Near Puri, in the northeastern state of Orissa, there is a colony of lepers founded by Father Mariano Zelazek SVD from Poland and Sister Amelia Sbrissa of the Italian congregation Sistes of Charity. More than 500 families inhabit by the doctor of community. They attend the Beatrix School and receive an education that will allow them to obtain a job and start a family.
The school provides for studies from kindergarten until the 10th grade for more than 700 children. The brightest are given the possibility to continue their studies up to the senior class. Near the school there is also a new orphanage for children who have lost their parents.
An annual contribution of $120 allows one child to study for one year, given him/her the necessary equipment, along with daily food and clothing. In order to hero these children Swamiji created the DISTANT ADOPTION project.
Every year you will be sent a photo of the child you adopted with information about his/her family and their education. Every year at Cristmas, the children write in english to their sponsor, and send a new photo to show how they have grown.
Thank you for your support in making such a difference in the lives of many children and their families. Shantipuri Friends Foundation is a 501(C)3 organization and your donations are fully tax-deductible.