WSSS is forming 200 Joint Liability Groups (JLGs)
Wayanad Social Service Society, with the financial assistance of NABARD, 200 Joint Liability Committees (JLGs) will be set up in Wayanad District. With this, it is possible to start 200 group level ventures. Joint liability groups consist of four to 10 members. The scheme is being implemented with the objective of launching various IGPs on a group basis, thereby ensuring a steady income for the financially backward families. The Wayanad Social Service Society will provide training to the groups involved in the scheme, including the training required before starting equity groups, the required records and the projects required to obtain a loan from the bank. The scheme is being implemented in association with Kerala Bank, Canara Bank and Kerala Grameen Bank. Wayanad Social Service Society Executive Director Rev. Fr.. Paul Koottala inaugurated the official lounging of the JLG program in WSSS. Associate Director Rev. Fr. Jinoj Palathadathil presided over the meeting. Program Officer P. A. Jose, Co-ordinator Jojo Thoppil, and Technical Expert Jancy Jijo spoke. Kerala Bank Agriculture Officer Asha Unni led the training on the occasion
GOLDEN JUBILEE HOUSING PROJECT
Mar Sebastian Kallupura, Chairman, Caritas India and Archbishop of the Diocese of Patna, formally inaugurated the housing project jointly implemented by Wayanad Social Service Society and Biowin Agro Research on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese of Mananthavady. A total of 52 houses will be constructed under the Golden Jubilee Housing Scheme. The construction of the 500 sq ft houses at a cost of `07 lakh will be completed by April 2022. Mananthavady Diocese Vicar General Msgr. Paul Mundolikal presided over the function. Caritas India Executive Director Rev. Dr. Paul Moonjeli delivered the keynote address. Wayanad Social Service Society Executive Director Rev. Fr. Paul Koottala, Biowin Agro Research Managing Director Rev. Fr. John Choorappuzhayil, Associate Director; Fr. Jinoj Palathadathil, Program Officer Jose P.A were made the felicitation. As part of the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese of Mananthavady, work was started to build houses for poor families from different parts of the Diocese. Out of 280 applications received from various parishes in the diocese, housing is being provided to the 52 most deserving families. Wayanad Social Service Society, Biowin Agro Research Center and Save a Family Plan are financially supporting the initiative. The first installment of Rs. 1.5 lakh has been received by 50 beneficiaries. Out of this, 22 families completed the second phase and received the second installment of Rs. 1.5 lakhs. The rest of the families are speeding up their housing activities
THE ACTIVITIES OF WAYANAD SOCIAL SERVICE SOCIETY ARE EXEMPLARY: ARCHBISHOP MAR SEBASTIAN KALLUPURA
Mar Sebastian Kallupura, Chairman of Caritas India and Archbishop of the Diocese of Patna, said that the activities of the Wayanad Social Service Society, the official social development movement of the Mananthavady Diocese, and its affiliates such as Biowin Agro Research and Radio Mattoli are exemplary. He was speaking after inaugurating a volunteer meet organized by Wayanad Social Service Society as part of the Asakiranam project. He said that the Diocese of Mananthavady is exemplary in the social service movement of the country in the field of organic farming, tribal development, natural resource management and people's organization. Mananthavady Diocese Vicar General Msgr. Paul Mundolikal presided over the function. Caritas India Executive Director Rev. Fr. (Dr) Paul Moonjeli delivered the keynote address. Wayanad Social Service Society Executive Director Rev. Fr. Paul Koottala, Biowin Agro Research Managing Director Rev. Fr. John Choorappuzhayil, Associate Director; Fr. Jinoj Palathadathil, Program Officer Jose P.A were made the felicitation. The seminar was held in connection with the volunteer meeting was led by Rev.Fr.(Dr) Babu Chakiath.
ASHAKIRANAM DRESS BANK – A PHILANTHROPIC MOVEMENT
Helping others in their time of need is an excellent way to connect with community and people. This beautiful art of Volunteering is important because it enable individuals to help others in a selfless way. Volunteering is one of the most challenging and rewarding opportunity that one will ever encounter. It gives the chances to bring a change in the people around. Ashakiranam Cancer Care Campaign has been providing numerous changes in the community through the magic of spirit of Volunteerism. Volunteerism is a way of giving back to the community while also developing essential social skills and gaining valuable experiences. That’s the reason Caritas India considered Volunteering as one of her strategic Pillar. Ashakiranam Dress Bank is one of the volunteers initiative by Wayanad Social Service Society. This model of cancer patients support programme has been functioning for the past 2 years in the Mananthavady Diocese. This is a humanitarian venture in extending supportive hands through Ashakiranam women Volunteers. This endeavour provides dresses primarily to poor cancer patients and needy community people. These dresses are congregated from different houses which are serviceable and not useable for them and kept in a separate room in WSSS. All the women volunteers made this act a routine in a monthly schedule. 1300 Ashakiranam Volunteers are engaged in cancer care activities of WSSS to reduce the spread of cancer and support cancer patients. The thought of Ashakiranam Dress Bank emerged by the volunteers in their volunteering filed work by realizing the very fact many poor people in the community lack proper clothing especially in the tribal belts. The idea of Ashakiranam Dress back was approved by the DSSS Director in one the Resource Team meeting that conduct every quarter for planning the future activities for volunteers. A room was set to keep the clothing the volunteers mobilized from the community. “Ashakiranam Dress Bank is truly a need-based interventions of WSSS under Ashakiranam campaign and we see a good number of people come and get the benefit of the noble initiative and it has become one the milestone achievement of WSSS” says Rev. Fr. Paul Koottala, Executive Director, Wayanad Social Service Society. There is a log book kept in the Dress bank to understand and record the volume of support extending by this initiative. Any needy person can come and take the clothing according to the requirement and mention the number of clothing in the logbook. In the same manner if any person wishes to contribute, they can also freely approach and keep the clothing in the dress bank marking in the logbook. The logbook shows the quantity of clothing collected from the community and distribute among poor with this campaign. The volunteers visit and hand over the dress to sick cancer patients. “For the past 2 years with the support of Volunteers thousand of usable dresses were collected and distributed. Every month volunteers bring cloths from their operational areas and expanding these services to more poor people” says Rev. Fr. Jinoj Palathadathil, Associate Ex. Director, WSSS. Volunteers Play vital role in mobilizing the dress from the community. Volunteers show their happiness to be engaged in this caring service. “I feel very happy and joy by getting the opportunity to help those in need. The people are donating with positive and happy mind, this in a way making changes in me and motivating me to involve more in this act” said by Mrs Shoba Edayoorkunnu while handing over the mobilized clothing to the Dress Bank. During the pandemic season, the Dress Bank became a great relief to a good number of people who have struggled with Covid related unemployment and lockdown. These days, the noble initiative is appreciated by many people and the leading Medias covered the news content. There are also more people who are kind enough to donate their serviceable dresses to the poor and become partakers in the comprehensible service of WSSS.
MEDICAL KIT DISTRIBUTION.
Medical kits were distributed with the financial assistance of Caritas India, Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council, Syro-Malabar Diocese Melbourne Australia and the Catholic Mission as part of Covid prevention activities. The distribution was inaugurated by Bishop Mar Jose Porunnedom, Rev. Fr. Jacob Mavungal (Executive Director, Kerala Social Service Forum) Dr. V.R Haridas (Manager, Caritas India), Rev. Fr. Paul Koottala (Executive Director, Wayanad Social Service Society) Fr. Jonoj Palathadathil (Associate Director, Wayanad Social Service Society), Sr. Jeseena (Team Leader, KSSF), P.A.Jose (Program Officer, WSSS) were spoke. The medical kit includes a fingertip pulse oxometer, medical thermometer, vaporizer, sanitizers, masks and hands wash. Wayanad Social Service Society is distributing medical kits to 100 poor families.
RUBY JUBILEE OF THE KERALA SOCIAL SERVICE FORUM
This year marks the Ruby Jubilee of the Kerala Social Service Forum, which spearheads community service activities in the Catholic Dioceses of Kerala. As part of the jubilee celebrations, it was decided to plant fruit saplings in all the 32 dioceses of Kerala along with various events. Fruit tree saplings are planted with the aim of making diocesan social service societies fruitful movements in the community Bishop Mar Jose Porunnedam inaugurated the state level program by planting a sappotta tree at the office campus of Wayanad Social Service Society on Chingam 01, the farmer’s day. Rev. Fr. Jacob Mavungal (Executive Director, Kerala Social Service Forum) Dr. V.R Haridas (Manager, Caritas India), Rev. Fr. Paul Koottala (Executive Director, Wayanad Social Service Society) Fr. Jonoj Palathadathil (Associate Director, Wayanad Social Service Society), Sr. Jeseena (Team Leader, KSSF), P.A.Jose (Program Officer, WSSS) were participated in the event.
KSSF REGIONAL WORKSHOP
A 02 day workshop was conducted for the Directors and Team members of Diocesan Social Service Societies in the Malabar region under the leadership of Kerala Social Service Forum. Bishop Mar Jose Porunnedom, Diocese of Mananthavady inaugurated the workshop. During the inaugural speech Mar Jose Porunnedom said that the world is facing great environmental challenges today and nature conservation is the responsibility of each and every one of us. The Bishop asked us to change our way of life in order to preserve the beauty of the earth, the common home of man, by dedicating ourselves to it. Kerala Social Service Forum Executive Director Rev. Fr. Jacob Mavungal presided over the meeting. Dr. V.R Haridas (Manager, Caritas India), Rev. Fr. Paul Koottala (Executive Director, Wayanad Social Service Society) Rev. Fr. Varghese Mattamana (Former Executive Director Caritas India) Mr.James Jose (Director, Equator Geo Pvt. Limited), Sr. Jeseena (Team Leader, KSSF) Rev.Fr. Jonoj Palathadathil (Associate Director, Wayanad Social Service Society) were made felicitation. Directors and Team members of Social Service Organizations from Kozhikode, Thamarassery, Thalassery, Kannur, Bathery and Mananthavady were participated in the training.
Distribution of Sanitizers
In collaboration Reliance Foundation Wayanad Social Service Society distributed sanitizers to Police, Health workers and Asha workers as part of Covid prevention activities. The distribution was inaugurated by Mananthavady Traffic Unit Sub- Inspector Mr. Abdul Khader. Wayanad Social Service Society Executive Director Rev. Fr. Paul Koottala. Rev.Fr.Jinoj Palathadathil Associate Director WSSS and Mr. P.A.Jose Program Officer WSSS were made the felicitation
Covid Second line treatment center at St.Joseph Hospital Mananthavady
With the financial assistance of Caritas India, WSSS setup a Covid SLTC at St. Joseph Hospital Manathavady. The official launching was carried out by Mar Jose Porunnedom, Bishop Diocese of Mananthavady. Bishop handed over the equipments to Rev. Fr. Manoj Kavalakadan, Director, St. Joseph Mission Hospital. Multi para monitor, antigen kit, pulse oximeter, masks and pp kits were handed over. Rev.Fr.Paul Koottala, Director, Wayanad Social Service Society, Rev.Fr.Jinoj Paltahdathil Associate Director and Rev.Fr.Jomesh Thekkilakattil were participated in the program.