Founder Principal of Roshni Nilaya Dr Olinda Pereira passes away

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Dr Olinda Pereira (95), the founder Principal School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya and Founder of Vishwas Trust, passed away on Sunday. She is famed for introducing social work education in Karnataka.

Born into a Catholic family on August 15, 1925, Olinda, is the youngest daughter of Martin and Lily. She pursued her education up to BA at St Agnes College, followed by B Ed from St Ann’s. She taught in St. Mary’s High School at Marjil for 12 years while pursuing concurrently an external course leading to MA in psychology from Banares Hindu University.

She joined French religious congregation Daughter of the Heart of Mary and travelled to Paris in 1961 for her religious formation.

On her return she was part of the founding team of School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya and served as Founder Principal of the college from 1961 to 1982. She was awarded a Doctorate by the Mysore University for her thesis on the adjustment problems of pre-adolescents.

She also founded Vishwas Trust in 1999 that has been spearheading the cause of senior citizens and provides day-care facilities for the elderly. The Trust also trains persons to treat and provide geriatric care.

Vishwas also runs a 24-hour helpline for the elderly in collaboration with Pandeshwar Police Station.

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