Official Website of CSI Parish Kattakada, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Official Website of CSI Parish Kattakada, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
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Mental patients were considered as demon possessed by the people in olden times. They were tied or chained, beaten, iron rods were heated and applied on their parts of body and controlled by a variety of methods. Medical missionaries pioneered ways to treat mental patients so that they have an opportunity to be rehabilitated in the society. Nur Manzil in Lucknow is one shining example of this contribution to India.

The contribution to the handicapped people could not be overlooked. The schools for the blind, deaf and dumb are examples for the compassionate service of the church towards the differently abled. They were given education, provided means for livelihood and rehabilitated in their own society. Braille script was introduced in India by the missionaries. Bible is available in Braille in all major languages in India.

 

All over India, the tribals were an exploited lot. The missionaries tried to improve their living conditions by giving them food, health care and education. Many institutions were set up to provide them basic skills and education. The tribals in Chottanagpur area in the modern Jharkhand state became Christian in large numbers. During the British Raj, many non-tribals tried to usurp the land of tribals. One Catholic Father Levins was always available to help these tribals to fight cases in the courts of law and get their land back. This unique service attracted many to Christianity.


Agriculture was the predominant occupation in India. The new methods of irrigation and crop rising was introduced by missionaries. Allahabad Agricultural Institute was a pioneer in this area which was also a contribution of missionaries.


With the advent of industrial revolution in the West, industries also began in India. Christian young men, who had some education but did not have skills to be employed, caused concern in the minds of missionaries. There were opportunities for young people to be trained and employed in such industries. But, there were no training centres for young boys. Missionaries started technical institutes like Nave Institute, Shahjahanpur, Prakash Institute, Wadi, Ingraham institute in Ghaziabad and many others of their kind. These institutes trained young boys from all communities and they were able to build their career and families thorough this form of empowerment.