MANGALURU: Aranha, social worker, teacher, activist and guide, who contributed to the formation and growth of DK Parisarasaktha Okkoota, breathed her last on Friday. She was 87.
Celine was born on July 22, 1932 in Kalyanpur to Santan Aranha and Louisa Aranha of Chitrapu Mulki. Her father was a superintendent in British estates and mother was a homemaker.
She completed her primary education in Chitrapu Government Higher Primary School, high school in Capitanio and intermediate and degree studies from St Agnes College, Mangaluru. After graduating, she did her BEd at St Ann’s College Of Education, Mangaluru, in 1956. She moved to Baroda for her master’s in education from Maharaja Sayyaji Rao University in 1957. She then started her career as a teacher for some years. Prior to becoming a social worker, she completed her master’s degree in social work in 1964. At this stage she decided to return to to involve herself full time in social work. She worked in the School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, Mangaluru, as a teacher for seven years. After that she served as a in organising women in Madras and headmistress in a school in Goregao, Mumbai, for nearly four years.
Until 1979 she was involved in conducting research on women beedi workers and a heath survey of South Kanara. Finally, her dream came true and she got the Shabhada Society registered in 1978, which is committed for the cause of women and social development. In 1980, she started a short stay home for women, which was the first of its kind in undivided Dakshina Kannada district, providing shelter for women in distress. Since then she never looked back and involved herself actively in all fields in the development sector.