The Diocese of Durgapur is predominantly a Tribal diocese. More than 70% of the congregation comprises of the tribal inhabitants who are economically backward and live in poor, unhygienic conditions with minimal access to basic amenities. They are mainly daily-wage labourers who earn less than 1 US dollar a day. The Bishop realized the dire needs of these marginalized communities and envisioned a means of engaging them for their holistic development through the various churches under his episcopate.
Shanti Griha Tribal Peace and Reconciliation Centre, is a Tribal resource centre. Here we host various programmes for the development and preservation of tribal culture and way of life in this region of the State of West Bengal.
There are several facilities here for guests who wish to stay on the Diocesan campus.
The Tribal Award, initiated in 2006, is a step taken by the Diocese to provide encouragement and recognition to tribal writers and social workers.
The Tribal Award for recognition of a writer is given in the memory of Rev. P.O. Bodding. This award celebrates the talent of writers who have made significant contribution to Santhali literature.
Similarly the tribal award for the recognised social worker is given in the memory of Revd. J.P. Hastings, who had worked among the Santal tribe and spent most of his life with the Tribal people to develop their socio-political and socio-educational status.