Ardscoil Rís in Limerick and Ardscoil Na Mara in Tramore have both generously raised funds for Edmund Rice Mission projects in India. These funds are currently supporting two projects in need of funding especially in the context of COVID-19. The funding from Ardscoil Rís is making an impact for economically disadvantaged students in St. Vincent’s Industrial Training Centre in Asansol, India. St. Vincent’s is a much sought after technical training institute in the industrial town of Asansol and its neighbourhood, particularly for those who are living Below Poverty Line St. Vincent’s offers over a dozen courses in technical training and helps students secure jobs. A Certificate and placement from St. Vincent’s has helped young people assist their families to meet their basic needs. The specific donation has supported the provision of two new technical courses at the school.
The funding from Ardscoil Na Mara has gone to the Providence School in Shillong, India. This school was formed to work exclusively with children of parents from lower-income groups. Its mandate is to empower these children with skills that will make them self-reliant and independent young people. The School currently serves 279 students directly. The students range from 5 to 18 years and belong to various religious communities and ethnic groups. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns in the city of Shillong, the parents of the children have been struggling to meet their needs, many of them having lost their daily wage opportunities. This funding will provide food rations to students, which will go a long way in helping the families deal with their current financial difficulties.
We thank the pupils and staff at Ardscoil Rís and Ardscoil Na Mara for their generous support of Edmund Rice Mission in India!