ASIA/INDIA - Meeting street children is like meeting Christ

Thursday, 14 January 2016 street children  

Nagpur (Agenzia Fides) - Meeting, visiting, assisting street children means encountering Christ: this is what a group of young Catholics in Nagpur, a city in central India experienced when they went in search of street children.
Pushpa Singh, one of the young people involved, told Fides: "At Epiphany the Wise Men make their way to the Child Jesus. For us it was the same experience. We saw the Child Jesus in the poor, marginalized, abandoned children".
Young people talked to the children of Christ Jesus, recalled 17-year-old Anusiya Pani, "they listened attentively to the story of Christ and sang with us. I was sad because those children do not have the opportunity to go to school".
Sister Suman Tigga, of the Daughters of St. Paul, organizer of the experience, said: "I received more joy than what I could give". Sister Ashrita, another religious who guides young people who aspire to join the Daughters of St. Paul, said: "Dancing with these small children covered with dirt first made me feel uncomfortable. But their beautiful smile melted my heart".
The experience was very important and young people said they wanted to continue these meetings to take care of street children. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 14/01/2016)