Let ’s Rejoice

ROSHINI - SAA: A SACERDOTAL SILVER JUBILEE GIFT OF
FR ELIAS FRANK TO BABIES IN NEED OF HOPE

"Roshni", which means a ray of light, is the name of three children related projects at Ekpere village, in the Diocese of Asansol. SAA stands for the Specialized Adoption Agency, under the direction of Asansol Burdwan Seva Kendra (ABSK). Roshni – SAA, also known as the “flame”, is the first of the three “gems”. The other two projects are: a Boys Home and Home and Training Centre for differently abled children. "Roshni" is not just a name but truly “a ray of hope” for those children that do not have a place to call it home.

The land for the project was paid for by Mr Allan Shenoi (USA); the hard work of negotiating and buying the land was done by Frs Wilson Fernandes and Dolphy Mathias, during their term as ABSK directors.

Roshni Project

The foundation stone for the “flame” was blessed by Rt. Rev. Bp Cyprian Monis, the Bishop of Asansol Diocese on 13 November 2018. The construction work began trusting on God’s providence. The first contribution for the building was received on 23 August 2018 during the jubilee celebration of Fr Elias Frank, who had requested the people not to bring flowers, gifts or money for him but donate instead for the construction of Roshni – SAA. The very first monetary support came from the local people. Then on many from within India and some from abroad supported this noble cause. The major amount for the construction was given by Fr Elias Frank; among other donors were his relatives, friends and well-wishers, namely: Associazione Santa Croce, Cessalto, Italy; Fr Gerald Machado; parishners of Sacred Heart Church, Burdwan; Mr Girishin D’Souza; Mrs Barbara Bankien; Mrs Gracy Monterio; Ms Helen Frank; Mrs Angela D’Souza and many others. Il Sorriso dei Popoli, Melegnano, Italy and Associazione Bhalobasa, Italy, helped in the excavation of a pond in Roshni campus. The “flame” was blessed by Rt. Rev. Bp Cyprian Monis on 13 November 2019. The building was thereafter inaugurated by Dr Shashi Panja, Hon’ble Minister of State of West Bengal Department of Women & Child Development and Social Welfare on 3 March 2020 represented by Mr Supriyo Sarkar (Deputy Director), Mr Deb Kumar Bhattacharya (Assistant Director), Mr Prasanta Roy (DSW), Mrs Sudeshana Mukherjee (DCPO), Mr Sovonlal Pal (PO.NIC), Mr Phalguni Chatterjee (PO.IC), Mr Dipak Jash (Accountant (DCPU).

Roshni – SAA, the “flame” shines today, thanks to the dedicated effort of Frs Wilson Fernandes (in-charge of the project) and Arbind Tirkey (present director of the ABSK).