DBSS of Bombay has come in to existence in the year 1997-98 in its Diocesan council chaired by Rt. Rev. B.F. Gavit. In that council, Rev. Vijay Sathe (later became the Bishop of Pune Diocese) was appointed as the Program coordinator of the DBSS. Later, A five members team was formed including Program coordinator and program organizer Mr. Ashish Bhosale. Bombay DBSS started working in Dharavi slum area of Mumbai and tribal area of Palghar. Later, entire work was shifted to Palghar area with focus on the development of poor and needy in 40 tribal villages of Palghar district of Maharashtra state. The planned project activities are focused on access to livelihood options, ensuring implementation of social security schemes and promotion of sustainable livelihood options with the core value of church mission engagement.
The government of India has introduced new yojanas like Pradhan Mantri Surakshya Bima Yojana, Atal Pension, and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana. In our project areas, we have motivated and supported people in opening bank account and enrolling for these schemes and most of the villagers have their bank accounts in nationalized bank. The DBSS of Bombay in Palghar implements the following projects activities:
- Strengthening and Capacity Building of community groups
- Regularizing social security scheme through government people interface
- Leadership Building and enhancing democratic decision making.
- Policy Research.
- Promoting entrepreneurship.
- Sustainable utilization of land.
- Promotion and propagation of Warli panting activities among tribal people and linking it for their livelihood option. So far 95 tribal children are given Warli painting training.
Coordinator: Rev. Shimon Samuel (9226985744) (firstname.lastname@example.org)