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30 March 2012
A Dalit woman in the village of Podiyattuvila, India surveys the poor surroundings of her
present home. (photo: John E. Kozar)
Msgr. John E. Kozar, CNEWA’s president, made a pastoral visit to India earlier this month and captured this haunting image of a Dalit woman — one of the so-called “untouchables.” As he wrote in the March issue of ONE:
As an untouchable she was not entitled to own anything or to have any benefits or rights. But thanks to her parish priest and in collaboration with CNEWA, God has brought to her family a newfound dignity in being the actual owner of a new home, being built in the second picture.
It is with a sense of gratitude that she invited me to see what was, block by block and bucket by bucket of cement, becoming her home. She, her husband and neighboring helpers and parishioners are the contractors and builders. A humble gift of $1,800 made all this possible. CNEWA is assisting in building five such houses.
You can see her new home and read more about it, here.
And you can follow all of Msgr. Kozar’s journey “In the Footsteps of St. Thomas” and read his daily blog postings from India here.