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Society of Helpers
THERE ARE NO BOUNDARIES TO LOVE
The Helpers’ house of Barasat welcomes girls who come to us for different purposes: mainly they reach us to discern their vocation, whether they are called to the Religious life as Helpers. Other girls come to Barasat community only for Studies’ purposes, to be supported in achieving the level of Education which allows to enter University.Thus, the house consists of two departments: Formation House and Study House. Four sisters are at the service of the girls living in the Formation House and two are accompanying the students in the latter department. Beside this main activity, the sisters of Barasat community are also involved in other missions: Alternative Medicine, Pastoral services in the local Parish, Prison ministry, professional studies.
The Helpers opened a community in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, in 2005. It was and still it is mostly welcoming the sisters who are studying or involved in different trainings meant to develop their professional and cultural formation. In the same time there are also sisters working regularly. Among the five Helpers living in Kolkata, there is a teacher working with special children, a Bachelor in Education student, two newly professed sisters making experiences in social work and teaching in rural areas of West Bengal. Some of them serve in two Parishes of the city through different Ministries (families visits, Communion distribution, Catechesis for Women) and one cooperates with the Archdiocesan Service for Youth Catholic Students (YCS)
Since 2010, there is a small presence of Helpers in Bolpur – Shantiniketan, the famous village where the Nobel prize Rabindranath Tagore founded his University (Viswa Bharati), which still draws so many students coming from all over India and from abroad. There the sisters were invited from the
Bishop to open a Study House for tribal girls, in order to promote their education and empowerment.At present, four Helpers (sr. Lucy, sr. Nimanti, sr. Marsa and sr. Sasmita) are at the service of the girls who study in class XI and XII, in government schools, sharing their simple life. At
the sametime, the sisters give the life. At the sametime, the sisters give the girls opportunities to
learn some skills which are meant to be supportive in their future: they learn tailoring and gardening very eagerly! The sisters are also involved in other missions, like serving as bursar of the Indian communities, studying (graduation in Law and graduation in Arts), working in a Health Centre for Mother and Child (mostly focusing on local Tribal people), teaching Tailoring to tribal women in some Santali village of that area, and working as a GM nurse in a Rural Government Hospital.
Taiwan-Hong Kong community
The Helpers are present in Hong Kong and Taiwan since the 1960s.
Over all these years the services and the activities done by the sisters changed according to the needs of the people and the possibilities of the communities.
Since some year, as the number of the Helpers decreased, the sisters living in Taipei and in Hong Kong (New Territories) form one community.
Three sisters live in Taiwan and one sister lives in Hong Kong.
The sisters in Taipei (Sr. Clara, Sr. Teresa and sr. Martha) are involved in pastoral services in the Parish of the Holy Rosary and in Jesuit networks, in the ministry of the sick, elderly and homeless, and in the field of the spiritual and religious formation – according to the Ignatian tradition – in Taiwan and abroad, in some Asian Countries. In Hong Kong, sister Agathe accompanies faithfully the “Friends of Hope”, the group of Lay Associates to the Charisma of Mary of Providence.