Some of the current projects we are undertaking
MATHIESON MEMORIAL MUSIC CENTRE
The success of many children who have benefited from a musical education at the Mission's Behala (Kolkata) compound has been undoubted, with a number who have successfully passed through international conservatoires and on to professional careers, and others who have been successful with string quartets and bands, including the Indian military bands.
The MMMC now wishes to build on this success by offering a broader range of opportunities and is now seeking to acquire wind instruments (both woodwind and brass). The instruments can be bought in India.
If you would like to support this project with a donation you can do so by sending a donation:
1. for the Mathieson Memorial Music Centre work marked "Musical instruments"
to the General Secretary, who can be contacted at the address indicated on the contacts page of this site (click here).
Other projects we are undertaking
At the various sites in India and Bangladesh, the Oxford Mission is actively suporting the local communities. Part of our work is through specific projects aimed at improving conditions both at the Mission premises and within the local communities within which we work.
Current projects include the following:
- St. Joseph's school continues to be upgraded and improved. Following the intial retraining and renovations we are supporting further staff training and expansion to increase the number of pupils and extend the range of education.
- Old persons residence: The first phase of a significant expansion of the offering to the older residents of the area is now open, and further works will take place with the renovation of existing buildings on the former Sisters' side to be used to provide additional accommodation for old people.
- Tank clearing: A vital part of life revolves around the various "tanks" on site. They provide valuable sources of food (fish), and also provide much welcomed recreational facilities. Over the next year or so we will be restoring another tank.
- La Martinière Oxford Mission: A new English medium school will soon be operating out of the renovated former industrial school building with the first pupils expected to start in May 2020. The construction of the first phase of the new building will follow once a permit has been granted. The school itself will be funding the construction but we are looking to substantially improve the security of the site for both the new arrivals and our own boys. We are valso looking to increase the number of boys at our hostels that will get free education at the school. This requires renovation of Douglass Hostel.
- The Douglass Hostel will also see renovation to provide a new sanatorium for the boys and an upgrade to the ENT (ear, nose and throat) clinic.
- The Arunima Hospice, which provides HIV and Tuberculosis care, is planning to add a new and modern building, located at its site on the Sisters' side of the compound, to increase its capacity from the current 20 patients. As one of only two such facilities in the Kolkata region this is a vital service provided by the Oxford Mission and the Diocese of Calcutta to the community. Following the arrival of the new building a much needed renovation and modernisation of the existing basic accommodation will commence.
- Following the passage of cyclone Amphon the Sisters need to raise £25,000 rapidly to do repair works including filling in one of the pukurs (ponds). The banks of the pukur are now collapsing and threatening the Sisters' kitchen building and the new house. This is clearly taking precedence over the other projects at Jobarpar.
- The Barisal site is due to see two small developments. Along the Bogra Road, from the main entrance eastwards, it is proposed to build 20 small shop units. Once rented this will provide vital additional revenue to run the other services. In addition, a new house and admininstration building for the Bishop of Barisal is to be built. Whilst this is being paid for by the Church of Bangladesh, their limited resources need to be supplemented.
- With increasing demand for a maternity unit, it is proposed to renovate part of the St. Anne's Clinic to provide a new 10 bed ward and maternity unit, together with a fully equipped operating theatre. Historically this was a service provided on site, but was closed in the 1970's. However, local demand has been such that, funds permitting, the new service will go ahead.
- After 100 years of service the Sisters' house at Jobarpar has been replaced with a new two storey building. This offers more modern accommodation, kitchen, library and other facilities and enables the extension of the current outreach. The visitor's accommodation will now also be upgraded.
- The Sisters also have the opportunity to acquire additional land in Jobarpar that will enable them to be 100% self-sufficient in rice. The acquisition will also consolidate their holdings to protect the existing services, notably St. Gabriel's school and the two hostels.
- A new clinic, much needed in the jobarpar area, is being made ready to serve patients.
Following this the Sisters are keen to improve:
- the on-site school facilities in Jobarpar. This is expected to include the convertion of one of the former hostel buildings to provide much needed additional class rooms;
- and better disabled access to all the buildings on-site, including that of the Chapel. This is particularly important to enable good and safe access all year round, and especially in the wet season when flooding can prevent access for the infirm or handicapped.
- and provide better security by improving the boundary walls and fences and improving facilities generally.
What can you do to support us?
The Oxford Mission welcomes support in these projects and others. In particular, financial support through either ear-marked or general gifts, will enable us to bring these forward and help provide much needed assistance. Please contact the General Secretary, details of whom can be obtained here (click here)
Alternatively send us an e-mail, giving us your contact details, using the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible.
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