Looking into the present scenario the Catholic Church is more concerned of the young people, her sons and daughters. In this context the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) this year conducted its plenary on “youth” with the theme “Youth for Peace and Harmony” and discussed precisely on the challenges the youth are facing and its share of responsibility and response to the youth. In its statement at the end of the 29th General Body Meeting, it says that they are committed , “To create more opportunities for youth from dalit, backward classes, tribal and remote rural communities for quality education and professional skills training; To utilize the reach and power of technology and media for wider and creative engagement with youth; To empower young people to be constructively involved in issues like climate change, environmental degradation, natural and man-made disaster management”.
In order to keep the commitment it has shared its responsibility with the Youth Activ8 Foundation (YAF), the CBCI Commission for Youth and the official youth wing of the Catholic Church in India, ICYM (Indian Catholic Youth Movement) which is celebrating its the decennial jubilee year, to spear head the entire process of development through setting up the first National Youth Centre, by the name “YUVA GRAM” on a 15 Acre of Land, at Padri Thana, Nagpur Diocese, where the Zero mile begins.
We have done a feasibility study for the Land with the support of APFRO, Water points have been located for bore wells and a well has been dug in the land. A Survey of the surrounding village-Padrithana is done and in future development works for the parishioners and near by villages will be carried on by youth volunteer those who come to Yuva Gram. Regular Spiritual cum Work Camps are being done and the intensity of these programs would be increased at regular intervals. We have conducted Summer Camp- With English Classes for Village Children and Youth and these kind of programs will be emphasised.
We plan to have Eco-friendly Socio- Spiritual centre for youth people, with short time and long time volunteers. We would require both skilled and unskilled, and professinal volunteer for the development and construction of the centre.
Opp. St. Joseph’s Hospital
Padri Thana, Umred Road, Butibori Post,
Nagpur - 441 108