Oswald(Ossie) Pereira – Founder of Kripa Foundation, is the pioneer of rehabilitation program in India. Since his sabbatical from Kripa, he is contributing to this cause thrice a week at Rama.
Many of us may not be aware of the fact that this Oswald Pereira (Ossie, as he popularly known to all those who know him) is a Mangalorean, hailing from Bajpe, who had his high school education at St Aloysius School in Mangalore before leaving for Mumbai at the age of 15 in search of better prospects. In this city of dreams he saw his life taking a topsy-turvy turn and by 20, before he could realize he had become a chronic alcoholic. Much later at the age of 47, after losing everything that people value much in life - job, family, friends, home, respect and everything else, he made up his mind to mend his ways. While 32 years of his life were spent as an alcoholic, he has spent the last 33 years of his life as a recovered alcoholic devoting his time and energy to counsel and rehabilitate alcoholics and drug addicts. Journalist Vijay Simha whom Oswald guided to the road of recovery, calls him as “the founding father of drug and alcohol-related rehabilitation work in India”, for his pioneering work in the field of rehabilitation.
Having done his Certification in Addiction Counselling, he was formerly attached to Kripa Foundation. He has been working in this profession for the last 28 years and is available twice a week at the facility.
Rajiv Ghosh – Program Director, Snehlata, Kolkata. Has been working in this profession for the last 20 years and is a Visiting Resource Person.
Former Administrator/Executive Director of Kripa Foundation, he has done his certification in addiction counselling. He was a faculty at the Kripa Institute of Training. Has been a resource person on TV programs and radio.Resource person for Work Place Prevention Programs for various corporate.Has been a guide to final year PG students from TISS, Mumbai and SNDT University and Medical Colleges.Currently staying fulltime on Rama facility premises and is the Executive Director.
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