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26th May 2018 witnessed a joint activity of Jesuit Alumni /ae of Kerala (JAAK) with other voluntary Organizations.  Every year, every single one in Helping Hands Organization (H2O) come together to begin the new academic year, with a little bit of hope to bring in to hundreds of underprivileged children, by providing them with basic school needs and clothing. Additionally, this year H2O also introduced the Me, The Change Notebooks – an initiative to create and inculcate a culture of doing good deeds, however small, every day and documenting the same. The distribution of these notebooks during the event, encourage the children to document their good act, or acts of being an active citizen, from day 1.

This year, H20 distributed study materials to 270 children, from backgrounds of little privilege from the wards of Kadinamkulam Panchayat. H2O is looking at providing school kits to 135 beneficiaries, soon.

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Well known Hindi writer Dr. PETER PAUL EKKA SJ passed away this morning at Guwahati Airport. He was on his way to Ranchi. A well known Hindi writer and literary man Dr. Peter was in Ranchi St. Xaviers College till last year. He was transferred to St. Xaviers college Tezpur in 2017. His departure is an irreparable lose for Ranchi Jesuits and also for Hindi Literature. JEA expresses deep shock and condolence to all who lost his presence. RIP. Dr. Fr. Peter Paul Ekka, sj

Born in Samtoli (Badkatoli), Simdega, Jharkhand in humble tribal family. Had his early education in his village itself. In 1973 he joined the Society of Jesus and was ordained a Priest in 1987.He was educated in Ranchi, Chennai, Pune, New Delhi, and Marquette University (USA).Matriculation from St. Ignatius High School Gumla, Intermediate from St. Xavier's college, Ranchi, Novitiate & Juniorate from St. Stanislaus College, Sitagarha, Hazaribagh. B.Sc. (Chemistry

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After nearly 60 years in the Indian province of Hazaribag, Australia-born Father Bob Slattery has truly found home. With his tall, lean and thin figure, wearing round glasses and carrying his prized possession — a cloth bag around his shoulder — Father Bob Slattery is not difficult to identify. The Australia-born Jesuit, who has been in India for nearly 60 years, continues his work among socially oppressed Dalits and ethnic minority people in the Hazaribag region of eastern India. The 83-year old landed in 1958 in this area, now part of Jharkhand state, where the Jesuit Hazaribag Province is based. “I volunteered for India because as a Jesuit I thought it would be good to serve the poor,” said Father Slattery, currently development director of the Hazaribag province.

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The 15th Congress of JAAI South Zone. was held at : Loyola Public School, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh from: 27th to 29th December 2017.

The Theme : Networking for Communal Harmony.

Main Host and Convenor : Rev. Fr. Rex Angelo SJ, PCA, Andhra & Telangana Province.

Host Alumni Body : Alumni Association of Loyola Public School, Guntur.

Speech by POSA George Pattery,SJ Provincial of South Asia

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Your President was invited to, and attended the Annual Assembly of Alumni of Loyola School, Jamshedpur, Jesuit Central Zone on Sunday, 17th December 2017 as the Guest of Honour.

The meeting was presided by Rev. Fr. Pius Fernandez SJ, the President of the Association.

Secretary Pratim Banerjee presented the activity report.

JAAI Past President Ronald D'Costa presented a vivid report on the WUJA Congress held at Cleveland, USA in June-July 2017.

Another Global Networking initiative of JAAI and Loyola School Alumni Association has resulted in an Afghan Lady Doctor, Dr. TAHERA coming to Jamshedpur for 3 months for hands-on practice on a variety of GP cases. She was present and participate in the Assembly. She shall later come to Ranchi too, to specialize in Psychiatric Medicine. This shall be arranged and facilitated by Doranda Old Xaverians, Ranchi.

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Foundation Stone of VISION 2020 PROJECT of St. XAVIER'S SCHOOL laid on Saturday 09.12.2017

In a simple ceremony yesterday morning at 8.30 am, the Provincial Superior of Ranchi Jesuit Province Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph Marianus Kujur SJ led a prayer service before laying the Foundation Stone of the Vision 2020 Academic Block Complex at St. Xavier's School, Doranda. 

Doranda Old Xaverians, who have made a commitment of financial support of Rs. 2,00,00,000 (Indian Rupees Two Crores only) were present in good numbers. JAAI President Dr. Devendra Singh, along with DOX President Sumit Khemka, Principal Fr. Ajit Kumar Xess, the teachers' representatives, the staff representatives, the parents' representatives, the students' body representatives and the builder's representatives assisted the Provincial Superior in laying the foundation Stone.

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The St Xavier’s High School Loyola Hall Ahmedabad hosted its 83rd Sports Day on the school grounds on 10 Dec 2017.

APX (Association of Past Xavierites) members participated in the march past along with the school students. APX members also participated in a cycle race and 100 mts sprint .

New solar panels were installed and inaugurated on the school campus (courtesy an alumnus) on the occasion .

Students , staff , peons , alumnus , parents , benefactors and guests enjoyed the morning and this also was a binding and bonding exercise between all collaborators and stake holders.

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St. Lawrence High School, Kolkata and St. Lawrence Old Boys Association (SLOBA) together are nominated for the prestigious Peace and Sport Award under “April6 Initiative of the Year” category. [International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) is celebrated on April 6th ]  

This happens to be the only Indian nomination and the only school in among all nomination categories.

The top three April 6th celebrations  in the world are nominated for the award out of 680 initiatives in 80 different countries in 5 continents.  The winner will be selected by a Jury Committee and announced during the Peace and Sport Awards Ceremony that will take place on Thursday, 7 of December 2017 in the presence of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco during 10th edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum in Monaco.

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The 4th Annual Mega Health Camp for the SXD Outreach Schooling Children, their parents and neighbours was an upgrade on the previous one in many good ways : -
a. This time, all students of the Jesuit Boys' Town (Kishor Nagar); a residential schooling facility for destitute and orphan boys) were also carried-in from 20 kms away for their holistic health check-up.

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