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Monday 5 December 2011

Oratory Parishioner working in India

Last Lent our parish project was for Light for the Blind.

- a charity founded by Fr Thomas Rathappillil. Its mission is to improve the welfare of blind, mentally ill, handicapped and dying destitute people living in India.

One of our young parishioners - Nick Griffiths - has gone out to St Joseph's Hospice in Dindigul, TamilNadu, to work with Fr Thomas.

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Nick's jobs include gardening, mopping and cleaning, feeding people, dressing wounds and giving medication including injections. He can speak a little Tamil, enough to get by, but finds the language barrier frustrating.

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The little boy in the staff photo below had been on a long search for his mother, before discovering her as a patient at St Joseph's Hospice:

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Fr Thomas would be delighted to welcome any other volunteers to India. Speak to Fr Daniel if you are interested.

Here is St Joseph's Hospice:

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And the view:

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