Kalahandi Mission (Odisha)

Kalahandi Mission (Odisha):

Mar Thoma Mission in Kalahandi is the outreach mission work of the Ranny – Nilackal Diocese. Kalahandi mission is spreading the radiance of Gospel in 18 villages which includes 17 tribal villages and one Dalit Village. These villages do not have any primary facilities like road, electricity, housing and communication systems and are situated 5 to 15 kms inside the thick forests. At present we have 400 families as our believers. Our mission team consists of 18 evangelists and two team leaders giving able leadership to the faith community with deep dedication and strong faith. Mar Thomas Mission Health Care Centre is completing six years in its service. We conduct free medical camps and medicine distribution regularly as part of its social commitments. At present Dr.Thejus Varghese (s/o Rev. L. Varghese) from CMC Ludhiana serves as the Medical Officer and he is assisted by 4 paramedical staff and a Laboratory technician. Our clinic is a great relief to the poor people around our locality as they get better medical care at low cost. There are Six Balwadis and a Mission Gramjyoti school functioning under the mission. In addition to these, an English Medium School (with 223 students and 15 teachers)is also functioning under the mission. Mar Thoma English Medium School provides quality education to the native children at lowest and thus aims at the development of the community. We have two hostels in our campus. Altogether 43 students are staying in these hostels. Our students are showing excellence in academics and co-curricular activities. Apart from this 89 students who completed 10th Std from our hostels are pursuing their studies for courses like Plus 2, Degree, Nursing etc with the support of Mission. A village development project is executed through the Mission with the help of KNH. Through this project various training programs were arranged for farmers, like training on organic farming, bio pesticide units, formation of self-help groups, farm bounding, well digging, social forestry, etc. Tailoring training, medical camps, personality development classes for students, saplings distribution, awareness classes on government schemes and on social issues are also being conducted through the Project.