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Ernakulam Social Service Society, the official organization for social action, of the Archdiocese of Verapoly is the brain child of the first Indian to become Archbishop of Verapoly, Most. Rev. Dr.Joseph Attipetty and Fr. Jerome Payapilly OCD. Founded on August 28, 1962, Ernakulam Social Service Society grew year by year under the patronage of gifted archbishops and directors with dedication and commitment.

In this journey ESSS has taken sides with the poor and the marginalized people to end poverty and social injustice. Our focus is on the rights of the most marginalized communities: rural and urban poor, women, children, aged, fisher folk, differently abled, migrant and unorganized workers. These groups face an acute lack of access to and control over resources, services, and institutions. ESSS practices a rights-based approach to development, helping people to claim their rights, which may be constitutional, moral or legal entitlements.


Just and self-reliant society with highly resourceful people living in harmony and mutual help.


Ernakulam Social Service Society (ESSS) is committed to promote, support and sustain the socio-economic and developmental initiatives of the poor and the marginalized through social mobilization, empowerment and decentralization.


Ernakulam Social Service Society (ESSS) came into existence on August 28, 1962 to cater the developmental concern of the poor and the marginalized population in the coastal belt of Ernakulam and Trichur districts. It is the initiative of the Archdiocese of Verapoly to do community organisation and socio-economic programmes for the socially and economically disadvantaged sections of the area irrespective of caste, creed and religion. ESSS has been registered under the Travancore Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Regn. Act XIII of 1955 in 1962 (Reg. No. ER- 8/1962).

Developmental Objectives

  • Integral development by developing local knowledge base as appropriate and enthusing the community for self-propelled action.
  • Community based disaster preparedness and management equipping forums and task forces as appropriate and developing bio-physical shields to mitigate the disasters.
  • Promotion of functional community based organization (CBOs) at the villages for the developmental action.
  • Legal literacy and redressal services targeting specific women issues and in that regard collaborate with constitutional mechanisms and safeguards.
  • Entrepreneurial development and employment generation through locally viable and eco-friendly micro enterprises.
  • Infrastructure development addressing the gender and environmental concerns in order to ensure the physical and social well-being of the poor.

Target Groups

  • Poor and marginalized Women
  • Children from rural areas and slums
  • Traditional Fishermen
  • Construction workers and other unorganized workmen.
  • Slum population of Cochin City.
  • Differently abled.
  • Senior Citizens
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