Calcutta Marudyan (Oasis in Bengali) Society was formed in 1998 (Soc. Reg No: S/ 92445) by John Beentjes, his personal family, volunteer co-workers and local governing body members. John says: ” I own no houses or land, but I am richly blessed. We came as a family to India in 1998. During our time in India we have worked the first seven years in Calcutta, one year in Bangalore helping in Tsunami relief work, after which we moved to the New Delhi area. As volunteers we have dedicated our lives in service to God and fellowman.”
In 2012 the family moved back to the UK. In 2013 the charity Marudyan-UK (Charity Reg No: 1149704) was formed. Marudyan-UK’s objective is to raise funds for the projects of Calcutta Marudyan.
John visits India regularly to see that the projects keep making progress. We are a small energetic society working at grass-root level with very little overhead.
Dr. Vijaya Daing, who joined us as president, has been a vital part of the Society since the start.
Mrs. Kamlesh Agarwala has been a long time secretary of our society since the start. This post is more recently filled by Mr. Sethi, who has been a volunteer and coworker in the project for many years.
Then there are our friends and volunteers like Rahul and Madhu, who all stand by ready to give a helping hand when the need arises.
A very special ‘ thank you’ to our Sponsors, who are the wheels under our vehicle that could not move without your generosity. Your giving and good wishes will not be forgotten but are recorded in the eternal. There is APIBiMI, ADP, URCO, Henry, Wilma, Becky, Piet, John, Heather, Christine, Chris, Mary, Daniel, Rob, Sarah, Gogarty, Peter, Max Fun, Mark, Malcolm, Marva, Sardana, Madhvi, on and on goes the list of the most wonderful people on the face of the earth. It is our prayer that your deeds of kindness will be rewarded accordingly with good health, happy family life and prosperous business ventures. THANK YOU!
Of course none of this is possible if it was not for the over 100 teachers and their overseers from all backgrounds, who work on the projects mostly part time for a minimal wage. Mr. Manik Mondal for Dhanpota, Ms. Anjali Sikka for Devilal Colony, Mr. Surrender Patrick for Jaisalmer and Mr. Parag R. Pradhan ( a. k. a Tunu) along with Mr. Naik for Odisha Learning Centres. Their desire is to help bring education to those who otherwise might not have the opportunity is extraordinary. THANK YOU!