MSCs in Coimbatore, India, are raising funds to set up the Chevalier Centre for Change, a day-care centre for the elderly that aims to “change the lives of those who have little hope”.
MSCs in Coimbatore are responding to the needs to the local community by setting up the Chevalier Centre for Change with the aim of caring for senior citizens from disadvantaged backgrounds, who may be alone or struggling financially. The centre will allow those in need to benefit from a life with dignity, with health care, good nutrition, and access to recreational and other facilities that will ensure an enjoyable and enriched life experience in their later years.
“We wish to create a world where human dignity and equality prevail”, writes Fr Darwin Thatheus MSC, Indian Union Superior, “upholding the dignity of abandoned elders in society by creating a platform for their progress and growth.”
The Chevalier Centre for Change aims to welcome between 20 and 25 elderly people four days a week, from 9.00am to 4.00pm. Senior citizens will be able to avail of a range of facilities, including a nutritious lunch and evening meal, health and medical workshops, yoga and meditation sessions, recreational facilities including movies, games, embroidery, and gardening, a worship space for prayer and peaceful reflection, a creative space with facilities for drawing, painting, and sculpture, and a reading space, with plenty of books and a peaceful environment.
MSCs in Coimbatore are raising funds to run the Chevalier Centre for Change for one year, at a total of 31,20,000 Indian Rupees – approximately €36,705, or just €7.65 per person, per day.
A donation of €125 will fund one month’s costs for an elderly person
at the Chevalier Centre for Change,
bringing warmth, light, food, health care, and company
to someone who would otherwise be hungry and alone.