INDIA - HYDERABAD PROVINCE (INH)
SOCIETY OF THE DIVINE WORD
(SOCIETATIS VERBI DIVINI)
Janssen Bala Bhavan has 47 residential dropout children residing in its premises. They are provided with free food and accommodation. After the elementary training, these children are sent to different government schools for education. The best ones are even sent to the English medium schools.
It was at the invitation of Most Rev. Paul Maipan, Bishop of Khammam that the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) took up the mission in E-Bayyaram on 14thAugust 2001. We are the first Catholic missionaries to arrive in this village which had no Catholics when we arrived here. However, there were a few Christians who belong to two different Christian denominations, whose population is negligibly small. This area is assigned forest area for tribal people.
In the year 2001 the Bishop of Khammam made Edulla Bayyaram a parish with one substation, Mallaram which has a catholic population of 154. They belong to scheduled caste (of Mala sub-caste). Most of them are daily laborers and are very poor. In Edulla Bayyaram, there were no Catholics when we arrived in 2001. However 12 baptisms were administered in 2004. And again in 2005 (Christmas) another 4 baptisms were administered to another family from Pinapaka village, which is 5 KM from Janssen Social Centre. Thus at present we have 174 Catholics in three places. A few non Christians too come regularly to the church to attend mass and other spiritual activities.
After our arrival in this place in 2001, we purchased land, constructed a multipurpose structure. The following activities too are taking place in the same place- health camp, Tuberculosis eradication camp, animation of women’s self help group (shg’s), Visit to the villages, housing project at Mallaram, educational help assistance to the destitute women etc.
EDULLA BAYYARAM PINAPAKA
JANSSEN SOCIAL CENTRE
JANSSEN BALA BHAVAN
JANSSEN BALA VIDYA BHAVAN
JANSSEN SOCIAL CENTRE AND ITS ACTIVITIES
On 15th December 2003, we opened this residential school for school dropouts and child laborers after completing the needed buildings in November 2003. The survey done in 2001-02 showed that there were quite a few dropout children as well as child laborers who, given a chance were willing to study in a school provided they were given free meals, as poverty is the main cause of child labor. Thus the school began functioning with the first batch of 8 tribal children from Rekalagandi, a forest settlement near Manuguru. Presently, the strength is 47 students. It is a sad fact that some children discontinue as they find it difficult to adjust to the new situation.