Disaster Response through Empowerment Action and Management ( D.R.E.A.M) a project supported by Caritas India was launched on 14th August by Mandali Buddha Prasad, Deputy Speaker, AP Assembly, Most Rev. Poola Anthony, Bishop of Kurnool and Fr. Paul, the Executive Director of Caritas India.
The AP and TS, working for Disaster Response through Empowerment, Action and Management has come together on 14th August to launch the DREAM project. Most Rev. Poola Anthony. Bishop of Kurnool and the Chairman of AP-TS fo
um, Fr. Paul Moonjely, the Executive Director of Caritas India, Fr. Jolly, the Assistant Director of Caritas India, Msgr. Muvvala Prasad, Vicar General, Vijayawada Diocese, Sri. Mandali Buddha Prasad, Dy Speaker AP, Sri Gadde Rama Mohan Rao, MLA Vijayawada East, Dr. John Arokiaraj, Zonal Manager, Caritas India and all the Diocesan Social Service Societies’ Executive Directors working with DREAM project were the guests on the occasion.
The Project Launch program began with lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries. 150 persons from Koduru, Nagayalanka and Kruthivennu mandals and 40 women from SSC Mahila Mandal Cooperatives participated in the program. This programme took place at St. Joseph’s I.T.I Hall, Gunadala.
Coastal Andhra Pradesh is continuously exposed to natural disasters such as heavy rains, floods and cyclones, which disturb the life of the poor and marginalized. The impacts of these disasters are very tragic as the people suffer from lack of education, good health, livelihood at greater level. Such conditions lead them into migration, drudgery on women, trafficking of women and children, exploitation of youth which ultimately have impact on the family growth. The human life is falling prey to many more exploitations, which disturbs individual family and community at large.
Government and development agencies have taken up various development projects and initiatives to address these issues but the results are very low. Moreover, the dependency of people on government and other agencies increased where people have not realized their own resources and use the same for their development. This project aims to develop volunteerism in all the Coastal Dioceses by creating awareness by motivation training to the local youth and elders in the particular villages.” Dy. Speaker, Sri Mandali Buddha Prasad said that he was so happy to be associated with SSC for the past 45 years and he praised the initiatives of SSC during the 1977 Diviseema Cyclone and Tsunami relief and Rehabilitation work and all the programs run by SSC. He recalled the good works of late Archbishop Most Rev. M. Joji and all the past directors of SSC for their valuable services. Fr. Thomas Pasala, the Executive Director of SSC, thanked all the guests and the program ended with lunch for the all the Guests and Participants at SSC.