India

Why is the help in India meaningful

The highest rate of child marriages in the world

1.7 million children die every year, due to poor health care

50% of the population lives in slums

Supported families are in a challenging financial situation. Their parents often have to commute long distances and children are left alone, or they need to work with their parents to survive. Insufficient food and water resources combined with inadequate health care are common obstacles they must to face. Such problems cause these families to live from hand to mouth. Multiple children live in remote villages without any public transportation and due to these circumstances are forced to leave school early. Thanks to your support, Indian children from poverty-stricken regions have a chance to fulfil their dreams of a better future for themselves and their families.

What do we support

Education

Food and water

Healthcare

Study materials

Travel costs

Clothing

Whom do we help

Your support is sent directly to children of preschool and school age and college students. The children are supported either in schools or in particular centres, whose activities are described below.

The centre is part of Karwar diocese and has been cooperating with Slovak Catholic Charity on the Children’s donation project® since 1996.

Goals and activities of the centre

BPKS Honavar’s primary intention is the development of a child and family via education. BPKS Honavar offers financial aid to children from nursery school up to students of higher education such as nursing, engineering and teaching. Social workers in the centre are continuously available to the children. They look after their growth and motivation during their studies. Another goal of the centre includes increasing awareness amongst older students of human rights and the drug threat. Apart from the centre children can also visit so¬–called „children clubs“ which offer various activities focusing on discovering, utilising and developing children’s talents.

 
Father Gabriel Lopes, priest, centre coordinator
My name is Gabriel Lopes, and I have been the coordinator of BKPS Honavar since May 2017. My job is to coordinate the operation of the centre and ensure that all the activities of Children’s donation project are efficient. Besides working at the centre, I take care of a nearby parish.

The Upudi diocese operates the centre.

Goals and activities of the centre

A primary objective of the centre is to assist students who were born to financially insecure families, orphans, half-orphans and children struggling with other potential disadvantages. Another goal is providing the children with a safe environment suitable for their development. The centre organises many activities focusing on the development of communication, responsibility and personality. We raise awareness of the importance of education, hygiene and health. The centre also specialises in efficient time spending and during summer holidays holds summer camps. These summer camps focus on subjects appropriate to the age of children and their specific situation (e.g., life values, ethics, education, relationships and environment protection)

 
Veera Monis, catholic sister, centre coordinator
My name is Veera Monis, and I am the Coordinator for Social centre Sampada – ICDP in Udupi city. We have been cooperating with the Slovak Catholic Charity on the Children’s donation project since 2001. Together with an administrative worker and four volunteers, we provide aid to needy children in difficult living conditions. We pay particular attention to supporting the education for children and youth by organising various workshops, exciting meetings and also to prepare them for a better future and teach them how to be reliable citizens of India. We offer guidance to women and mothers within created self-help groups.

CODP Mangalore is a non-governmental organization.

Goals and activities of the centre

The primary aim is to enhance the lives of children from low-income families, provide them with education and prepare them for their future career. Another important objective is raising awareness of the significance of education. Social workers regularly visit families of sponsored children and students to find out the current situation or possible changes in terms of their studies or family circumstances. The organisation holds annually camps focused on selecting a suitable future profession. Christmas meetings are held in December, during which many games, contests and quizzes are organised. We gave the children lovely gifts for which they are always longing.

 
Father Oswald Monteiro, priest, centre coordinator
I have been holding the position of the centre director since the year 2013. For several years we have been assisting the children with the Slovak Catholic Charity via Children’s donation project®. We are involved in various development projects focusing on the women’s position, peace-building and promotion of human rights, management of mineral resources and many others.

DJSC Vamanjoor is a centre of social assistance. The centre provides help to children from preschool age until the completion of studies, including children that require special care, disabled children or children with other problems, orphans and half-orphans that often live below the poverty line.

Goals and activities of the centre

The primary purpose of the centre is the education of children and specific focus on the choice of their future profession. An organisation of events and activities oriented on raising of the awareness regarding topics such as environmental protection, health, education, human rights, water mining and academic course (tailoring embroidery, umbrella manufacturing). The centre also holds annual summer camps and children’s clubs to make the children’s spare time more productive.

 
Joel Lasrado, catholic sister, centre coordinator
My name is Joel Lasrado, and I belong to the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles. I am the coordinator of the Dharma Jyothi Vamanjoor Social Centre in the Indian state of Karnataka. I am responsible for the program supporting the education of children with a particular focus on their future profession, a plan to strengthen self-help groups of women in the community, organising children’s clubs and specialised training. Along with 15 other co-workers, we provide help to people who live on the edge of poverty and special treatment for people with serious health difficulties.

Sadhana Honavar is a school founded to contribute to the removal of child labour. It is a part of Muktha Youth, Women & Child Welfare Trust Social Centre. This centre is responsible for securing standard living conditions of youth, women and children.

Goals and activities of the centre

The main focus of the centre is health, education, talent development and skills training. The centre encourages slow students whom they provide with increased attention in separate classes where they can advance at their own pace. The centre is devoted to the development of the children’s talents by organising children’s clubs, computer courses, art classes or theatre. We support the program of small scientists, carry out programs related to health such as physiotherapy for disabled children or treatment for malnutrition. We also hold camps focused on medicine and stomatology. The school has prepared a career counselling program, special preparation for exams and skills training particularly in the field of information technology and tailoring.

 
Renee Joan Furtado, centre coordinator
My name is Renee Joan Furtado, and I am the director of Sadhana Honavar school. I have a degree in psychology and special pedagogy. I believe that education is essential for children to be prepared to apply in all aspects of life. Thanks to the Children’s donation project®, our centre was successful in supporting dozens of children to gain a decent education.

Goals and activities of the centre

The primary purpose is to ensure an education for children and youth and provide them with proper preparation for their future career. The centre develops children’s relationship to reading and literature. We hold camps and programs focused on talent development such as theatre club, dancing lessons and choir.

 
Maria Goretti Quadros, centre coordinator
I am sister Maria Gorettia, and I graduated in social work in the Indian city of Chennai and Coady Institute in Canada. I participated in the establishment of several shelters for impoverished people, consulting centres, hospitals and professional training centres. Since 2012, I have been working as the director at St. Ignatius Foundation in Honavar, which also incorporates the Institute of Medical Sciences and St. Ignatius Hospital.

The centre’s aid is primarily provided to orphans, children born in poverty and disabled children.

Goals and activities of the centre

The centre specialises in the education of children from children in the first grade until the finishing of their studies. We provide special classes to hearing-impaired children. The centre also focuses on character development, leadership and proper career consulting. The centre holds summer camps, various holiday activities and leisure activities.

 
Father Michael Pinto, centre coordinator
I’m Father Michael Pinto, and since May 2019, I’ve been the director of the KDDC Karware Center. I took over from previous director Ambros Fernandes. Previously, I worked as an assistant to the director. As an assistant priest, I have devoted particular attention to the development of education and the socio-economic uplift of the Siddi tribe, native to Africa, who live in our region and are most marginalized among the local population. I am also the secretary of the working committee and the social affairs committee in the diocese of Karwar.

Goals and activities of the centre

The primary purpose of the centre is the development of a child via education. We organise regular and daily summer camps. The centre also provides a great variety of leisure activities.

 
Father Clifford Roshan Pinto, Director
I’m Clifford Roshan Pinto. Since May 2018, I have been the director of Chaitanya-SMSSS, and I am responsible for the operation of all the centre’s programs. From 2012 to 2018, I was the financial administrator of the Diocese of Shimoga. During those six years, I gained practical experience in project management. As a director, I lead projects for the development of children, the empowerment of women, the supervision of natural resources, the improvement of health, and state education programs for the overall development of the community.
 
Anie Fiallow, Coordinator
My name is Anie Fiallow, and I am the project coordinator for Children’s donation project® in SMSSS. I am responsible for the entire operation of the Children’s development project, which includes: enrolment of children to the program, planning and holding summer camps for children, organizing parent-teacher conferences, correspondence with the donor organization, with local authorities, parishes, consulting with children and their parents and controlling visits of sponsored children in their schools and families.

Inter-diocesan Seminary of St. Joseph’s is under the management of Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome for theological and philosophical studies.

Goals and activities of the centre

Besides regular education and studies, seminarians actively engage in the daily life of the Church. During the weekends, some of them visit separate parishes to help out at the holy mass, teaching catechism and carrying out common services in the parish. Others go to public hospitals, retirement homes, addiction treatment centres and they actively participate in multiple social activities. All of this will make integration into everyday life more comfortable. Seminarians also engage in growing vegetables and fruits; they assist with kitchen work and take care of the maintenance of farms and gardens.

 
Father Joseph Martis, rector of the seminary
Greetings. I am Father Joseph Martis, the rector of Inter-diocesan Seminary of St. Joseph’s, Jeppu, Mangalore. I was appointed as the director in 2010. My mission is to be accountable for the overall course of the seminary, which includes: organising training activities in the seminary, coordinating the activities of all employees, property administration, organizing social events of the seminary, regular meetings with students and employees, coordinating the interconnection between diocesan bishops and their students and monitoring the financial security. All of this is achieved with the assistance and help of local personnel, bishops of relevant dioceses and their superior leaders.

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