SD Sisters in Northeast
Diphu: SD Congregation began the mission works in the Northeast region of India way back in the year 1989. Now SD sisters are in service in the Northeast States; Assam - (Diphu and Bongaigaon), Meghalaya - (Marmain, Umden, Cherrapunjee, Mawthong, Sahsniang ), Arunachal Pradesh - (Siyum, LowerJumi), Tripura - (Agartala) and Mizoram - (Aizawl). 22 SD missionaries of Pushpadham Province, Delhi are engaged in education, health care, pastoral care and social work in the Northeast region.
Northeast is a place of hundreds of tribes with different languages following very many customs and traditions, practising indigenous faiths. The people mainly depend on nature’s richness and abundance. The SD sisters help to provide education based on moral values along with practice so as to face the challenges of life. Many of the poor children could receive free education from SD schooling. Through the health centres, the sisters could reach out to people with health awareness programs, free medical camps, conducting campaigns on sanitation and safe drinking water. Pastoral work is the other field that always keeps us close to the people. The sisters visit homes, give counselling to family members, arrange Gospel tours and teach catechism, conduct seminars and help to sanction various Govt. projects for the local people.
The SD Sisters during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic served the people by providing them food kits of rice, cereals, oil, sugar, salt etc. They provided the hygiene kits of sanitary items like bathing soap, detergent soaps, sanitary pads, masks etc. They also conducted awareness programs on Covid -19 and its prevention, precaution and safety measures. As per the requirements, the sisters stitched and provided cloth masks for the people. Sisters conducted rosary processions and retreat adhering to the government protocols. With the help of various Christian denominations and organizations, the sisters could reach out to the poor around and make available the resources.