Networking and Collaboration for Distressed Migrants
The first programme of LJMS (Loyola-Jeevika Migrant Services) was held in JM Hall in Loyola College of Social Sciences (LCSS), Trivandrum on “Consultation on Networking and Collaboration for the Distressed Migrants” on 18th October 2023. The main agenda of it was introducing and explaining the formation of ‘LJMS’ to the public, where the programmes of ‘MAIN’ and ‘JEEVIKA’ were explained its growth and intervention model.
The participants were from the various departments and sectors of Kerala: Health, Excise, LSGD, NGOs, Social workers and others. There were 41 participants in the programme and they shared suggestions and their expectation from LJMS. The program started at 2.30 pm and ended by 4.40 pm.
The inauguration of the programme was by Fr. Sunny (Rector of Loyola College of Social Sciences and Director of LES) preceded by the welcoming speech of Fr. Dr. Antony Lenin SJ. The chief guest was Mr. Stanly De Cruz (councillor of the Sreekaryam ward). The Principal of LCSS, Dr. Saji Jacob and the vice-principal, Dr. Sabu Thomas addressed the group.
Fr. Martin Puthusery (Director of ‘MAIN’) and Fr. Immanuel Koyan (Director of JEEVIKA) explained the formations, interventions, and growth of their programmes in their respective organisations.
Dr. Sunil (Librarian), explained the contribution and irreplaceability of the migrant workers in the developments of Kerala society which was followed by the introduction and sharing of the experiences of the participants in the field. The brainstorming session helped to identify areas where LJMS should focus on to help ‘distressed migrants’ and reach out to the society.