“He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up hearts that are broken;
to proclaim liberty to captives, freedom to those in Prison” Isaiah 61:2
History: The Bombay
Archdiocesan Synod held in November 1980 recommended that every parish set-up
a centre for Community Organization (C.C.O) to tackle a wide range of problems in a systematic way and give perspective and
vision to the task of empowering the marginalized by an ongoing study and analysis.
The Parish of Our Lady of Salvation took this step by inaugurating the Centre for Community Organization on 15th
August 2001 and is now associated with the Federation of Centers for Community Organization.
Salvation Centre for Community Organization works with all the sections irrespective of caste, creed , religion or gender
and with a special focus towards the development of the poor and the needy.
Aims and objectives: Salvation Centre
for Community Organization seeks to organize all sections of the community; to empower the marginalized and the oppressed
especially women and children, making them self-reliant through awareness and motivation programmes. It endeavors to establish
bonds of equality between the marginalized and the rest of society.
"I have surely seen
the affliction of my people…. I know the suffering of my people ….I will
deliver them ….. (Ex 3:7)
the call of the Spirit, the Parish of
Our Lady of Salvation set up a Centre for Community Organization (CCO) on 15th
August 2001 to respond to the wide range of problems in a systematic way, and
give perspective and vision to the task of empowering the marginalized. The CCO
works with all the sections of people, irrespective of caste, creed, religion
or gender, and with a special focus on the development of the poor and the
seeks to empower the
marginalized and the oppressed, especially women and children, through
awareness and motivation programs.
ARE WE SERVING.......
We reach out to a wide spectrum of
attend to those in need giving them “what is rightfully theirs’. In this way,
the CCO reaches out to the distressed women, children, youth, domestic workers,
victims of alcoholism and their families, victims of legal injustice,
prisoners, socially and financially disadvantaged, etc.
ARE THIER DIFFICULTIES…..
Dadar is at the heart of the city
of Mumbai and
over the years it has become one of the commercial places with thriving markets,
thus making it pulsating, alive, vibrant and much more. Despite these growing
developments, people however continue to be deprived of the most fundamental
needs and are marginalized, leading them to situations of extreme deprivation.
People are facing severe struggles of
life and are finding themselves unable to cope up with what life and society
demands. Families are in crisis and under the threat of declining values: young
people are facing complex problems; parents are unable to handle their children
and youth, as they are over-exposed to the mass media. Families are suffering
due to the demolition of their houses and injustices done to them by the
landlord. Unemployment due to recession
and retrenchment is very common. Various
types of legal injustices are faced by many. Domestic violence is on the rise.
Health- related issues, addiction, harassment to Senior Citizens by their families,
confusion faced by the young with choice of career, and so on, are common cases
that come to our notice.
CCO has been rendering wonderful service in answering to the various needs of
the community and has continuously initiated numerous projects and activities
to support the community.
WHAT ARE WE OFFERING THEM……
We offer them relevant services to
“help them to
help themselves”. To cater to the various needs we have Self-Help Groups and
income generating projects for women, tailoring, spoken English, counseling and
guidance, capacity building, various awareness programs, employment guidance,
domestic workers group, attention to domestic violence, visit to families and
communities, BAL Mandal group for children, street plays, etc. We also welcome
students placed for fieldwork giving them an opportunity for exposure and
experience in the field of social work.
unique feature of the Parish is the availability of the ‘community fund’. It
has been a boon to the needy people of the Parish and a number of children are
being helped to pursue their education through this fund without which it would
have been difficult for them to continue their studies. Thanks is due to the Parish
community which supports this genuine cause. Apart from financial help from the
Community Welfare Fund, the CCO also follows up such families in need to see
that they are helped and guided to cope up with their situation in making them
HOW DO WE DO IT....WHAT ARE OUR
can take place only when one realizes that they are in an oppressive and
marginalized situation. Therefore we gear towards people-centred development
which allows individuals to become aware of their reality and come out of their
problems. Sufficient guidance and help is given when they come to seek help. We
also assist them to realize their own capacities, resources, knowledge, and potentials
and having drawn from them we try to make them aware that they are the protagonists of change to take ownership
their own development.
WHAT ARE OUR STRENGTHS….
The success of the Centre’s work can be
attributed to the fact that it has always worked in collaboration with the
efforts of the various Cells of the parish, namely Medical
Centre, Women’s Cell, Alcoholic Anonymous,
Al - Anon Group, Civic and Politic Cell, Prison
Ministry, Employment Bureau, House Worker’s Cell, Legal Aid Cell, IRD Cell, Bal Mandal, Senior Care Ministry and Care and Comfort Ministry. The Parish is blessed to have these various cells
to cater to the various social needs of the people. Each Cell has got its competence
to offer, and all of them working together multiples power and effectiveness.
The heads of the CELLS do meet together to plan the vision
where it becomes a “connectors table” as each Cell offers to extend help to one
another, to mobilize efforts and work in partnership and collaboration.
Networking with other CCO’s,
like the Centre for Social Action, Federation of the CCO’s, OLCM, National
Domestic Worker’s Movement, other NGO’s and likeminded individuals are
important aspects of the Salvation CCO.
Parish Pastoral Council members and the Small Christian Community Animators
have also been involved to a great extent in extending their help whenever
needed. The CCO is working towards involving a model partnership in development
with the Small Christian Communities. It is trying to encourage the communities
to feel responsible for their members.
THE REASON BEHIND OUR
Salvation Parish CCO believes
that every human being, created in the image and likeness of God, is sacred and
transcendent, and that his/her dignity should be realized in a community with
others. It also believes
the ethical position that all people are entitled to a certain standard in
terms of material and spiritual well being. Therefore it takes the side of
people who suffer injustice, acknowledging their equal worth and dignity. So we
are proud to say that the Parish of Our Lady of Salvation through various activities of its CCO tries to reach out in
tangible way to the needy and the marginalized so that they may all experience an
‘abundance of life’.