Headmaster Dipak Sapui let us know that the skies cleared enough for emergency food distribution to MMS children and their families to begin again on Wednesday, 22nd April.
While this trip was much longer than the first two, the team tells us that, luckily, it was also much smoother. Our MMS superheroes were able to bring food to students in more remote villages. Thanks to their bravery and hard work, our students should have enough supplies to face the coming weeks.
Alongside much-needed food, our MMS team is making sure our students are still getting the education they deserve. Home learning has been arranged for students in maths, Bengali and English.
Dipak and everyone at MMS are very grateful to all our friends worldwide who have helped make this possible. Dipak said it best: “We are grateful to all our Trustees and supporters in the USA, UK, Australia and elsewhere for their continuous support and prayers. We know that with your continued support we will overcome this hurdle and move on to happy days.”
Deputy headmaster John Ashis Mondal wrote to us today to say intense thunderstorms have hit Kolkata. Our team cannot safely make deliveries in the midst of these dangerous storms. They plan to make their second round of deliveries as soon as the skies clear, hopefully as early as tomorrow morning.
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.
Today brings beautiful additions to our Songs of Hope project! Jerry and Anup have collaborated on recordings of songs number four and five, and our good friend, soprano Barbara Gompels has sent us a lovely version of Attend to the World.
All of these recordings are available on our Songs of Hope page linked below.
We’ve been thrilled with the response to these songs and have loved hearing all of your wonderful collaborations with us.
If you would like to record your own version of one or more of our Songs of Hope, you can download all the necessary files on our website!
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.
It’s hard to believe that Anup was performing at St. Martin’s Church in East Horsley, UK, just a few weeks ago. Things have changed so much in such a short time.
At MMS, we’re all doing the best we can in these uncertain times. We’re continuing to keep music in our hearts and minds with our Songs of Hope project, and in our fingers with practice where it’s possible in isolation.
We’re thinking of all our friends worldwide right now. How are you all holding up?