Children are the backbone of every nation and any nation that fails to protect the rights of the children can become lifeless and defenseless. Therefore, it becomes the most important duty of the state and legal system to provide justice to the children. However, very often, the system fails to redress the grievances of the children and the children become defenseless and easy target of the police and society. Understanding this fact was the motivating factors that compelled ECHO to specialize in the area of Juvenile Justice and the implementation of Juvenile Justice Act. A decade ago ECHO was founded by Rev. Dr. Antony Sebastion in Bangaloe. He was touched by the police tortures on street children and decided to channelize his expertise and education for the cause of the children who are in conflict with law. There are two priests in ECHO from the Canonry, Rev. Dr. Antony Sebastian, the founder and the Executive Director of ECHO, Fr. Cleates Therakam, the Director of ECHO Sparsha. It can be seen as one of the major project of the community where many more personnel could be employed and projected as one of the main ministry of Norbertines to the modern world. There are 30 staffs employed in ECHO. As a figure of expansion ECHO is divided into 6 centers all over Karnataka. ECHO Sparsha at Kammanahalli, the transitional home for boys, ECHO Special Home at Sumanahalli, a center for children convicted under the Juvenile Justice Act, ECHO Spandana at Mysore, rehabilitation centre for boys, and Happy Kids at Lingarajpura, a preventive program. Each centre encompasses its own directors, caretakers and inmates.
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Norbertine Social Development Trust (NSDT) N.R. Pura Taluk of Chickmagalur District in Karnataka is a registered Trust under the Indian Trust Act and is administered by the Norbertine Fathers. NSDT is committed to the task of monitoring the developmental activities of N.R. Pura mission area, comprising the civil district of Chickmagalur. NSDT N.R.Pura envisages the creation of a just and humane society by transforming and empowering the less privileged and marginalized to come to the mainstream of the society. The domains of its involvement range from socio-pastoral activities to education and health care. NSDT intervenes the very life situation of the rural poor in promoting opportunities for better living conditions and eventual sustainable way of living. At present Fr. Manoj Thottumkara is the director of NSDT.
Sustainable Development of the Rural Poor
Today, Norbertine Social Development Trust works in 78 villages of Chickmagalur District, Karnataka and leads poor people towards self-reliance, which is the end result of all the activities we design and implement in the district of Chickmagalur.
Preferential option for the poor needs to be the main concern of any underdeveloped country where above 70% of the people live without having two meals a day. The responsibility of empowering the poor towards a sustainable life is not only the responsibility of government alone but also of every fellow human being. Sneha Welfare Society (SWS) is a social initiative from the Canonry of Mananthavady Norbertines to cater the social needs of the poor and tribal people living in and around the Priory. The centre offers educational and welfare programs aimed at transformation and self sustainability of the daily working classes of the rural poor people. Sneha organizes awareness programs, self help groups, housing assistance, income generating initiatives, educational assistance, women empowerment and de-addiction camps etc., to help the poor people to unite themselves for the sustainable development of their family and community.
It was a long cherished dream of the Mananthavady Norbertines to have a house in the southern part of kerala. After a years’ long search and great effort we have succeeded in purchasing a new building at Athani, Eranakulam. The house is situated between Alua and Angamali in the close vicinity of NH 47 and 3 km away from the international airport. ECHO JEEVANA is a centre established for the rehabilitation of the children in conflict with law and children who need care and protection. The inauguration and the blessing of the new centre were held on 18th June 2011. The house was blessed by the Bp. Sebastian Adayanthrath, the Auxilary Bishop of Eranakulam- Angamali diocese and the centre was inaugurated by Sri Anwar Sadat, the M L A of Alua Constituency. The centre is surrounded by so many catholic parishes. On Sundays the fathers engage themselves in pastoral ministries in the neighbouring parishes, namely Athani, Chengamanadu, Akaparambu and extend pastoral assistance to the neighbouring parishes on demand. The community consists of Fr. Shaju Vadakkumkara (Superior), Fr Siby Thadathil (Director) and two novices doing regency.