HOLY ROSARY CONVENT HOSTEL, Jeppu
Holy Rosary Convent Hostel
Kankanady Post 575 002
SHANTHI ASHRAM ORPHANAGE, Karopady, Vijayadka
Karopady, Vijayadka is situated 46 kilometers away from Mangalore City. Catechist Sisters of St. Ursula arrived at Karopady on July 5, 1940 to collaborate in the field of education as well as in pastoral activities of the parish. The sisters undertook the appalling condition of the place and took responsibility teaching at St. Lawrence School. There were half a dozen of children in the whole school and with zero attendance of girl children. Hence the Sisters started a home for the children Shanthi Ashram in 1962: three years later, in 1965, it succeeded in securing Government aid. The purpose of establishing Shanthi Ashram was to educate the children of poor people, orphans, single parents and broken families who otherwise would not go to school on account of distance, poverty family problems.
It was a very humble beginning in a partial portion of the convent, in just one room each for boys and girls. There were 30 students in all. The Orphanage functions under the Ursuline Franciscan Education Society®.
In the year 1968, the Orphanage was registered and recognized under the Government. As per rule, the Orphanage could accommodate only 40 children. But the number of students increased steadily and the accommodation was not sufficient. In order to afford better facility to children and to attain self-sufficiency, one acre of land was purchased from the Sri Madanatheshwar Temple at Manjeshwar on August 30, 1974 and two cottages were planned to build to accommodate boys and Girls separately.
Fr. Edwin Pinto was a God sent Angel. He supported the project financially through the Andheri Hilfe charity fund. Sr. Margaret D’Souza and Sr. Maria Rodrigues, both lovers of the poor spared no efforts in realizing expectation of the Children’s Home in the year 1976, a small building was constructed in their leadership.
Over the years, the Children’s Home has made immense progress, St. Lawrence School has turned out to be a centre of learning and Karopady is transformed gradually. The building built in 1976 was renovated in 1996 by Sr. Doreen D’Souza, the then Provincial Superior of Mangalore Province.
As the number was on increase, again the place was not sufficient; besides the building itself was not very conducive. Hence a major renovation was done and some more facilities were provided in 2003 giving a good outlook by Sr. Lenita D’Souza, the Provincial Councilor with the funds she collected through her family and acquaintances abroad.
Through the generosity of Don Francesco in the year 2010, a kitchen, one store room, three toilets cum bathing for girls, five toilets cum bathing for boys, FSL student room was built. Moreover Rs.90, 000 was spent to buy the 12 three tier cots and 7 two tier cots for Children. St Lawrence School has grown into a High School in 2010 and Sr. Jenveera Noronha and Sr. Nirmala Mathias offered their service in the High School.
In the year 2012 the Golden Jubilee of the Orphanage was celebrated. Since 1962 about 800 children have benefited from this orphanage. At present there are 40 students studying from 1st standard to 10th standard. Among them there are 20 girls and 20 boys.
Many generous people have helped to maintain this orphanage. A beautiful garden in front of the garden adds beauty and the vegetable garden provides fresh vegetables to the children. Sr. Josephine Felciana Moras carries her responsibility as the correspondent of the orphanage. Sr. Irene Rodrigues is the present warden of Shanthi Ashram. Miss Leena and Catherine from ‘Field Services and Inter Cultural Learning’ Germany are serving the children. Mrs. Saritha and Theresa Bai the two helpers assist in day today chorus.
Shanthi Ashram Orphanage has enhanced the life of hundreds of children who otherwise would have deprived from the right to education. Our hearts are thankful to the Lord for His benevolence and are grateful to everyone who generously helped us in this mission. We fondly remember the hard work done with much love of the sisters, in bringing up these children into responsible citizens of India. We invoke God’s Blessings on every one of them.
Karopady, Vijayadka Post 574279
Via Kanyana, D.K
DE MERCEDE ORPHANAGE, Panir, Derlakatte
A home is a place where each one of us feel comfortable because we know in and through of it. It’s the knowledge of a place that makes us homely.
It all started with the first step taken by Fr G. S. Lewis in the year 1942 by calling Ursuline Franciscan Sisters to Panir. A small house was built with the help of generous people and was blessed on 8th May 1943 which was named as St Joseph Convent. On 1st January 1944 an Orphanage was started with 6 children in it. In 1946 the orphanage was recognized by the government under the title of De Mercede Orphanage.
Later the strength in orphanage increased and a need for decent building arose. Anderi Hill under the guidance of Fr Edwin Pinto and of Miss Rosy Golman who had special concern for the children, this need was met. A few requirements were met on later years.
Year by year the building of the orphanage condition grew very bad. The thoughtfulness of the generous people and well-wishers we could build a good and conducive building needed for the children. This need fulfilled by the help of Superior General and Council, along with the support of the Provincial Superior and Council of Mangalore Province. In 2014 the work of new building was started. Foundation stone was laid on January 27, 2014 for the new building by Rev Sr Doreen D’Souza. Great financial support was given by Don Francesco and Associates of Sancti Archangeli, because of whom we were able to build the big structure. It is the effort, sacrifice, generosity, kindness and goodness of our benefactors Don Francesco and Associates a good and comfortable house was built for the use of the children of De Mercede Orphanage.
The Mighty building was blessed on February 11, 2017 by Rev Fr Denis Suares present Parish Priest of Panir Parish. It was inaugurated by The Superior General Rev Sr Susheela Sequeira. General Council, Provincial Rev Sr Rita Vas and Council, Superior of St Joseph Convent, Panir, Sr. Luciana Pinto, Sisters of neighboring Communities, well-wishers were present.
At present 120 students are residing in this home away from home. All the children live and enjoy their life with great joy. Neat and clean environment of the Orphanage, good food and good infrastructure provides them a peaceful life. Sr. Luciana Pinto is the warden of De Mercede Orphanage and Sr. Candida Monteiro is the Assistant warden. The Superior and the Sisters of St. Joseph Convent, Panir and the benefactors and well wishers are the great support of De Mercede Orphanage.
De Mercede Orphanage
Derlakatte Post 575 018
Panir, Mangalore, D.K
ST ANGELA GIRLS’ HOME, Bejai, Mangaluru
Keeping the goal of educating the girl children, Ursuline Franciscan Educational Society, Derlakatte started children’s home at Bejai with 2 girls from 2 villages by the then Headmistress Rev. Sr Susheela Sequeira of Lourdes High School Bejai in the year 1999. St. Angela Home is managed by St Angela Convent, Bejai. The girls were not able to continue their studies after 7thStd in their own places due to lack of finance and absence of high school were given opportunity to continue their studies at St. Angela’s Home. At first these unprivileged children were accommodated in a small room inside St Angela Convent. As the years passed by the number of poor children increased. In order to provide better accommodation with good facilities and to provide them a conducive place for studies, a building was constructed as St Angela Home and a free boarding was started on 15-06-2009.
As per the Government requirement, St. Angela Home was registered under the welfare of Women and Children Department of Karnataka State without financial assistance. Presently there are 27 children coming from far away villages like Vorkady, Fajir, Bhatkal, Bidar, Bijapur, Bagalkot and Shimoga, . Most of these children belong to backward poor families whose parents are coolie workers or farmers with meager income. They are not in a position to meet the expenses of their boarding and school fees. With the generous help of the local people the girls are able to complete their studies.
The children at St. Angela Home, study in Lourdes High School, Bejai from 8th to 10thStd and leave for higher studies with good results. The maintenance cost of these is met by the contribution made by the good and generous people of the locality and the old students.
We are indebted to Don Francesco and Associates for their timely financial assistance and also to Ursuline Franciscan Educational Society for their support, encouragement and financial help. We pray God’s abundant blessings on them.
MADONA HOUSE, Shirtady
Shirthady is a Village in Moodabirdri taluk on the way to Kashipatna. Here is a convent dedicated to Mary of Madonna, which was established on May 19, 1947. In the year 2005, Fr Leo Lobo started Mount Carmel English Medium School in Shithady. As there was no sufficient student strength to this school in the beginning, with his request Sr. Candida Monteiro then Superior of the Convent, having no vision of starting a boarding, kept some children in one of the dormitory of the Convent. As year passed, the number of students in the convent was increased to 4. In the year 2007 the number of children were 7. Later as the high school girls and boys also came to seek the place to stay the superior Sr. Leedia Gama thought to carve a place as boarding from the Convent building. In the year 2011, a new Convent building for sisters and the Chapel was built and inaugurated. Hence the old building of the convent was turned into a boarding. The old chapel was given for girls to stay and the old dormitory of Sisters was given for boys. In the year 2012 Sr. Winny D’Souza took charge as the Superior of the convent and the warden of the boarding. Madonna Boarding had34 children in year 2016 and the number increased to 42 in the year 2017. Later the high school boys were discouraged . At present Sr Irene Mascarenhas is the Superior of the convent. Sr Shanthi Maria Machado is the Warden.
Shirtady Post 574 236
Via Moodbidri, D.K.,
NAVCHETAN SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARDING,Venur
Lion’s club of Venur was running a Special school for differently abled children since 1988. This school was handed over to Ursuline Franciscan Educational Society in 1999. Since there weren’t residential facilities nearby, many differently abled children were deprived of the educational and training facilities. Hence a Residential school for differently abled became the urgent need. Hence a residential school for differently abled children was started with 4 children, on June 1, 2004 as an integral part of the existing Christraj Navachetan Special school. It is registered under Department of Women and Child Development, Govt. of Karnataka
Navachetan stands for New Hope and New Life. Navachetan Boarding for Special Children brings hope to each differently abled child who is residing in our boarding. These children in need are closely monitored and taught to live as human beings giving them proper training for their daily chores. They are taught to live with confidence. At present 20 children from far and near are residing in our boarding. Sisters do love, care, accept and help them to lead independent life and provide ample opportunities to utilize the hidden talents of our children .
Our differently able children are trained in:
Basic skills like Grooming, Bathing, Washing Clothes, Toilet training, Eating, Dressing, Brushing, Combing, Buttoning, Shaving
Co-Curricular: Yoga, Dance, Gardening, Singing, Craft, Drawing, Indoor and Outdoor games
Vocational skills: Preparing brooms, folding clothes , preparing cards and craft things. etc.
The Superior Sr Wilma D’Sa, Warden Sr Charlotte Pinto along with other Sisters and 3 helpers work tirelessly for the holistic growth of these differently able children. As it is clear in its name “Navachetan” has given new life to differently able children and help them to be independent in life who otherwise are left abandoned at homes or in orphanages or mental asylums. Through the service of this great institute many children have found their life worth and has acquired courage to live life in dignity.
Navachetan Special School
Venur Post 574 242, D.K.,
SACRED HEART CHILDREN’S HOME, Hirebile
Sacred Heart school at Hirebile was upgraded and a school building was constructed in 1968. Students were coming to school from far away places and were facing many problems in travelling. Hence to give facility to these children it was decided to build a boarding house, where children can stay near the school and complete their studies with proper guidance.
Sacred Heart Boarding, a house for poor children coming from distant places and from remote areas was a boon. In view of catering to many more students, a building was constructed and the ground floor was inaugurated in the year 2003. First floor was added to the same building and was inaugurated on June 29, 2009. Fr Francis Rasquina, the Parish Priest of Hirebile Church blessed the building and Sr Concilia Peris, a long standing Sister at Sacred Heart Convent Hirebile inaugurated the same.
Sacred Heart Boarding is a home away from home. Here students are not only provided with the shelter and basic needs, more than this Sisters strive hard to instill in them good values and help them to grow academically and culturally by allowing them to exhibit their dormant talents. Importance has been given to their studies. Sisters in the convent take turns in the evening to coach them in different subjects. Especially slow learners are identified and given more attention.
Warden of the Boarding is available 24 hours for the needs of the children. She spends her time with the children. Students are encouraged to arrange different programs to make their life a happy one. They are happy and delighted with the present home like atmosphere in the boarding. At present there are 43 students in the boarding. Sr. Cecilia Lobo is the present warden and Sr. Helen Sequiera is the Superior of the Convent. All sisters of the convent are a great support to the children in this boarding.
Sacred Heart Children Home
Herebile Post 577 121
CHRISTA PRABHA CHILDREN’S HOME, Jayapura
“What so ever you do to the least of my people that you do unto me”. Since 1973 The Ursuline Franciscan Sisters of Christa Prabha Convent have been working for the children to enthuse them in their educational, pastoral and social development. Children from and in and around Koppa Taluka are given opportunity to enjoy their stay in this boarding.
Our sisters being simple Franciscans stepped to the field of service by visiting the families, coaching the dropouts, carrier guidance etc,. With this service to the humankind they consecrated themselves to be channels of love and peace to the world.
The houses of people in Koppa Taluk are scattered and students live in interior villages without any proper transport facilities. children were struggling hard to get their basic education. This helpless condition of the small children in villages made our Sisters to take initiative to open a boarding in Jayapura. To educate the poor children in their local language and to uphold the rights of the children to be educated inspired Sisters to continue this boarding in this locality.
The blessings of the Almighty on the premises of Christa Prabha Children’s home and Christ Prabha Higher Primary School are plenty. At present there are 325 students from class first to seventh in Christha Prabha Kannada Hr. Pry. School out of which 26 students stay in the children’s home. Children are given opportunity to have computer education too.
Poor children from faraway places are given free accommodation and are given education along with their daily needs. Sisters of the convent give the best to the children and encourage them to improve by giving them opportunities to grow. The witnessing lives of the sisters who cheerfully and selflessly work for children is a model for the people around.
The little children in the Boarding are given opportunities to exhibit their talents on Talents Day. This makes them appreciate their uniqueness and encourage them to be good citizens of our country. Boarding children co-operate well in all the activities of the Children’s home. They get opportunities to participate in sports and co-curricular activities. Children are very sensitive, jovial, kind, loving above all they are simple. They are very active and energetic too. Sisters take special interest towards the slow learners.
Human values are taught. Timely guidance is given. Here the children not only fulfill the educational needs but also the all-round development is seen. They improve in their interpersonal relationship too. Since these children come from very poor families they are unable to meet the expenses of education, medication, school uniform, books and stationary etc. Due to the remote geographical condition, children suffer from dangerous viruses such as dengue, chicken pox and various types of fever etc. Hence the medical treatment fee is also too high.
Activities of the Boarding: In the year 2017-2018 we had accommodated 26 children in Christa Prabha children’s home from near and far villages. They are taken care well with love and understanding.
Care and facilities in our children’s home: In the beginning Children were accommodated in the Christa Prabha Convent along with Sisters. At present as Sisters have their own convent building , the old convent building is made a separate block for the use of the children . Hence children have spacious place for all their activities. Regular meetings with the parents are held. Supervision of the studies is done. Health and hygiene is taken care of. good and nutritious food is provided. Opportunities are given to explore their talents during the hour of recreation and supporting them to participate in every programs arranged by the school.
Spiritual growth of the children: To inculcate God’s love in these little children we orient them to conduct prayers on different occasions like prayer at the beginning of the day, at the close of the day, grace before meals, prayer services on Independence day, children’s day, Boarding day and warden’s birthday. With the help of the sisters children lead the prayers beautifully and pray for the various needs of the society, state, nation and at large of the country.
Intellectual and cultural formation: Children of different religion, language live together. They learn to respect every religion. Together they celebrate Deepavali, and Christmas. Every year they are taken for the educational tour. Reading materials like newspaper, magazines, moral story books are provided. They are also given word building games, solving puzzles, crosswords so that their brain becomes more active
We are grateful to the generous donation given by by Don Francesco and his Associates. Christ Prabha Boarding has been provided a new refrigerator which was given by the generous contribution of Don Francisco who is our great benefactor and our well-wisher we remain grateful for their material help
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all your ways you can,in all the places you canal the time you can,to all the people you can, as all as ever you can” – John Weslev.
Christa Prabha Chiildren Home
Jayapura Post 577 123
Koppa Taluk, Chikmagaluru District
CHRISTA JYOTHI CHILDREN’S HOME, Jogfalls
Jogfalls is a project area where electricity is produced. People cannot have their own land or possess any personal property. They live below poverty line and villages are far from the project area. Most of the people do not afford to give education to their children.
The main apostolate of the Sisters is education, family visit, social work, and caring for the sick, orphans and aged . Some of the remote villages have no schools and they also lack basic facilities. Realizing that illiteracy and ignorance are serious obstacles to the establishment of social order and development of an individual, The Ursuline Franciscan Educational Society started boarding house in the year 2000 to house the deprived children. .At present there are 58 children in the boarding.
Some of the parents of the children are addicted to alcohol. They do not give importance to the education of their children. Main purpose of this boarding is to provide educational facilities to the age group of 5-14years. After completing their seventh standard these children are directed to other places to complete their studies.
Time Table: The day begins with prayer and yoga. They have enough time for their study. After breakfast they get ready for school. Boarding children are smart, active and they take leadership in their respective classes. After class they have time for personal work,homework,bathing and washing and play.They also have evening prayer after which they have lot of time for their study. They watch movie on Saturday and Sundays, and watch news every day.
Facilities: To give the children a decent living, Washing machine, asthra oven, boiler, almirahs, grinder, aqua water, bathing facilities are provided. Use of Television and mobiles is given. Basic Computer education is also provided.
Activities: Children conduct meetings every month along with boarding warden. They discuss and set right things during the meeting. Study room, dormitory, kitchen and refectory are always kept clean and tidy. Student’s birthdays are celebrated. Talents day is celebrated where all children are given chance to exhibit their talents. Once a year students are taken on a day’s outing. Boarding day is celebrated in November. K.P.C. invites our boarding children every year during the celebration of their founder’s day.
Boarding students are grateful to Ursuline Franciscan Congregation, Province and the Diocese of Shimoga for supporting in cash and kind and in every way. Few local people celebrate their birthdays along with the children.
Christha Jyothi Boarding, Jogfalls is registered under C.W.C (Makkala Kalyana Ilake). The officials visit once a month and are happy with the Boarding. Warden also attends to all the meetings conducted by them.
Christa Jyothi Children Home
Jogfalls Post 577 435
SHANTHI CONVENT BOARDING, Shanthipura
“Let the little children come to me. The kingdom of God belongs to them”.
On June 1st 2010 Shanthi boarding was started with 14 children of the neighboring village of Shanthipura. It was the dream child of Fr. Patrick Langue. Knowing the difficulties of the people he encouraged the sisters of Shanthipura to start the boarding where the childrencould be benefited.
Muddenahalli christened as Shanthipura is a village situated in a remote area 40 kilometers south west of Mysore City. This village was deprived of every facility including the basic needs. Basic education, hygiene, and primary education were not in the vocabulary of people. Transportation was one of the difficulties of this place. Students had to walk long distances to come to school.
Shanthi Hr.Pry. School was started in 1968 as ray of hope to the people. Sisters were passionate in their own way to bring fullness of life in the children of the village as well as the people of Shanthipura. Shanthi Hr. Pry. School was imparting education in local language, Kannada. In the year 1998 Shanthi High School was started and the students who stopped their education in the middle class now could continue their education till 10th Standard. Society was changing and the higher education was the necessity. Fr. Patrick Langue and the French Group of volunteers came forward to provide the needed building to the High School.
Once again Fr. Patrick Langue understood the difficulties of students. There was no transportation and children had to walk long distances. They had no electricity facility at home to do their studies at night. Hence he encouraged Sisters of Shanthipura to start a boarding for children. Under the guidance of Sr Jyothi Fernandes, the then Provincial Superior of Mysore province the boarding was started on 1st of June 2010. Sr Irene Veigas was the warden of the boarding. She was very kind and loving towards the children. Sr Vinaya became the warden from 2011 and carries on this work of love till today
At present there are 42 children in the boarding who get Sound education both in Shanthi Hr. Pry. School and in Shanthi High School, Shanthipura. Sisters cater towards their all-round development. Some of them have single parent, some are orphan and very poor. People are happy that though poor their children could afford the education till they complete their matriculation.