Kalpana - Mar Geevarghese Coorilos - Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund
- Dear Members,
Although there were some messages posted on this board about our church's relief
work in Gujarat after the earthquake, the following Kalpana from His Grace
Mar Geevarghese Coorilos is of special importance. It is exciting to know that
our Church has a solid plan with a vision to help the needy. We urge all the
members of this forum to pass this information to the other Church members in
their parish and to their friends. Also, we urge all of you to contribute to
this worthy cause.
His Grace is one of the most respected bishops not just in our Church but also
among the non-Christian population. His Grace was the General Secretary of
MGOCSM for a long time.
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THE MALANKARA ORTHODOX SYRIAN CHURCH
MAR GEEVARGHESE COORILOS
ASST. METROPOLITAN OF BOMBAY DIOCESE, PRESIDENT, NCCI, MCC & NARSOC
March 1, 2001.
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ and best wishes for
a blessed new year.
I send this message when the whole world is shocked, India is shattered, the
State of Gujarat and in particular the Kutch Region is mostly devastated
because of the Earthquake which affected the area very badly. As you are
aware, thousands are brutally killed and many are homeless, who lost every
thing they have earned so far and even their dear ones. There is no need of
any further description of the tragedy.
Hope you are aware that the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church did start the
relief work by distributing water, food, medical aid, etc. immediately after
the incident. The representatives including the undersigned have visited
various affected areas more than once to take the relief materials, to
counsel and help them in different levels and to assess the whole situation
for further rehabilitation programmes and projects. We presented our Report
to the Holy Episcopal Synod, the Mission Board and the newly formed National
Relief Service of Orthodox Church (NARSOC). It has been decided to raise at
least twenty million rupees for the rehabilitation projects. His Holiness
Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews II, the Catholicos of the East and the
Malankara Metropolitan has been so kind and keen to send a Kalpana to all
the faithful and friends to donate substantially and pray earnestly for this
great cause. His Holiness officially inaugurated the Fund Raising Programme
by handing over a Demand Draft for Rs. seven lakhs to H.G. Dr. Geevarghese
Mar Osthathios, the President of the Muission Board, who has been a pioneer
in launching various projects in the past, addressing issues including
National calamities of this sort. The Holy Episcopal Synod was keen and
determined to have a National forum for the Orthodox Church to address
issues of this nature and had appointed my humble behalf as the President
and Very Rev. K.I. Philipos Ramban who has been in this field for many years
as the Director-cum-Secretary of the NARSOC months back before the present
We have already approached the authorities to allot areas to adopt the
villages for the rehabilitation projects and we have been in touch with
other Christian Churches and other NGOs to have more co-ordination, better
mutual communication and effective service for the most deserving people. A
very systematic collection campaign is being launched and information is
given to every nook and corner. Arrangements are made to give receipt for
every penny we receive and for the proper utilization with accountability
and deeper commitment. I hereby request all of you to donate
whole-heartedly and pray earnestly so that the situation of our beloved ones
in the affected areas can be improved substantially.
The Drafts may be drawn in favour of �Malankara Orthodox Church � Gujarat
Earthquake Relief Fund� � A/c. No. 3622, the Catholic Syrian Bank Ltd.,
Vashi, New Bombay.
May God bless you all,
GEEVARGHESE MAR COORILOS.
H.G. GEEVARGHESE MAR COORILOS
ASST. METROPOLITAN ,DIOCESE OF MUMBAI.
ORTHODOX CHURCH CENTRE
SECTOR 10 A, VASHI, NAVI MUMBAI-400703