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March, 2019
Volume 45, Number 1
  
20 February 2019
CNEWA Staff




In a project supported by CNEWA, young Indian women from poor families develop computer skills so they can have a brighter future. (photo: CNEWA)

We recently received the following update from our regional director in India, M.L. Thomas, describing a project CNEWA is supporting to help uplift and support the poor — in particular, helping girls develop vital skills they can use in the future:

More than 300 young women were trained in trades that can help sustain a good quality of life.

This was one of the highlights of the project supported by CNEWA in 2018. CNEWA accompanied a few church institutions to support the poor, particularly the Dalits, to help them earn a living on their own. This was made possible through the support of generous donors of CNEWA.

CNEWA helped 352 young women through these dioceses/institutions:

Archdiocese of Trivandrum helped 90

Diocese of Marthandom helped 89

Diocese of Thuckalay helped 65

Diocese of Palghat helped 64

St. Joseph’s After Care Home, Changanassery helped 44

St. Joseph’s After Care Home has been helping poor children for the last 24 years. Many grew up to become qualified nurses, who completed their schooling in the orphanage.

The Catholic Church, a pioneer of educating the young, has helped bring revolutionary changes to India in terms of providing basic education to the poor and to Dalit children. The Church is now working to support the poor in higher education and job training.

More than 300 young women have been trained in a variety of jobs, including nursing and health care. (photo: CNEWA)

In normal circumstances, the parents —being poor—would opt to send the young women away in marriage. Such women are often not prepared to take up the responsibility of running the home and raising children, and their lot in life never improves. So we need to help give them skills to make a living and have other opportunities.

During the last few years, CNEWA has helped hundreds of young women in their studies. Most have been able to settle into and well-paying jobs in nursing, computer or tailoring that give them a secure footing for the future and help them support their families.

We remain grateful to our generous donors for making all this possible, and helping to change the lives of India’s poor for the better!



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