|We are the Wonderful Work of God|
‘’ A little more persistence, a little more effort , and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious Success. ‘’
When I read this quote by Elbert Hubbard, I am reminded of the children at ItarsiBalagram. Born to Leper parents, in leper colonies, with the will and untiring efforts of OsthathiosThirumeni, few volunteers and helping hands of many members of the Church, these children got a new life, a true meaning to their existence.
Today, when Fr. RajuVettiyanickal (Manager Achen) with great joy told me
the Examination results of the children of Balagram , I felt very proud of Our
Charity Mission Projects. Thanks to the Pioneer of this Mission Project and All
the helping hands. I am extremely happy to be a part of a Faith and Movement
that constantly believes and works towards the upliftment of the groundridden.
Balagram had a few students who appeared for the
University Examinations and Engineering Entrance Examination.
Peter Paul being the first student of Balagram has successfully passed B.Com Degree course and is now heading to join P.G College Kottayam for his Masters.
Two students successfully passed the MP Board XII Std and among them , Prasanth has cracked the MP Board Engineering Entrance Examination held in March 2013. On his successful State Counselling, he could take up a career in Engineering.
|Rahul and Dileep|
Rahul and Dileep passed the MP Board X Board Exams with flying colours and are now in Senior Secondary School heading to qualify for a Career of their passion.
It is my immense pleasure to congratulate all the students who passed their examinations.
When I see their innocent smiles, I am reminded of the truth that these children unlike the ‘’Silver Spoon’’ born kids, have studied Hard with limited facilities yet a great desire to succeed in Life.
It is indeed very important to know the desire of our heart. Only then we can work towards the accomplishment of our desire, only then we can be a successful Citizen, successful father / mother to the future generations.
These children , unlike their parents who eked out a living by begging on streets, are an inspiration to the World. They teach Us the Truth of Life – Have an unrelenting Belief that things will work out , that the Long road has a purpose, that the things that you desire may not happen today, but they will eventually happen.
‘’Persist and persevere, your desired path remains possible’’
|Children Heading to School|
In Raju Achen’s words , ‘’We teach them to have an aim in Life, to successfully live a dignified Life in today’s Progressing Soceity.’’
In a nutshell, a holistic wellbeing with good moral values is the Motto of Balagram.
|Mixed Cropping at Balagram|
Apart from School and Books, these children are very smart in farming the seasonal crops. A major percentage of their income is from Agriculture. This year they take care of the wheat and chickpea farming. Also they are very fond of rearing cows and hens.
They live a very disciplined life to maintain their physical, mental , social and spiritual wellbeing. Their day starts at 5 in the morning till 10 at night. Ms.Sheela is the Warden and Brothers from Theological seminary Nagpur, do come in to render tuitions and extra support.
|Children Singing Songs of Praise|
Orthodox Christian Worship is followed in Balagram Chapel and everyday morning and evening prayers are attended by all students and volunteers without fail.
The Children here know that to have a Blessed Life, Prayer is as important as eating food and drinking water.
Listening to Rajuachen, I was delighted to realise the marvellous works of Our Lord. Itarsi Balagram is a true example of Psalm 127 :3 – ‘’ Children are a heritage from the Lord ’’. Our Lord always loved children and He proclaimed that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them.
- Shilpa Susan Eapen