INDIA NORTHEAST MISSIONARY RESPONSES
Project for dropout Tribal girls in Agatarla
The Drop out Residential Coaching Center at Agartala accommodates 40 to 45 students per year. We have 35 students enrolled this year. The residential coaching classes started from 1st August 2016 and will continue till 1st March 2017. Their public exams are in the month of March 2017.
Along with special classes on all seven academic subjects, we pay special attention for integral and holistic development of the students. Morning exercises and daily games go hand in hand with the studies on different subjects which prepares them for their examination which enables them to get high education.
Whatever they do or wherever they are, after going through our Coaching Center, they are more responsible and empowered as women, as persons and as citizens. They become like leaven in their own villages and in their own tribes. The leadership qualities, different talents and creativity of some girls are praise worthy. Step by step the changes are taking place – first in their personal life. Then it is visible in their families and it percolates to their tribe and society.
Project of Malaria Eradication & Community Health in Ambassa
The miking activity was organized in all the Reang villages selected for this project in order to help people to prevent of Malaria.
The announcer passed in several places of each village explaining the causes of malaria and its signs and symptoms, care of the patients and the preventive methods.
With the help of Malaria Kit we could conduct blood test and give Malaria medicines. Nearly 200 blood tests are conducted; 116 are positive cases which were treated.
Mother and Child Care
In many villages of this project area, the mothers along with their children were made aware of the nutritional need of the mother and child, the importance of breast feeding, the duration of feeding the supplementary food for the growth of the child with the availability of the food grains available in their houses. The mother’s nutritional needs are also explained with the food grains and the vegetable and the seasonal fruits that are available with them. Health and hygiene of the mother and child was explained along with the precautions that are to be taken during the pregnancy and to avoid child mortality rate in their villages.
Family Apostolate & Faith Formation in Phramer, Meghalaya
The sisters visit all the 13 villages, even though covering long distances. With the help of the youth from villages, they accomplished the following activities:
- Regular Family visits in order to know their Family background and create a good rapport with the Families.
- Praying with the family members
- Special attention to the sick members in the families
- Gathering in the evenings for teaching of catechism, moral values and instructions on sacraments. On weekends, if the priests visits were expected, they prepared people for Holy Mass and Sacrament of Reconciliation.
- Marriage rectifications and uniting broken marriages were main issues they had to face. This process is to be continued.
The Diocese of Jowai is encouraging Small Christian Community (SCC) in the parishes and the sisters are in the process to introduce S C C prayer groups in distant villages. Bible reading and reflection on Word of God is done in these S C C groups.
To commemorate the special Jubilee “Year of Mercy”, they organized a Pilgrimage for Children to Ladrymbai Divine Mercy Retreat Centre.
Community Care for Tribals & Migrants in Moharpara
The team members identified few villages along the border area of Bangladesh. Two Health workers were chosen from each village. Survey of the families carried out and T. B. infected patients families were prioritized. About 230 sputum collections were done for testing. Among them about 20 of them were positive. These patients are receiving regular treatment now. Some of them completely cured as they were in the beginning stage.
Nutritional support was given to them along with medicines. In every village, awareness program was conducted by the team. After four months an evaluation was conducted in all the villages and found that the number of people infected had dropped considerably.
The people of Khowi, area of Tripura, presently, are fairly aware of the seriousness of the disease and are themselves helping each other. However the team continues the visits and the programs at all the units and the patients walk home healed.