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Our Network > Sneha Sadan - B. Bagevadi

Basavana Bagevadi is one of the most backward taluks in Bijapur district, consisting of 120 villages. It is a thickly populated area with a population of 3,03,290. It is backward in all respects, especially in education and socio-economic spheres. Literacy, hygiene and health care are extremely low. Literacy is 54.47%. It has historical importance because it is the birth place of Basavanna, a Hindu reformer. Basavana Bagevadi is a home of many cultures and religions. Casteism is very much prevalent in this place. There are various categories of people such as Hindus, Muslims, Lambanis, Gollas and Maragammas. There is no Christian presence at all in this region. The caste ridden society is also afflicted with a number of social evils such as bonded labour, child labour, child marriage, devadasi system, superstitious beliefs, untouchability, oppression, exploitation and injustice. The people being illiterate are easily influenced by the religious and social customs of their neighbours. The villages are situated far away from the town and the transportation to these villages is very poor and irregular.

To this poor and neglected district of Karnataka, Jesus called the Sisters of Charity of Mangalore to incarnate themselves as missionaries to share the compassionate love of God with the most needy. The sisters from Mangalore arrived in Basavana Bagevadi in 1997, in response to the Church’s call for evangelization in view of the great jubilee of “Yesu Kristha Jayanthi 2000”. At the request and with the consent of the then Bishop of Belgaum, Most Rev. Bernard Moras, the sisters at Basavana Bagevadi were  constituted as a community on 2nd January 2000 for the purpose of rural health care, empowerment of women and literacy programme of the poor and needy. Since the sisters lived in a rented house, the community was shifted to the new building at Kanakal on 29th of March 2001.

Our Network > Seva Sadan - Muddebihal

The community of ‘Seva Sadan’ at Muddebihal was opened in 2006, as an offshoot of ‘Sneha Sadan’ at Kanakal in Bijapur. It was in response to the Church’s call to evangelization and harkening to the urgent request of the General Chapter, that our Provincial Superior sent a team of 3 sisters to launch out to Muddebihal. Muddebihal is one of the taluks of Bijapur which belongs to the diocese of Gulbarga. Initially the sisters experienced rejection from the people because of their fear of being converted to the Christian faith. After having appreciated their service at Kanakal, the Junior Chamber of the Jaycees invited the sisters to take up the management of their school. In addition to educational service the sisters also pursued social developmental activities side by side. The Provincial Superior, considering the needs of the locality, erected the community of Seva Sadan on 12th February, 2009 consisting of 3 sisters.

 The caste ridden society is afflicted with a number of social evils such as: bonded labour, child marriages, superstitious beliefs, untouchability, oppression, exploitation, injustice etc. The catholic population of Bijapur district is 270 with 50 catholic families. There is no catholic presence in Muddebihal taluk except the sisters’ presence. The sisters are engaged in: education, health care, social service, vocational training, employment of women and pastoral care.

JYOTHI NIVAS - Gulbarga is the off-shoot of Seva Sadan - Muddebihal. The sisters render their service at Mother Theresa Charitable Hospital run by the Bishop of Gulbarga Rt. Rev. Robert Miranda.

Our Network > Spoorti Sadan - Talikoti

The community of Spoorthi Sadan was erected on 12th February 2009. Inspired by the services of the sisters at different places in Bijapur, Dr. Anand Bhat, the manager of the School handed over the management of the school to the Bishop of Gulbarga Rt. Rev. Robert Miranda. He requested, the Sisters of Charity to render their services in this school. The school was upgraded to a high school in 2011 with the name Sacred Heart School.

Talikoti is one of the towns of Muddebihal Taluk in the District of Bijapur, which consists of a population of 75,000. There are various categories of people such as Hindus, Muslims, Lambanis, Gollas and Maragammas. Casteism is very much prevalent and quite a number of Marwadies have migrated from the Northern states of India. There is no Christian presence except for one Protestant family. The sisters are part of St. Ann’s Church, at Bijapur, which is 95 kms away and it consists of 50 Catholic families.

Sisters cater to the needs of the locality through value based education, promotion of women, evangelization through family visits and life witness.