MCBDC – CHITRADURGA was officially inaugurated in a solemn and fitting manner by Sri. G.H. Tippareddy, the honourable MLC of Chitradurga & Davangere. Other dignitaries present on the occasion were Mr.Shanakarappa (DDPI of Chitradurga), Mr. Hanumantharaya (BEO of Chitradurga), Mr. SK Prasad (EO of Chitradurga), Mr. Ramesh( EO of Chitradurga), Mr. GS Byrappa (HM, Vidyabharathi High School, Chitrdurga), Mrs. Anasuyamma (HM, Govt. Primary School, CK Pura), Fr. Jose Churavellikuilil (Rector, Don Bosco Institutions, Chitradurga), Fr. Arulappa (Principal DB ICSE school), Fr. Santhosh (Head Master, DB State Board School), Bro. Shaji (Principal, Don Bosco PU College) and Fr. Manu (Director, CHITHRA). The honorable MLC thanked CHITHRA – Don Bosco for its dedicated service to the poor and underprivileged sections of the society. He also profusely congratulated CHITHRA for taking up good initiatives like this which are very rare and very much helpful to the marginalized of the society.

CHITHRA – (Centre for Human Intervention and Training in Holistic Rural Action) – the social development wing of the Chitradurga Don Bosco Society has been serving the cause of the poor and underprivileged sections of the society for the past 14 years in the District of Chitradurga. At present it reaches out to 80 villages in the 3 Taluks of Chitradurga District, i.e., Chitradurga, Hiriyur & Bharamasagara. There are 400 women SHGs, 30 Nirgathikara Sanghas (Destitute Groups), 30 Men SHGs, 25 Youth SHGS, 28 Youth Groups, 15 Farmers Clubs and 32 Puttani Sanghas. There are also 32 Evening tuition Centres or Supervised Study Centres in different villages for the benefit of poor school going children. At the request of the DC, for the last two years, we are running 2 Child Labour Rehabilitation Centres for Child Labourers who have been rescued. We are also running 5 CMRCs (Community Managed Resource Centres) to coordinate and assist the SHGs. As a new venture this year through the Nodal Agency, BOSCO in Bangalore, the Department of Women and Child Welfare Development, Government of Karnataka, has appointed CHITHRA – Don Bosco as the District Cell Bureau for Missing Child Search Net. Through this programme we are happily enabled to assist the Government of Karnataka and the parents to trace the missing children in the district and the State and give them a new life.
Fr. Manu Johnson SDB

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