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Advent Campaign Against Hunger and Disease

Nov. 11, 2016

As we prepare for Christmas, our hearts can’t ignore those who are born, like Jesus, in vulnerable situations. Images flashing from the newsrooms across the world connect us with the trauma of those who are victims of hate and violence, in their homelands or as refugees, like Mary and Joseph along with baby Jesus. Besides, there appears to be a growing helplessness about the environmental degradation which is pushing the earth over the edge. We know that we cannot afford to give up hope for a better world. In all these matters, Pope Francis has undoubtedly been a beacon of hope to millions across the globe.

The Campaign Against Hunger and Disease organized by the Centre for Social Action of the Archdiocese of Bombay is an effort to connect those who hope for a better world with those whose levels of deprivation make them feel helpless and hopeless. Our Centre for Social Action acts as a facilitator in the process of building a just and humane society by linking those in vulnerable situations with those who want to share their resources – of professional expertise, social networks, and finances. The approach taken is that of People Led Empowerment wherein groups of vulnerable individuals are enabled to access various resources from individual consultants, Corporate Houses and Government Offices, thereby taking full responsibility for their own development.

Another significant component of our interventions is sustainability, which is ensured by forming and mentoring Community Based Organizations (CBOs) at the grassroots. These CBOs are run by a core committee consisting of members of the vulnerable community. They may deploy para-professional staff to coordinate the day-to-day developmental activities. The entire process is financed by Centre for Social Action, and mentored by its qualified and experienced social workers.

I invite all our faithful and other friends as well to be part of this Campaign Against Hunger and Disease by keeping up the tradition of generosity that we have always experienced. Kindly send your contributions to ‘Centre for Social Action’, Eucharistic Congress Building No. III, 5 Convent Street, Mumbai 400 001. Cheques / drafts should be drawn in favour of ‘Centre for Social Action’.  Those contributing ` 10,000/- and above are requested to send us their PAN no. Donations made to this cause are eligible for exemption under section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

I request that the contents of this Official be made known to the faithful on the Sundays of Advent through announcements, posting it on your notice board as well as on your parish / institution website. Also, kindly ensure effective distribution of the donation envelopes to the faithful. 

+ Oswald Cardinal Gracias
   Archbishop of Bombay

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