Dancing in Durgapur

Image

Dave Webster, Internet Communications Coordinator, visited the Diocese of Durgapur in West Bengal (Church of North India) earlier on in the year to participate in its 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

 "Visitors from overseas churches, Canada, Australia, Britain - West Midlands, Liverpool, and Derby took part in the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Diocese of Durgapur. They started with performances of traditional dances from across India by children from some of the projects the diocese runs. These children are from disadvantaged backgrounds and would otherwise have no access to a good education and little hope of escaping a future of poverty. They are the children of leprosy suffers, or low caste rickshaw pullers and maids, and often suffer discrimination. They are taught dance as well as literacy, numeracy and languages.

The dancing was really fantastic, and it was moving to see how poised and self-confident the children seemed, as well as graceful and beautiful. This self-confidence means that the teenage girls will be less vulnerable to trafficking."

Read his visit report here to find out how the church is using puppets to help combat superstition, to read about the work of Nationals in Mission Appointment postholder (funded by the World Mission Fund) Dr. Shrubro Malik and his wife Dr. Elizabeth Searle at Sarenga Hospital, as well as to find out what community work and development projects are being run by the church in Khejuri and Samadhi.

  • Get the World Church BulletinMonthly news from around the world to your email address