Please pray for India

With a second strain of COVID-19 spreading across India at a worrying pace, a shortage of vaccines and an assembly election in West Bengal, please join us in prayer during these challenging times.

  • Pray for those who have contracted the virus. May they recover to full health in Jesus’ name.
  • Pray for their families as they face worry and uncertainty over their loved one’s health.
  • Pray for health care in India as cases continue to rise.
  • Pray for a resolution to the vaccine shortage.
  • Pray for CRS as we continue to support and empower women and children during this time, with the added challenge of lockdown restrictions.

Thank you and God bless.

Brace Bridge school and community centre

Thanks to funds raised through St Peter’s Church and Derby Diocesan Schools, CRS are in the process of building a new combined school and community centre in one of our most deprived project locations, Brace Bridge. With children in this area frequently falling victim to exploitation, abuse and violence, projects such as this are key in providing education and opportunities for the younger generation. Read more about our work in Brace Bridge here.

 

New book about Kolkata-Derby partnership

Two of the Trustees of the UK Friends of CRS, Alison Brown and Anita Matthews, have written a book about the experiences of setting up partnerships between schools in the UK and India.

They have been actively involved in building the links between the Diocese of Derbyshire and the Church of North India over recent years, including the group visits by headteachers, teachers, classroom assistants and trainee teachers each year which have paired primary schools in Derbyshire with CRS education centres.

Sustaining Global School Links, which is available from Grove Books for just £3.95, explores some of the theological and educational reasons for setting up and maintaining global links between schools. Reflecting on the partnership between Derby and Kolkata, it seeks to give an honest appraisal of benefits and challenges that are involved.

 

New uniforms and equipment at Topsia

Children attending the CRS Education Centre at Topsia now have new uniforms, shoes and socks, wool cardigans for the winter, lunch boxes and water bottles thanks to funds raised by children at Ashgate Primary School in Derby. The school room will also be equipped with a ceiling fan and shoe rack. This follows the visit of two teachers from Ashgate to Topsia earlier this year as part of the Derby Diocese partnership.