Jogfalls is one of the most frequented holiday as well as tourist spots in Karnataka for its majestic waterfalls and natural scenic beauty. The town is along the river Sharavathi, situated in the heart of the jungles in the Western Ghats, 66 kilometers from Shimoga, and 21 kilometers from Sagar. Associated with the waterfalls is the nearby Linganmakki Dam across the river Sharavathi. The power station has been in operation since 1948, one of the largest hydroelectric stations in India at the time and a source of electric power supply for Karnataka today. A large number of people had settled in Kargal, a nearby township and many of them were employed as labourers.
Fr Joe Mary Lobo, the parish priest of Jogfalls persuaded Bishop Alphonse Mathias of Chikmagalur to invite the Ursuline Franciscan Sisters to Jogfalls to attend to the spiritual as well as educational needs of the people. Sisters Millicent, Redempta and Irene Albuquerque started their mission on November 23, 1965. They resided in a transit house of the Power Project. Christa Prakash School was started in the year 1967 at Kargal as the Power Project workers were concentrated in Kargal. The parish hall was used for taking classes. Sr. Millicent Pinto the first headmistress worked in getting departmental permission for a formal school which she succeeded in obtaining in the year 1968. As the migrant workers at Kargal vacated the place in 1970 on the completion of the Project, the Sisters were shifted to Jogfalls and managed to procure a rent-free house from the Power Project. The school at Kargal was shifted to Jogfalls as well.
The School excelled under the able leadership of the headmistresses in particular Sr. Millicent (1967-77, 1981-82) Sr. Christine D’Souza (1977-81), Sr. Clarita D’Mello (1982-88), Sr. Hildeguarde Rasquinha (1988-93), Sr Benvita D’Souza (1993-99), Sr. Monthi Lobo (1999-2005) and Sr. Carmella D’Souza (2005-11) At present SrJovita Vas is the headmistress of the School. 4,090 students have successfully completed their studies in this school. Most of them have moved out of Jogfalls for better prospects. 160 students are getting educated now in Christa Prakash School. The Sisters have provided accommodation to 50 students from distant villages. Good rapport between the Karnataka Power Corporation and the School is maintained. Christa Prakash has indeed been a ray of hope to the people of Jogfalls.