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.


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.


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:


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:


And the view: