By: Fr. Mathews koratty, SVD.
Emmanuel, God with us. He is with us sharing our joys and pains…..
Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai organized a Christmas celebration with people living with HIV/AIDS along with their family members on 20th December 2004 at St. Arnold’s school hall, Andheri (E). Over a hundred people including their children gathered in the hall by 10 am. Mrs. Meera Barretto, Mrs. Sandra Cranston and team organized various fun games and entertained the gathering for nearly two hours. Everyone continued to enjoy dancing around for another thirty minutes or so until Fr. Mathew Korattiyil shared a short message of Christmas. Many SVD confreres walked in during the celebration to woo the people. Everyone went back home gladly with lots of gifts, lunch box and a supplementary nutrition kit. Many volunteers, St. Arnold’s school and the staff of Sarva Seva Sangh contributed generously towards the success of the celebration with these people who are often excluded by the society.

 

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Christmas Season 2014

Dear Confreres,
Christmas brings back to mind a known phrase of Arnold Janssen, “Because God became a human being, all roads lead to God always via the human being.”

By: Ganie Ehido, SVD.
Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) had crossed the Philippines and fortunately the feared scenario did not happen. At one point, it was reported the typhoon wind speed reached 350 kms per hour, very similar to “Haiyan” but it turned out to be false. Our confreres in Tacloban, in their report, gave a good picture the aftermath of the typhoon Ruby (Hagupit). They said our school building in Tacloban was utilized as evacuation center for around 250 families. The Missionaries of Charity (Mother Theresa Sisters) and their clients sought shelter into our building. One of the children under their care died of cold temperature. The evacuees were given rice and canned goods by the Holy Spirit Sisters. Electricity went out, but promised to restore in a few days’ time. The school now is using a generator which SVD hospital lent.

The typhoon did not come as strong as Haiyan, nevertheless, the winds were powerful enough and moved out very slowly. As a result, our school chapel building was unroofed, including the newly rebuilt walk way near the entrance of the school. At the hospital, some parts were destroyed again. A portion of a wall fell down. Flooding was reported that made moving around temporarily difficult. Fallen trees were numerous. Foods were needed but I guess, by now the general situation is already stable.

As we are still validating some areas where our housing projects were implemented, we can estimate that those houses exposed near the sea or perched on elevated places, could have suffered damages again.

There were no reported massive destruction, numerous deaths or storm surge but it is imagined there were re-traumatizing effect from the rushing winds or surging flood water. Eastern Samar which was worst hit reported thousands of evacuation efforts and damages to houses, infrastructures and farms.

Thanks for the lesson learned from previous calamity, the people and the government are now better prepared. Some government agencies organized distribution of relief materials and food.

Any intervention on our part could very well be collaborated with NGOS and church organizations close to affected areas. In the meantime, we continue to implement unfinished projects intended for “Haiyan” victims – such as housing projects, schools repairs and livelihood programs.

 

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Thank you for prayers!

Indore, India: A Street Play was staged at Bhil Paltan, a slum in Indore, on July 16, 2014 as one of the outreach programs of Janvikas Society. Right to Education, Child Labour, life struggles of Rag Pickers and the need for empowerment were the themes dealt in the play.

A national body to combat human trafficking has been set up in Brazil as part of a new strategy aimed at tackling the crime; but without much needed changes in the law, slave labor in the country will continue to flourish.

On the past 2nd of October, West Papua Network in Rome, in which the SVD is a member, organized the seminar “West Papua, a neglected heaven —justice and human rights based on the Gospel value-” at Augustinianum in Rome. The main purpose of the seminar was to address the issue of human rights violation of indigenous West Papuan people. The local Catholic church of the five dioceses in West Papua and some religious congregations working in West Papua recently published the three-year human rights report, and the English translation was launched during the seminar.

Between November 20 and 23 of the current year, the Social Week and the 5th Peace Walk were held in the Santa María neighborhood of the city of Aracaju / SE, Brazil. This walk was the fifth one made in the neighborhood, with the clear objective of promoting peace, security and, above all, respect for human dignity.

The World Adivasi (tribal) Day was celebrated on Sunday, 11th August, 2019, at St. Theresa’s High School, organized by St. Arnold Youth Group and Urban Community Development Centre (UCDC), Bandra (West). There were about 700 participants; around 600 adults/youth and 100 children. World Adivasi Day is the most looked forward event by the Tribal domestic workers and the unorganized laborers. The entire Event Management was planned by the Adivasi youth group.

The climate crisis is an emergency which needs an immediate attention. Our hotter planet is already hurting millions of people. We need to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels and ensure a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations and climate justice at its heart.

Being encouraged by Fr. Andrews Obeng, SVD from Ghana province, my then novice master, to consider the JPIC dimension of our Congregation, and having all the opportunities given by the Congo province regarding this dimension, I chose to have my pastoral experience at Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi. A passion for justice, a desire for peace and non-violence and a concern for the integrity of all creation moved my person to go forward in my choice despite the discouragement and the difficulty that working in a refugee camp can present.

After the Zonal Coordinators' meeting in Tchitchao - Kara, some JPIC coordinators had an opportunity to visit the Immaculate Conception Parish of Badjoudé in Benin. They are Father Daisuké, the JPIC General Coordinator, Brother Benediktus Uran Wuwur, JPIC Coordinator of the Afram Zone and Father Enfrid Kowot Ujan, JPIC Coordinator of the Province of Botswana and myself as JPIC Coordinator of Togo-Benin Province.

Representatives of the Club of Roma Foundation arrived in a multi-disadvantaged region of Hungary on March 28, 2019. They together with the assistance of JPIC office of SVD dealt out 24 tons of can food to the residents of three villages. Inhabitants of Kiscsécs, Girincs, Köröm were very pleased to receive the donation.

Indonesia is known as a ring of fire nation because of its placement on a significant segment of active volcanoes. One of these volcanoes is Anak Krakatau (the Child of Krakatoa) located in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung.

On the picture Fr. Paulus Rahmat, SVD one of the tsunami victims.

The tsunami hit Selat Sunda on Saturday night, December 22, 2018. This was triggered by the eruption of Mount Anak Krakatau which is an active volcano. The wave of tsunami hit the coastal area of Anyer, Pandeglang and Serang, Banten till Lampung. On the coast of Sumur Sub-district, in Pandeglang the waves reached 3.9 m. The earthquake has killed 426 and 23 people are missing, 7,202 people injured, and 40,386 people displaced.

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