IJSRP, Volume 5, Issue 7, July 2015 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Manjula Scaria, Binoy Joseph
The dignity of man, who is endowed with both body and soul, was the basis for all social activities and humanitarian services of Kuriakose Elias Chavara. He gave prime importance to the dignity of a human being from his faith that all are created in the image and likeness of God. The foundation of empowerment of dalits and minorities are education and employment. Chavara was keen to initiate a movement which ensure public education, and thus open possibilities for decent employment. The establishment of a Charity home at the small village of Kainakari in the state of Kerala in India distinctively emphasize the concern of Chavara towards the sick and suffering in society where the uncharitable practices are predominant because of the caste- system and its numerous norms. Chavara’s success in all his many undertakings was undoubtedly originated from his spiritual vision. It led him to be an innovator of many socio-pastoral, cultural, educational and social reforms. While he most assiduously lived the life of a Religious, dedicated to the love and service of God, the same divine love in him inspired him to devote himself, as much as he could, to the love and service of men. It is a long and most praiseworthy record, his varied enterprises and activities for the religious, social, cultural and educational advancement of his fellow men.