My experience in the Darjeeling Region


DSC02078I am glad that I had chosen Social work as part of my Tertianship programme and that too in Darjeeling Region in our very own set up DMWSC (Darjeeling Mary Ward Social Centre) which is a registered body today. I am extremely satisfied and delighted to have the exposure in social work in the Terai Region. I am grateful to God for the experience and knowledge gained while working with Sr. Sabrina and the entire Team of DMWSC.

During the month of November I had been to all the areas where we have been working. I visited some tea gardens like Gulma, Sukna Tea Estate where a year ago trafficking of women and children was a common thing. In one year’s time people have become aware of the evils of this practice and now the entire village is vigilant and alert when they see any stranger coming to their areas. They make sure nobody goes out with any agent.

Besides these two Tea estates I have been to some other places where we have reached out to Panighatta, Chenga, Lohagarh and Panthabari. In each of these places I have seen that locals have been empowered. There are Steering and Working Committees who give their services on a voluntary basis for the development of their village communities. It was heart lifting to see how the Steering and Working Committees on their own initiative for the first time celebrated Children’s’ Day in Lohagarh.

I was very much touched and inspired to see how DMWSC works with other NGO like CINI. They are working in close collaboration with the Gram Panchayat and the Block Development Office, Mirik.

In Panighatta an attractive library has been set up by the volunteers from Australia. I was happy to see our children lost in their library books during the library period. Some take books home in a special bag provided by the library. Now the learning has become a joyful activity for them.

In short my heart is all full of praise for God for His blessings on this great work of reaching out to so many oppressed people and making a difference in their lives. Thanks to all the generous donors, volunteers and well wishers with whose support so much has been achieved. I feel Mary Ward has been blessing this undertaking in a big way right from the beginning which is quite obvious. I wish and pray that God may continue to bless us and use us as instruments in His hands in seeing that justice is not denied to anyone especially the least, the lost and the last.



0 #1 Christine Carolan 2011-01-10 01:36
I was so excited to read this reflection; it is great to read that people on the tea estate were on the alert for traffickers and could protect each other. Congrats to them and the Mary Ward crew.