Sumon Corraya is a journalist based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He covers issues in the Christian community and other faith issues of Bangladesh.
Snehanir is a community where children, some with disabilities or from poor families, live together, help each other, study, and prepare to support themselves. The Catechist Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Angels have run the center since 1992 in this Muslim-majority country, and they currently care for 39 children and youths who are Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist.
A 1968 famine inspired Sister Mary Lillian to find a way for people to earn money. The "Awakening" training center has trained an estimated 10,000 women since then. Often, this income is funneled to their children's education.
It is imperative that sisters visit the homes of those in their neighborhoods, a seminar on evangelization through pastoral service told women religious Aug. 13-15 at the diocesan formation and pastoral center in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. At the seminar Holy Cross Br. Subal Rozario said, "People of different faiths come to receive water. This is how we build a union among different faiths. Through education and health care, Catholics win the hearts of others, but among others, home visits are most important."