Asha Deep is in the Bijnor Diocese at Dodrajpur in northern India
St Patrick’s is moving into an exciting time as our relationship with the Asha Deep School for orphaned, disabled, and disadvantaged children in Northern India continues to grow. Having completed our fifth incredibly successful year of providing funds for the school, we are on the verge of launching the first of what we hope, and expect, will be many volunteer delegations to serve personally at the school.
All who contributed through the barbecue, giving tree, and other channels have the heartfelt thanks of both the parish and the school, and are asked to join us in prayer as we send our volunteers on their mission!
Fund Raising is a Huge Success
For the fifth year in a row the truly inspirational generosity of our parishioners has allowed us to collect more than $60,000.00 in donations for the school.
In 2009, our donations enabled the school to purchase milk cows, Braille readers, clothing, and hearing aids to meet the basic needs of the children.
In 2012, the $14,000.00 that was raised was used not only to fund a solar water heater now used to heat water for washing bedridden children during the cold winter months at the foot of the Himalayas, but to provide local flood relief at the urgent appeal of Bishop Vadakel, whose diocese operates the school, as well.
In 2013, St. Patrick’s raised over $30,000.00 through your generosity. This amount was enough to purchase a much needed school bus and supplies. The school bus allows young girls to be able to safely attend the school and enables children from the orphanage to seek medical care when needed at the hospital 5 hours away.
Like all other money collected for Asha Deep, the money given through this year’s summer barbecue and Advent giving tree will be sent directly to the school, without loss to fees for banks, the government, or the local diocese. On arrival, it will be applied by the school toward purchase of tools and equipment to be used in teaching the children vocational skills, so that, though disabled and disadvantaged, they will have a hope of surviving, and maintaining a dignified life, when they are too old to remain at the school.
On several occasions Bishop Vadakel, with the priests and nuns who run the school and care for its children, have expressed their profound thanks for the interest St Patrick’s has taken in their school.
Read our BLOG from the January 2012 Scouting Trip to Asha Deep, or watch the following youtube video to see their journey on behalf of the parish.