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Good Shepherd Mission at Garratola

Good Shepherd Convent at Garratola, Madhya Pradesh was founded on 10th October 1981 at the request of His Grace, the Archbisop of Nagpur, Most Rev. Leobard D’souza D.D,

The Provincial Superior, Sr. Bertha Nobbey missioned Srs.Priya, Amala and Prameela to start a community at Garratola, a remote village in the Arch diocese of Nagpur.

The sisters stayed in the parish house for a few months and then shifted to a rented house. Gradually the sisters got acquainted with the people and began to understand their struggles and difficulties, especially those of the women. They attended their village meetings, interacted with them and came to know their needs.

On 16th March 1982 a piece of Land with a mud house was bought and registered in the name of the tribal priest(Fr.Loius Ekka) because tribal land cannot be registered in the name of the society.

On 3rd July 1995 the sisters chose the name Saathi Sadan as the house name in the presence of the provincial Sr. Sabina. The ‘Movement of Peoples Empowerment’ a project got sanctioned on 5th January 1996. Thus the sisters widened their mission to the other villages.

In 1998 on 23rd February the foundation stone was laid for the new community building. The new convent was blessed by His Grace Most Rev. Abraham Viruthukulangara, Archbishop of Nagpur on 28th November of the same year.

The sisters continued to educate the men, women and children using different methods like songs, drama, and posters etc. The sisters helped to open balwadis in many villages so that the little children could be motivated to go to school. Health camps were organized to treat the sick with the help of the doctors and the ANMS.

ST. MARY EUPHRASIA’S BOARDING: St. Mary Euphrasia’s Boarding was started on 4th July 2000 in order to cater to the educational needs of the poor girl children from the remote villages. The boarding accommodates 40-50 girls in the age group of 11-17 years.

GOOD SHEPHERD DISPENSARY: Good Shepherd Dispensary was established in 2001 to meet the health needs of the people of the area who otherwise have to travel miles to reach the nearest hospital.

JAN SHAKTI SANCHALAN: (Movement of Peoples Empowerment): This project began in 2001.The aim of the project is Child Focused Community Development. The project caters to the socio-economic development of Gond, Oraon and Baiga tribes in Birsa Block area. Various programmes are conducted in the villages through this project .

Coaching Classes for children 
Women's Self Help Groups 
Income Generating Programmes
Tailoring training for the dropout girls and boys 
Children’s Parliament/ Eco-clubs 
Programmes for farmers and youth groups 


 

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