This year's Appeal is particularly close to my heart for these reasons. It is in support of a Christian Hospital near a large factory in rural West Bengal so the water supply is compromised. It provides health care to a very poor community, including tribal people who fall outside the main social groupings.Linked with the hospital is a Nursing School for local young people and a community outreach programme.
This mirrors exaclty the work I was associated with in Bangladesh (formerly East Bengal)) in the 1980s! This excites me and I pray that it will inspire Parishes to support it as fully as they can, especially because of our Diocesan links with the Church of North India which includes Wirksworth's churches pairing with the Diocese of Durgapur.
I am available to share my own experiences in general and speak about this Appeal in particular and can be contacted by leaving a message at our home phone: 0115 9460395.
Richard Henderson-Smith, World Mission and World Development Portfolio Holder