Sarenga: a hospital and community health project in Durgapur, West Bengal

The Appeal

As we in the UK celebrate 70 years of our NHS, please support the Church of North India and USPG to promote community health care and support Khristiya Seva Niketan (KSN), a 125-bed hospital in Sarenga, Durgapur, so more people can experience the healing power of God.

The hospital is run by the Church of North India and the name of the hospital, which was founded in 1914, is Bengali for ‘The house of Christian service’.

The partnership with KSN includes facilitating a health programme that is helping the hospital and the local church establish closer connections with local communities.

This programme promotes healthcare in disadvantaged rural communities in North India, with the church and the local hospital working together, along with strong participation from the communities themselves.

Please send donations to:

Edward Latham,
64 Birkinstyle Lane,
Shirland,
Alfreton,
DE56 6BS

Cheques should be payable to The Bishop of Derby’s Harvest Appeal.

Please pray

Holy God,
in Christ you brought healing and wholeness
to the sick.
Hear our prayer for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit.
Bless and prosper the health programmes of the Diocese of Durgapur, North India.
Bring healing and wholeness to the communities they serve.
Through Jesus Christ,
our Lord,
Amen.

More about Sarenga

Canon David Truby, of Wirksworth Team Minstry, has visited Sarenga a number of times and gave us his impression of the hospital and the area.

The hospital is really important to the communities in the area.

It began as a missionary hospital - under a banyan tree, with boughs down to the ground provoding great shelter.

These days, it provides maternity facilities and so is invaluable to the tribal people who come from the surrounding areas.

Most people who visit the hospital live in small villages that are lacking in facilities, and they are extremely poor - so much so that they are mostly outside India's caste system.

The hospital also does small 'minor injury' operations in a small operating theatre, and takes itself out into the communities, sending groups of doctors to do minor cataract operations out in the bush.

It also has an training facility for nurses. 

Sarenga faces a number of challenges on a daily basis.

Guerillas have operated there in the past and have been known to take pot-shots at people and to take hostages. That can also result in a security cordon being imposed - and that can stop people accessing the hospital when they need to.

There is a steelworks near to Durgapur and when it is at full throttle it draws on the water supply. The water table drops and so it become difficult for people to access water.

They have a general lack of provisions and tend to fish in ponds. Thie roads are improving but there is a  sense of isolation.

Despite their poverty, there is a big sense of community, looking out for each other and a sense of joy.

They make do with what they have. Many live in mus huts with thatched roofs and- they are content with what they have and are very resilient. 

The number of Christians in the Diocese of Durgapur is growing and they are forever building churches. Visitors are always made to feel extremely welcome.

When you go there, you first notice their poverty. But the other thing that jumps out at you is their sense of simplicity.

But the hospital has struggled financially over the years. 

This appeal will help to ensure that the hospital continue with the great work it does for the local communities and in training and retaining nurses.

Helping this hospital means that people who are 'at the bottom of the pile' can receive good quality medical care. We'd be giving young, local women the chance to learn a profession in the training wing.

We'd also be helping to provide for the long-term future of the hospital, which has always been at risk.

A prayer for Edwardes College School, Parachinar, Northern Pakistan

 

Lord of the harvest,

giver of all good gifts and fountain of life.

 

We pray for the children and staff who will attend the Edwardes College School,

That through education and harmonious living,

They may build mutual understanding

And bring an end to radicalisation and extremism through education. 

 

May all suffering and hardship cease

And may they know your healing touch.

Bring better understanding in diversity

And help them live and learn together to build a brighter future.

 

We make our prayer through the trinity of love,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

One God, now and for ever

 

Amen

 

Printed posters are available from the Bishop's Office, please email: nicky.fenton@bishopofderby.org or call 01332 840132.

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