ACN Project of the Week – India

ACN Success Story in Northeastern India, Archdiocese of Guwahati

Moped For a Sister Working in Remote Jungle Villages

Sister Shobka Rani Talari smiles whenever she climbs onto her brand-new moped. She is what they call a Touring Sister, or a religious who travels into remote country villages, visiting and supporting the local people.

She is not daunted by the poor road conditions that she has become accustomed to travelling into the jungle, as she carries out her work for the mission in Chhaygaon, located in the Archdiocese of Guwahati, in the impoverished north-eastern part of India. 

Sister Shobka’s help is urgently needed taking care of the sick, supporting families and  parents in sending their children to school. She herself runs a small village school for close to 100 children. Education, it seems, is the only way to bring about an improvement in the lives of these people.

In these villages, many of which are in the jungle, there is no medical provision, no electric power, and almost no one who can even read and write. There is real poverty, poor hygiene, and there are many problems within families. Many couples marry young, children are left to their own devices while their parents struggle to scrape together a living. All too often, the crops in their small fields are decimated by elephants or other wild animals.

Now that she has this moped, Sister Shobka Rani can double the number of her visits into the villages.We are extremely grateful for your generous help, and we promise our prayers for you and all your benefactors. Please pray for us also, that we may always continue to proclaim the Kingdom of God with great zeal, both in our words and our deeds.

A nun with radiant leadership

Sometimes, however, this Touring Sister also has to push the authorities to take action. For example, in one village that was frequently invaded at night by elephants, she has managed to organize solar powered lighting – a brilliant move for since then the elephants have stayed away! She has also convinced the authorities to agree improving one of the worst roads next year, in 2021. These steps represent major progress in an underdeveloped and largely forgotten region.

Thanks to the support of our generous benefactors, we were able to give her congregation, the Daughters of Divine Providence, the sum of $1,349 to finally buy her a moped of her own. Needless to say, without some form of transport the work of a Touring Sister would be impossible without it.

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