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Young Students Movement

02 February 2012

Zambia

The Principal of St. William’s school, Chennai, Sr. Vinita, was very enthusiastic and purposeful when she requested me to interact with a group of YSM (Young Students Movement) students in the school along with their two teachers. The time spent with the students was very life-giving, encouraging and fruitful for me.

 

YSM students at St. William's School

That was an opportunity for me to tell the girls about the plight of the young girls of their age back in Zambia. As I explained about the stories of the girls, the students expressed great enthusiasm to help the girls in some way. They also said that they wanted to reach out to those in need in their locality and showed their generosity and commitment by collecting their own personal money to support the girls in Zambia.

The teachers of the Primary school in Perambur, Chennai, along with Sr. Thecla too responded in a similar way after my interaction with them for a few minutes. They too contributed in cash to help the girls in Zambia.

L. to R.:  Sr. Thecla, Sr. Loretto (Perambur) and Sr. Prema (Zambia)

I was happy to be with some parents and friends back in Chennai who showed great interest in the work we as a Congregation are doing and was very happy to reach out to the poor and needy in cash and in kind. I was indeed very much encouraged by my family members in many ways to do my bit in helping the needy.

As I encountered the poor in Zambia I always wished to let others back home know what the condition of the people I was working with and hoped that they responded positively to make my dream of helping the people a reality.

It is with deep gratitude in my heart today I write these few lines to say a big thank you to each one of you.  May God bless you all with the same generosity you have shown to our people here. I assure you of my loving support and prayers always.

[Submitted by Sr. Annmary Andrews]