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Indian Franciscan nuns provide cycle rickshaws for poor

FMM Sisters, teachers and are with cycle rickshaws

Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) nuns in Calcutta, eastern India provided eight cycle rickshaws to poor families.

The nuns from Providence Convent at Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and their school donated cycle rickshaws to the poorest of the poor in their locality on April 2.

Sister Josephine Melkias, the headmistress of Convent of Our Lady of Providence School, said that she felt "extremely humbled and privileged" to be chosen to make a difference in the lives of some of the underprivileged in society. 

It is a project that began this year, and it hopes to make a difference in the lives of the poorest of the poor much more, she added. 

Taking an initiative for the upliftment of eight underprivileged families the FMM nuns in Providence Convent at Kolkata have kicked off the platinum jubilee celebrations of the school, Sister Josephine said.

Father George Antony, the parish priest of St. Teresa of Avila, Kolkata, was the chief guest of the program and blessed the vehicles.  

“We thank the FMM sisters for thinking of the needy,” he added.

He urged the beneficiaries and people present to money for the future. 

“When your financial situation improves, please help others who may need support,” Father George said. 

FMM congregation is a Roman Catholic religious community founded by Mother Mary of the Passion (born Hélène de Chappotin de Neuville, 1839-1904) in 1877 at Ootacamund, then British India.

The nuns live in an international religious institute of 78 nationalities representing 77 countries across five continents. 

There are five provinces in India. Kolkata is part of the Delhi Province which consists of 11 States.

Providence Girl's High School was founded in 1947 to serve the children of Hindi-speaking workers in Kolkata, eastern India.

Hundreds of children have been educated and equipped with the skills to succeed in the future, said Sister Josephine.

The school was raised to become a full-fledged high school in 1994, and students came from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The school was able to reach out to them in a very tangible way.

On May 2, 2005, the Hindi Medium School was upgraded to English Medium for the welfare of the people.

The school's mission is to nurture and inspire young women to strive for excellence in all areas of their lives.

In the tradition of the congregation of FMM, they strive to provide students with contemporary, cutting-edge education and a caring environment to develop a lifelong love of learning.


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