Mangaluru, Jul 4: Fr Maxim Noronha Vicar General of Mangalore diocese disbursed financial aid to needy students, belonging to all faiths, toward continuation of their school/college education. The programme began with a prayer led by CODP staff and was compeered by Fr Vincent D Souza, director of CODP.
Fr Vincent first welcomed the vicar general and all students along with their parents who attended the programme. In his address to the gathering Fr Vincent said that CODP, on behalf of Mangalore diocese, disburses financial aid to needy students every year. He then briefed the gathering about the various developmental activities carried out by CODP for the upliftment of the marginalized people.
Fr Maxim Noronha distributed scholarship aid to beneficiaries present. In his speech he said that every student should have the urge or desire to keep studying. Motivating the students to help other poor students by their personal contribution after they get jobs, he said, cheerful giver receives in hundred fold.”
The aid distribution program was followed by short information about various government schemes for minorities and how to avail them by Fr Vincent D Souza. Also there was an awareness programme on natural resource management given by Lenet Deena Gonsalves, programme manager of CODP.
Stephen Pinto, advisor of EDUCARE Trust was the guest of honor present on the dais, who distributed cheques to college students.
Praveen Crasta, Veena D'Souza, Lynet Fernandes, Philomena D'Souza and Osvita D'Souza of CODP assisted in distributing the cheques and vouchers to the needy students.