Event Report


Ortho diagnosis camp was conducted at Sahrudaya premises

Welfare Services Ernakulam organized Women's Day celebration at Sahrudaya Ponnurunni and a free Ortho Medical camp was conducted for all who participated in Women's Day celebration. Facility for osteoporosis diagnosis test was also arranged at Sahrudaya Yoga Hall in collaboration with Edappally M.A.J. Hospital. The patients were examined by Dr. Ashwin Baby of the Ortho department of MAJ hospital. The strength test was conducted by technician Manu. Also, in conjunction with Women's Day, Sahrudaya organized a free sugar test and the facility of doing various lab tests at a low cost under the leadership of DNA Diagnosis Center. 140 people took advantage of the facility of the camp. .

50 Women farmers started small grain cultivation and celebrated Womens Day

Uma Thomas MLA opined that efforts should start from childhood to inculcate in every woman the belief that they have the ability to respond confidently to all situations. Uma Thomas was speaking while inaugurating the women's day celebration organized Welfare Services Ernakulam (Sahrudaya). She also pointed out that earning one's own income by utilizing spare time effectively is a key step towards self-reliance. Sister Rinsi Alphonse, a music teacher and playback singer, presided over the women's gathering held at Ponnurunni Cardinal Parkattil Auditorium. Kochi Central Police Station Sub-Inspector Annie Siva gave Women's Day message. Federal Bank Vice President M. Shobha handed over the agreement of the parnership of joint liability group with Federal bank. Uma Thomas MLA distributed seeds to 50 women farmers who are starting small grain farming and awards to groups that have performed well for more than two decades. Inauguration of the new policy of Aswas Mediclaim Insurance Scheme implemented in partnership with Star Health Insurance Company by Star Health Asst. Conducted by Zonal Manager EJ Shaiju. Seminar on Millet year was conducted by Organic Kerala Charitable Trust Trustee M.M. Abbas and Dr. Lissamma Joseph (Gynecologist, Ernakulam Medical Center), presented a Seminar on Women's Health Care. Sahrudaya Director Fr. Joseph Koluthuvellil, Asst. Director Fr. Sibin Manayampilli, General Manager Pappachan Thekkekkara, Asst. General Manager Sunil Sebastian, Udayamperur Gram Panchayat Member Annie Augustine and Lizzy George spoke at the function. Free lab tests were also organized for women on the occasion of Women's Day. .

Inclusys Campaign Launch and Award Ceremony

As a crucial step in the enablement of the differently abled individuals, Inclusys Org Foundation has launched a year-long awareness campaign for their skilling, entrepreneurship, digital technology, startup incubation and empowerment. One of the main vision of the campaign named, Inclusys - Inclusion matters with togetherness is to spread inclusion awareness across India on the differently abled citizens and the importance of their inclusion in workplaces along with entrepreneurship opportunities in creating a value chain. Inclusys Org along with its partners is working towards creating an ecosystem converging government, MNCs, private and public firms, social entrepreneurs, incubators and other facets of the society to work towards moulding a sustainable livelihood and economic equality for the neurodiverse population. Under Inclusys Org, 75 differently abled individuals are being skilled in digital technologies. The Inclusys awareness campaign was launched on 17th December 2022 at Sahrudaya Campus, Vytilla, Kochi and was presided by Joseph Koluthuvellil (CEO, Inclusys Org Foundation). Hibi Eden, Member of Parliament, Ernakulam inaugurated the launch event. He acknowledged the efforts by Inclusys Org Foundation in bringing the differently abled individuals to mainstream society. Dr. K.M Abraham, Chief Principal Secretary lauded the efforts of Inclusys Org Foundation and described it as an extraordinarily unique initiative that can be modelled across the globe. He also suggested to implement it under public policy and government skilling bodies like KKEM, KSUM should enable the infrastructure, skilling and training of the differently abled. The year-long awareness campaign was flagged off by Jude Anthany Joseph, Director and Actor. Joy Thomas (Vice President & Regional Head, Federal Bank) officially launched the Inclusys logo. The event was addressed by Dr. Saji Gopinath (Vice Chancellor, Digital University, Kerala), Anoop Ambika (CEO, Kerala Startup Mission), Santhosh Kurup (CEO, ICT Academy) and Riyaz P M (General Manager, KKEM) As part of the campaign, an Ideathon event inviting ideas that could potentially change the life of a differently abled was conducted. Over 250 ideas were received from individuals, special schools, educational institutions and professionals. The Ideathon winners were felicitated by Anoop Ambika, CEO, Kerala Startup Mission. Anoop Ambika emphasized the importance of business incubators for the differently abled and KSUM is already equipped to support the startups and technology initiatives for the upskilling and enablement of differently abled individuals. The first batch of differently abled individuals who were skilled in IT/ITES were felicitated during the launch event. The campaign has the backing and support of major partners like Federal Bank (Banking Partner), Punarjeeva Technology Solutions, ICT Academy of Kerala, GTech, Kerala Startup Mission, Kerala Knowledge Economy Mission, Sahrudaya Welfare Services and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. Robin Tommy, Chief Digital Advisor, Inclusys Org Foundation says, we are trying to create a strong ecosystem that will help in enabling, empowering and engaging the differently abled citizens through research, technological interventions, inclusive design experiences, widespread awareness initiatives and much more. Joseph Koluthuvellil, CEO, Inclusys Org Foundation, says that it is very heartening to see like-minded people across different walks of life and business copming together for such a noble cause. It is high time that such steps are taken to ensure that the neurodivergent are also a prominent part of our society. .

Sahrudaya won the Kerala State Akshaya Energy Award

Welfare Services Ernakulam won the Kerala State Akshaya Energy Award for excellence and exemplary work in energy conservation. The Award was won in the category of voluntary organizations promoting and promoting energy conservation measures. at a meeting Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the function presided by Transport Minister Transport Minister Anthony Raju at Thiruvananthapuram Mahatma Ayyangali Hall. The award was presented by Power Minister Krishnankutty. Sahrudaya Director Fr. Jose koluthuvellil ,Sahrudaya Tech Manager Jees P Paul, Energy Coordinator Reggie James, and Martin Varghese received the award. Thanks to everyone who cooperated with Sahrudaya in the promotion of solar grid power system, solar water heaters, biogas plants, better stoves without smoke nuisance etc. .

Sahrudaya Physiotherapy Center Started at Cherthala Regional Office

Adv. AM Arif MP said that the message of Disability Day is to remind us that society has a duty to provide necessary services with care to the suffering and marginalized in the society. He was speaking after inaugurating the Cherthala-Vaikom Regional International Disability Day Meeting organized by Sahrudaya, a Social work wing of Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese on the occasion of International Disability Day. He said that we should be able to discover and develop the potential in every individual. The meeting held at the Cherthala regional office was presided over by the Vicar General of the Archdiocese, Fr. Varghese Pottakal. Physiotherapy Center at Regional Office, Cherthala was inaugurated by renowned Cine Artist Sijoy Varghese. Cherthala Forona Vicar Fr. Antony Cheranthurutty delivered the blessing speech and Municipal Corporation Chairperson Shirley Bharghavan delivered the Disability Day message. Municipal Councilor S. Saneesh, Sahrudaya Director Fr. Jose Koluthuvellil and Assistant Director Fr. Sibin Manayampilly spoke at the function. Fr. Jose Koluthuvellil informed that the physiotherapy facility will be free of cost for the differently abled Persons.

Problems of the differently abled should be solved: Justice Devan Ramachandran at International Disability Day

High Court Judge Justice Devan Ramachandran stated that the District Legal Service Authority will take special consideration to study the problems of the differently abled and make sincere efforts to find solutions. He was inaugurating the Ability Fest organized by the Kerala Legal Service Authority and Sahrudaya, the social work wing of Ernakulam Angamaly Archdiocese, at Ponnurunni in conjunction with the International Day of Disability. The differently-abled should try to understand themselves about their rights and gain strength to raise their voices, he added. He said that the society should understand that the benefits given to the differently-abled are not gifts or donations. TJ Vinod MLA presided over the function. Sub-Judge N Ranjith Krishnan who is also the District Secretary of Legal Service Authority gave the message of Disability Day Outstanding entrepreneurs Rixee Raphael, Shanta Varghese and Rita Anita were honored in the meeting. Surjit Siddhartha distributed the prizes. Sahrudaya Director Fr. Jose Koluthuvellil, Board Member Sijo Painadath, General Manager Pappachan Thekekkara spoke at the meeting. .

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.