ACN PROJECT OF THE WEEK: India
Support for the life and ministry of 63 religious in Rourkela
In the diocese of Rourkela, in the north of the Indian state of Odisha (formerly known as Orissa) there are 63 Sisters belonging to the congregation of the Daughters of the Cross. Normally, most work in the diocese’s schools or parishes. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic however, they are now occupied in helping those who suffer most as a result of the situation.
The Sisters care for the sick, the elderly and disabled. Their main activity is to support migrant labourers who have suddenly found themselves without work and nothing to live on.
Meanwhile, India is now ranking as the third highest place in the world in terms of the number of Covid-19 infections. At the same time, many millions of the poorest people, mainly the migrant workers and day labourers, have lost their sole source of income.
Doing what can be done
The Sisters are doing all they can to help. They write, “We cannot save the whole world, but at least we can help those
people here among whom we live and work.” Some of the Sisters are sowing hundreds of metres of material into protective face masks and that they then hand out to the needy. But the material is expensive, and disinfectants and gloves are also required in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
Since the schools are also closed on account of the pandemic, the Sisters who were working as teachers have not received an income for months – which is truly problematic as their salaries are the principal source of income for their entire congregation.
ACN is proposing to help with $14,500.