I would like to thank the Mission Fund for a donation of $2,500 towards subsidising biblical and religious material in Santali, the language of the largest tribe in India, the Santals.

I have been in India for the last 57 years and after my priestly ordination I have been working most of the time as a parish priest among the Santals. Santal Parganas is the homeland of the Santals, but forced by poverty, the Santals migrated to many other northern states in India and settled there.

The Santal Catholics are now spread out in 15 other dioceses and these in the diaspora rely on us from the homeland to give them biblical and religious material in Santali.

For the last few years I have been in charge of this ministry. As most of these poor people cannot afford to buy these publications even at cost price, we have to subsidise them. The donation received from Mission Fund will be used for this purpose.

I would like to encourage the Maltese people to send used stamps and donations to the Mission Fund who help so many Maltese missionaries in Third World countries.

Donations may be made online or by direct bank transfer to one of the following accounts: HSBC (Account no. 061 197 448 050); BOV (Account no. 163 007 980 19); APS (Account no. 200 008 207 62); Banif (Account no. 000 879 631 01).

More information is available from www.missionfund.org.mt.


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