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Notwithstanding the generosity of its supporters, Mother Mary Home needs further assistance. At the moment, the girls sleep on the floor since the sisters have not yet raised the money needed to purchase 50 new beds. For their part, the girls have contributed to the sisters’ fund-raising efforts by working small, part-time jobs. For example, the girls recently assembled 1,000 notebooks, putting the money they earned toward buying their beds. While they have not yet raised the money needed, the sisters and the girls are optimistic that they will soon have enough.

For a new facility, Mother Mary Home for Girls has achieved a great deal in such a short time despite shortfalls. What strikes the visitor most is the genuine love the sisters have for the girls. Shrieks of laughter can be heard throughout the orphanage from the happy girls who live there. From the most disadvantaged backgrounds imaginable, these girls are growing up to be healthy, responsible and educated young women ready and proud to stand on their own two feet.

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Sean Sprague is a frequent contributor. Jomi Thomas is a staff writer for CNEWA’s office in Ernakulam, Kerala.

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