Ferrando Integrated Women Development Centre

We envision a society where women and children live the fullness of life with dignity and justice

(as inspired by the Gospel message, St. John 10.10 “That

they may have life, life in abundance”)

Mission

To uplift marginalized and disadvantaged women and children and ensure their rights to a life of dignity, respect and fulfillment as destined by God and guaranteed to them by the Indian Constitution, National and International laws and covenants.

Identity

Ferrando Integrated Women Development Center – Peace Home was started in the year 2005, to help women and young girls live more dignified and purposeful lives. It is run by the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians, a rare initiative of the sisters in the North East. The center provides services to recovering drug users, alcoholics, sex workers, those infected with HIV and other vulnerable women and children and persons with disabilitiesin the society.

The congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians, the first indigenous congregation in North East India was founded on 24th October 1942 at Guwahati, Assam by His Excellency, Stephen Ferrando, SDB., DD., The then Bishop of Shillong. The congregation is especially dedicated to women and children in

rural areas. It has 156 centers and works in 48 dioceses of India, Italy,

Africa and USA. The members number over one thousand and belong to 45 ethnic

groups of India.

Strategies

  • Provide institutional based services for women in difficult circumstances including those in sex work, alcoholics, HIV infected, drug addicts and victims of domestic and sexual violence.
  • Institutional based services for children in need of care and protection including children of drug users, sex workers, alcoholics and children infected with and affected by HIV, victims of family and sexual violence and children at risk of abuse and exploitation.
  • Advocacy for empowering domestic workers' children and adults to prevent exploitation and to promote the dignity of their labour.
  • Initiate community based rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities and their families and educational services for children with hearing impairment.
  • Initiate skills development through vocational training for economic empowerment of young girls and women.
  • In-house capacity building as well as for community based organizations to increase knowledge and keep up to date with new developments
  • Documentation and action research in order to share experiences and learnings.
  • Build, strengthen and maintain networking and partnership with government, non-government and community based organizations.

Coverage area

The entire state of Mizoram in the northeastern part of India.

Major Activities

FIWDC: Peace Home is constantly in touch with the people at community level for promoting justice and improved livelihood through various activities under the sponsorship of various donors and contributors from within India and abroad as well.

HIV/AIDS Intervention

Working with persons vulnerable to HIV/AIDS for preventive measures, making treatment services available to HIV infected and affected persons living in rural areas.

Livelihood Support

Livelihood Support to marginalized families in Champhai and Siaha Districts of Mizoram, India especially focusing on women-headed families and school drop-outs.

Involvement with Domestic Workers

The programme aims at promoting domestic work as 'Work' through formation of Ferrando Domestic workers' Alliance in Aizawl city.

Ferrando Children's Home

FIWDC runs a children's centre known as 'Ferrando Children's Home 'at its Headquarters premises in Durtlang locality of Aizawl, Mizoram.

Changing lives through skill training…

Tailoring and Dress Making

Free Training on Tailoring and dress making for women and girls is one of the skills training options which is being conducted regularly at our training centre in Durtlang, Aizawl. Presently, the training costs are incurred through sponsorship received from Small Industries Development Bank of India, Aizawl.

Beauty-Culture

School drop-out girls are given opportunities to explore their talents through beauty culture training at FIWDC Training centre at Durtlang, Aizawl. Talented girls can make use of their skills to earn not only for themselves, but also support their families through this highly sought-after service in modern living atmosphere, especially within the city of Aizawl. The trend for beauty and wellness is growing and there is a large scope for income generation through this skill even in other towns and villages.

Core Staff

FIWDC: Peace Home is supported by dedicated and highly trained subject-matter specialists and professionals on full-time basis.

Sr. Ruth Zonunthari

Director

Lalliana

Accounts Head

Romel Lalrohlua

District Resource Person, Aizawl

Henry Lalmuanzuala

Counsellor

Zodinpuii

Project Coordinator

Dominic Lalbiakmawia

District Resource Person, Lunglei

Sr. Lucy Laltluangi

Sr. Superior