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#1 Oct 19th, 2004, 21:46
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Has anyone had experience volunteering with the Sisters of Charity missions in Kolkata? I am headed to Kolkata in November, and will be staying there for about two weeks before moving on. I had planned on volunteering with Mother Theresa's organization while I'm there, but now am hearing some dodgy things about this charity.

Anyone have any feedback, or possibly some other causes in Kolkata that I could get involved with?
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I volunteered at their orphanage in Kolkota many years ago. They are still accepting volunteers. Nothing at all dodgey about this charity!! Please ignore anything you may have heard to the contrary.

I found the experience very moving and surprising, and I'd highly recommend going ahead with it. But, be prepared to face some difficult truths about life, and please understand that the sisters are terribly understaffed and so do not have the time to take special care of each and every patient under their care in the way that we might think is best.

Best thing is to go in with a mind of humility and try your best to do things as the sisters request, after all they live there all the time and things that may seem odd to us are that way for a very good reason.

Best of luck to you and good on ya for wanting to do this good work.
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any one know some details

any one know about Mariammas child home in mamallapuram
my friend want o make some donations to them she just want to make it sure that it reaches the children .
regards Kiran
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kiki - how did you go about becoming a volunteer there? do you just have to contact them in calcutta? do they accept anyone? any limit on numbers of volunteers? and do you have to pay for the privilege?
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any one know

sorry for the second post
any one know about Mariammas child home in mamallapuram
my friend want o make some donations to them she just want to make it sure that it reaches the children .
regards Kiran
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Charity Missions in Kolkata

hi ,

Good to hear that you wish to volunteer in Kolkata, yes there are places like the Missionaries of Charity and the Sisters .....Well honestly there is corruption everywhere. That corruption will not effect your work infact the corruption is totally invisible.
SO enjoy the voluntary work you do!!!!
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Originally Posted by Karma Queen kiki - how did you go about becoming a volunteer there? do you just have to contact them in calcutta? do they accept anyone? any limit on numbers of volunteers? and do you have to pay for the privilege?

i would like to find this out to. i have a month over christmas so kiki or kama queen if you find out please reply. so far i have been on google without any luck as to how to go about it all
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A few years back there was a major police operation which netted a number of paedophiles in mallapuram. The paedophile ruing had set up children's homes as a charity and on the face of it looked legit and worthy. The reality was much more dark and unthinkable

So thoroughly check out any orphangae youa re donating to.

As for the Sisters in Calcutta.
They do some exceptional work and I taught English for a few weeks there. I just turned up
there are a lot of volunteers who stay at the Salvation army in Sudder street so its easy to find out more if you're heading for Calcutta. There was a lot of Irish if I rmeber right

The only problem I have with them is the missionary work they do...converting hindus to christianity but then as one volunteer said we have the right to as we are heloing thema dn the Hindus are not. I found this quite arrogant and narrow minded, putting a price on helping others ...Other than that though they seemed to be doing magnificent work from what I saw.

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Sad that that some people abuse the disadvantaged.

I guess thats why i thought i would go straight to the sisters of charity.

Reputable, well known etc. So Bryan you say i just show up? No contacts you could give me to do some preliminary investigation.

I am amazed from my searching that some want payment to do volunteer work. - can't quite get that.
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Sorry, it was 10 years ago and it wasonly for a couple of weeks...The notion just took me ...the long term people who were there arranged it from home but not sure how

Im sure if you contact catholic charities they would be able to point you in the right direction

Sorry i couldn't be any more help

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from what i know the sister of charity mission is good and they do good work besides that there are a few others, one is a ducth group called Cal support they also do some good work teaching ppl and all, its charitable work thou in Cal support you have to pay to work (which i dont understand) mother teresa was good till the mother was there ,off lately i heard it is become indifferent.
so best of luck .
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Originally Posted by Karma Queen kiki - how did you go about becoming a volunteer there? do you just have to contact them in calcutta? do they accept anyone? any limit on numbers of volunteers? and do you have to pay for the privilege?
Hi. sorry it took me so long to reply. I just went there. As far as I know there is no limit to the number of volunteers they accept. And NO, you do not have to pay for the privelege! I would be very suspicious of any organization who requested such a thing.

As for one of the comments above about the Sisters converting people, this is actually not true. I am in contact with one of the Sisters at Mother Theresa's place here in Darjeeling and she was very emphatic on this point. She said that they are just there to help others The sisters are taught to respect whatever religion their patients practice and to leave the person to their own beliefs. I am only sorry I cannot remember the words of Mother Theresa that she quoted to me which supported this notion.

If you have any further questions, I can forward them on to Sister Ancilla if you wish.

Best of luck to you!
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hi kiki

sounds like you are the one with the most recent experience

canyou tell me a bit about it. was it worthwhile? did you feel like you were helping or hindering? most importantly, can you give me a contact detail. i would really like to talk with someone from the sisters of charity before i venture over there. is there a name, or a central body, a phone number, email address anything will do!!!

thanks
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Originally Posted by Karma Queen kiki - how did you go about becoming a volunteer there? do you just have to contact them in calcutta? do they accept anyone? any limit on numbers of volunteers? and do you have to pay for the privilege?
Those who like to do volunteer work at Missionaries of Charity they have to register their name at Mother's House. Monday. Wednesday and Friday at 3P.M. you have to go there and register your name .One can take daily pass from Mother house in the morning at 7 A.M.
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hElp kiki!!

hi kiki..
i have no idea who you are but you did share some interesting tips abt voluntary work reference to missionaries of charity.i am currently based in Dubai working inthe airport and i honestly wanna dedicate a month to serve them , would be truly grateful if you could lemmie know how people outside could register i hail from south india .but do they have any online registration or i just have to end up their doorstep at 7am the next flight...
you have to guide me int his.yr generous gesture would surely ease my confusion
thankyou
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