Thank you all for your support this year the total raised was £2950.
£ 1000 was sent to Haiti for the disaster response following the earthquake through Mary’s meals. £1000 went to India for a couple of projects that the Jesuit Missions are working on. £200 went to Crown of Thorns, another Medjugorje charity who provide rosaries for prisoners all over the world. £300 was sent to Good Counsel Network for their prolife work and £ 450 was sent to Asia Harvest for the purchase of bibles in China.
£ 1000 was sent to the Jesuit Missions for 2 projects they have in India one is for displaced Tribal Children in Southern India and other is in the Darjeeling region helping young girls.
Displaced Tribal Children in Southern India ..
The Loyola Integrated Tribal Development Society (LITDS), has been active for almost thirty years in forest region of Andhra Pradesh, Southern India. They are supporting their provision of education to internally displaced tribal children who are victims of armed struggle between extreme left-wing Naxalite insurgents and the police.
LITDS teaches all 244 children on its campus reading, writing, and basic arithmetic skills as well as value-oriented education on hard work, service to others, love for the nation, and gratitude. The tenth standard exam in India (equivalent to GCSEs) is one of the biggest exams in the world, with over two million students taking it each year. This year LIDS students passed with 100% pass rate.
LITDS educates children for up to 10 years on their campus, but some of the girls will leave get married at an early age. In order to prevent child marriages, LITDS offers two years of nursing courses, which helps the girls to find employment as nurses in hospitals. There are currently 24 girls studying for nursing and five of them are employed as nurses.
The campus also provides nutritious food to the children from the interior forest who were deprived of nutrition in their early infancy and entered the school with deficiencies. Father Elango SJ explains: “Once these little ones enter our campus we are happy to see them healthy and strong because of the nutritious food like rice, dal, and variety of grains that we continue to provide them every day… Children are very happy in the campus due to the variety of food items that we provide them with.”
Darjeeling … Northeren India
In this project the Jesuits are helping raise awareness and protect young girls from being trafficked to the cities. There is less employment now in this tea growing region and many agricultural workers are having to find new ways to make ends meet. Where there is poverty there is also exploitation of the poor and human traffickers appear luring young girls and women with promises of good jobs in the cities but they are sold into slavery in the sex industry.
Crown of Thorns
Another Medjuorje charity which does marvelous work in promoting the Rosary and particularly with prisoners all over the world . £200 was sent to provide rosaries and rosary cards.
Disaster Relief in Haiti :-Mary’s Meals
£1000 was sent to Mary’s Meals, as they have partners in Haiti, to help those affected by the recent earthquake.
Good Counsel Network
£300 sent to help further the prolife work in London and save more babies from abortion and their mothers from a lifetime of regret. Here is one story …
Another lady presented herself to us informing us that she wanted RU486, the abortion pill. We discussed at length the dangers of this ghoulish drug before going on to talk to her about the humanity of her baby. We discussed various positive solutions to her difficulties and offered moral support. It turned out that she had only been with her boyfriend for 3 months and when she discovered that she was pregnant neither of them discussed keeping the baby, both assumed that the other wanted an abortion. This lady was obviously quite aware in her heart that her baby was a real, unique, human being, and just thinking about the abortion was causing her suffering. After taking every book and leaflet we had on the baby’s development and accepting a Miraculous Medal, we offered her all the support we could and she left us laughing and crying at the same time. Weeks later we received a Christmas card from this woman in which she told us that she had her boyfriend’s support in keeping the baby and was now looking forward to the birth.
£450 sent to Asia Harvest for bibles for China. Tight restrictions on the availability of Bibles makes it a joyous occasion when believers receive their first Bible; it is met with tears of joy. And each one delivered produces a harvest in their lives and those they evangelise in turn.
Medjugorje International Relief
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