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governing body

Rev. Dr. Fr. John Alwyn Dais
B.A;M.A; Ph.D President

Rev. Dr. Fr. Paul Melwyn Díosuza B.A;M.A; Ph.D
Vice President

Rev. Fr. Maxim Dsilva
B.A; B.Ed; M.Ed

Rev. Fr. Vijesh Loyed Menezes
B.Com; MBA

Rev. Fr. Elvin Santa Lopes


Rev. Fr. Arun Lobo B.A; PGDHRM;M.S.W

Rev. Dr. Fr. Sathish Fernandes

B.A; M.Sc; PGDHRM; ;M.A; M.S.W

Rev. Fr. Vinod Mascarenhas,
B.A;L.L.B;M.A; M.S.W

Rev. Fr. Vincent Dísouza

B.A;M.A; M.S.W


About the Trust

VIMUKTI CHARITABLE TRUST is a social action unit of the Capuchin Franciscan of Karnataka Province, Registered under the Trust Act bearing number, Trust/718/10A/Vol-II/V-299/2000-2001 Dated 01.05.2000. VIMUKTI is integral liberation as understood popularly and it undertakes and executes socio-economic empowerment activities among the disadvantage and the vulnerable sections of the society. As the activities of the province became widespread, 'Vimukti' came into existence in 1999 to co-ordinate, document, monitor, review and evaluate the social work intervention activities to ensure greater efficiency and increased accountability towards the same.

The social action apostolate of Karnataka Capuchin Province is a traditional ministry. Every house was involved in charity based on social work. As the social work trend changed from charity to empowerment and issue based approaches. The need was felt to scrutinize our social work and also to reach to wider areas and larger number of needy and poor people.

Vision Statement:
A Society rooted in the Gospel values of love, justice, peace and respect for life and environment.

To create a just society where all receive equal opportunities for development and growth, where all have equal share in the resources of the earth and where every ones human dignity is respected.

Vimukti objectives are.

  • To undertake integral human development by way of education, training and creating awareness, capacity building and sensitizing people on human rights.

  • To build and strengthen community based organization (CBO), people's organizations (PO) and people's institutions (PI) and thus facilitate local leadership, participatory development and people's control over resources.

  • To organize and empower the marginalized the Tribals, Dalits, Women, Children, mentally/physically challenged so as to enable them to live a life of fuller human dignity.

  • To evolve and undertake ventures in alternative education, so as to empower those who are deprived of the mainstream education, and thus to make education a liberative tool for the Disadvantage.

  • To promote and support collective social change by voluntary or collaborative efforts by networking with others and by working at policy level change in favour of the poor and the marginalized.

  • To document and disseminate information by promoting field based research and publish literature on social issues through the resource unit of Media and Communication of empowerment.

VIMUKTI BELIEVES in oneness of humanity based on UNIVERSAL LOVE, irrespective of caste, creed, colour, culture, ethnicity, gender, age and ability; it respects all diversities. This LOVE, to be a force of transformation, is to be translated into socio-economic justice, equality, equity and equal opportunities for all to grow and to have control over all and access to appreciate resources. It is the denial of this truth and the disparities inbuilt in the structures and the process of development have resulted in the marginalization of the Tribals, Dalits, Women, Children, mentally/physically challenged, the destruction of cosmos and devastation of harmonious relationships. It is everyone's sacred duty to work towards a Humanity based on UNIVERSAL LOVE and comprehensive JUSTICE.

Vimukti is concentrating in every sphere of life in the rural society. Today Vimukti is serving in six districts of Karnataka bringing smiles on the faces of the poor, deprived and marginalised people. The Units are spread in Ujire of Dakshina Kannada, Banakal of Chickmagalur , Badravathi of Shimoga, Chikodi of Belgaum, Pothnal of Raichur and Halburga of Bidar District. The major activities are Women Empowerment and Economic sustainability through Self Help Groups, Microfinance activities, Micro entrepreneurship, livelihood options, and sustainable activities, upholding the dignity of life through training awareness and concientisation. It also focuses on Children, their overall development in health, education and personality in order to provide them a better future. Vimukti promotes agriculture initiatives, vocational courses, job oriented trainings and carrier guidance for rural youth. It has an unit of Deaddiction and Rehabilitation center, to set people free from alcoholic and substance abuses. Some of the Programs are done in networking with Government, bank and likeminded NGOs.

Franciscan Capuchin Friars' society is in India since 400 years. Now the members, numbering around 2000 are spread over in most of the states, and the administration is decentralized dividing themselves into different zones, called the 'Provinces'. The society belongs to the spirit of great humanist and environmentalist, St. Francis of Assisi, whom the United Nations has declared as the Patron of Ecology. The members of this Capuchin order are committed workers and are engaged in Social Ministry of different kinds all over India. Especially they are engaged in activities of the nature of inter-religious dialogue to bring about harmony, justice and peace.

The present request for collaboration comes from the Karnataka Province of the same, who have already had the interventions in the areas of, Women empowerment, Child Development, alcoholic de-addiction, intervention among the poor, and the marginal farmers in Mangalore and community organization activities are undertaken in Belgaum, Raichur, Mangalore and other parts of Karnataka.


  • Alternative education through the national open school, Delhi, India for the education deprived poor rural children.

  • Facilitation of CBOs, Pos, Pls among the marginalized to evolve local leadership, collective voice and participatory development.

  • Drought prone area management programs, watershed programs, cooperative farming management of common property Resources in North Karnataka.

  • Vocational training, livelihood programs, professional courses etc for the rural poor.

  • Promotion of integral community health action through awareness raising, capacity building and training local community health workers.

  • Establishment of documentation, research and media resources unit to promote and document.

Board Of Trustees

  • President
    Rev. Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais

  • Chairperson
    Rev : Fr. Alwyn Dias

  • Secretary & Director Chikkodi
    Fr. Arun Lobo

  • Director Pothnal
    Fr.Satish Fernandes

  • Director Ujire
    Fr. Vinod Mascarenhas

  • Director Asha kiran
    Fr.Fredrick Braggs

  • Director Bankal
    Fr.Vincent DíSouza

  • Director Palya
    Fr. Sunil Ullahanan.

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