The Sisters work mainly in India, although they also have communities in Peru, the African Congo, Tanzania, Israel, Nepal, Rumania and other countries. In India we work with the Sisters in the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.
  
They work where they are needed most ~ which is usually in the poorest rural areas. They purposely target the most deprived members of the community and schooling / medical care is free to those who cannot afford to pay. As well as schools, they also run hospitals, dispensaries, orphanages, nurseries, women's refuges and old people's homes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Sisters belong to a Catholic Congregation, of the Cross of Chavanod, which originated in France. There are usually very few Christians in the areas where they work, about 10% of the people. The majority are Hindus (about 80%) with the remaining 10% being Muslim. The Sisters help anyone who is deserving, whatever their religion. All the religions live together quite happily and we of the Church of England are made just as welcome.

Some Sisters are teachers, doctors, nurses, cooks and housekeepers, administrators or have other duties. Some are retired and some, who have only joined recently, are students.


                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                    The Sisters in India are not as we might expect them to be. There are a lot of young Sisters and they dress in peach-coloured saris. One young Sister, who is a midwife in a very remote area, travels around on a motorbike, with no crash helmet and her hair flying out behind her!   Some Sisters have actual sisters in the Congregation and in their 'holidays' can visit their family and friends and can receive visitors at any time. The Convents are all peaceful and happy places. The Sisters have quite a 'good' life compared to many, especially women, in India and are highly respected by all.   




The aims and activities of the Congregation are:-
1, To take care of abandoned, orphans, aged, destitute, widows, handicapped, tribal etc.
2, To provide educational facilities by establishing and administering primary and higher educational institutions.
3, To provide job-orientated technical education through technical institutions.
4, To establish and maintain homes for orphans and aged people.
5, To undertake rural development programs, medical mission activities and tribal welfare programmes.
6, To conduct non-formal education and awareness and skilled trade programmes.
7, To impart fundamental knowledge in health, hygiene and family welfare.
                                                               8, To encourage thrift, small savings and income-generating schemes etc.
                                                               9, To teach morals and spiritual values.







'Most of our houses are in remote areas and all our activities are directed towards education, medical care and socio-pastoral work. Our priority is to take a definite stand and make constant effort towards the liberation of the poor and the marginalised.' (Sr. Josephine~Alex.)


We trust the Sisters to advise us what is most needed, and as long as it complies with our Trust deed, we supply funds to help. Thus we know that it is used to do the most good, for those who are most deserving.

 






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