As is our practice, during January and February the good cause in St Mark’s was collected in favour of our partner church in Chennai, South India. In the February edition of Waymark, JON BAGUST reflected on our relationship with the Chennai Unitarian Christian Church, and on 19 February he lit our chalice and gave us more information on its valuable work. JON’S chalice lighting is printed below. JON encouraged us to ‘give as generously as you are able’. Both JON BAGUST and MIKE WEST would like to thank the congregation for that generosity. During these two months £498.74 was collected for the Chennai Fund. The budget for the year is printed on this page.
We live in a divided world and divided society.
That's why is good to come together as a community, with our liberal values to help one another including those less fortunate than ourselves.
Our present 'Good Cause' is our partner church in Chennai, India. By our giving we help support those in their community who are less fortunate. The children of the church and the village school in Ammanambakkam who need teachers, books, snacks to assist their education. The young women of the village who now have sewing classes to make their own clothes and with their new skills are able to find work in the local clothes factory.
I've seen for myself the slums in Chennai, a stone’s throw away from where Harrison the minister and his family live. I've walked into the poorest parts of the village and seen how the people live a dirt poor existence. They come from the Dalit (untouchable) cast. The children and young women are taught the basics in the evening classes which thanks to your giving they receive in a safe environment with running water and good toilets.
Our Chennai Fund is a micro charity registered in Scotland. We have no expenses and therefore guarantee that every penny you give goes to Chennai.
Please give as generously as you are able.
In the words of the Tamil poet Tiru Valluvar,
‘There is nothing more glorious than to persist in the advance of the community’.
I light the peace candle for our friends and partners in Chennai and Ammanambakkam.
Chennai Unitarian Christian Church
Budget for the Year 2017
1. Village Sewing School
One teacher for 2 sessions £244
2. Village Caretaker £122
Cloth, thread, scissors
and other materials for tailoring £102
for deserving students £407
5. Village Night School
One teacher £122
6. Help for old age and widows £102
TOTAL BUDGET FOR 2017 Rs 108,000 = £1,099.00