"Thus God leads us to various places to work for his honour and for the good of people" - Fr. Theodosius

"Much can be done with and for God."- Mother Maria Theresa Scherer

It is our responsibility to offer support and protection to the most vulnerable members of the society. And it is important to combat social disadvantages and to improve the lives of the most underprivileged. As Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross, we have various reasons to serve the marginalized. Our own personal conviction, prayer life, love for mission, solidarity with the poor, social conviction, moral obligation and the attitude of caring especially the disadvantaged, the marginalized, the poor and the needy.

A. Total Number of Social Ministry Centres: - 11
  • Holy Cross Social Service Centre, Hazaribag, Jharkhand
  • Holy Cross Convent, Charhi, Jharkhand
  • Holy Cross Teresa Niketan, Bokaro, Jharkhand
  • Holy Cross Burdwan Compound, Ranchi, Jharkhand
  • Holy Cross Bereda, Saraikela Kharswan, Jharkhand
  • Holy Cross Chainpur, Gumla, Jharkhand
  • Holy Cross East Rampur, Gumla Jharkhand
  • Holy Cross Majatoli, Gumla, Jharkhand
  • Holy Cross Nagaruntari, Garhwa, Jharkhand
  • Holy Cross Katukona, Simdega, Jharkhand
  • Holy Cross Kuarmunda Sundargarh, Odisha

1. The Major Socio- Developmental Activities

  • Awareness and Capacity Building Programs
  • Women Empowerment - Self Help Groups, Clusters, Federations/Co-operatives
  • Trainings & Workshops
  • Sustainable Economic Development
  • Agriculture and Allied Activities, Horticulture, Farmers clubs
  • Ecology, Water and Soil Conservation
  • Micro Finance & Income Generating Programs
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Child Labour Rehabilitation Programs
  • Education & Skill Training,
  • Angan- Bari Training (ICDS -Integrated Child Development Scheme)
  • Prison Ministry
  • Anti - Human Trafficking
  • De- Addiction Programs
  • Net Working with Likeminded NGO's (Non Govt. Organization)
  • Convergence with various Govt. Programs
  • Management and Co-ordination

2. Focus Group

The Focus groups of Social Activities are Women, Children, Youth, Farmers, Alcoholics, Differently Able, Tribals, Dalits and OBCs and other Backward Classes.

3. Contest for PRI Elections

SHG members contest elections for Zila Parishad, (District level), Panchayat & Ward Level.

4. Empowerment Programs

Empowering of men and women is facilitated mainly by Self Help Groups (SHGs), Capacity Building, Income Generating Activities, Development Programs and Government Schemes.
a. Trainings
Trainings on SHG, Cluster, Federation & Co-operatives, Accounts & Book Keeping, Motivation and Leadership, Income Generating Activities, Panchayati Raj, Legal Education, Herbal Medicine, Govt. Schemes, Gram Sabha, Right To Information(RTI), Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act MNREGA), Agriculture, Horticulture, Herbal Pesticide, Vermi Culture,
b. Income Generating Programs (IGP) by SHGs
Animal Rearing (Goatry, Piggery, Poultry), Crop Cultivation (Paddy and Wheat) Cash Crop Cultivation (Vegetables, Pulses, Groundnuts, Ginger, Chilly, Turmeric, Oil Seeds etc.) Mushroom Cultivation, Candle, Agarbati, Soap and Surf Making, Leaf Plate Making, Vermi Compost Making, Phenyl & Blue Making, Tailoring, Tie & Dye Textile, Weaving, Shawl and Bag Making, Printing, Tent House, Petty Shops, Grocery, Rice Pounding, Cycle Repair etc.

5. Education

Adult Education, Literacy Program and Balwadi Schools
Holy Cross Primary School, Gurudham Village is run by Holy Cross Social service centre (HCSSC), Hazaribag started in 1982 especially for the poor and marginalized children, from nursery to class IV.

6. Health & Sanitation, Safe Drinking Water and Housing

Under health and sanitation program, various activities and trainings are being conducted: -
Safe Drinking water, Sanitation and Housing is availed. Common sicknesses like Malaria, Skin Diseases, T. B., HIV/AIDS, Leprosy, Diarrhea, Typhoid and Jaundice are traced and referred.

Awareness programs as well as Prevention programs are conducted. Use of Herbal Medicine and Collaboration with Govt., Referral Service, Counseling, and Financial Assistance for Treatment are provided.

7. Ecology

The main Ecological Activities are tree plantation, horticulture (Fruit tree plantation), soil conservation and watershed management. The area covered under this program is 215 villages/hamlets in 60 Panchayats of 15 Blocks in 03 districts of Jharkhand state.
a. Special Programs in Villages and Schools
- Tree Plantation, Awareness on Horticulture, Awareness on Disaster Management, Cleanliness Drive, Use of Cloth Bag instead of Plastic Bag, Awareness on Water Conservation/ Recharge,
- Awareness on use of solar lights/solar pump

b. Agriculture and Allied Activities - Promotion of Vegetable Cultivation and Bio-farming, Use of vermi Compost, Use of Herbal Pesticide
- SRI (System of Rice Intensification) Method of Cultivation had facilitated by Holy Cross Social Service Centre Hazaribag. SRI paddy plantation was done in 4300 acres of land by 2239 farmers during the years 2011-2013.

8. Angan Bari Training Centre (ICDS- Integrated Child Development Scheme)

The Government ICDS Program is conducted and managed by Holy Cross Convent, Burdwan Compound, Ranchi, which has conducted Orientation Courses and Refresher Courses for Anganbari Workers and Helpers from 09 Districts (Ranchi, Simdega, Lohardaga, Gumla, Palamu, Latehar, Ramgarh, Hazaribag and Giridih) of Jharkhand state giving 120 training programs in which 4461 women participated.

9. Child Labour Rehabilitation Project

The Child Labour Rehabilitation Project is a Central and State government Program and we had conducted in two centres- one was in Bhurkunda for Ramgarh District and implemented by Holy Cross Social Service Centre Hazaribag. The second centre was in Charhi for Hazaribag District. The child labour children got free and quality education for three years under the Residential Child Labour Project which enabled them to join in any school for further studies. Presently Non- Residential Childn Labour Program is continued in Charhi.

Holy Cross Social Service Centre, Hazaribag 1982

Sr. Rosily Kolencherry, is the pioneer and founder of the Social Service Centre, Hazaribag which was established in 1982, to venture into Rural Development activities- an outreach work to a great number of people- the poor, needy and the less privileged of different blocks and districts of Jharkhand. Sr. M. Sigrid Voggle was a great inspiration and support to Sr. Rosily to explore the Social Ministry in various ways. For the last 34 years (1982-2016) Holy Cross Social Service Centre (HCSSC) Hazaribag, has been involved in the development of the poor and marginalized people irrespective of caste/creed, with special emphasis on women who are grossly neglected in their families and the society especially in 3 districts of Jharkhand. The special goal of HCSSC is to bring women out of their confinements and to enable them to join the mainstream of development. Hence in 1989-90 the HCSSC concentrated more on development and empowerment of women in and around Hazaribag, Ramgarh, and Ranchi Districts. The formation of Women Self Help Groups became the main thrust of the HCSSC since then.

Activities such as Agriculture, Irrigation and Land Development, Income Generating Programs, Legal Aid, Counseling and Guidance, Human Resource Development, Health and participation in the implementation of Government Programs like Farmers Clubs, Watershed Development, National Horticulture, Child Labour Rehabilitation, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), Consumer Awareness etc. were channeled through Women Self Help Groups (SHGs), Panchayat level Clusters, Block level Federations, Farmers Club, Watershed Committees and Associations, Users Groups, Horticulture committees etc.

As a result of the above mentioned activities, there has been immense impact on the socio-economic and political life of the marginalized families especially women who got involved with the Self Help Groups (SHGs) of Holy Cross Social Service Centre. In this way HCSSC has promoted a number of Clusters and Federations that catalyzed the SHGs to function better as well as to increase in number. As a result the uneducated and marginalized women emerging as local leaders have brought a great transformation, availing better employment, literacy, agricultural and health facilities. They learned to fight for their rights and are independent from the clutches of the land lords as well as the male dominated society. Thus the HCSSC has definitely proved to bring changes in the lives of rural communities and has given a solid base especially for thousands of women and their families to develop a sustainable future.