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Good Shepherd Convent ,Karjat

Good Shepherd Convent, Karjat was established in the year 1992. Initially we were invited by Frs. Fred Sopena (SJ) and Fr. Lesli Ratus to collaborate in a new mission (TARA) at Karjat for the development of the people.

Srs. Martha and Flora were assigned for this mission. In the beginning they stayed in a room attached to the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, the famous shrine until they found a suitable place. Later the sisters got a rented house and here too life was difficult, as they did not have proper water, and they had to go quite far to collect water.

In the year 1993 sisters started visiting nearby tribal villages and slums and started working with them. In 1996 sisters shifted to a flat of our own which brought great joy after four years of struggle. The flat was blessed by Rev. Fr. Vincent, the parish priest of Karjat.

Since our work with the people required more space to conduct coaching classes, training programmes and meetings we purchased a plot of land and constructed the convent. It was blessed by Cardinal Ivan Dias, the Archbishop of Mumbai on 11th August 2003. On 15th December 2003 Karjat community was established as a Canonical community and Sr. Vinaya Molly was installed as the Superior.

Good Shepherd Home, a boarding for the tribal children was started in 2003 with 3 children. At present there are 43 school going girls including some sex workers’ children.

In April 2003 an English medium school was started for the children of our area, especially the tribals, SCs and the poor. We began with 42 children and gradually the number has grown to 583. In spite of the lack of infrastructure and other limitations the school has a good reputation in the locality.

Community Development programme: At present we work in 16 villages. We have 10 centres for supplementary classes supported by Centre for Social Action, Mumbai. Through these centres, we could undertake many other activities such as forming SHG groups, income generating programmes, savings, helping people to get important documents, like ration cards, BPL cards, Caste certificates etc.

Chalice Sponsorship Programme: We have 83 children sponsored so far. This programme has brought remarkable changes in the lives of children and their families. Many families have started some income generation programme and have improved their economic status.

As we look back our hearts are filled with gratitude to God and the many generous persons who helped us to reach out and touch the lives of people who live on the margins of the society.


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