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Planting of 50 Saplings in Theni and Varusanadu

Inspired by Lautato Si’ and to counter the green-house effects which result in global warming, we, the Presentation Sisters, at Theni and Varusanadu decided to plant about 50 saplings on the campus of government High School at Murukkodai, near Varusanadu. To accomplish this green–project, we involved the students of that school and also girls from our Presentation Convent Higher Secondary School, Theni. We also planted saplings at our convent at Manalathukudisai, Varusanadu. To promote and encourage villagers to do tree planting, we distributed custard apple saplings to them for planting in front of their houses. 

The Junior Red Cross students of our school at Theni prepared seed balls (a seed mixed with red soil and manure and made in to small balls) and several hundred of such seed balls were thrown on waste land, road sides, and also on forest lands on our way to Varusanadu. Our hope is that on receiving rain these seed balls will sprout and grow.

We are also planning to plant tree saplings on the bank of a tank situated behind our Theni Convent. Sisters, Friends of Nano and students alike all felt the joy of doing something worthwhile together – even if it did mean getting our hands a little dirty!


Submitted by: Sr Vanitha Amalraj PBVM

Project Day and Planet Earth at St Ursula’s, Chennai

A Project Day was organised at St Ursula’s Anglo–Indian Higher Secondary School at Church Park, Chennai, by the students of classes 1–VIII on Friday 18 August 2017 last. This school is run by the Presentation Sisters. The theme for the project this year was Planet Earth. 

The objective of choosing Planet Earth as the theme was in keeping with the objectives 14 and 15 as mentioned in the Sustainable Development Goals. Each class touched upon different aspects of Planet Earth in keeping with Goal 14 (Life Below Water) and Goal 15 (Life on Land).

Std I       Seasons of the Earth: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter

Std II     Birds: Land and Sea, Domestic and Wild

Std III    Trees: Afforestation, Deforestation effects; famous personalities

               and NGOs involved in saving trees

Std IV     Marine Life

Std V       India’s National animal, the Tiger

Std VI     Mineral Resources

Std VII    Pollution: Land, Air and Water — effects and remedies

Std VIII   Statistics on all the areas handled by classes I-VII

In the presence of our correspondant, Sr Vinita Arackal PBVM and our Headmistress, Ms Shobha Souriar, our chief guest, Sr Rose Savarimuthu PBVM (Provincial Leader of India South), addressed the school community. Sr Rose shared that she was very inspired and impressed by the work. Her message to the students was that they follow the tips projected to save Planet Earth. The project was a huge success as the desired objective was visible. Enthusiasm and involvement of the students, teachers and parents was palpable! Well done! 

Submitted by: Ms Shobna Shouriar 

Eco Echo at St Kevin’s, Chennai

Emphasizing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 13 (Climate Action) and 15 (Life on Land) that reflect the urgent need of Sustainable Living, the Eco Cops of Std. VI to IX at St Kevin’s Anglo–Indian Higher Secondary School, Royapuram, Chennai, formed a Green Human Chain alongside Arathoon Road and West Madha Church Road, which echoed the necessity of a safe, clean and plastic free environment. Motivational slogans; ‘Keep the environment clean’ and ‘Say no to Plastic’ were displayed on placards to act upon immediately. The commuters received handbills with a ‘green’ smile. 

The 5 September is celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India. Inspired by our Great Teacher, Jesus Christ and following in the footsteps of our Foundress, Nano Nagle, we the teachers of St Kevin’s wished to mark this day with a difference by taking one step beyond... We made our way to the Government Girls Home at Kellyes, Chennai, and presented an inspirational and educative programme through skit, dance and action songs. 

The students in the home were excited, encouraged and elated and their teachers expressed heartfelt gratitude. It was indeed a heart–warming and special teacher’s day. A lovely unanimous gesture of humility and kindness that nurtures the empowerment of the girl child. This emphasized the Sustainable Development Goals 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality) and 16 (Peace and Justice). 

The visit enabled us, the Kevinite teachers, to interact with some of the more disadvantaged students and to understand the difficulties and challenges and their desire to learn and be educated. It was an opportunity to show our care and concern. An awareness to promote the vitality of education was our focused aim and we were more than rewarded by our efforts.

Submitted by: Teacher of St Kevin’s School

Doing ‘all in our power’ to make the world a better place, as Nano did in her time, is clearly the common thread in the above accounts from India. May the call of Pope Francis and the the vision reflected in the UN Sustainable Development Goals inspire us to work collaboratively to ensure that the land is fertile and liveable on for future generations to come. 


Categories: India South, Sustainable Development Goals