Loretto College hosts tea in support of Mary Ward Social Centre & Loretto Schools in Darjeeling Region, India

Loretto Sisters, their associates and friends, attended an afternoon tea at Loretto College on Sunday, October 31st, 2010. The tea was a fundraiser in support of the justice and development initiatives of the Loretto Sisters working in the Himalayan Region of Darjeeling, Sikkim and Nepal.

Those who attended had an opportunity to meet with Sr. Sabrina Edwards, Director of Mary Ward Social Centre in Darjeeling, India. The centre was established by the Loretto Sisters in 2006. The Sisters wanted to reach out to the many children in the region who lacked any access to education due to the remoteness and poverty of the villages in the area. Many residents of these villages lack adequate food, clean water and medical care or sanitation. Women and girl children are particularly marginalized and vulnerable in such circumstances. Human trafficking in women and children has been a particular problem in the region.

The MWSC aims to foster women and child friendly communities; empower communities through education; enable women to make informed choices for their development and growth; initiate action to counteract human trafficking; promote sustainable development and empowerment of women and communities throughout the Himalayan Region.

Darjeeling Mary Ward Social Centre
Narmada Bagan, 7th Lane, P.O. Champasari, Post Box 89, Siliguri 734003
Dist. Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
E-mail: mwdccommunications [at] gmail [dot] com

Mary Ward Development Centre: Building Capacities & Communities

Extending quality education to the marginalized, with a focus on the girl child through:

  • Child Development Centres
  • Bilingual Schools
  • Hostels
  • Coaching/tutoring Classes
  • Barefoot Teacher Training
  • Sponsorships for Education

Promoting health in the community through preventive and curative means with a special focus on mother and child:

  • Educational and preventive programs
  • Promotion of adequate food supply, availability of clean water, nutrition and sanitation
  • Dispensaries, School Health Programs

Organizing women into Self Help Groups; promoting their social, cultural, political and economic rights in the family and society:

  • Self Help groups
  • Groups promoting economic development and income generation through activities- weaving, ginger cultivation, broom cultivation, animal husbandry
  • Adult education
  • Bank linkages for micro-credit

Prevention of Abuse of Women and Children through human trafficking

  • Research, data collection and dissemination of information on trafficking in the region.
  • Setting up neighbourhood watches in local communities.