About Assam ...
The Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod administer the Chalice Sponsorship Program.
Assam is one of the northeastern states of India, geographically separated from the rest of the country. Chalice’s Assam sponsor site is located in the north of the state. The economy is overwhelmingly agricultural. Assam produces nearly half of the country's total tea. While this area is rich in natural resources like water, forests and petroleum, slow modernization and poor access to technology has prevented them from being tapped, further limiting the growth of the economy. Traditional methods of fishing and agriculture are still used and most people are not self-sufficient.
Due to inaccessibility to proper medical facilities, infants are often affected by congenital disorders for which they do not receive the necessary care. The view of differently-abled children in this society is one of burden and embarrassment. Children with disabilities are often left at home and ignored. The Sisters have given priority to education, rehabilitation and training, leading to the all-around development of sponsored children and their families. Therapy is provided for the children and their caretakers are taught how to continue the therapy at home. The community has become more aware of disabilities and the mindset of society is slowly changing.
Mission - Assam
The goal of the Sisters is to provide educational and rehabilitative services to the children in this community, with a special focus on improved mobility and independence of children with disabilities.
Sponsorship in Assam
The Sisters have given priority to education, rehabilitation and training, which has led to the all-around development of sponsored children and their families. Sponsorship helps to provide health awareness, clean water, sanitation facilities and nutritional supplements. The site aims to foster personal growth and an overall sense of community development. Rehabilitation and medical necessities are provided as needed. Children who have been unable to start school will finally have the opportunity to join their peers in the classroom.