Our Apostolate

Social Action


18th November 2017 was both a unique and a historical day for the Diocese of Shimla Chandigarh as well as for the Society of Pilar. Bishop Ignatius Mascarenhas of the Diocese of Shimla Chandigarh along with our Provincial Fr. John Fernandes were welcomed with the Angura (Himachali cap) and Himachali garlands intricately woven dry fruits and nuts. The rain and the chill did not dampen the spirit of the community as the freshly clad snow capped Himalayas embraced us in its beauty. Fr. Provincial inaugurated the newly furnished Handloom Center, locally known as Khadi Center and it was blessed by His Lordship. Each one of them was welcomed with a stole woven by the women at the Center.
The Handloom Center is presently led by Mrs. Sundermani Shukla who hails from the village of Barang around 15 kms from Reckong Peo where the Center is located. The Center is aimed at empowering women by providing them skills for self-employment and sustenance. The center has installed four Handlooms, which will provide opportunities for at least four women across the calendar year. The center is fully funded by our NGO–Society of Pilar Janseva, which provides the raw materials to the center for the production of Kinnauri linens such as Shawls, Stoles, Mufflers, Kinnauri Dress Materials, etc. The NGO also runs two more centers, a Kristjyoti Computer Center and a Kristjyoti Tailoring Center at Reckong Peo which is again taken care by the locals.
A sincere thanks to Fr. Cidloy Furtado the Director of Social Works and the entire Provincial administration for their genuine support and constant guidance towards undertaking and carrying forward of this venture. Christ being our prime motivation and goal we march humbly in his footsteps for His greater glory.

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