Devotes the year as a‘Year of Mercy’
Holy child Auxilium is a catholic minority institution established in 1970 and run by the Salesian sisters .It is an English medium girls school dedicated to the upliftment and education of girls.Its motto “virtue and knowledge” and its vision “girls are an asset not a liability have interminably kept pace with myriad changes in the World. Marching ahead on the vision of its founder Don Bosco there education system is entirely based on Reason,Religion,and loving kindness.The school provides loving environment and teachers play a vital role in forming the young become builders of society ,women of conscience and competence. Every year the school picks up a theme and work towards achieving the goals as desired by the Mission.
This year ,following Pope Francis call for an extraordinary jubilee year of Mercy in order to enable people to experience God’s love in real and tangible ways .Holly child Auxilium School under took noble task of corporal work of mercy .The Jubilee year began on 8th of Dec.2015 and will end on 20th Nov.2016.
Every day at the morning assemblies, students were made aware of the need to be merciful in our daily lives. Class assemblies also revolved around this theme.Every class got together and planned out various ways of practicing the Corporal works of Mercy in school.Praying for the sick became a regular feature of the morning prayer. The children were encouraged to pray for the dead whenever the situation arose.
Several Outreach programmes were planned by the Sisters and Teachers to commemorate the Mercy year.
On 27th August the teachers and students of Class III visited Jeevan Jyoti, a home for the disabled children run by the Missionaries of Charity. Forty students were accompanied by their class teachers, Sr.Lily Perumpettikunnel and Sr. Asha K. to this home. The students were highly moved on seeing the differently disabled children and went out of their way to entertain and be friendly with them. They offered fruits and other basic necessities to these children. The children who visited them felt so much of compassion for the less fortunate ones.
The teachers and students of Class I and II a visited Ganga Kutir at Nirmal Chhaya Complex Jail Road. This is a home for sheltering abandoned children below five years. School children donated biscuits, Maggie noodles, colour pencils and colouring books to children of this home.
On 10th September forty students of Class IV with their class teachers and Sr. Anima Minj visited ‘Snehalaya’ an orphanage run by the Salesian sisters. The children sang and danced together and it was really heartwarming to see the joy on the faces of these children. They distributed chocolates and cupcakes to these children and donated an amount to help the sisters buy the special winter clothing for the children.
On the same day the teachers and forty-five students of Class V with their class teachers and Sr. Anima Minj visited ‘Ashalayam’ a home for orphaned boys run by the Don Bosco fathers. All the boys gathered in the hall and welcomed the students with a song. The students then put up beautiful act showcasing the merciful deeds of ‘St Teresa of Calcutta’. Many songs were sung by school children to entertain the boys. Chocolates and cupcakes were distributed to the boys. Articles of daily needs like bathing and detergent soaps , shampoos and oil bottles, biscuits and Maggie noodles were presented to the orphanage.
On 16th September, the teachers of the Kindergarten class with Sr. Lily Perumpettikunnel visited the Nirmal Jyoti Orphange, Vasant Kunj and spent some time with the children and donated Socks, towels and some cash for their needs.The Sisters of Holy Child accompanied all the groups and encouraged the children to participate wholeheartedly in making this Jubilee year of Mercy a meaningful one.Thus the journey of being merciful gave the opportunity to all teachers and students to reflect how they might better radiate and reflect the tender love of God in this world.It also drew others into experiencing that love and mercy.
Government should acknowledge the noble work of the institutions which are tirelessly working for nation building through their efforts in the field of education specially educating the slum people, helping the orphanages, providing medical & health care in far flung rural and remote areas. Apart from education most of the missionary institutions are rendering social services for the uplift of society as a whole with special emphasis on the poor and needy.Such institutions should be rewarded from time to time by the government in order to bring further reinforcement in their noble efforts and moral boosting.
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By Ali Aadil Khan ,Editor-in- Chief Times of Pedia (TOP) News Group