C.O.D is the official organ of the social apostolate of the Diocese of Thamarassery. It is registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 (No. 507/89). It works for the social development of the poor and the marginalised in its operational area of Kozhikode and Malappuram Districts. It forms and sustains various types of grass root level, peoples organisations as Mahilasamajams, Self Help groups,Youth clubs, Farm clubs, Nature clubs and Senior citizens Groups. Self help is the thrust in all the programmes.
The president of C.O.D is the Protosyncellus of the Eparchy. The Secretary and Treasurer is the Director appointed by the Bishop. The Executive Body includes seven members comprising women representatives. The Executive Body is elected from the General Body.
Vision: Social transformation by creating a just world based on a value system. i.e, peace,equality and brotherhood.
Mission: Enabling the people to work themselves for the social development.
Target group: The poor and the marginalised people of the society, including the women and children. The various programmes of C.O.D promote the formation and strengthening of these peoples'organisations.
Structure: Under the Director and the Exe. Programme Director, there is a Project officer and regional animators who have the responsibility of overall co-ordination and under them there are various programe co-ordinators and supporting staff. There are field level animators and grass root level leaders who monitor the various people’s organisations in their area. Local leaders of each people's organisation guide the groups effectively. Each Panchayath has an apex body comprised from the representatives of SHG and clusters of ward level groups. The village animation is done by the secretary of that Grama Vikasana Samiti (GVS). Representatives from each peoples' organisation will also include the General Body of GVS.
Regionalisation is made for easy access and for better participation. South region covers Malappuram District, Central Region and North Region Covers Calicut District. COD has two-project officesfor Water Supply and Sanitation at Koodaranji and Veliamkode (Near Ponnani). COD has two training Centers one at Puthuppady and other at Marudomkara. Presently COD has a staff capacity of 31 and out of which 25 are women.
Catechetical instruction and formation in Sunday Schools in the Diocese is organised under three levels - Parish, Mekhala, and diocesan. 119 Sunday Schools of the Diocese are organised under 10 mekhalas and one region. Each parish and Mekhala has a parish catechetical committee and a mekhala catechetical committee respectively and the Diocese has a diocesan catechetical committee, to give guidance and leadership for Sunday School catechetical formation. Every parish priest is the director of the parish committee. The priest appointed by the Bishop for each mekhala is the mekhala director of the mekhala committee. Diocesan promoters are visiting the Sunday School at least once in a year to help them to grow in faith.
P.M.O.C is the formation center of the Eparchy. It organises and conducts programmes related to the pastoral activities of the Diocese. Programmes of catechetical instruction for children and youth, theological, pastoral and Biblical formation courses for religious, marriage preparation and counseling courses organised by John Paul II Institute and Master Training Programmes are regularly conducted here. Seminars, study classes and training programmes organised by different apostolates of the Diocese are also conducted in the centre.
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