Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Road from Leper Colony to IIITM ( Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management )

Albert Einstein has rightly said ,
''Try not to become a man of Success , but rather try to become a man of Value ! ''

Today when I spoke to Raju Achen, he had a great news to tell me. A story of the Road from Leper Colony to IIITM Gwalior. IIITM Gwalior is known to be one among the top 25 Engineering colleges in the Country which is the Almamater to many brilliant Engineers across the World. And it is indeed a matter of great Pride for all of us to see one of our children from Balagram, has qualified to study in the IIITM , Gwalior. And that is Prasanth , an extremely hard working boy. He burnt midnight oil to achieve his goal.

Raju Achen mentions Prasanth as a role model to all others. He is very humble and well mannered boy. His academic session at IIITM will start in mid august. Now, Prasanth has gone home to meet his parents. He is now a hero in his village. I don't know how much, IIITM makes sense to his poor and illiterate parents but definitely it means a lot to Prasanth and all his brothers in Balagram. Prasanth is the First student from Our Mission Homes across India to reach this height in Education. 

Another tenacious legend is Peter Paul who is now in Kottayam, Kerala to pursue Post Graduate studies in Commerce from P.G .College run by Kottayam Diocese.

My hearty Congratulations to both of them in their Journey ahead. May God bless them and take them through His Light to see the Unseen beauty of Life.

Children ready for the new Academic Year

The new academic session, has started and all students were excited to walk into their new classes with their new uniforms, bags and books.

Pre- seminarians , Bro. Sunil T.V and Bro. Aby Raju are the volunteers for this term who would take tuitions for these children.

Children under the able guidance of Raju Achen

On June 28, St. Pauls Day Perunnal was celebrated and All the children participated in the procession followed by Perunnal feast. It was a blessed occasion for all at Balagram.

Raju Achen told me that after the monsoon rains, Balagram and places around resemble Kerala with lush greens and paddy fields. This year , 80 quintals of wheat was harvested which was a boon from the land.

All the inhabitants are now looking forward to celebrate the Balagrams' 18th Anniversary on 02 August 2013 in the presence of very Rev. K.I. Philip Rambachan and many vicars and parishioners of various churches across the country.

Children at Balagram are taught to humble themselves before God, for everything they have is a Gift from God. All good things are gifts from God, food and clothing, rain and fruitful harvests, faith, grace, wisdom and life itself are all gifts from God. Let us all give thanks to Him for his Love and Compassion that keepsThe Mission on its Wheels.

- Shilpa Susan Eapen

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