Sant Teresa Seva Parivar

The Sant Teresa Seva Parivar (STSP), an initiative of parishioners, was launched on the Feast of St.Theresa in Oct. 2010 following a Pastoral Council decision that the parish reach out and be more involved in mission activity outside its geographic area.

The STSP decided to support the pre-existing Mangaon Mission, an SVD mission station serving tribals in Maharashtra’s Raigad District, which is managed by Sarva Vikas Deep.

A two-person team of Ronald Mendonça and Fr. Ivan D’Silva was nominated to work on the project and form a committee, with the then parish priest Fr. Innocent Fernandes as patron.

STSP’s assistance to the Mangaon Mission includes support for building improvements, equipment & facilities, household appliances, sports gear, and income generating ventures such as goat rearing and candle-making. In pursuit of these ends, STSP is empowered to raise and utilize funds from donors, and work with other charities for similar purposes.

The STSP is managed by four Trustees (President, General Secretary, Treasurer and Spiritual Director) and six Members who constitute a Managing Committee, under the patronage of the Parish Priest of St. Theresa’s. Membership in the STSP is open to all parishioners, to be confirmed in writing. The Managing Committee and members constitute the General Body.

The Managing Committee generally meets monthly and not less than six times a year. Extra meetings are held as and when necessary to tend to urgent matters. The STSP follows the principles of good governance and strives to maintain transparency and accountability.

For further information, please contact Ronald Mendonça, President (tel. 98213-52709 or e-mail ronaldmendonca@hotmail.com) or Ivan Lemos, Gen. Secretary (tel. 97573-16549 or e-mail ivanlemos@yahoo.co.uk). Fr. Titus James serves as Spiritual Director.

 

Sarva Vikas Deep

Sarva Vikas Deep which runs the Mangaon Mission has, working in tandem with the local tribal community, been successful in obtaining the following benefits: regularizing 5,700 caste certificates; arranging about 650 private forest land documents; procuring 320 Below Poverty Line (BPL) ration cards; and making 89 applications for common basic amenities.

The Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Ajit Pawar, recently (Aug. 2014) visited the area to evaluate development progress and distribute the above-mentioned certificates. Mr. Pawar was accompanied by Mr. Sumant Bange IAS, District Collector, the Sub-Divisional Officer and Tehsildar of Mangaon, and a large team of officials. During the visit, the officials commended Sarva Vikas Deep for its methodical planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating of welfare activities for the local tribal population.

Sarva Vikas Deep is led by Fr. Richard Quadros, SVD, who can be contacted in Mangaon via e-mail richardbandra@rediffmail.com.