CASA marked its 70 year heritage by dedicating the day to the communities of rural India which worked hand-in-hand with CASA in their march for development and dignified lives. CASA marked the thanksgiving event at Cathedral Church of the Redemption located in the heart of central Delhi. The event held in March 2018 was attended by CASA veterans and board members who have dedicated their lives to social work.
Former Director of CASA 85-year-old Major J.K. Michael was also present with his family members. Mr. Michael served as the Director of CASA for 24 years and was succeeded by Dr. Sushant Agrawal in 2001. Members from CASA’s partner organisations were also present.
CASA Chairperson The Most Rev. Suneel Bhanu opened the event with his thanksgiving prayer followed by treasurer His Grace Dr. Yakob Mar Irenaios.
Dr. Agrawal addressed the gathering by giving a brief on how Church Auxiliary for Social Action was formed as an immediate relief committee to help victims during Indo-Pak partisan. “Today, CASA has grown into a premier humanitarian and developmental organisation with its base in 26 states working in 10,000+ villages, reaching out to 6.3 million people and we are moving towards a new beginning,” he said.
Dr. Agrawal added: “I thank my predecessor Major Michael for all the contributions he made to take CASA to its heights. And I thank our member churches who helped us sway through difficult times. But most importantly I thank our dedicated CASA staff who work day and night tirelessly to achieve visible development and humanitarian work with the communities on the ground.”
Senior management along with other CASA staff were present for the three hour long celebration followed by dinner.