Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Brick by Brick....

Puthumai A. Nazarene traveled with Johannes Becker and Matthias Kunkel, the German Students currently at Social Welfare Institute, for a visit to a brick-making (field) factory close to Raiganj. This was part of sensitizing the German students to some of the realities of the extent of poverty in this part of India. The North Dinajpur district alone has over 100 brick-making fields. Since this is the best time of the year to visit brick fields, we could see the people in full activity. There were many migrant families living within the brick-making fields working over 16 hours a day to earn their living. They live in unhygienic conditions, with no sanitary facilities. The women and girls get easily exposed to sexual exploitation in many of these places. The children have no access to health and education as these fields lie outside the main villages and towns. We thought of sharing some pictures with you in this blog. Let this season of Lent be a time of repentance for all sins of humanity against human persons. And let your hearts open to help these poor, specially the children and young girls and boys at these places.

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