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Find out what it is like to volunteer to serve the poorest of the poor

There are 480 million children in India and many of them have no hope of breaking the cycle of poverty

There is nothing worse than forcing a child to work and earn a living at a young age

Please contact Founder Bishop Joseph F Catrambone  for complete information on how to make a contribution for Saint Teresa of Calcutta Indian Missions  on how to become a sponsor of one of our children: Bishop Joseph F Catrambone, 636 Lakeworth Drive, Gaithersburg Maryland 20878—USA. E-mail: josephcatrambone@yahoo.com Phone: 001 240-780-7642.

Volunteering with Saint Teresa of Calcutta Indian Mission 

Many people have asked me what draws me to India, and it’s a difficult question to answer. For my confirmation, way back in the last millennium, I received a book with daily quotes from Mother Teresa [“The Joy in Loving”]. I remember reading one entry which described a young girl visiting India from Paris. Mother noted that her eyes weren’t smiling, and sent her to work in Kalighat, where she found Jesus.

Perhaps I knew my eyes weren’t smiling either. Looking back I was certainly very innocent. I remember my journey from the airport, wondering if these people really slept on the streets, who owned the dogs and cows etc.! It was like landing on another planet - many miles away from the United States. However, I was soon captivated by the Indian community; by the warmth and friendliness of the people and Priest, Sisters and lay People.  I felt accepted for who I was, not for what I could do. I began my pastoral mission visiting the sick and dying. It probably sounds clichéd, but from the very beginning it became apparent that whatever we gave, we received much more.

Like many others, I enjoy sharing in the prayer life as well as the apostolate. I began our day at 5am with Morning Prayer, and ended it with adoration. In a city as chaotic and noisy as Chennai, the chapel becomes a vital part of my day. Saint Thomas Tomb is also a very special place to offer prayers and find moments of solitude.

Charity Works
Sometimes it’s easy to become immune to the poverty in India – after all, everything is relative. However, ministering to the sick and dying and destitute is a very humbling experience. India for me is a very special place. It is a quiet place; a place where the tears of the dying and the tears of the searching meet; a place where east meets west; where boundaries are broken. I was continually humbled; at the lady who thanked me for helping her eat, at the lady curled up in the corner of her bed sobbing who let me sit with her ... at the woman with excruciating burns who endured daily agony, yet raised her hands in gratitude to the doctor.

You’re reminded that it’s 2016 and people are dying without anything and anyone; forgotten by the world; rejected; unwanted; unloved. One lady in particular stands out in my memory – she had such sad eyes; our lives had been so different; different languages and cultures and customs; yet as I fed her, we were somehow united "together" in our humanity. That shared experience matters, and you realize that touching each other’s brokenness is where we find Jesus.

Every one of us contributes a drop to the ocean of humanity, and it is certainly true that the ocean would be less without these drops. It is so easy to look at the big picture; to see the thousands of suffering people, and forget that we can only do small things with great love - that the one person we serve at a given moment is Jesus. This was definitely apparent when we served food to Hundreds of people who queued so patiently at the gates. This is a passage from an email I sent home: "There is a chilly cold in the air at the moment, and as I walk past bodies wrapped in sheets on the pavement - I realize how close to that first nativity we are here. When we tend to the dying, - when we give out blankets as we were this morning ... this is Christian Love ... not fairy lights and tinsel. I find myself seeing the Holy Family on every pavement in this city - poor, needy and vulnerable; whole families surviving in this cold weather, on a patch of dirty pavement - one day to the next, one year to the next. They aren't busy preparing the turkey or wrapping last minute presents. They haven't sent any Christmas cards, or decorated a tree. These babies know nothing of Santa-Claus, they don't have a stocking to hang at the end of their bed - yet they have something many people with all of those things will lack. Perhaps it sounds clichéd, but Mother Teresa was right, here people share ... they huddle under the same blanket; they share the little food they have with their neighbors. There is no room at the Inn for them both ...  they live in the cold, rejected by the world - and they do so with humility.

I was reminded this morning as we gave out blankets and rice, of the queues around the world in shopping malls. People waited so long for these essential items, which they received with such gratitude. It is a lesson to us all."

I have met so many wonderful people during my time in India and I consider all who crossed my path to be my extended family. People think it is courageous, to go to India – yet those who do so discover that far from being difficult, they are embraced and welcomed with such love. I would like to say my motive for visiting was altruistic, but I needed them far more than they needed me. The irony is, it is easy to love in India, where the physical poverty is so great. As Mother said “you will find India all over the world if you have the eyes to see”; and this is the biggest challenge for all of us.

“I Thirst” defines my experience serving the poorest of the poor  

“I Thirst” These two words said by our Lord Jesus as he hung upon the cross defines my experience serving the poorest of the poor alongside with Saint Teresa of Calcutta Indian Mission. It is this infinite thirst that we seek to quench in every small act of love we give to the poor. I am grateful to God for this time that I have been blessed with, here in India. In every difficult moment, God’s grace is always there to help get through the trial, no matter what situation we may find ourselves in. God’s Love and Mercy is very much alive and at work here. In each of the Sisters, Brothers and Fathers smile, the love of Jesus is radiated throughout the world.

In rural India, only three out of every 10 people have access to clean water. The World Bank estimates that 21 percent of diseases in India are related to unsafe drinking water. There are more than 1,600 deaths each day from diarrhea alone.

Picture this, your life, in a very different light. Bereft of the barest essentials and the simplest joys you took for granted. Like your daily meal, or the education you've had. Picture that life. That is the fate of millions of children in India. Their hunger has driven them to work, far away from schools and their fondest dreams. 

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, we will give them one good, hearty meal every day. This will encourage the children across to attend school. However, our work doesn't end here. We have a long way to go. And we need you to come along, to cover that distance with us. 

Over the years, we’ve realized that there is an indelible link between hunger and education. We have learnt that parents are more willing to send their children to school because of the meal we will provide for them. 
Join us in this latest initiative, as we raise awareness about the importance of children enrolling in school every year. Help us to feed the hunger of children, from schools, in India. We wish to cover more and reach out to more children who are Hungry. 

Contribute to support a child's precious dream. 

All it takes is Rs 750 (12.00 US Dollars) to feed a child for a whole academic year. Do you wish to make a difference in someone's life? Then click here. 

Feed a Child 

Feed those who want to go to school.

THE NEED
India is a nation with 480 million children. In the villages and slums of India, you will see children playing or working instead of going to school. They don’t care to study because they don’t know that they can succeed.

These children lack education, hygiene, and the knowledge that God deeply loves them. If nothing changes, they will live and die in a cycle of poverty and hopelessness. 

The schools are reopening after the summer vacation. The children are filled with hopes for a new beginning and a new start and they dream to remain in the class rooms if circumstances are favorable. The parents of children from low economic backgrounds in Government schools find it a challenge in sending their children to schools. Most of them cannot afford to give their children a proper meal a day and as a result educating their children remains a distant dream. For them, feeding their children is of utmost importance than educating them.  As a result, education tends to be secondary. So, Saint Theresa in India, takes up the responsibility of feeding children in Government schools in partnership with the Government of India. The organization works to make sure hunger won’t remain a constraint for children to come to schools.

As the children are getting ready for schools after the summer vacation, the organization is also ready to welcome the children with nutritious and wholesome meal so that the children have the energy to focus in class rooms.  We are serving mid-day meals to children across India, providing them with freshly cooked meal on all school days. To provide children with fresh, warm, nutritious food at the right place and at the right time is not as easy as we think it to be. 

To retain the quality and excellence tireless efforts are required. The kitchen has to prepare dal, sambar, rice, rotis, khichadi, different types of pulao, sweet rice, kheer and kadhi maintaining proper hygiene and quality.

Just as the children are making preparations to come to school with new books, pencils and other school accessories, We also sees to it that kitchen is under proper condition for welcoming the students to the new period of hopes and dreams by feeding the children. The organization is striving hard to welcome them and retain them in class rooms so that they remain healthy, strong and intelligent with full attendance for the entire year.

To make sure that the organization keeps up with its good work for a noble cause, let us donate to Saint Teresa of Calcutta Indian Mission and help it to keep serving nutritious mid-day meals to the children.  Let us be a reason of smile to the children and their parents and be a part with the Saint Teresa to give children a progressive future.

Say "NO" to Child Labor 

There is nothing worse than forcing a child to work and earn a living at a young age. Child labor, no doubt, closes doors of opportunities, fun and freedom to kids.  At a time meant to attend school, play or spend time with friends, thousands of children in India today find themselves trapped in hazardous working environments like mining, quarrying, agriculture or domestic service.

It is shocking that approximately 168 million children, aged between five and 17, are employed in these kinds of occupations in different parts of the world.  Of these, nearly 15.5 million children, the majority being girls, work in domestic service.

There has been a huge global effort to end child labor, however according to UNICEF more than 100 million children will still continue to be engaged in child labor till 2020.

In India, several acts prohibiting employing children in mines, factories or any other hazardous fields have been introduced since independence.   The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act in 2009, made education free for underserved children.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta India Mission, is dedicated to underserved children they supply freshly cooked mid-day meals to children in India.  Interestingly, the initiative taken has helped bring a notable decline in child labor. The Mid-Day Meal Program has also helped boost school enrolment, classroom attendance and concentration in children.

Not surprisingly, children aged between five and 14 are employed today compared to the working children in 2001.

However, thousands of children in India still miss out school and go to work at an early age. These children will grow up as uneducated and economically backward adults and will affect the nation’s progress and development.

To end classroom hunger and child labor in India, we are planning to extend its feeding reach.

A world without child labor is not very far away.  But, each one of us has to come forward to turn it into a reality.

We Need Your Support

Contribute Saint Teresa of Calcutta India Mission (STCIM) to help our pioneering & pain-staking endeavor to ensure that no poor or under-privileged child goes hungry in India. They are our future and yours.

STCIM is focused towards distributing hot, nutritious and fresh food to poor, needy & hungry children of poverty in India. We have a nutritious meal for hungry & underprivileged children and our food distribution regimen is smooth, efficient and dependable.

Our belief is that the Nutritious Meal Program has an important “socialization role”. Food should be served in an organized, dignified, equitable, friendly manner. Towards this, our model Nutritious meals and free food program routine strictly observes the following serving rules:

  • All our meals are served in a clean open space which has been swept in advance every day.
  • All children are made to wash their hands with soap before eating.
  • Adequate quantity is served with a second helping if required.
  • Absolutely No wastage of food, with any extra food, if any, re-distributed to the needy.
  • Safe and clean disposal of Paper Plates and Cups.
  • Strict hygiene is established and maintained at all kitchens being used to prepare these mid-day meal across India including:
  • Mandatory cleaning and scrubbing of all vegetables used for cooking.
  • Mandatory washing of hands before cooking.
  • Mandatory cutting of nails by all food handlers.
  • Purified water to be used for all cooking purposes by boiling, filtration or chlorination.
  • Mandatory Hair covers or caps.

All Nutritious meal routines are strictly monitored for hygiene and quality across the supply and distribution chain
The meal ingredients are chosen to be nutritious, healthy, easy to prepare, store and transport so that maximum freshness and nutrition can be retained through the Supply Chain.

About Us
The core objectives are to strengthen the under privileged and economically backward rural population by actively implementing various Rural Development programs and creating awareness by setting up Knowledge centers and mobilizing community involvement though pro-active volunteers. 
This consistent and persistent implementation will bring about unprecedented improvement in the lives of rural citizens of India.

STCIM key is aimed towards providing daily nutritious & hygienic Nutritious meals to poor underprivileged children in India. Our aim for this is "no child should be left hungry in India”. In a country where the rich-poor divide is stark and while millions splurge on good food, we find it unacceptable that even bigger millions of children have to go to bed hungry without any means for food or nutrition.
We are passionate in our dedication to the cause of feeding under-privileged children in India. Towards this, we have ensured a high quality food supply chain and an uncontaminated route by which fresh, hot meals are supplied in controlled gatherings.     

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Saint Teresa Of Calcutta's Indian Mission

A ministry founded by Bishop Joseph F. Catrambone

   

Contact the Bishop:

Bishop Joseph F Catrambone
636 Lakeworth Drive
Gaithersburg Maryland 20878

USA. E-mail: josephcatrambone@yahoo.com

Phone: (001) 240-780-7642