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(from ONE Autumn 2016)

Befriending the Friendless
Posted: 12 Sep 2016

A CNEWA grant of $15,000 has changed the lives of villagers in a tribal hamlet in the northeastern Indian region of Bastar.

“If we are not their friends, they have no friends,” wrote Sister Jancy Vattakanal, superior general of the Deen Bandu Samaj Sisters, a Syro-Malabar Catholic community working among the villagers of Koppaguda, whom society and government consider “untouchables.”

The grant enabled the sisters to provide medicine and health care at the only available hospice in the area.

“They are enjoying the moments they have lost,” Sister Jancy wrote to CNEWA’s regional director in India, M.L. Thomas, assuring him of the community’s prayers and love for all in the CNEWA family supporting their work in India.