Super Cyclone Amphan is bearing down on Kolkata and all of West Bengal. Please pray for the staff and children of MMS as they face this monster storm.
As you can see in this video from MMS staff, weather conditions at the school are deteriorating rapidly. The staff there are doing what they can to keep the school and themselves safe. They are all secured in the main building with the windows and doors secured. They’re keeping their phones charged and they’ve gathered candles for when the inevitable power outage comes. And they’ve brought in Spotty, the school’s mascot dog, and one of his frightened dog buddies to keep them safe too. They’ve promised to send updates as they can.
It’s a scary situation for people who are already facing tremendous hardship. Please keep them in your hearts and support them any way you can.
Even while our students are away during the COVID-19 crisis, the MMS staff is hard at work on campus preparing for the day when our students can return. In addition to making food deliveries to students we’re working on our kitchen garden and organizing our music library. When we can finally welcome our students back to campus, we’ll be more than ready!
After 13 hours on the road, our team has returned safely from today’s food delivery. They were able to reach 54 of our students with enough supplies to keep them fed in the coming month. The team will be on the road again early tomorrow morning to continue deliveries. Thanks to the hard work and bravery of these heroic staff members, and through the support of our friends around the world, we will make sure our students and their families have the food they need.
Thank you to all who donated to our emergency food fund during this time. Together, we have raised almost $1300 (£1040) just since yesterday’s post. Your support for our school in the face of this crisis has been incredible. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
If you have not yet donated to the fund and would like to, you can contribute through our donation page linked below.
MONDAY, APRIL 20: Today, our 7-member team in India set off early this morning to make emergency food deliveries to all of the boys and girls of the Mathieson Music School. Please pray that their are not harmed during their journey, that they reach all of our needy children, and that they are able to make their way safely back to MMS.
Emergency Food Delivery Update: conditions are critical for our vulnerable students at MMS. Deputy headmaster John Ashis Mondal reports that most of the boys and girls are suffering from lack of food. Many are down to the last of their supplies. Some are at the point of drinking the starch from water once used to boil rice to survive. It is vital that we provide another food delivery as soon as possible. Without this delivery, our students and their families risk starvation.
So many of our friends around the world have already come together to help our students in this crisis. We are grateful to all who have contributed. Right now, your support is more important than ever. Our students’ need is urgent.
Any amount you can contribute now would be invaluable to help us feed our students during this emergency. Thank you so much for your continued help and support.
Do you recognize the boy in the front row, shown in the video below at a traditional Indian dance lesson at MMS many years ago?
HINT: You have seen him in our posts recently….
It’s Suraj Dolui! This talented cellist was an all-rounder back student then. Now he is a staff member at MMS, one of the key members of the emergency food delivery team (pictured here on his way to make the first the first delivery to current students).
Thanks to help from friends of MMS around the world, we’ve been able to raise almost $2000 (£1600) to provide food for our students and their families. This should give us with the resources we need to help the MMS team make food deliveries for another month.
We are truly moved by your generosity in a time that is financially challenging for so many. Thank you all!
A few people have contacted us to say they have had trouble finding the right place to make a donation. If you want to donate to the emergency food fund for our students and their families you can do so here on our website at the link below.
Thank you once again! We wish you all health, safety and blessings as we begin this Easter weekend.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all our friends who’ve donated to MMS since our last update. Thanks to help from friends worldwide, we’ve been able to raise almost $1000 in donations to provide food for our students and their families through this crisis.
We have been granted permission by West Bengal authorities to distribute food. Today at 6AM (local time), headmaster Dipak Sapui together with John Ashis Mondal, Sairul Molla, Suraj Dolui and Projesh Dhari from our Mathieson team began delivering the assembled packets to our students, each one with a month’s worth of food.
The actions of our staff in the face of this pandemic have been truly heroic. The generosity of our friends has been remarkable. We are blessed with an amazing group of people who are all coming together to support MMS and our students.