Our time in Calcutta
9th International Anglo Indian Reunion
Before I write of our visit, on behalf of the South London Anglo Indian Association, I would like to say a very big thank you to the entire organising committee for their selfless dedication and hard work over the three/four years it has taken to put the Reunion together not forgetting the hundreds of hours given of their own time. A special mention has to be given to the Co-ordinator, the late Philomena Eaton for despite having to cope with her own debilitating illness, she then gave even more of herself to ensure all went well for the duration. Lauren and I were privileged to meet her on the evening of the the meet and greet at St.Paul's Cathedral when we introduced ourselves as part of the new committee. We felt honoured when she agreed to spend time talking to us. It was a sad day for CAISS when this grand lady died IN 2014
A summary of the Committee's visit to Calcutta
During our visit, some of the Committee Members seized the opportunity to meet some of the beneficiaries who receive donations from the Association.
Lawrence DeSouza Home
Robert (Treasurer) and Priscilla Pink (Committee member), Lauren Rosemeyer (Chair) and myself, Cilla Pegg (Secretary) together with members Arleen and Ralph Hutt, visited the Lawrence DeSouza Home. We were given a warm welcome by Cedric Spanos, Chairman and Brian Sweeney, Treasurer. They gave us a tour of the Home and briefed us on its running. The Home is run for Anglo-Indian ladies in need of permanent accommodation and care. The dedication they receive is of an impressive standard which affords them a better standard of living and dignity. It was a very humbling experience.
Loreto Convent, Entally
Lauren and I visited the Convent to meet Sister Tina to whom The S.L.A.I.A. donations are sent. She went on to explain that the donations are used solely for the education and residential needs of the girls in their care. Many of whom come from less fortunate background such broken families, whilst others had suffered a history of abuse. We were fortunate to also meet a member of Sr. Tina's staff, who herself had been housed and educated at the Convent, and now works in the office. She told us she would always be grateful to Sister Tina for the care and help she had received to improve her life. It had made her into the person she is today - happily married with a small child and doing a job she loved. Sr. Tina gave us a list of girls' names who will be sponsored exclusively by The S.L.A.I.A. with the donations sent from the U.K. There is a photograph of Sr. Tina, Lauren and myself in the gallery.
Marion Educational Centre
Lauren, Robert, Priscilla Pink and myself, visited Sister Marisa at the Marion Educational Centre. As we had heard so much about her work there, we were looking forward to meeting her and we were cordially welcomed by her. She spoke proudly of the achievements made at the school as well as the obstacles that she has encountered. She told us of the improvements made to the school including, a basketball court with a stage at the far end making it a multi-purpose area. The Centre was very well maintained. She had created a clean and pleasant environment in which to learn. It was excellent to be able to put a face to a name, also wonderful for us to witness the fantastic work that is being conducted by her. There are a couple of photographs with Sr. Marisa, Lauren, Robert and Priscilla Pink and myself,in the gallery.