The word Mission is widely spoken about.

However, people find it difficult to talk about mission in its religious and church context. They think it is archaic or it is an expression of intolerance.

Human trafficking is one of the major problem in the Province of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) today. Based on report by Tempo magazine on March 20-26, 2017, there are about 1.2 million illegal NTT workers in Malaysia where 69 percent are women who are vulnerable to trafficking.

Janvikas Society organized an exposure visit on 6th February 2018 to Madhya Pradesh State Cyber Cell (the only one in the whole of the state of Madhya Pradesh) in Indore, for the youth club members from various slums. There were about 80 youth who visited the cyber cell.

Today, 1st of January, the Church celebrates the solemnity of Mary, mother of God. On this day, we celebrate as well, the world day for peace. In his homily this morning during Mass, the Pope Francis called on the world to redouble its efforts for peace.

By: Fr. Mathews koratty, SVD.
Emmanuel, God with us. He is with us sharing our joys and pains…..
Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai organized a Christmas celebration with people living with HIV/AIDS along with their family members on 20th December 2004 at St. Arnold’s school hall, Andheri (E). Over a hundred people including their children gathered in the hall by 10 am. Mrs. Meera Barretto, Mrs. Sandra Cranston and team organized various fun games and entertained the gathering for nearly two hours. Everyone continued to enjoy dancing around for another thirty minutes or so until Fr. Mathew Korattiyil shared a short message of Christmas. Many SVD confreres walked in during the celebration to woo the people. Everyone went back home gladly with lots of gifts, lunch box and a supplementary nutrition kit. Many volunteers, St. Arnold’s school and the staff of Sarva Seva Sangh contributed generously towards the success of the celebration with these people who are often excluded by the society.

 

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Christmas Season 2014

Dear Confreres,
Christmas brings back to mind a known phrase of Arnold Janssen, “Because God became a human being, all roads lead to God always via the human being.”

By: Ganie Ehido, SVD.
Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) had crossed the Philippines and fortunately the feared scenario did not happen. At one point, it was reported the typhoon wind speed reached 350 kms per hour, very similar to “Haiyan” but it turned out to be false. Our confreres in Tacloban, in their report, gave a good picture the aftermath of the typhoon Ruby (Hagupit). They said our school building in Tacloban was utilized as evacuation center for around 250 families. The Missionaries of Charity (Mother Theresa Sisters) and their clients sought shelter into our building. One of the children under their care died of cold temperature. The evacuees were given rice and canned goods by the Holy Spirit Sisters. Electricity went out, but promised to restore in a few days’ time. The school now is using a generator which SVD hospital lent.

The typhoon did not come as strong as Haiyan, nevertheless, the winds were powerful enough and moved out very slowly. As a result, our school chapel building was unroofed, including the newly rebuilt walk way near the entrance of the school. At the hospital, some parts were destroyed again. A portion of a wall fell down. Flooding was reported that made moving around temporarily difficult. Fallen trees were numerous. Foods were needed but I guess, by now the general situation is already stable.

As we are still validating some areas where our housing projects were implemented, we can estimate that those houses exposed near the sea or perched on elevated places, could have suffered damages again.

There were no reported massive destruction, numerous deaths or storm surge but it is imagined there were re-traumatizing effect from the rushing winds or surging flood water. Eastern Samar which was worst hit reported thousands of evacuation efforts and damages to houses, infrastructures and farms.

Thanks for the lesson learned from previous calamity, the people and the government are now better prepared. Some government agencies organized distribution of relief materials and food.

Any intervention on our part could very well be collaborated with NGOS and church organizations close to affected areas. In the meantime, we continue to implement unfinished projects intended for “Haiyan” victims – such as housing projects, schools repairs and livelihood programs.

 

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Thank you for prayers!

Indore, India: A Street Play was staged at Bhil Paltan, a slum in Indore, on July 16, 2014 as one of the outreach programs of Janvikas Society. Right to Education, Child Labour, life struggles of Rag Pickers and the need for empowerment were the themes dealt in the play.

A national body to combat human trafficking has been set up in Brazil as part of a new strategy aimed at tackling the crime; but without much needed changes in the law, slave labor in the country will continue to flourish.

This is a story of fr. Jacek Gniadek  SVD and Liu, a Chinese migrant, during the coronavirus lockdown in Poland. I translated this story from Polish to English. Originally he wrote it for our Polish SVD magazine “Komunikaty”.  Touching, unbelievable and a true story that happened recently.

COVID -19 has shaken the whole world miserably with great pain and sorrow by creating massive disaster. Today the entire universe is entangled under the powerful grip of the corona virus and India is not an exception to this awful situation. At this juncture, our country is also tremendously experiencing the most dreadful storm of this corona crisis and fighting hard to come out of this most strenuous and stressful situation. In the process the social distancing was introduced to prevent the corona infection and the so called ‘lock down’ was imposed on the people severely which has created immense damage and a huge disaster in the lives of the common people especially on the migrants, domestic labourers, rag pickers, daily wagers and the ongoing construction workers.

All whole world is suffering now with the covid-19 pandemic. In Hungary since the 16th of march, the governement has decided to stop all activities: kindergardens, schools and universities. Similarly, the bishops conference also decided to take some measures according to the prohibitions taken by the autorities for example having the holy masses without the congregation. The priest can celebrate mass but in private etc.

COVID 19 outbreak has caught all of us unawares. In a bid to contain the spread of CORONA VIRUS the government has decided on total lockdowns, self-quarantine and forced isolation. We are witnessing uncertainty at best and insanity at worst. The feelings are mixed. It has changed our lives. Our mental and social wellbeing are affected. Confirmed cases of virus infected are rising rapidly.

On the past 2nd of October, West Papua Network in Rome, in which the SVD is a member, organized the seminar “West Papua, a neglected heaven —justice and human rights based on the Gospel value-” at Augustinianum in Rome. The main purpose of the seminar was to address the issue of human rights violation of indigenous West Papuan people. The local Catholic church of the five dioceses in West Papua and some religious congregations working in West Papua recently published the three-year human rights report, and the English translation was launched during the seminar.

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