Our church takes a special interest in
Some of our members have visited Tamil Nadu and Jeyapaul travels to the UK every two years and comes to see us.
Rev. Jeyapaul and his friend were the first 2 Dalit (formerly known as ‘untouchable’) boys from their remote Tamil Nadu village to be educated. The friend is now a teacher, and Jeyapaul is a pastor in the Church of South India. Quite separately from his pastoral work, Jeyapaul and his family run voluntarily the most amazing hostel and community development project in Devakottai. Rev. Jeyapaul writes: ‘Devakottai is a small town surrounded by many remote villages in Tamil Nadu, in the south east of India. It is a very dry and poor area, where people depend on agricultural work for 6 months of the year, and for the remaining time they cut firewood and work in brick manufacture. There are no factories or industry in the district. Children have to travel 20 or 30 miles to attend High School, and the result is that poor parents put their children to work with them on the farm. Kathryn’s Mercy Home project provides the children with an education which would otherwise be denied them. We started the project in 1998 with fifteen boys.; Now there are 200 poor children receiving very good High School education. ‘Through this project many boys and girls have successfully completed their higher secondary education and are now in colleges, training or are in work. The Project tries to care for the whole child and supports the village communities through the health , education and skills training programmes . Rev Jeyapaul and Charles Jeyapaul and all who benefit from the programmes greatly appreciate the support the Glossop Circuit Churches give to the project.
Boys and girls have successfully completed their higher secondary and completed their vocational courses and work in factories and shops. Through our financial support we have trained engineers, teachers, and nurses. With the kind support of the sponsor parents, schools and churches, many of the children are now studying in colleges and on vocational courses
Just before Christmas Jeypaul returned from the UK hoping to buy solar panels. He already has them installed and providing more secure electricity for the hostel.