Social Service in Poonch
There are various kinds of social service projects and works undertaken by STARS. These are aimed at the development of people of various kinds and needs. Some of these are purely charitable, whereas some others focus on the resource development of people.
There is a medical project of MSS that is going on for last seven years, since the earthquake of 2005 in Poonch. This is a mobile clinic, in which we go to the villages nearby and conduct a regular medical checkup and distribute medicines free of cost. A team of a doctor, nurse, driver visit the places regularly. The father in-charge will oversee the project and runs it. Father himself makes a visit to the villages. Some of the villages covered under this project are Manganar, Digbar, Khanetar, Islamabad, and Bainch. The visiting doctors, who are mainly from the District Hospital Poonch and other hospitals here prescribe and distribute the medicine we carry. They sometimes prescribe to specialized doctors also. The people in the villages appreciate this program very much and they are looking forward to the visit of the medical team every week.
Another social work undertaken by the Ashram is about teaching skills to the unemployed youth in the district. This program comes under the ‘Himayat Project’ of the Rural Development Ministry of the central government. Don Bosco Tech runs this program in various parts of the country including J&K. The center in Poonch is entrusted to us by the DBTech. There is some 100 unemployed youth from all over the district trained for three months under this program. They are mostly poor and had to discontinue studies after their 10th and 12th classes. Our DBTech center trains the youth on trades such as electrical, hospitality and retail. After their training, they will be placed in factories, hotels, and shops etc. We are given the responsibility to take care of the center, students and all other necessities here.