IFDF- Vadookkara,Navajyothi Province,Thrissur
Holy Family Congregation established Holy Family Socio Medical centre in the year 1969 following the very foot prints of Blessed Mariam Thressia. The aim of this centre is to direct and uplift morally weak, financially and socially backward. In 1986, to coordinate the family apostolate programme Navajyothi province formed Integrated Family Development Forum (IFDF) at vadookara through family visit and social work the forum extended its merciful activities to the parish to the society. All these activities are done based on the mission and vision of Blessed Mariam Thressia.
The forum took steps as a De-addiction counselling for the many people. To work for the betterment of families IFDF stretched out its services through counseling centre to the individual, to the couples and to the broken families. By rendering services such as tailoring training, bouquet making, ornament making, crèche and free library became an aid to find job opportunities for the poor and needy. Through different projects the forum provides financial help for the studies, for construction of home for homeless, matrimonial help for the poor girls and the medical aid for the sick. The centre also extended its services to jail.
There is a regular programme for the students as counseling, prayer, awareness & personality development classes, seminars, workshops, 3H programmes and summer vacation camp joining with CEVA and Rajagiri projects. The forum gives ample occassion for the gathering of the snehabhavan children of our different institutions. Navajyothi province has established a special project for integrated growth of the 20 poor students. IFDF conducts home mission and insertion community at the different parishes according to the need of the parishners. Sisters helping the pre- cana course in the diocese through counseling and classes. To collaborate lay people in the ministry of family apostolate Holy family congregation formed Lay Association and our centre has 22 couple in this association.
As a responds to the current need of the society the centre is conducting special school for the mentally disabled children. “Nobody knows how great is the reward that God gives to those who help the destitute.” Treasuring these words of mother forum started Sneharam - The Psycho Social Rehabilitation centre for the mentally sick and abandoned women. The Sneharam stands as a centenary memorial.
IFDF, Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent
Vadookkara P.O, Thrissur-680007