Event Report


Onam Celebration and Silk logo launch

Uma Thomas MLA opined that Sahrudaya Onam, gives us the idea of ??a society without veils and nats and caring for the happiness of others. She was speaking while inaugurating the Onam celebration organized for the animators of self-help groups led by Sahrudaya, the social service unit of Ernakulam- Angamaly Archdiocese. She added that the basis for social development is that everyone should think that no one should be in danger. Sahrudaya Onam was celebrated with the participation of 300 animators by completely avoiding plastic and disposable items and following green rules. Archdiocesan Vicar General Fr.Varghese Potakkal said that the joy of Onam is complete when we share the message that we are together with those who are suffering from isolation and show God through acts of mercy. Cine Artist Anna Ben gave the Onam message. Uma Thomas launched the Sahrudaya Health and Care website and Anna Ben launched the Sahrudaya Silk Kendra logo. CSB Bank Regional Manager Jobs Chirakal handed over a cheque for Rs. 5 cr as loan for self help groups as a part of self employment scheme conducting by sahrudaya in co-ordination with CSB bank. Associate Director Fr. Jose Koluthuvellil, Assistant Director Fr. Ansil Maipan General Manager Pappachan Thekkekkara, Asst.General Manager Sunil Sebastian and Janey Samraj spoke in the function. Sahrudaya conducted different types of onam competitions for the animators for the Onam season.

Disbursement of Self-Employment Assistance Fund to the differently abled

Sahrudaya, the social service unit of Ernakulam- Angamaly distributed assistance funds for starting self-employment ventures to those who successfully completed the 10-day entrepreneurship training organized as part of the welfare and rehabilitation project for differently-abled persons. Paravur municipality chairperson Prabhavathi Teacher distributed the aid in a meeting held at Paravur Sahrudaya Training Center under the chairmanship of Sahrudaya Director Fr. Jose Koluthuvellil. The Ten Day training was organized in collaboration with National Rural Self-Employment Training Center, Nellad and Enable India, Bangalore. 17 differently abled persons participated in the training. Sahrudaya Wesco Manager Praveen CJ, Sahrudaya Coordinators Celine Paul, Celine PV and Sumesh TS spoke at the function.

Gandhi Jayanti Day celebration with awareness against drug addiction

Gandhi Jayanti Day was celebrated at Ernakulam North Railway Station in collaboration with Sahrudaya and St. Albert's Higher Secondary School under the leadership of Ernakulam Town Railway Station India and Railway Childline. Ernakulam South Railway Station DMO Nasreem Valugoti inaugurated the function as a conclusion of Swachhata Pakwada Acharan started from September 16. North Railway Station Manager KPB Panicker presided over the function. As part of the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations, Railway Child Line Director Fr.Jose Koluthuvellil exhorted us to do away with the intoxicants that are destroying our youth along with cleanliness activities. He added that more attention should be given on this occasion to ensure protection from gangs targeting children and should create necessary awareness among groups. Ernakulam North Railway Station Chief Health Inspector PA Arun, St. Albert's School Principal Barretto Francis, RPF Asst. Inspector Unni, Railway Childline Coordinator Amrita Sivan and NSS Program Officer Anu George spoke at the function. As part of Gandhi Jayanti celebrations, the North Railway Station area was cleaned and trees were planted. Along with this, a flash mob and rally was organized to create awareness against substance abuse. NSS Unit 86 of St. Albert's School cleaned and painted the side wall in front of the railway station. Coordinator Amrita Sivan informed that online competitions are being conducted for children under the leadership of Ernakulam Railway Child Line with a call to be vigilant against drug addiction. Railway officials, Railway Childline workers and students participated in the function.

Right Tracks

An Innovative Online Awareness Program for the School Children in the district

During these catastrophic times, Railway Child line Ernakulam has organized various programs for the children in the district especially the 'Right Tracks' an online Awareness Program for the School children who are undergoing various miseries due to lockdown and covid restrictions. The meeting has been organized via Google Meet. More than 2200 School Children were actively participated in the program and it covered 25 Schools in the district. Right tracks inspire children to enhance their abilities and make them consistent in their educational goals.

Hearing Aid Distribution

Welfare Services Ernakulam had organized a free distribution of Hearing Aid camp in association with IRLD MG University and AYJNISHD ( Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities(Divyangan)) Mumbai on 28th,29th and 30th July 2021. The camp was inaugurated by Adv. Anilkumar Mayor Cochin Corporation. The meeting was presided by Mar Thomas Chakiath, Emirates Bishop, Ernakulam Angamaly Archdiocese. Dr. Mathew Martin P J (Media Officer, AYJNISHD-Mumbai, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment ,Govt. of India had delivered keynote address. Dr. K.M Musthafa, Director, IRLD shared context of program . Fr. Joseph Kolathuvallil, Director of Sahrudaya welcomed the participants. Fr. Ancil Maippan delivered felicitation. Smt. Celine Paul spoke vote of thanks to all participants. 313 Persons with Hearing problem registered for hearing Aids. Among them 150 persons were selected for the first phase.

Financial Literacy Workshop and Medical Camp

Welfare Services Ernakulam conducted a financial literacy campaign and medical camp on 26th September 2021 as part of the Sudhaar-Pravasi Bandhu program in AC City hall, Vyttila with the support of Caritas India. Ms. Bindhu (Councilor, Kochi Corporation) inaugurated the program and share the importance of financial literacy in everyone’s life. Mr. Omega Thejus (Manager, Catholic Syrian Bank, Perumbavoor) led the session on the importance of financial literacy. He stated that migrants are internally travelling mainly for the job and they were the economically active group, the inclusion of this group in the formal financial system is important. Many of the migrant workers enquired about the different schemes for and clarify their doubts. After these sessions, some of the workers show their interest to start a new bank account and they know that the online transaction is much easier than the cash in hand. Secondly, the medical camp started as a post lunch period and eighty migrant workers were part of it. Dr. Shefna (Sunrise Hospital, Kakkanad) led the medical camp. She suggests that the workers need more cleanliness and awareness about the covid situation. Welfare Services Ernakulam already provided the covid vaccination for these migrants and it may work as non-spreading of covid among these migrants. Many of the workers have skin diseases and the related issues.

Showing empathy to transgender community.

Welfare Service Ernakulam — Sahrudaya organized an awareness session on first aid conducted by Kerala Fire Force. The session was conducted in the Panchayath hall in Alangad. Ms. Radhamani Jaysingh, the panchayath president (Alangad) inaugurated the program.