Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra's Yeoman's Service for Rural Women

May 1, 2009

The Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra (CKSK) is a voluntary organization registered under the Societies Act. CKSK, registered on February 21, 1976 and being managed by the Fransiscan Capuchin Friars, has dedicated itself to the task of working for the upliftment of marginal farmers, landless labourers etc., who are socio-economically challenged. Since a decade, it has been concentrating on the empowerment of women through 134 Women Self Help Groups(SHG) involved with micro credit activities and micro entrepreneurs.

The community development work here was initiated by Fr Theophil Pereira, a Capuchin priest in 1969, by encouraging agriculturists with small holdings to follow scientific agriculture. The objective of the upliftment of the poor was expanded to other taluks too, after CKSK was given birth to and with the implementation of 'Dayalbagh Rural Development Programme(DRDP)'.

CKSK initiated SHGs in the year 1999 and promoted self-employment activities for the economic and social upliftment of the poor. In 1999, the organization promoted 93 SHGs in 23 villages. In the year  2000, 'Christian Children Fund' joined hands with the organization in achieving its objectives. At present, the project covers 785 children from 18 villages, and there are 134 SHGs under CKSK in Beltangady taluk.

A decade of selfless service

Till a decade ago, the standard of living of people in Beltangady taluk was very low, the major source of families coming from the  bidi rolling activity of the women. Fr Joel Pinto of Dayalbagh Ashram started forming SHGs in remote villages, encouraged women to become members of SHGs through local staff and formed an organization called 'Vimukti'. 'Vimukti SHG Federation' is one of the better known federations and 'Vimukti' is at the doorsteps of celebrating ten years of its existence.

After watching the socio-economic progress the families helped by Vimukti achieved, CKSK extended similar services to other parts of the state, particularly the northern Karnataka, where superstition and illiteracy are rampant. Vimukti currently has seven social work units in the state at Mudigere, Chikkodi, Davangere, Bidar, Pothnal and Ujire, under which hundreds of SHGS have been extending a helping hand to poor women to improve their standard of living and have education.

Vimukti organizes several animation and training programmes for the SHG members on health, education and livelihood programmes. It also conducts development programmes in child health, AIDs awareness rallies and several others. Under education, it conducts training in advocacy, lobbying and campaign, leadership skills, personality development, mother and child care, capacity building, self confidence among SHGs etc. It also conducts livelihood programmes like self employment training, bee-keeping, dairy management, kitchen gardening, goat raring and other economically viable  activities.

Towards women empowerment, besides helping them to pursue economically beneficial vocations, Vimukti provides training in preparing nutritious food, maintaining hygienic conditions, good sanitary practices, management of minor diseases and several other issues. 19 clusters under the organization have conducted income generating programmes like tea, rice marketting, ice cream units, ration shops, stationery shops and such other activities. It has set up four Balavikas centres in villages for raising the nutritious levels of children and monitoring the functioning of children’s clubs. It also conducts motivational and awareness programmes besides training for the students to take up professional courses.

CKSK, besides working for the improvement of the socio-economic condition of the women, also plans to establish a human resource centre to train beneficiaries under 'Vimukti Social Work' cell. For this purpose, it is in need of approximately Rs 33,35,000, a portion of which has been promised to be contributed by Capuchin Fathers. The rest has to come from the people. The organization solicits generous contributions from the general public to be able to achieve its objective of helping the lower strata of the society to progress socially and economically by providing training, opportunities and skills to the needy.

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    Fri, Dec 06 2013

    GOD BLESS YOU..!!!!

  • Manu, Amembal, Amembal/Bidar

    Tue, May 05 2009

    It is nice to hear that the dream of St. Francis of Assisi is getting realized through the efforts of VIMUKTI. May it flourish more and more to all the corners of Karnataka.

  • Br. Paul Derick, Bhopal

    Tue, May 05 2009

    Congrats Fr. Vinod and the entire Vimukti team. our founder found Christ among the poor and the rejected, may your efforts bring broder smile among the downtroden

  • Br. Paul Derick, Bhopal

    Tue, May 05 2009

    Congrats Fr. Vinod and the entire Vimukti team. Our founder found Christ among the poor and the rejected, may your efforts bring broader smiles among the downtrodden

  • Fr. Henry Vas, Mangalore/ U.S

    Mon, May 04 2009

    St. Francis of Assisi said to his brothers, "I have done my part, may Christ teach you to do yours." I am glad that you have been working hard to transform the society in which we live. Continue the good work of Jesus Christ in the footstps of St. Francis of Assisi. May God bless your efforts in hundred fold. On the occasion of the decennial celebrations, I wish you,all the best.

  • Charles D''Mello, Pangala

    Mon, May 04 2009

    None of the communally blind people will be there to appreciate such good work...!!!! When some of the members convert voluntarily, then jump and make a big cry, saying it as forcible conversion!!

  • Sr.Severine Menezes, Belur, Hassan

    Mon, May 04 2009

    Fr.Vinod, keep up the zeal for God''s people. i appreciate your enthusiasm and hard work for the welfare of the marginalized. Hope to see you A "Star" in the broken World.

  • Cyril Dsouza, Mangalore / Mumbai

    Sun, May 03 2009

    Hats off to you father for this examplery work done by u and your group which has no words especially for the upliftment of poor women and children. Hats off to u once again and May God bless for this difficult work

  • max D''Silva, mogarnad/Uganda

    Sun, May 03 2009

    Congratulations dear brothers. let your hopes for victory of less advantaged bear abundant economic, spiritual and social fruits. Let God''s kindness abide in you.

  • Fr.Chetan, Capuchin, Bangalore

    Sun, May 03 2009

    As long as the basic investments such as Generosity, Good Will, Hard work and Love of Humanity do not lack in you, you do not lack God''s Blessings upon your service. Hearty wishes to all the Brothers, especially to Brs. Arun & Vinod. May your tribe grow!!!

  • salvador Ferns, Germany

    Sun, May 03 2009

    Dear Vimukti Director and the Staff at Ujire. Congratulations to you for the good work you do for the benifit of the last and least. "Whatsoever you do to the least of my people that you do unto me". Bravo VINOD!

  • J.M. D''Mello, Pius Nagar / Sri Lanka

    Sat, May 02 2009

    Congratulations to the Capuchin Provincial and the members , the guardians of Dayal Bagh fraternity and the directors & the staff members of this social work Institute. May God continue to bless this institute in the future

  • Joel, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sat, May 02 2009

    Capuchins are the pioneers in these areas especially in the upliftment of the lowly and downtrodden without the discrimination of religion,caste and creed. An initiative worth recognition and support. God bless the Capuchins.

  • Norbert Miranda, Moodbidri/Muscat

    Sat, May 02 2009

    It re-kindled me the past memories of yesteryear. When I was Studying in Ujire in the year 1976/1978 I visited Dayalbagh several times riding on my bicycle from Ujire to Mundaje visiting the farm and meeting the fathers. It was a wonderful experience. Now what a  wonder ,after 3 decades this noble work of Capuchin Fathers has reached the whole state. May God shower his blessings on them for the selfless service done to the community.

  • Rajesh D''souza, Mumbai

    Fri, May 01 2009

    Congratulations Fr.Vinod. You are great and you works speak louder than your words. We are proud of you and the good you doing for the people.

  • bona marcel, Vittal/Bangalore

    Fri, May 01 2009

    Congratulations to you dear brothers who have worked in the past and are now working for VIMUKTI. On the occasion of the decennial celebrations, I wish you, directors and all people involved, all the best. May the Almighty shower his choicest blessings on your good work.

  • Jackson, kuwait

    Fri, May 01 2009

    Dear Capuchin fathers wishing you all the best in your social welfare activities.May the people of ujire be benefitted by your agriculture related activities . I request our political leaders to learn from these organisations who work for the people without considering caste and creed.Hats off krishik seva kendra .

  • george borromeo, angelore, mangalore

    Fri, May 01 2009

    I have visited this place two decades back . Thanks to daiji  for reminding me  of the progress and changes that  have taken place. 

  • Ronald., Udupi.

    Fri, May 01 2009

    Such a wondreful work Initiated by Fr Theophil Pereira. God Bless all those who are Involved and also those who Giving a Helping hand.

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