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(from ONE magazine May 2007)

Captivated by India
Posted: 22 May 2007

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Workers lay concrete at Fatima Orphanage.   (photo: CNEWA, Ernakulam) 

Ever since he traveled to India on a family vacation, François Letaconnoux, the president and chief executive officer of a New York investment firm, decided he wanted to give back to the people of a country that had captivated him. A good friend, Chorbishop Faris, suggested he assist an orphanage in the southern state of Kerala.

Thanks to the fund-raising efforts of Mr. Letaconnoux and his family, the Fatima Orphanage in Mariapuram, managed by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Thamarasserry, has seen significant renovations and improvements over the past three years, including the construction of a new dining hall. Currently, Mr. Letaconnoux is looking into ways of bringing English instruction to the orphanage, which houses 50 girls.

“My family and I are overwhelmed by the support the children of Fatima receive from their sponsors,” he said, adding that he would like to be remembered for the work he has done for these orphans.



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