Caritas India undertakes monitoring and evaluation visits to projects in Jammu

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A three-member team led by Rt. Rev. Lumen Monteiro, Chairman, Caritas India, New Delhi along with Fr. Paul Moonjely and Ms. Kindam Singh undertook a two-day tour of Bishnah and Nagrota regions of Jammu where implementing partners, Catholic Social Service Society (CSSS) of J&K are conducting activities under the purview of joint projects with the organization. This visit was aimed at gathering information about beneficiaries’ perception of partners’ activities as well as to assess the quality and impact of projects supported by the funding agency in the region.
The team first visited Bishnah where CSSS is involved in programs to facilitate livelihoods of people, particularly women through Self-Help Groups (SHG) and Farmers’ Clubs. A vibrant gathering of more than 300 women and men warmly welcomed the visitors and enumerated their stories of self-reliance and economic independence through various income generation programs and organic farming. Several women from the villages narrated the success stories of their association within their communities and how it helped them set up small businesses in their locality which not only helps in productive engagement but also caters to the immediate financial needs of the family.
Speaking on the occasion, Bishop Lumen congratulated the women for their courage to organize themselves in groups in order to build communities that care for each other. “Presence of so many women from different SHGs as well as Federations in the gathering and their success stories of ventures, however small, is a testimony to the power of grass-root mobilization and strengthening of community groups”, the Bishop said.
Citing success stories of women’s group in Kerala, Fr Paul Moonjely, the Assistant Director emphasized the need for women to get together and assert themselves to carve a respectable space within the male-dominated society. Ms. Kindam Singh, Manager of North Zone reminded the women that they can make a drastic impact in the society for a positive change. Fr. Shaiju Chacko, Director of CSSS coordinated the visit of dignitaries to Jammu along with his team comprising of Ms. Madhulika Sharma, Mr. Niamat Ali, Sr. Ruby Joseph, Br. Cheriatt Jose, Ms. Geeta and Ms. Parul.

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