A church-run initiative teaches trade skills, such as dressmaking, to people in low-income urban areas. (photo: CNEWA)
For decades, CNEWA has been committed to caring for the most vulnerable in the areas we serve. In a particular way we have devoted time and attention to the needs of children, especially the orphaned and the poor. In India, this has meant supporting a number of schools and orphanages run by dedicated religious sisters and their congregations — accompanying those in need with loving support, excellent education and quality health care.
Our regional director in India, M.L. Thomas, notes: “Kerala was educationally and culturally advanced … and Christian institutions took it as a major activity to provide education and good living to the poor children.”
The Indian government has encouraged and appreciated these undertakings — and seen remarkable results, including increased literacy and, in some places, an improved quality of life.
“Although a number of institutions in Kerala have been discontinued,” Mr. Thomas says, “there is no major impact on our programs” because of the Juvenile Justice Act. CNEWA’s love and concern for the smallest, the weakest and the most vulnerable has helped uplift generations of needy children. That work continues unabated today.
The church’s impact — thanks to CNEWA’s generous donors — has not only changed young lives, but in small but significant ways, changed parts of our world.
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