Projects The Mumbai Diocese has the current ongoing projects:
Home For Mentally Challenged Rehab of Street Children/Rag pickers Smart Village Hope Counseling Centre
Home for the Mentally Challenged It is a shocking and alarming fact that approximately 2.5 to 3% of the total population are mentally retarded which in most cases is a lifelong condition. Mental retarded children at homes are lifelong pain for parents. Proper handling and treatment can make them to live self sufficiently. Mental retardation is a developmental disability that can appear from the very birth of a child.
A retarded child should never feel that he is neglected or avoided in his family! The need for special schools has increased over the years. As more and more children are identified with disabilities and their growing needs, there is a stronger requirement for a place where these children can have all their needs met under one roof. The biggest question and concern for a parent with a special child is “what after me?”. We want to be an answer to that question, a solution to that concern.
Rehab of Street Children/Rag pickers An invisible anonymous layer in the city, who have the following commonalities:
no identification required to work
Odd work hours
Inaccessible work areas
Established recycle industry
Reputed raw material market
The result is an exploitation of this anonymity:
Mumbai produces over 6000 tonnes of solid waste per day. Most of the rag-pickers are extremely poor, illiterate, and belong to rural immigrant families. Many commence their profession at the young age of five to eight years. Most of them never attend any school or have any formal education. Most of their families are in need of extra incomes from these young children . While they are collecting rags they are subjected to chemical poisons and infections. Because of malnutrition they suffer from retarded growth and anemia. The rag pickers are very susceptible to diseases like tuberculosis and cancer due to their exposure to hazardous materials.
Smart Village Smart Village A road to the complete village A Loving Signature of the time
In a self-reliant village of no unemployment, no homelessness, full recycling, conscious environmentalism, community self-sufficiency, local energy production, free education and health care are all met naturally by the economic system and not at variance with it.
Dreaming a life living together with justice and honour
Smart Village is an environmentally based, economic development model to produce rapid local development creating a sustainable local economy. It functions as economically predicted in Village self reliant (VSR) model, and that the quality of life of the inhabitants is markedly improved and in accordance with the increase in the of living envisioned in the VSR model. The success of the model could be measured for example by statistics of unemployment, public health, length of the average work day, work place ownership, wages, erosion, homelessness, energy etc. The distribution of the means of production to favor a model of small scale, private ownership. Distribution of surplus production out of a village via the means of central trading body.
Conference Centre and Hostel in Lonavala
Hope Counseling Centre
Many of life's pathways are hard to travel. Life can often be cluttered with issues and problems that are very difficult to face. You may have the answers. You may know what to do. You may feel you have things under control. Sometimes, though, you may not know what to do, or even how to start addressing problems and issues in your life.
To help Mar Thoma Christians and others in the society around us deal with difficult problems they face in their lives, the Mumbai Diocese has begun Hope Counseling Centre at Vashi, Mulund and Thane. The Centre’s mission is to offer grace-filled hope for life's problems, through the care of experienced Christian counselors and Christ centered counseling.
Who needs counseling?
Those experiencing grief from bereavement and life changing losses.
Those who have been abused...sexually, emotionally, physically.
Those experiencing marital problems.
Families and individuals dealing with traumatic or dysfunctional experiences.
Those who suffer from suicidal tendencies or physical or terminal illnesses and pain.
Those suffering from anxiety, depression or poor self-esteem.
Those dealing with difficult relationships.
Those who seek premarital counseling to prepare for family life
Those dealing with drug, alcohol and other addiction.
Students unable to cope up with demands of education.
Families dealing with parental issues, etc.
Trained counselors will be available to meet with prior appointment. Our Counsellors are Mrs. Preena Mathew, Vashi, Mrs. Susan Saji, Mulund and Mrs. Leela Jolly Thomas, Thane.
Please give a call to schedule your time and start rediscovering the hope you haven't been able to see through the tough times. You may call the Mumbai Diocese office or the Counsellors - at the numbers given below.
Contact Nos : Mrs. Preena Mathew (Counsellor) _ Between 6.30pm -8pm. Mobile No. +91 96192 01022 Mrs. Susan Saji (Counsellor) _ +91 (22) 2595 1384 Mrs. Leela Jolly Thomas (Counsellor) _ +91 (22) 2173 3011 or +91 99206 70558