Before dawn on 8 June 2020, our staff superheroes prepare the next round of emergency food deliveries for the children of MMS–food now even more urgently needed after the devastation wreaked by Cyclone Amphan. By 7:00 am local time, they sent word that the team was on the road. Once again, they brave the pandemic. This time they also brave horrendous traveling conditions over roads and towns littered by debris and flood damage.
God speed to the MMS Superheroes, carrying food to our needy children!
God speed and many, many thanks to all of you who have contributed so generously to make this miracle possible. If you have not yet donated, but you would like to contribute, you can do so here on our donations page: friendsofthemathiesonschool.org/donate
Cyclone Amphan dealt MMS a hard blow, but our hearts and our spirits are strong!
Recovery efforts began the day after the storm and they continue daily. Despite daytime temperatures around 103 degrees Fahrenheit (over 39 degrees Celsius) and humidity levels pushing 100%, our seven staff members at MMS (with tail-wagging support from their canine mascots, Spotty and Valo) have been working hard to clean up debris and to dry food, mattresses, bedding, furniture, books, and music. It’s tough work, especially because the electricity is still out—which means they can’t even use fans to cool down!
Dipak and his team have been working on getting roofers in fix damage to the boys’ dorm, the kitchen, and the offices. They are also restoring the gardens and repairing the protective netting over the fish ponds.
Everyone is determined to make sure the school is ready as soon as officials allow the children to return.
Organizers in the UK and the US have begun several fundraising campaigns and—thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and people like you—we’ve made a good start on raising the money to pay for repairs to campus (and to continue feeding the children).
Thank you all for your help in our efforts to ensure that the Mathieson Music School continues to bring education and music to the needy girls and boys of Kolkata!
Super Cyclone Amphan hit The Mathieson Music School in Kolkata, India between Wednesday 20th May and Thursday 21st May 2020.
The massive storm caused extensive damage to the school’s electrical wiring, security cameras around the campus, and to our plantings & food gardens, including trees blown through our brick boundary wall. The net covering over an acre of the fish pond was destroyed.
Roofs were blown off the kitchen, dinning hall, offices and boys dormitory, which led to significant flooding and wind damage.
Food was saturated. Our music library–so recently reorganized by our staff–is sodden.
At the moment, we estimate there is about £25,000 ($30,000) worth of cyclone-related damage to the campus of the Mathieson Music School.
Fortunately, our whole staff is safe. As soon as it is safe to do so, our staff will begin traveling to the homes of our students to check on the children.
We hesitate to ask again. You have all been so generous already after our girls were forced to leave campus and throughout the global pandemic. But if you can donate any amount to help us recover from this latest blow, we will be forever grateful.
If you cannot afford a financial donation, please pray for the school, its staff, and its students, and for all people affected by this horrible storm.
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!
Our kitchen garden is growing even bigger than before! With more land cleared, and the help of our wonderful visitors this month, we’ve been able to add new vegetables to our garden and trees along the campus wall. Looks like all our hard work together is really taking root!