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Lightening the candles towards a bright future
We strongly believe that the empowerment and development initiatives and its results will be carried forward towards the future only with the intellectual development. The prime reason for the deprivation and low standard of living of the fisher folk and other poor people in the present scenario is lack of education and less number of participation in high profile careers. Understanding the situation QSSS has given prime concern to the education of the coming generation. To achieve high quality education standards and include more and more youngsters from the deprived section to the high profile profession the agency has designed and implemented educational support programme. Among them PRADHIBHODAYAM is exclusively reserved for the bright students belonging to the catholic Diocese of Quilon.
This educational support programme is initiated by Most. Rev. Dr. Stanley Roman, Bishop of Quilon. The programme was founded in the year of 2004. The aim of the project is to cater a young generation who are academically brilliant, professionally qualified, with a competitive personality fit for the present careers. To achieve this goal the agency supports the academically brilliant students, who have poor financial background with quality education and facilities up to 12th standard. Beneficiary selection is made on Forane basis. Every year two brilliant students (Both male and female) who have passed out from standard IV are selected for the project. Students who are selected for the programme are provided with admission in reputed schools in Kollam district, managed by the Diocese of Quilon, boarding facilities, free tuition, and financial support to purchase materials for educational purposes. After that the diocese and agency help the students to find out new channels to support them in their way to success.
Selection criteria
• The candidate must be a member of Quilon Diocese
• The candidate must belong to fisher men family or from poor economic condition
• The candidate should have passed out from standard IV with above 60% mark
• Priority to the child of widow/widower or children who are living in the protection of grand parents or relatives
• Preference is given to children whose parent is chronically ill or suffering from psychiatric disorder
Selection procedure
Beneficiary selection of the programme is done through two stages which include written test and interview. Students who score the highest marks in the written test are selected for the interview. The interview panel consists of representatives of priest, educational experts and eminent personalities who are working for the development of children.

Project implementation in this reporting period
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Application for the programme was invited through parishes from 06/05/2012 and last date for the submission of application was16/05/2012.
Entrance Exam
87 students among the 90 applicants attended the entrance exam. The exam took place on 19th May 2012 at Trinity Lyceum School. Questions were prepared separately for different syllabus. Those who secured high marks in the exam were short listed for interview.42 students were enlisted for the interview.

Interview for the students
Interview of the students was took place on 23/05/2012. The interview board consisted of Rev. Fr. Silvi Antony, Principal IJAIHSS, and Mr. S John Principal Trinity Lyceum School. 13 students were selected as the beneficiaries for the programme. 13 students were selected as the beneficiaries for this year.
Verification of the candidate
Field level verification of the candidate was conducted to verify the details claimed by the candidate and study the socio economic background of the family. Rev.Fr. Pious Mallier, Assistant Director QSSS visited the house of each candidate and collected first hand information about each candidate to assess his/her need. The selected beneficiaries were admitted in the top level schools in Kollam and Alappuzha districts managed by the diocese of Quilon or nuns belonging to the catholic congregation

Details of the children selected in 2011-12

Sl Number

Name of the candidate

Parish

Forane

Day scholar
Boarder

1

Kripa Mariam

Ennakkadu

Mavelikkara

Day Scholar

2

Mathew Joseph

Cherukole

Mavelikkara

Day Scholar

3

Ajitha M

Thirumullavaram

Kollam

Day Scholar

4

Savio V

Port Kollam

Kollam

Day Scholar

5

Catherine

Koivila

Neendakara

Boarder

6

Felix Xavier

Thekkumbhagom

Neendakara

Day Scholar

7

Sona Maria

Thirumullavarom

Kollam

Day Scholar

8

Aleena

Kurumandal

Kottiyam

Boarder

9

Lincy

Mylakkadu

Kottiyam

Boarder

10

Jincy Biju

Ashtamudi

Kollam

Day scholar

11

Jerin joseph

Thope

Kollam

Day Scholar

12

Immanuel

Thekkemuri

Kanjiracode

Boarder

13

Adheena Mary

Kumbalom

Kanjirakode

Day Scholar

 

Concession and fees relaxation to the students
School fees and boarding fees are the important economic needs of the project. To tackle this hurdle programme coordinator interacts with the principals and the boarding in charges and gets concession on both school fees and boarding fees.

List of schools that provide concession to PRADHIBHODAYAM students are as follows

Name of school

No of children receiving concession on school fees

No of children receiving concession on boarding fees

St. Joseph’s Convent HSS

03

03

Auxilium English Medium School

06

 

Trinity Lyceum ICSE, Nanthirikkal

02

 

Trinity lyceum ISC,Kollam

14

 

Infant Jesus Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School

11

 

Mount Carmel  ICSE School

2

 

Details of the total beneficiaries under this programme

Sl No

Standard

No of Students

Boarder

Day scholar

1

XII

11

4

7

2

XI

13

2

11

3

X

11

2

9

4

IX

11

3

8

5

VIII

10

3

7

6

VII

8

1

7

7

VI

10

5

5

8

V

13

5

9

Total

 

87

24

63

Christmas celebration with Patron
Christmas celebration of PRADHIBHODAYAM and Joy Sowers beneficiaries was celebrated on 2nd January 2013 with our patron. Students and their parents thankfully greeted our patron on this auspicious occasion. His Lordship interacted with the students and enjoyed the cultural performance of the students with happiness. The celebration was a day of joy and colours. QSSS family under the leader ship of Rev. Fr. Rajesh Martin, Director QSSS whole heartedly participated in the celebration. Our patron wished the joy and peace of the Christmas week to all. His holiness also reminded us that we should never forget our responsibilities in the spirit of celebration.
Summer Camp
This year also the students were offered with summer camp. The camp was mandatory and excuses were provided for only genuine reason. 91 students participated in the programme. In this camp the students were provided with personality development as well as skill development programmes. There was also an interactive session with the eminent personality who was able to motivate the students. The three day camp was inclusive of a leisure trip and outing for the student. Facilities for emotional ventilation and counseling were also provided to the participants. This was helpful in that the students were able to communicate their difficulties and emotional problems with the mentors. Most Rev. Dr. Stanly Roman, Bishop of Quilon and patron of the programme visited the camp and spend time with the participants. His Excellency interacted with the students and the participants performed various cultural programmes .Rev. Fr. Rajesh Martin Director, QSSS also interacted with the students to identify their level of satisfaction in the programme and their needs. He also reminded the students why they were special and why they were selected for the programme. Rev. Fr. Pious Mallier coordinated the camp and the staff members of QSSS family whole heartily devoted their service for the camp.