In the village of Rajgir, India, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth minister to children who have been affected by polio. Polio has been eradicated in much of the world. However, several years ago a polio epidemic occurred in the villages surrounding Rajgir. Rose Plathottathil, SCN, runs this school and hostel, where the SCNs provide housing, proper nutrition, medical and rehabilitation care, and an education to children who have been affected by polio. Many of these children are limited in their mobility because their limbs have been affected so severely. The goal is for these children to learn skills and gain self-confidence so that they can live their lives with dignity and a feeling of self-worth. Nearly 100 children currently receive care at this ministry.
Spalding Hurst is the communications specialist with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. He is currently traveling with the SCNs throughout India — learning first hand about their ministry work, helping to connect through technology the global SCN Community, and recording the stories of the Sisters in India.