Yesuvanam – On April 7th St. Guanella Anbagam Special School held their 1st Annual Day event. That evening the celebration began with Holy Mass by Rev. Fr. Antony Joseph, SDB, (Rector of Bosco Maiyam); other local parish priests con-celebrated the Mass. A cultural program followed Mass, with a welcome by Fr. Paul Raj, Director of St. Guanella Anbagam Special School the gathering. Mr. Karunakaran (DADWO), District Differently Able Officer, was the chief guest. In his speech, he promised that he would provide Government funding to this school. Then our children performed cultural programs like dance, song, Thirukural, and a slideshow of the year’s events. Prizes were distributed for the winners, gifts were given to all the students. Amongst the huge crowd were parents of the children, G.L.M Members, benefactors, and the local community. The program ended with expressions of gratitude and the singing of the national anthem.
Sivagangai – St. Guanella Anbagam received Government Approval for the Special School on March 10th. The next day, the District Differently-Able Officer visited the School to verify the documents, staff, children and sustainability of the mission. He also promised to help procure Government funds for a new building in the next Academic year (2015-2016). He was very satisfied with current activities and offered some proposals for the betterment of the school. He also informed the superiors about the Government approval for three years (2015-2017) and reminded them to renew.
Sivagangai – St. Guanella Anbagam was glad to have a visit from the DDRWO of their District officer. The official visit was on December 11 in view of granting recognition to the school. His visit also included verification of the documents, staffs and sustainability of the school. He visited each classroom and therapy hall too. He was very pleased with all the activities and he made some proposals for the well-being of the school. He was impressed with the activities for the Good children and promised to make the recognition as early as possible. Please pray for a speedy decision.
Sivagangai – Everyone knows that the month of November is dedicated to the departed souls, and we ask for special prayers for Sasikumar, who was born in 2005 in Vebani near Pallithammam. Sasi was born with intellectual disabilities. Sasi was not properly cared for by his family because they are poor and his parents had to work. Sasi came to live at St. Guanella Anbagam from 2013 until July 2014. Before coming to Anbagam, Sasi was kept in a cattle shed. His health improved as a result of his stay, but this progress was lost due to sickness and he passed away on November 1st. St. Guanella Anbagam lost a great gift (Sasi).
Sivagangai – In the presence of Fr. Soosai, Provincial Superior, St. Vincent de Paul members from the Andichiurani parish donated a parallel pad for use at Guanella Anbagam Special School. That day there was a GLM gathering followed by holy Mass. In the evening the community had a meeting with Fr. Soosai. So, Fr. Soosai’s visit was a holistic one, because it included the meeting of the Confreres, special children and the GLM members.
Sivagangai – On Oct 10th the Provincial Superior, Fr. Soosai, visited St. Guanella Anbagam (Special School). He was the chief guest for the flag hoisting, which was followed by a short cultural program. Then he held a meeting with the director, regent and staff; explaining how to handle these kinds of children from the book, ‘Don Guanella, Educator.’ Then Fr. Soosai looked through all the documents, files, chronicles, and so on. He also spent time with and awarded the good children.