Mangaluru, Dec 7: Spandana Trust, Infant Mary’s Convent, celebrated its 52nd annual day and Christmas celebration on December 6 at the campus of Infant Mary’s Convent.
About 2000 people gathered from in and around Mangaluru. Women of self-help groups (SHG) and their family members were very happy to be a part of the programme. The trust works for the empowerment of women through the SHGs. There are about 200 SHGs who are catered by the trust. Many of the people have come up with self-employment and other schemes of development. About 1000 are helped for the education through the trust irrespective of caste and creed.
They performed many cultural and entertainment programmes at the occasion. Sr Sylvia Fernandes, superior of Infant Mary’s Convent was the president of the programme. She, in her presidential address said that Spandana Trust has concern about the poor and needy children, women and the family at large. She said it is the trust that is giving Christ to the people whom they cater through their selfless service. Dr Sydney D’Souza, professor general medicine Yenepoya Medical College was the chief guest and praised the work that the trust is doing for the economically backward people. Fr Vincent D’Souza, director CODP, Mangaluru, imparted Christmas message and said that the trust is doing yeomen service to the humanity specially the downtrodden and of economically weaker section. He said that the trust is following the footsteps of St Bartolomea and St Vincenza Gerosa, who are the founders of sisters of charity.
The programme was compered by Savitha and Gayathri.