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Good Shepherd Convent , Mulakalapalli - Khammam

Good Shepherd Convent Mulakalapalli was started on 27th June 2002 at the request of Rt. Rev. Maipan Paul Bishop of Khammam diocese. Srs. Deepti and Udya were the pioneers who were commissioned to take up the challenge of setting up the new community and work with the tribals of this remote area in Andhra Pradesh, now in Telengana state. Sr.Bridget Paily Province Leader, Sr.Philominal Pillai, Sector Coordinator of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, Sr. Madeline then Superior of Mangalagiri Community and other sisters from Amaravathi and Chennai communities were present for the inauguration. Initially the two sisters stayed in a small house at Rajpeta that belonged to the Diocese of Khammam and started their work among the tribals in the far flung villages. 
 

A house of our own was constructed and blessed on 25th September 2005 by Rt. Rev. Maipan Paul, Bishop of Khammam diocese and inaugurated by Sr. Bridget Paily Province Leader of India/Nepal. Many sisters, priests and collaborators joined us on this memorable occasion.
As the activities were progressing they felt the need to have a Centre to organize training for the staff and beneficiaries. Hence the Tribal Animation Centre( Good Shepherd Convent) was constructed and blessed on 5th November 2007 by Rev. Fr.Charles Antony, the parish priest of Mulakalapalli and inaugurated by Sr.Mariam Kulangara the Sector Coordinator of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in the presence of many sisters, priests, collaborators and beneficiaries.



Services
Name of the progrmme – Integrated tribal Development programme.
Area of operation- 2 mandals namely Mulakalpalli and Kukknur
No of villages- 95 tribal hamlets
Stakeholders- Koyas, Kothikoyas, nayak and few Schedule cast families
No of sisters 4, Total no of staff , full time-11, part time-4
No of CBOs 96, No of youth groups-54, children’s parliaments-45, Tuition centers-3, Students undergoing skill development training (tailoring – 20 girls)
No of organizations with which we net work- 20 Tribal federations from 10 districts .
In Chalmanagar village 40 children are helped to continue their education with the generosity of Good Shepherd School Chennai.
One sister continues to work in Jeevan Jyothi English Mediam School, run by the diocese of Khammam. At present there are 450 students.
Chalice Sponsorship programme; was initiated in Mulakalapalli in 2006 to help the children of the tribal villages. At present 184 children and their families are being helped through this project. We reach out to them through child education, nutrition, clothing and health care. Yet we are aware that it is only a drop in the ocean since many more children and their families are still waiting to be helped.



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