The Children Home and the Primary School at Aulia is situated in a remote village of the Diocese of Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. The Children Home has 65 children between the age group of 6-12 and they study in the primary school in the same campus.
Geographical, ecological, economic, cultural and political situations: They are able to cultivate one good crop in a year and then many migrate to different places far away from their home leaving their children at home or in the children home so that they can study. Ecologically it is a dry area and they are at the mercy of seasonal rain in the month of June-July. Majority of them are Hindus. Politically they are more sensitive because of anti-conversion law in the state. So there is a great need to take care of the children in the children home and to give them a catholic education and discipline besides giving them a reasonable food and accommodation.
The Primary school and the Children Home is situated in Ishgarh in the Diocese of Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, India. Now we have 100 children between the age group of 6- 14. They belong to the Scheduled tribes coming from a very poor economic background. In-charge Fathers are fully with the children and takes care of their needs. The Sisters from Ajmer work in our Parish and support us with their Dispensary.
AIt is known as the Tribal belt of the state of Madhya Pradesh. We have many Catholics from this tribe including Priests and Sisters. We also get many vocations from this area. People are economically very poor .They depend on seasonal cultivations in their small farm lands. They also migrate to different places in search of work and return after many months and days. The elderly at home look after the children and the animals at home. Ecologically it is a very fragile, barren and dry area with less rain. They have a cultural bond, good in tribal art and dance.
Sneha Niwas ,Pallotti Boys ’home at Allappuzha is situated at the coastal belt of the district of Alappuzha, Kerala. Considering the pressing need of the poor children Pallottines started a boy’s home in this area a few years ago. It went on very well for several years until last year. However due to the indiscipline of the children while going to outside school, we had to break for a year for better communal harmony in the locality.
Coming Session onwards we are planning to take 40 children to start with, of the coastal fisher flocks. This particular belt is affected by drug abuse in high school level and has many drop outs. Staying in our homes would enhance their discipline and spiritual upbringing.
Arunachal Pradesh is popularly known as the ‘Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains’. The Pallottines came to the Diocese of Itanagar at the invitation of Rt. Rev. John Thomas, Bishop, Itanagar in the year 2008. In the year 2009 the Siyum Parish was created bifurcating Daporijo Parish and Fr. Augustine Kolencherry SAC was the first Parish Priest in Siyum. It is 400 Kms from Itanagar, the Capital of Arunachal Pradesh. Siyum Parish boarders with China in the north (85Kms away) and the area of Siyum Parish is 1300 Sq. Kms. There are 75 families in this place and 95 % of them are newly baptized and in addition to that it has 15 established Sub-stations with catholic Population. Besides, the Bishop has entrusted with the Pallottines, the places like Daporijo, Yachuli, Kimin, etc. and 10 of our Pallottine Fathers are working in the Diocese of Itanagar. People depend on agriculture and due to hilly region cultivable land is scarce and hence terrace cultivation is followed here. Around 70% people are living below poverty line as per Government records. The houses are thatched and bamboos are being used for flooring and side walls. The literacy rate in Siyum is 23.8%. There are no functional schools in 90% of the remote villages. The average literacy rate in the State for men is 47% and for women at 23.7%. Health conditions are still deplorable as there are no proper medical facilities. Malaria, Tuberculosis, etc. are so common and maternal and infant deaths are very frequent. The Primary health clinic at Siyum has brought some relief and care and the Sisters render a good service.