2020-08-14 SCOTLAND

Marists of Glasgow supporting Marist mission in India

Last 29 July, took place in Glasgow, Scotland, the Trustees meeting for the India Village Project. One of the year groups of the St. John’s High School is tasked with raising funds for the India Village Project. The money raised through various school events is used in such projects as the Rainbow Project, the schools run by the Brothers and the project to educate children in outlying villages. Here below we reproduce the Trustees’ Report – July 2020.

We last had information from our friends in India at the end of April. Brother Saul issued us with the Rainbow Annual Activity Report for March 2019 to 2020. He stresses that “the current situation with COVID 19 cannot stop us from hoping and sharing the vision for a new life, new sunshine and new rainbow”.

The report highlights the various activities carried out monthly and on a regular basis. The academic achievements of their children and their ability to find a job with a good salary are a credit to Operation Rainbow.

Br Saul gratefully acknowledges the contributions of so many people working tirelessly behind the scenes: The Australian Marist Solidarity which funds the overall project costs, the Sacred Heart College, Adelaide, St. Patrick’s Catholic College, Dundas, and other Marist colleges in Australia. The India Village Project, Scotland and FMSI. He also gives a special mention to Rome for their valuable support.   

The Brothers, like the rest of the world, went into lockdown as their numbers of COVID-19 infected cases increased in the State of Tamil Nadu as well as across India.

This caused us to be concerned not only for their well being but also for the people in the projects who are supported by the Brothers.

The update given to us is that, while like everyone else, they are not allowed to move freely about the city, or go out to any of their projects, the Brothers have put in place a support mechanism for individuals or families who may need help. All people in the projects have contact numbers for people in their area who they can contact if they need help. We also informed the Brothers that we have, and can send cash, at short notice if required.

The Brothers thanked us and are extremely grateful for our continued support. They send us their best wishes and all they ask now is that we continue to pray for them and all of the people in all of the countries affected by COVID-19.


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