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Kuriakose Elias Service Society (KESS)

With an ardent desire to do something creative and effective for the uplifting of the weaker sections of the society, Devamatha Province of the C. M. I. Congregation together with its friends registered charitable society under the title "Kuriakose Elias Service Society (KESS)" in 1974.

The organisation, which takes up socio, economic, educational, health promotional and charitable activities, is secular in nature in all its aspects. The members of KESS consist of a judicious mix of Priests, Engineers, Lawyers, Professionals, Businessmen, Industrialists, and institutions committed to the cause of the poor and the needy. At present KESS is engaged in the overall development of 192 villages in Silwani and Searmau in Madhya Pradesh, Pollachi in Tamil Nadu, Latur and Talwada in Maharashtra and Trichur in Kerala

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Snehagiri was started as Social and Charitable Service Society in the year 1978 under the leadership of Fr. Paul Kodiyan CMI as the Director of Social Service Department of Ampazhakad Monastery, and representatives from the lay people of the locality. The campus of Snehagiri Housing Scheme, the nucleus of the Snehagiri Project, was purchased by a donation from Olsberg Parish in Germany on the occasion of the Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee of Fr. Werner Chakkalackal C.M.I.

Within a short period, Snehagiri became a big organisation with various activities. Hence the Director Board requested the Devamatha Province to establish a CMI centre at Snehagiri. The prior of St. Theresa’s Monastery with unanimous consent of the local synaxis, through his letter dated July 26, 1988 requested the Provincial Council to erect a CMI Centre at Snehagiri.

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Situated on the beautiful banks of river Periyar, this Shrine which can be rightly called the Cradle of Christianity in India, is both a living symbol of the unity of Indian Christianity and a perennial source of the faith experience to the Christians of Kerala who proudly address themselves as St. Thomas Christians, after the name of their Father-in-Faith.

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Other Social Work Centers
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Apart from the above institutions CMI Devamatha Province runs following Social Work Centers