Fr. Peter Asheervadappa
Director-BDSSS- Belgaum Diocesan Social Service Society
The official social wing of the Diocese of Belgaum was announced in 1992 but was officially
founded 25 years ago on 14 th November 1997. Reflecting on the rich history of this organization,
we had the modest of beginnings and then the scale-up with every passing day, reaching out to
newer terrains in the five civil districts of Dharwad, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Gadag and Haveri and
one taluka of Maharashtra - Chandgad. In these 25 years of excellence, we were privileged to
address children’s needs, formulate policies to defend them from harmful situations, empower
women through socio-economic programs, enhance the livelihood of men and women from the
bottom of the pyramid, conceptualize and execute sustainable agriculture and alternative
livelihood opportunities, serve the senior citizens through path-breaking initiatives like Elderly
Shelf Help Groups, reduce malnutrition, Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and HIV/AIDS, support
grassroots people’s movement, ensure good governance, stimulate Integrated Rural Development
Programs, contribute in Disaster Risk Reduction and now, support government and community
with COVID help.
As a result of sustained efforts of all stakeholders, BDSSS reached 495 villages and semi-urban
locations in 5 districts and still counting for the upliftment of the poor and marginalized.
Our commitment to the development of the people of our work areas is not a recent
phenomenon, as it is witnessed by our long-standing work in favour of safeguarding local values
in health care, education, climate adoptive agriculture, child protection, livelihood & skill
development, women’s empowerment, climate change, environmental care, disaster risk
reduction, and in so many undertakings, great and small, aimed at holistic social development. In
this respect, BDSSS doesn’t fail to continue along this path, especially through the effective
contribution of its stakeholders for the progress of communities.
Through the experience gained during the last 25 years, BDSSS continues to play a substantial
role in encouraging and coordinating development. The hope that I express in this anniversary
year is that BDSSS will be the agent of its own progress; in the sense of solidarity and mutual
assistance, working for the common good of all with your care and support.
Please participate in contributing to our causes with all your might. You may reach out to us with
your choice of contribution i.e. donating for a project, individual children, event and
volunteering. Write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org
or call me on +91-9611310262 with your ideas
To all of you, I renew the expression of my friendship and goodwill.
Fr. Peter Asheervadappa