Mangalore: Inauguratiom of Free Tailoring Course at Ferar Church
Posted On: 19/11/2011 00:04 GMT
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Mangalore: Samanvaya added another feather to its cap by inaugurating its 12th free tailoring-cum-embroidery course of 9 months for the poor women of Moodferar, a village on the outskirts of Mangalore today. A fitting tribute to late Rev Fr Bernard D’Souza indeed.  The programme was jointly organized by Samanvaya Mangalore, Women’s Association (Stree Sanghatan) and SSVP of St Francis Xavier Parish, Ferar.

Running free tailoring-cum-embroidery course for poor women in villages has been of immense success and has gained popularity and Samanvaya is desirous to give this job skill to as many women as possible.  A total of 138 women who successfully underwent tailoring classes from the past 9 courses have become economically strong and live a better life. 10th & 11th tailoring courses at Madame Village (Siddakatte) and Lingappayyakadu Village (Mulky) are nearing completion by November 2011.  The demand for conducting this course is more than Samanvaya can afford for want of sewing machines for which we seek benevolence from willing donors.

The free tailoring course inaugurated today became possible by the generosity of Mr Antony Timothy D’Souza & family of Qatar who have met its entire expenditure. SSVP St Francis Xavier Conference Ferar has donated 10 sewing machines for running the class at the Church Hall. Samanvaya Director, Rev Dr Ronald Cutinha spoke in brief about the success story of the free tailoring-cum-embroidery course and advised the interested students to learn the job skill with all earnestness and improve their living standard. Sahodaya Bethany Sewa Kendra Co-ordinator, Sr Prema Gonsalves addressed the gathering about the need for networking the joint efforts of Samanvaya & Sahodaya Bethany in trying to bring a change in the lives of the poor women by which the entire family is benefited. Women’s Co-ordinator, Sr Mabel D’Souza remembered late Fr Bernard D’Souza and his concern for the poor. She gave simple tips to the new tailoring students about use and maintenance of the sewing machines and also advantage of learning the skill seriously in their own interest. Managing Trustee of Samanvaya and Parish Priest of Ferar, Rev Dr Pius Fidelis Pinto inaugurated the 9-months free tailoring-cum-embroidery course. In his speech, he narrated various activities conducted by Samanvaya for the poor, including free tailoring courses for the women to make them economically independent.  With good co-operation and understanding between the teacher and the students, the tailoring course just inaugurated will be a success and bring a name to Ferar.

Also seated on the dais were Mr A.B. D’Souza of London,  Ferar Parish Council Vice President Mr William D’Souza, SSVP President Ms Molly Pereira, Women’s Association President Ms Violet Albuquerque and Tailoring Teacher Ms Janet Mathias. Violet Albuquerque welcomed the guests and gathering. Leena Rodrigues proposed of vote of thanks. Judith Mascarenhas compered the programme. 30 women were in attendance for the function out of which 22 have registered to join the tailoring classes commencing forthwith.

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