A W.I.S.H-India was envisioned to further the work of an effective and unique organization, Share and Care Children's Welfare Society, based in Madras, India. Created as a private registered charity in 1984 by social workers Steven and Carmel Arokiasamy, Share and Care (S & C) has grown into a remarkable community. It is a source of hope and dignity for many.
Medical services include surgery and braces for the polio children, eye surgeries for the elderly, and a full time village clinic. A strong emphasis is placed on raising awareness among women regarding health and thrift schemes. Facilities include two orphanages, a middle school, preschool daycare sites, and centers for the elderly. There is never any charge for the help and benefit provided by this Society.
The slow and deliberate growth of Share and Care has allowed the Society to fashion a solid infrastructure ideally suited to serve the perennially oppressed in this district of rural India. And it is a society.
For the greatest strength of Share and Care is its people. Their organizing principles - faith, the inherent dignity and value of life, and the necessity of hard work - have served to create an authentic human community of hope in these villages.
It is not a utopia. Many problems and conflicts remain. But more and more lives are being transformed, those of the staff as much as the recipients, and a sustainable community that transcends the divisiveness of caste, religion, and politics continues to grow.
Theologian Paul Knitter, who wrote of Katchur in his book One World Many Religions, found there "a basic human community that marvelously combined a passionate preferential option for the oppressed with the ability to reach out and love the oppressors," and called the Arokiasamy's work a "program of liberation."
It is expected that A W.I.S.H-India will evolve incrementally, much like Share and Care has over the years, and that in the future we will be able to assist other worthy ventures in India as well.
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