Dear Friends,

I extend to all of you, dear partners, collaborators, donors and well-wishers, very warm greetings from Guwahati as we are half way through the year of our hard work with the mission of bringing about development through empowerment poor. The project staff so often on field duty and our field staff sweating it out daily in the sweltering heat of the Assam plains these past months have been on a drive to successfully implement the various projects in a time-bound manner. The official proclamation of the sainthood of Mother Teresa of Kolkata was observed with great joy in Bosco Reach Out and the staff re-dedicated themselves to the service of the poor after the example of Mother Teresa, the saint of the poorest of the poor and the saint of the gutters. The words of Mother Teresa reverberate in our ears, “ we do not need guns and bombs to bring peace. We need love and compassion”. We pledged to work for peace through our work for development, and to do it always with a smile of love because Mother Teresa taught “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love”. We are aware that our work for the poor is a drop in the ocean of need but we have been taught by Mother Teresa that if we can’t feed a hundred people then feed just one. Our works do not always bearing success but we know from Mother that it is more important to be faithful to our mission to the poor than to pursue success. We wish to do whatever we do, great or small, with great love and the true meaning of love is to give until it hurts. Bosco Reach Out rejuvenates itself with the message of love and compassion and faithfulness and service of the poorest of the poor on the occasion of the canonization of Mother Teresa.

We are awaiting of the visit of the officials from Light for the World and the team of journalists from Austria in the coming month. The very impressive and moving work of restoring sight to the vision-impaired carries a tale of success stories. Our work in ISCDP, operating now at the Block Level Federation, has brought transformation in the lives of people of eight regions of Assam. We are so pleased to have initiated, through our partnership with Misereor again, the new project for Climate change adaptation and disaster preparedness again in eight regions of Assam. BRO has now its own strategy to meet the challenge of climate change because we believe that it is essential that we increasingly learn and create awareness to be protectors of the environment. The Jorapara Agricultural Training Centre has been transformed into a composite centre with a model Rubber plantation, agriculture and vocational skill Training , Horticulture and Agar and experimentation , livestock, vermin-compost, herbal garden, orchid park and nursery and other livelihood training and promotion Programmes. Thanks to Fratelli Dimenticati, the scholarship and “Malaria? No, Thanks Campaign” projects are ensuring the education and health of students of our rural centres. “An After School Coaching Programme” is running is three of our centres to help students who need extra help to make it through at the Secondary School Examinations”. The Goalpara Agriculture project with the support of Manos Unidas has people adopting to alternate crop system and livestock management. The NABARD-sponsored Bolgrim Rubber Project has already increased the income generating capacity of 400 families. WSHG project in the West Karbi Anglong and Kokrajhar districts have improved the lot of women folks by inculcating the habit of saving and helping them to acess bank loans for income generating activities. The SFRUTI and Solar Pumps projects in the pipe-line are intended to promote local artisans and farmers. My sincerest thanks to our head office and field staff who make it all happen through their work of dedication. “ The fruit of service is Peace”, said St. Teresa of Kolkata. The service in favour of the poor that Bosco Reach out carries out is our mite to build a culture of love and peace in our society and the world.

Fr. Thomas Kunnappillil, SDB (Director)