given to the participants, as a form of inducting them into the session. This was followed by an interactive session which helped to highlight the numerous practical problems, lacunae and policy gaps that need to be fulfilled on order to strengthen right to food within the country.
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Vimukti Adolescent Clubs
A total of 10 adolescent Groups and each group ranging of 25 to 30 girls between the age of 10 to 18 were formed in the project area. Adolescent girls are availing the pleasure of group membership. Animators have played a vital role in strengthening these groups on adolescent issues. The club provides a platform for adolescents collectively to discuss issues around domestic violence, early marriage and more importantly encourage their peers to adopt healthy practices and follow medical intervention, for preventing anemia. Regular meetings are conducted in these groups. On the other hand VIMUKTI has organized 10 adolescent groups. All the groups get benefited in terms of knowledge and awareness on family life education, reproductive health, STI, HIV/AIDS & Information on family planning, access and use of contraceptives, condom usage, delaying sexual debut, menstrual cycle management, assertiveness, decision making, leadership, and rights of women and girls, Vocational skills and leadership skills.
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Vocational skill training & distribution of certificate for the poor adolescent girls and women: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti charitable trust®, Pothnal in collaboration with ENSEMBLE AGISSONS, France organized the valedictory function to all the training beneficiaries on 21st of July 2018. The key problem in all our target villages was unemployment. The primary objective of this programme is to create employment opportunities for disadvantaged adolescent girls and women/widows in rural areas at an early age by providing training in tailoring skills and a sewing machine. In our project locations many of the poor women, widows & girls are idle without doing any work and some of them are working as daily wage labourers migrating to some other towns and cities by leaving their children and elder parents at home. Even though they have desire to learn fashion designing skills, due to lack of resources they are idle at homes and depending on some other persons in the families.
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Vocational skill training & distribution of certificate for the poor adolescent girls and women: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti charitable trust®, Pothnal in collaboration with ENSEMBLE AGISSONS, France organized the valedictory function to all the training beneficiaries on 21st of July 2018. The key problem in all our target villages was unemployment. The primary objective of this programme is to create employment opportunities for disadvantaged adolescent girls and women/widows in rural areas at an early age by providing training in tailoring skills and a sewing machine. In our project locations many of the poor women, widows & girls are idle without doing any work and some of them are working as daily wage labourers migrating to some other towns and cities by leaving their children and elder parents at home. Even though they have desire to learn fashion designing skills, due to lack of resources they are idle at homes and depending on some other persons in the families.
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Farewell to Fr. Elvin Lopez: Vimukti Pothnal
It is said, "Separations are wounds that no one can heal, but memories are treasures that no one can steal". After two years of a journey that seems to have just begun, it was the time to bid farewell to our dear Fr. Elvin Lopez. It was special moment for us. It was painful to say good bye to dear Fr. Being the, Director of Sneha Jyothi Boarding and severed in the Clara Vihar fraternity in various capacities. Now you are going to New Delhi to pursue your higher studies in communication, we the Vimukti Director and staff wish you all the best in your studies. Fr.sathish Fernandez took this occasion to recall all the good times and the good things that the vimukti centre had received during his term. Fr. Elvin Lopez had been a great support in all the areas of our missionary and social work endeavours. The Fraternal care and dedication you had shown to the orphan/semi orphan children, youth, and women had been really inspiring.
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Free Sapling distribution camp: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Pothnal organized a free sapling distribution camp in three pockets. The pocket leaders and women were sensitized about their responsibilities towards the environment and society. The main aim of this awareness program is to “spreading awareness on environment and its protection”. On this occasion awareness was created among the pocket leaders and members to protect and preserve our mother nature through tree plantation and cleanliness drive. Mr. Charlie VCT staff highlighted saying, free distribution camp is very important day in our life. It is the day when we get aware of issues related to our environment and pledge to keep it safe for our better future. We should take care of our environment all through the life. It can be done only when we will keep our eyes open and be active to bring some positive changes within ourselves and environment. Nearly 145 pocket women and others benefited from this program.
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Nutrition awareness program: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti organized nutrition awareness program under “Health for all” project on 14th of July, 2018. Malnutrition amongst women is one of the prime causes of low birth-weight babies and poor growth. Low birth weight is a significant contributor to infant mortality. Moreover, low birth weight babies who survive are likely to suffer growth retardation and illness throughout their childhood, adolescence and into adulthood, and growth-retarded adult women are likely to carry on the Preventing under-nutrition has emerged as one of the most critical challenges in recent times. Though various schemes are introduced by the government, yet failed to reach to the beneficiaries. Therefore VCT has been conducting nutrition program in our project area and helping women and children to get maximum benefit from these schemes. Nearly 98 women attended and benefited from this program.
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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.
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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

Introduction
“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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“Employing children is an offence”: Vimukti Pothnal.
An awareness rally was taken out by Child line Raichur at Muddamaguddi School on 12th of June 2018 on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour. The rally started from the School ground and ended at the temple premises. The children were holding placards with slogans against employing children. After the rally stage program was organized in the school. Childline team member Mr. mukkanna staged that employing the children below 18 years is punishable offence as per law, Both the persons employing the children and the persons who have supplied the children are equally responsible. The law provides three years imprisonment for this offence he explained. Further Mr. Charlie Vimukti staff said, children are the future of the country. It is the responsibility of every one to ensure that the children are provided good education and become good citizens.
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12 economically poor women received the cylinder gas kit under Mukya Mantri Anila Baghaya Yojana Scheme: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti organized one day training on revised Mukya Mantri Ujjwala yojana scheme to the women at Markumdinini pocket. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Agrogyappa VCT animator said previously this scheme had fixed target group, but now no target has been fixed, and all the eligible beneficiaries will be given free cooking gas. The people belonging to scheduled caste/ scheduled tribes and backward classes can avail the facilities. The beneficiaries have to bring ration card and identification card to avail the facilities.55 women attended the training and applied for this scheme. As a result 12 of the beneficiaries received the cylinder gas kit and others are waiting to receive.
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Maintain cleanliness to avoid diseases: Vimukti Pothnal
“Cleanliness is the only medicine to all diseases”
Vimukti charitable trust® Pothnal with under health for all project organized program on maintain cleanliness to avoid diseases on 6th of June, 2018.VCT staff nurse Mrs. Nagarathna along with Mrs. Jeceintha initiated in the project women and children that the instances of dengue and chikungunya that are being reported in the district is going high and many are hospitalized. Mrs. Nagarathna stated that the diseases are caused due to the bite of mosquitoes that make water storage and stagnant water their breeding places. She said that pain behind eyes, stomach ache, and red rashes on skin, black stools, bleeding in gums and nose; indicate that the person is vulnerable to dengue fever. If a person exhibited severe pain in muscles, he/ she might be a brain fever patient. She furthered explained saying, dengue fever attacks in four phases like febrile phase, acute phase a dengue shock syndrome and Recovery phase.
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Valedictory ceremony to our sponsor children: Vimukti pothnal
It is said, “Separations are wounds that no one can heal, but memories are treasures that no one can steal.” It was painful to say good bye to eight of our senior sponsor children, but as they go for another stage of experience which is the part of their life. To mark this event we gave them memorable farewell with an excellent program along with sumptuous meal. It was the day the our beloved sponsored children took center stage; a day the companions experienced mixed feelings of pride and sadness, while the parents looked on joyfully; a day that will forever be etched in the collective consciousness of Vimukti as covering yet another milestone in this beautiful journey of togetherness. It was the most awaited moment of the year for the outgoing batch- their Valedictory Function.The symbolic lighting of the lamp and cutting the beautifully decorated cake by the departing sponsored children along with Fr. Sathish Fernandes, director, took on an added significance as did the invocation that followed.
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Providing free educational Aids to disadvantaged school going children: vimukti pothnal
“What is done in love is done well”.
As a part it’s on going services towards the poor children, Vimukti has been distributing free notebooks, uniforms to the poor students from the nearby government schools on 31st of May, 2018. Every year around 150 poor students were given note books & stationery, uniforms. The articles were distributed by the dignitaries present during the meeting. This year, a massive arrangement for free distribution of notebooks was made to the poor primary school students, in the various adjoining villages of Pothnal city. This philanthropic endeavor of which was began, since 2012. Irrespective caste, creed or religion, every poor student were given notebooks each free-of-cost every year wherein about 150 students are directly getting benefited. Addressing the occasion, Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti, Director said that today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders and hence Vimukti aims at reaching those children who are denied of their basic right to education due to incapacity to afford for education.
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ANNUAL GLIMPSE OF SNEHA JYOTHI BOARDING 2017-18 : Vimukti Pothnal
“Children are the world’s most resource and its best hope for the future”- John F Kennedy
Children are the light of the society. Tomorrow’s future of the society depends upon the today’s children. Today the situations have changed in getting the children educated by making them sit in the four walls of the class-room. But it is all about the holistic development. A rank holder at studies may not rank in the society. A man with human values, right judgment and capable discretion has respect in the society. The education system has become so challenging today. It needs to be updated to make children love learning through innovative way of leaning. Children are the source they are the future. With all this aspects in mind the Sneha Jyothi Boarding has been trying its best from many years to give children not only the accommodation and food but also a valuable opportunity, spirit filled and humane atmosphere to bloom and enjoy their childhood through learning and activities.
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Awareness and Increasing Knowledge among Farmers to Enhance the Production and Productivity: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal organized the awareness program on increase knowledge among farmers to enhance the production and productivity. The main aim of this program is to improve the technologies related to agriculture and allied fields benefited the farmers in terms of increased crop production and improved farm income. The successful technological interventions identified through On-farm testing (OFTs), soil testing, etc. This program includes cluster demonstration of rice, wheat, pulses on improved package of practices, demonstration on cropping system, cropping system-based training of farmers, seed distribution of high-yielding varieties and other agro inputs. The Govt. has approved crops developmental programme on cotton, sun flower, paddy and sugarcane etc., for enhancing production and productivity of these commercial crops. Vimukti, also creates awareness among farmers regarding Ganga Kalyana yojene, krishi Honda, land Bhoo Odetana Yojane( land purchase Scheme), Pashu Bhagya Scheme etc.
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International Child helpline day: Vimukti Pothnal
On 19th of May, 2018 Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal organized the program in collaboration with CHILDLINE India Foundation to mark the international child helpline day at Sunkanoor village, Manvi Taluka. The rally was conducted in the main streets of Sunknoor Village. The students took out rally through the main streets of Sunkanoor by holding placards and banners containing the message on the needs of protecting the rights, to create awareness on adverse impact of child marriage, Child Sexual abuse, child line, child dropout, Child trafficking, Child labor, RTF, protection of earth, health-hygiene and cleanliness etc., in the society. The day was packed with events which were meant to sensitize the citizens for the need for children friendly spaces with included access to a helpline service for children. The underlying message of the campaign was to take collective responsibility in protecting the rights of children.
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Right to food campaign-“Development and Access to Entitlements of the marginalized”: Vimukti Pothnal
One of the major issues in the present context is ‘Right to Food’, which stands great challenge to the poor people to get their rights and One of the concrete example of option for the poor today in India would be to campaign for the government schemes on the Right to food. There are 8 schemes but are unknown to the poor and the marginalized. Through regular home visits, awareness was generated among people on RTF, PDS, ICDS, APL/BPL, MDMS, AAY NFBS, and NOAPS etc. our project aim is to at least 80% of the households have improved access to entitlements of NFSA and SCSP/STSP/WASH and other government schemes. Followed by Vimukti RTF Training last year, several programmes have been conducted at the village levels with focus conscientizing the marginalized communities such as the Dalits tribal and the slum dwellers on their right to food and of enabling them to make the most of the food related schemes of the governments.
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Health camps: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Free health camps are conducted in the targeted villages of Manvi Taluka, under HEALTH FOR ALL project, in collaboration with Ensemble Agissons, France. People with different diseases have benefited a lot as they were given thorough treatment and referred to other hospitals for major complications. Nearly 49 people benefited from this camp.

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Survey on children with Disability: Vimukti Pothnal
“Disabled children in Manvi Taluka miss out due to lack of support services…”
On 27th April 2018, Vimukti with the collaboration of Ensemble Agissons, France, under “HEALTH FOR ALL” project involving more than 16 staff actively participated and identified differently abled children in 16 villages of our working area. Worldwide, 89% of children go to school. However, only 2% of Children with disability in Manvi Taluka from low and middle income families attend school. People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives.
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Atithi Devo Bhava: Vimukti Pothnal
It is true; when guests come to our social Centre, we are overjoyed because they bring joy to us as the title suggests. Our social center welcomed many people who had come to see our work. We were happy to welcome recently Mr. Sunil D’souza and family from Nekre, Managaluru who had come to see our boarding children. Thank you and visit again.


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Vimukti charitable Trust information Posters:
VCT poster will provide you with lot of information regarding, child right issues like CHILD LABOUR, CHILD TRAFFIKING CHILD MARRIAGE, CHILD LINE AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE etc., and also various government schemes available for women and children, along with that different Acts given by the Govt. thus all the readers are encouraged to apply one or the other schemes and get benefits from the schemes.

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Survey on progress on new project “Bridget IT- Digital Entrepreneur program: Vimukti Pothnal
In recent years, there has been paradigm shift in the development of youth in India with a huge focus on livelihood development through micro entrepreneurship. A severe lack of job opportunities for youth, especially rural youth, has led to entrepreneurship, even at the micro level, as a necessary and viable alternative for livelihood generation. Providing the opportunity for youth to successfully start and run a small business will improve rural economy and lead to better quality of life for the youth, their families, and their communities. Promoting rural enterprise will also serve as a key to stem the migration of youth and bring about a reduction in the number of youth who move away from their communities in search of employment elsewhere. With the advancement of technology, and the ever growing reliance on digitalisation, rural communities are fast being left behind on the availability of technology based services.
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Voters’ Awareness and its Importance: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal, organized mass awareness program on voting; with an aim to promote democratic values the campaign leverages both online and offline channels to make voters aware of the values of their invaluable vote and how each vote can strengthen democracy. In democracy, it is not simply enough to inform voters about election dates. In order to help the electorates take an informed decision, it is quintessential to sensitize them about the importance of participating in the electoral process. Moreover, voters need to be educated about the process and made aware of the political parties, their manifestos, backgrounds of the contesting candidates and armed with several other information’s to help them cast a valuable and ‘enlightened’ vote. Three village people benefited from this mass awareness program.
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Raichur Women were on a 71-Day Protest Demanding Liquor Ban Ahead of Elections : Vimukti pothnal
Women from Raichur are urging the government, “Please stop the sale of liquor!” In a 71-day protest, which began on February 20, the women are demanding to ban the cause of problems in their personal lives. Mariyamm a member of Vimukti staff stated “We have chosen 71 days because it has been 71 years since India has been declared independent but us women still lead enslaved lives.” She added, “The wretched liquor has ruined our lives – ask the women here. Many of them are regularly beaten up by their drunken husbands and sons. Rampant alcoholism has eaten up the earnings of most families. What is worse is an even boy as young as 13 and 14 have begun drinking!” The protest is taking place in a shamiana in the Mahatma Gandhi stadium complex in Raichur city, Karnataka. The women participating in the protest are boiling with anger and do not plan to move until the problem of alcoholism is solved. They are infuriated by the fact that the state suffering water scarcity is abundant in the supply of alcohol. “Beeru beda, neeru beku; We don’t want alcohol, we want water,“ demanded women.
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Safe & clean drinking water Awareness Campaign: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti organized safe water awareness campaign in Pothnal on 25th of April, 2018. The main objective of the campaign is to create awareness about safe and clean drinking water and to combat the challenge from polluted drinking water. VCT develops partnerships with healthcare professionals and respected community service organizations to provide outreach and education programs in the communities where it operates. VCT also undertakes various social awareness campaigns to bring about behavioral change towards safe drinking water and its positive impact on health. The social awareness programs focus primarily on creating awareness among women and school children in the communities being served. The organization has reached out to more than 9 villages in creating awareness in this regard and encouraging people to opt for better health. Mrs. Chndra Shekar Taluka THO, AWC Teacher, ASH worker, Mrs. Jecintha and Mrs. Nagarathna Vimukti staff nurse witness the program.
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Merci Nivas 1st floor Construction in progress: Vimukti Pothnal
First of all we sincerely thank you for your valuable prayers. Our Merci Nivas Construction work is in progress. The plastering work is about to finish. Presently painting and tiles works are on the move. The carpentry work is yet to complete. ATHITHIDEVO BHAVA; some of our friends and friars made their fraternal visit to our Vimukti center, Rev. Fr. Provincial and many guest friars; May God bless you and come again. The plumbing, wiring, cementing, wash room construction, soak-pit works are completed. As the work is progressing in full swing there is an assurance that the entire construction will be completed by end of May.
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Vimukti Charitable Trust® Pothnal initiates its new existence at Raichur under CHILDLINE 1098 services:
Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal set-up child-line service at Raichur, in partnership with Childline India Foundation. It is a project of the Ministry of Women and Child development, Govt. of India. CHILDLINE is a 24x7 toll free helpline for children who are in need of care and protection (CNCP). Mass awareness were conducted in all the important and crowded circles, 215 schools, slums, public places as a result from February 2018 to April 2018, totally 223 cases were dealt with the coordination of concerned government departments. Most of the children received counseling after the first intervention. Some of the cases that were dealt are re-uniting children with their families, offering financial support for education, and medical assistance to those in need. Child line Raichur works for the protection of the rights of all children in general.
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Ambedkar Jayanti 2018 : Vimukti Pothnal. All we need to know about ‘Architect of Indian Constitution’
BR Ambedkar can easily be remembered as "The Father of the Constitution of India" and the man who fought for the oppressed in the country. On Saturday, April 14, 2018, India celebrated the 127th birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. Popularly known as Babasaheb, he was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement and campaigned against social discrimination against untouchables since he was a Dalit too and also supported the rights of women and labour. However, Ambedkar’s importance in Indian history cannot just be limited to a person who championed for the rights of the poor, downtrodden and lower caste people. He can easily be remembered as “The Father of the Constitution of India” and the man who fought for the oppressed in the country. He was the principal architect of our Constitution and a founding father of the Republic of India.
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De Paul Institute of Philosophy and Religion kumbalgod Brothers Mission Exposure Programme At Vimukti Pothnal:
Affection and commitment towards social work is the best activity of life. We the Vincentian brothers, currently pursuing our philosophical studies in Bangalore, were privileged to be a part of the Vimukti Pothnal from 3rd to 12th of April 2018. Belonging to a congregation which inherits its spirit from St. Vincent De Paul, it was a rejuvenating experience for us to walk into the life of the people and experience their very state of life. Our mission exposure programme in Pothnal was animated and guided by Fr. Satish Fernandes OFM. When we look into the past ten days, we had a gradual and progressive growth in our outlook towards social work. We were introduced to a number of activities and initiatives that aimed at the betterment of children, youth, women and adults. In our visit to Gangavati, we could witness with our own eyes the functioning of Child Resource Centers (CRC’s) and Youth Resource Centers (YRC’s), run by Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra (CKSK) in collaboration with Child Fund India (CFI).
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Annual Report 2016-17 : click on the image for an enlarged view

A Child is an uncut diamond, “says Austin O’Malley. In procuring better future for all the children we have prepared an informative pamphlet. Let us help the deprived children to give them and fight for their rights and help them shine like diamond….

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Vimukti women take initiative to create voters’ awareness:
Vimukti organized an innovative campaign in Sunkanoor on Saturday when Vimukti women group visited each home and appealed the occupants to exercise their franchise without fail. Amidst hot weather women along with Anganwadi, ASHA workers and the school teachers, visited families and appealed them to compulsory cast their votes in the coming assembly elections. Women walked in the villages and distributed pamphlets among people to create awareness. It is important for voter turnout that local and state voting policies and procedures are public knowledge. Often, voters do not know where, when and how to vote. Public awareness campaigns can encourage voter participation and make important information ubiquitous, thereby reducing barriers at the ballot box. Thus Vimukti spread the public awareness in the villages of our targeted area.
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Training for Village members on RTE: Vimukti Pothnal
One day training on RTE was organized for village members at Vimukti premises on March 18th, 2018. All pocket members were present for the training. Mr. Sudarshan talk on ‘possibility thinking’ and social leaders as mentor had made deep impression in the participants. The documentary film ‘Jyothi’ with fitting commentaries was very effective to teach the role of public leader as mentor. The participants expressed their happiness and satisfaction in finding new meaning for their life as mentor in social sector. In the Second session he spoke on length at the end of the seminar each group made concrete action plans to promote child right regarding RTE and its benefits. Nearly 42 CL and MCM members participated and got inspired for the training.
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Press meet to have separate budget for children in Election manifesto: Vimukti Pothnal
On 4th march 2018 Vimukti with the collaboration of like- minded NGOs from Raichur had press meet In view of upcoming general and assembly elections; released a manifesto for political parties, demanding adequate budgetary allocation for issues related to children. It also includes measures for protecting their rights. According to a status report on child rights, investment and attention to ensure education to all children is extremely low, infant mortality rate remains a concern and India's performance in crime against children, child marriage, child labour, child trafficking and child sex ratio is dismal. "Though children find a place in party manifestoes, their share is confined to only 5 to 13%," said the Mr. Jaysheel, Taluka Coordinator.
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Orientation for Social work Staff: Vimukti Pothnal
One day seminar for Vimukti staff was organized on March 18th, 2018 in VCT premises. Including village staff 58 participants were present for the training. Mr. Sudarshan talk on ‘possibility thinking’ and social animator as mentor had made deep impression in the participants. The documentary film ‘Jyothi’ with fitting commentaries was very effective to teach the role of teacher as mentor. The participants expressed their happiness and satisfaction in finding new meaning for their teaching as mentor in social sector. At the end of the seminar each group made concrete action plans to promote child right education and leadership for the young students in their own respective villages.
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Day and Night a strong Protest for 71 days to ban liquor in the villages of Karnataka: Vimukti Pothnal
A state-wide massive ban liquor agitation is being launched at Raichur from 20th of February 2018 to May 2018, has been organized at Mahatma Gandhiji stadium Raichur. Every day nearly 100 women from various villages of Raichur district come together and protest against liquor ban in entire villages of Karnataka, holding placards and banners and shooting slogans against alcohol consumption and demanding government to put complete ban on alcohol and made a specific demand to political parties to include prohibition in their manifestos saying “Our vote is for those who implement prohibition”. "The effort of creating awareness among people to stay away from liquor is being held continuously in the district. Many religious leaders have joined their hands in this protest. The agitation aims at spreading awareness among rural women to fight liquor addiction in the society.
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Annual Day Celebrations: Vimukti Pothnal
Annual Day forms an integral part of our vimukti activities. It is an occasion of celebration, felicitation, feast and festivity when Vimukti children present not only their wonderful performances but also receive honors for their curricular and co-curricular achievements. The Annual Day 2018 was woven around the theme ‘CHILDREN FEST’ and the Prize Distribution was entitled ‘HARMONY’. Rev. Fr. Anthony Raj Parish Priest, Pothnal, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest for the Cultural Show. Mr. Sudhrshan, Child Right activist, Raichur, was the Chief Guest for the Prize Distribution function. The functions were presided over by Mrs. Manjual Hegdde, president, Child welfare Committee, Raichur. The other dignitaries present were Rev. Fr. Elvin Lopez Dirctor Sneha Jyothi Vidhalaya Pothnal and various members of Board of Governors.
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Soft skill training program for the staff: Vimutki Pothnal
Vimukti organized a program on soft skill training program for the staff on 22nd of February, 2018 at Vimukti premises. The main aim is to how; one can be an efficient and effective staff in the field. The resource person Mr. Anthony Mudola highlighted the main soft skills like emotional intelligence, problem solving, time management, interpersonal skills, leadership, communication skills, ability to work in team and strong work ethics etc. Further resource person motivated the staff to achieve their goals by facing the challenges bravely. Along with that the practical tips and examples were given to motivate themselves to work effectively in the field. Thus all the