One of the objects of our Trust
Association is to associate with other recognized
Christian Institution involved in Charitable Philanthropic,
educational, social and medical work. Indian Christian
Association is such an organization, which was established
in the year 1933. Its main object was to bring together
all Christians irrespective of their Church denomination
to organize cultural programmes, during festive seasons
like Christmas and Easter. ICA was thus very active
in Bombay till 1970 after which its activities almost
came to a stand still.
After almost 3 decades some senior
members of the community decided to revive ICA but due
to lack of funds and financial support it was not possible
to give it a fresh start. This was brought to the notice
of some Board members of The BDTA and with their initiative
and approval of the Board, a new life was given to ICA.Membership
drive was undertaken and a new Executive Committee was
elected with representatives from different
churches. After the death of Rev. V. Makasare, the President
of ICA, the reins of the Association to shoulder the
responsibility and to lead the members fell on Rev.
P.B. Amolik. Vacation Bible School, Christmas Tree for
slum children, Drawing competition for Sunday School
children etc organized. A seminar was held on whether
Christians should declare themselves "Dalits"
several meetings were held after Write with Congress leaders
for representing the interests of the minority community.
was held where young boys and girls deciding to settle
down in life were provided an opportunity to look for
their life partner in person. Another laudable project
to help the very poor Christian families is the "Manna
project". 35 such families are provided Rs. 500/-
worth of grains, oil, sugar etc every month on the 12th
Day. ICA members gather and distribute the ration personally.
These deserving under privileged families are required
to be regular churchgoers. Those ICA members who gather
at the residence of Rev. P.B. Amolik are Rev. Prakash
Patole, Rev. Sharad Balid, Rev Victor Gollapalli, Rev
Shekhar Jadhav, Mr. Pradip Shirsat, Mr. Anil Rawade,
Mr. K.N. Balid, and Mrs. Noreen Amolik.
is a well-known fact that the Priests serving
in our Churches are not well paid. There are some
CNI Dioceses like Marathawad and Kolhapur where
Priests do not receive their salaries for months.
Our Trust Association tries to provide them some
financial assistance during Christmas and Easter
season by making ex-gratia payments.
During the past few years we have extended
such help to the extent of Rs.3,Lakhs. Scholarships
in cash were offered to deserving students who performed
well in their studies. We have spent about Rs. 15 Lakhs
in the recent past. towards Scholarship. Medical help
was provided to needy Christians in major sickness and
operations to the extent of Rs. 3.5 Lakhs. Some Church
buildings outside our The BDTA territory were provided funds
to complete their building projects. So far we have
provided Rs 3.5 Lakhs to the Churches.
In the field of propagation of the
Gospel we took out an audiocassette of popular Marathi
hymns sung by famous Marathi playback singers viz.,
Usha Mangeshkar, Ravindra Sathe, Anupama Deshpande and
Uttara Kelkar. The hymns selected for this cassette
called "Tujha Sharan Alo Mi Ata"(I come to
your refuge now) are written by Rev. Waman R Tilak and
K.R. Sangle. Over, 3,000 copies of these cassettes were
sold at the cost price. We are grateful to all the singers,
Mr. Enoch Daniels, Music arranger, Mr. Anil Acquila Project
Co-ordinator and Mr. Amon George Daniels for the use
of Don Bosco Studio.
also financed the publication of a Marathi book
titled " Dharma Khristacha Vichaar Sahitya
Cha" with a commentary by Mr. Sunil Shyam
book is a collection of famous speeches delivered
by Presidents of Maharashtra Khristi Sahitya Sammelan
during the years 1927 to 2001. It is a book, which
contains the religious, social, economic and political
traditions of the Marathi Community during that
are grateful to Mr. Sunil Adhav for conceiving
this project and the book will be a proud possession
of any library and those interested in Marathi
PANVEL MEDICAL CENTRE
In our project at Panvel, there is a provision for providing low cost medical services for which an area of 3,000 sq.ft. has been constructed and earmarked. Our Trust Association has not taken any definite decision regarding the nature of medical services we can afford, as we do not have sufficient funds for medical equipment and furniture etc. There are a number of private hospitals and Doctors in the new neighbourhood to compete. A proposal to start a medical centre for awareness and treatment of infectious diseases T.B. and HIV etc. is under serious consideration. The Trust Association would gratefully invite any Charitable/Philanthropic organization to provide financial assistance for starting this medical center. A short term auxiliary nursing course can also be started.
Dr. Sharmila Amolik, M.D (USA) is the Hon. Project Coordinator. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Vasudha Muttagi, M.D (USA) is the Hon. Infectious Disease/HIV Advisor. Email: email@example.com
Salil Kharat, M.S, Computer Science (USA) is the Information Technology Advisor for the project. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: http://www.LassenInfoTech.com .
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