The schools, hostels, orphanage and nursing care which CSMV established in Pune, India have continued to flourish and are developing under the care and guidance of dedicated staff. The Society of St Mary the Virgin in India (SSMVI) is the direct successor to CSMV in India, with the same aims and objectives.
The Society working in modern day India is pioneering outreach work as well as developing the existing educational work together with medical care for the elderly. The site has two schools: St Hilda’s (Marathi medium) and Epiphany (English medium: 850 students and some 50 staff) providing education from nursery to senior certificate. St Michael’s residential hostel accommodates about 150 girls and young women. Besides the two schools in Pune, there is the Shanti Sadan Primary and High School in Lonavla, situated about 75km from Pune. It is a co-educational, English medium school with around 350 students.
Much of the overall caring work is aimed at enabling children to emerge from severely underprivileged and marginalised backgrounds in a secure and balanced way. The Wantage Overseas Fund provides annual support and regular reports are received from the Administrator as well as from others.
Suitable volunteers are always welcome to work alongside the dedicated staff in India. Do contact us for more details if you are interested in this unique opportunity.
The network of CSMV Associates and Oblates, represented in different ways in each country, helps to maintain essential support for Wantage Overseas and, wherever possible, visits are undertaken by CSMV Sisters.
How might you help?
If you feel led to visit any of the Wantage Overseas projects and to write briefly (around 300 words) about your alongside impressions, your text would be considered for inclusion in the next edition of The Wantage Overseas Annual Review.
Donations for our work overseas from individuals, groups, parishes and institutions are much needed and greatly appreciated.