I request SOCM moderators / members to consider starting a "New
Topic" in the forum in the following subject.
Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Christian Charitable Societies - data base.
Objective: Charity work is an integral part of our religious
activities; many do it at personal level, others through social
organisations, their Church, Mahila Samajams, Youth association
etc., In additions, many Charitable institutions are being run at
Few of these are doing well, meeting the objectives to certain
extent, but many struggle to find funds for charity works as these
depend on only on sparse contributions from members.
Decision of the Synod to dedicate 10% of the church income for
charity work is welcome move.
However, for most of our congregations, this 10% share for charity
will be insignificant to do anything worthwhile. For such
congregations the better way of effective participation in charity
work would be to contribute to Charity institutions which are
already established and running or to help those which are
struggling to perform or expand due to lack of funds.
Day to day, various people approach us for many such contributions.
It would be helpful to bring out a database containing a valid list
of genuine charity institutions of our Church which could be
accessed by the members for personal and church level charity
This can guide members to share with the needy ones in whatever way
they wish and according to their priorities.
I suggest the following Proforma for the database.
1. Name of the Charity institution.(Registered Societies only)
2. Registration number and date of incorporation as a
3. Name of the Promoter, Parent Church and the Patron.
4. Objective. Current activities, future plans. (In not more
than 150 words)
5. Special requests/remarks, if any
6. Location Address.
7. Phone number & e-mail id.
Members suggestions in this TOPIC are welcome.
SOCM # 3321
P.S. It is left to the Moderators to decide about the usefulness of
this attempt and also of any possible risks/anomalies in doing this
in the contemporary social and political situations.