Dalit Girls – Empowering Girls in India


“Cooking With Roja”
(It’s kind of like being on “Rachael Ray,”
only better, and it’s for a very good cause!)

It is that time of year again! We are sponsoring our annual Indian Dinner in support of the school for Dalit girls in South India. This is a cause close to the hearts of our bishop, his wife, and their extended family – and us, too, of course. Roja, who works diligently to bring about higher education and better life opportunities to the “untouchable” girls of South India, puts it all together. (In the caste system, still rife there, the Dalits are the lowest of the low and opportunities to climb out of the cycle of poverty are very limited.) So – here’s how it works. First, sign up to come to the dinner itself – Saturday, February 3 @ 5:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15 and for children 12 and under, just $7. Roja usually does a brief presentation on what’s been accomplished in the last year and shows us what we’ve helped to develop. But, the really fun part is that you can cook with Roja throughout the day. Our Outreach Committee supplies all the food necessary to make all the exotic and delicious Indian dishes, and as in the past, people sign up for an hour (or two!) to assist Roja in the kitchen! You will learn some of her special recipes, her techniques, and you’ll have the opportunity to spend time with one of the most humble, articulate, and interesting women you could ever want to get to know. So – the sign up sheet is on the information board right outside the sanctuary. If you want or need more information, please see Debbie Cole-Wenderlich, who coordinates this effort.

Great Success

First, I want to thank all those who helped out at the Indian Dinner on Saturday night and all those who came to eat and share the message of Roja Singh and the Dalit school, and to those who couldn’t come yet still donated. We raised over $1,200 to send to assist with the needs of the girls and young women whose lives are being forever changed because of education and support efforts like ours. It was a great evening, the most touching moment for me being the tender song offered by the Rev. Abi John, his wife and two beautiful children. It was inspiring.

See more pictures in the GALLERY.


Earlier this spring, the Faith Explorers and Godly Play enjoyed a visit from Roja Singh who shared a presentation about Thaai House, the home for Dalit girls in India that she helped found. The kids were exhilarated and they decided they want to help. Since the girls at the school now sleep on the floor, the big goal is to raise $2,000 to purchase cots for them. WE NEED YOUR HELP!! While there is a box in the Parish Office for donations, we need to fill it up!! If you can help and are interested, please drop your donation there or in the offering plates (checks made out to St. John’s with “Thaai House” on the line). The date goal is July 1 and the kids already have $300. Can we do it?? (Above – girls and their teachers at Thaai House in India.)