Tribal Development, Education and Family
A joint project of KCC and ASSURE
Our Lord has been gracious enough to hold us one more year to be involved in the Tribal Development, Education and Family Welfare Project.
The Project mainly centered at Gajapati and Rayagada districts of Orissa continued this year.
Children’s hostels, Educational support programme, Community interaction programmes and Developmental Projects in the villages went on satisfactorily.
Miss. Kalyani, a village girl attached to one of our hostels successfully completed her B.A. degree course. Now she is working as the warden of our school girls’ hostel at Rayagada. Two more girl students have appeared for B.A. final year exam this year and they expect good results. Another student of our hostel passed 10th std. public exam creditably.
Parents of the children of our Hostel testifies that but for these hostels, their children would never have the opportunity to pursue education. Our hostel wardens are doing a good job by taking care of these children and nurturing them ethically and spiritually.
Community interaction programmes and village development programmes were organized in different villages, extending to new areas.
- · Hostels for Children
Our hostels provide children opportunities to grow up as educated Christian youth. The Bible study classes conducted every day in the hostel and the Sunday school classes help children to know more deeply about Christ and His Kingdom. The wardens of the hostel give leadership for this.
The wardens and their family help children in their studies also. Special tuition classes are arranged for High School and College students.
1. K.Jhalarsingh Boy’s hostel. 15 boys. Warden- Mr. Hoseya Mishal
2. Rayagada Boy’s hostel. 15 boys. Warden. Mr. Passi.
3. Rayagada girls’ hostel. 17 girls. Warden. Miss.Kalyani Surgen.
4. Parlekhumundi College girls hostel. 15 college girls. Warden. Miss. Premalata Naik.
5. Guma Boys’ hostel. 16 boys. Warden- Mr.Renjith Jena.
6. Sarongo Boys’ hostel. 9 boys.Warden- Mr.Simaderi Singh.
7. Gunpur Boys’ hostel. 14 boys’ Warden Mr. Immanuel.
8. Chalkamba Boys’ hostel. 16 boys. Warden. Mr. Jagabandu Lima.
New Hostels started in June this year.
9. Kandhamal Boys’ hostel.-15 boys.
10. Vikrampur girls hostel- 15 girls.
- · Community interaction Programmes
Brother James who is coordinating all programmes of ASSURE in Orissa is actively involved in organizing Community interaction Programmes in villages. Our evangelists work under his guidance in the different villages.
Wardens of the hostels regularly visit villages of the hostel students interact el with the villagers. Our three social workers are also engaged in village work.
Last year Brother James could visit 6 new villages in Gumma block, 5 villages in Gunpur block and 12 new villages in Rayagada block. Most of these villages are not connected by roads. Brother James was walking through hills and forests to reach these remote villages.
- · New fields
The villages where Brother James visited in Rayagada block are Hindu tribal villages . He was warmly welcomed by the villagers. It has been proposed to extend the Project to this area. New hostels are to be established.
Village level programmes are also being implemented in this area.
- · Development Work in Villages
The literacy programmes in different villages for non school going children continued. This year we are starting village level programmes including literacy programmes in 9 villages in Rayagada block . A tailoring school for young girls is also being planned in Mandal Sai village.
- · Housing project for riot hit village.
In Rayagda block , the village Mukundapur was attacked during riot time last year and sadly a Christian brother was killed there. Their church also was badly damaged. Christian families in this village are afraid to live there and are in the process of shifting to new areas. ASSURE is planning to help them in their housing project.
- · Relief
KK Singh village is another village of Christian majority , which was torched during riots . Those villagers are being rehabilitated with the support of the Government and some NGOs in a place near Parlekhumundi town . But they are not able to find livelihood in the new area and hence they are struggling . ASSURE distributed relief material in this village.. They also need support to build a church building there.
- · Children’s Bible Study camps.
Two special camps were held for all the hostel children this year.One VBS camp was held at Gumma Baptist Church in month of April 2010. Another Bible study camp was held in October 2010 during Puja holidays.
All our hostel children attended both these camps. It was a unique experience for them
- · Parents meeting.
Parents Meetings are convened once in 3 months. Parents expressed their happiness and satisfaction for the organized facilitation of their children’s education.
- · Workers training programme.
One three days training cum Bible study programme was organized for our workers in June 2010. Adv. Cyrus, Prof. Sam Philip and Rev. P.V.Joseph gave leadership.
Workers meetings are also convened every month and the work is evaluated.
- · Leadership
Acharya Adv. Cyrus is the strength of the movement and his inspiring life style encourages the workers to pursue the right path.
Brother James served as the Ccoordinator of Orissa Programmes this year and did a very good work for the extension of His Kingdom.
Last year Lord helped us find enough funds for the mission. We thank all the donors for their generous support..
- · Programmes in Kerala
Different programmes like marriage aid, educational aid and housing aid were carried out in Kerala using ear marked funds received . Programmes were also arranged for children in remote areas near Tiruvalla.
This year we are starting educational support programme for children in a tribal area in Pathanamthitta District.
- · Conclusion
We request your continued support and prayers for the mission.
Lord said ” Harvest is plenty; but workers are few ”. Let us re-dedicate to be more effective instruments in our Lord’s hands for the harvest.