Affection and commitment towards social
work is the best activity of life. We the Clara Vihar Post Novitiate
brothers, were privileged to be a part of social action week at Vimukti
Pothnal from 13th to 19th of September 2021. Our mission exposure
programme in Pothnal was animated and guided by Vimukti Director Fr.
Satish Fernandes. When we look into the past five days, we had a gradual
and progressive growth in our outlook towards social work. We were
introduced to a number of activities and initiatives that aimed at the
betterment of children, youth, women and adults. In our visit to Raichur,
we could closely work with the Child Line Programme coupled with some
practical experiences in the field. We were also blessed with the
opportunity to visit District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) and had a
talk with National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Director, Manjunath Reddy
MSW. In short, our mission exposure programme opened our eyes towards
the various social issues such as child labour, child marriage, child
trafficking, Devadasi system, illiteracy, poverty, migration and so on.
We were also introduced to a number of schemes offered by the government
for the upliftment of the children, women and the poor.
Our mission exposure in Vimukti, took us into a new horizon of social
work. We realized that social work is all about enabling the people in
the society, to stand on their feet. Social work is not mere charity but
rather empowering the society to achieve its rights. This can be done by
empowering and organizing the people to attain their needs. We felt
that, Vimukti Pothnal stands as a model by getting into the various
realms of the society and enforcing them to achieve their rights. We
feel greatly honoured to be a part of this initiative undertaken by the
Capuchin friars, and we specially thank Fr. Satish Fernandes, Mr.
Sudarshan and all their team members for their immense support and