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Good Shepherd Convent, Virar - Maharashtra

On 2nd October 1993, Good Shepherd Mission in Virar began by Sr. Vinaya Molly D’Souza at the invitation of the Parish Priest. She started the work by visiting the parishioners and preparing the children for their First Holy Communion. Sr. Prameela Perumpally joined her on 9th December 1993. They stayed in a rented house and the main aim was to promote Vocations. They conducted English classes for college students at the request of the Parish Priest of Nandhakal. In June 1994, Sr. Prameela was transferred to Karjat and was replaced by Sr. Flora Fernandes .

In January 1995 the sisters began working in a slum area in collaboration with Fr. Andrew, Dean of Vasai Region. Soon they started a Balwadi in the slum area for the children of the locality. On 28th July 1995 they shifted to their own flat in Shripal Complex.

Later on, the sisters, in partnership with CARITAS INDIA, worked in different villages of Virar West for Adivasi tribals. They conducted literacy classes for women and children and formed Self Help Groups for women.

In 2001 the CHALICE PROJECT was started. We concentrated on children’s education, nutrition and health. Poor children were helped both from Virar town and villages. At the moment 44 children are sponsored.

In March 2006, the sisters shifted to Ambo Virar, Tirupati Nagar, Phase I, Virar West where there was sufficient place to conduct various programmes.

In June 2006 we started a Play Group cum Nursery in the same house.

On 17th April 2007 we started a balwadi in two rented rooms in Bhiwandi for the children of commercial sex workers. Sr. Divya Jacob visited the Balwadi every day and taught the children with the assistance of a lay person.

On 8th July 2007 Virar community was officially announced as a Canonical Community and Sr. Resi Joseph was appointed as the Superior.

In 2008 a children’s Home was started in Virar where children at risk were sheltered and sent to a nearby English Medium School. Most of the children are from our Shelter Home in Bhiwandi. This project is supported by H.C.D.I., Pune.

At present the sisters are involved in Pastoral Work, Play Group-cum-Nursery, Home for children at high risk and CHALICE Project.

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