Sharing the Joy of Christmas with the Gypsies

In the Thiruvallur District, about 30 miles from Chennai, there’s a village of 186 people who are referred to as the Gypsies. These people are marginalized, considered to be the lowest members of Indian society–untouchable according to some Indian communities. They are popularly called Narikuravars, or nomads. Most are illiterate, uneducated, and marry among themselves. They live in plastic tents, and eat wild animals like cats, snakes, rats, and birds. In spite of the Government’s best efforts to bring them to the mainstream of life in the society, they refuse to be a part of it and they continue in their own traditional way.

About 65 families live in this village, and everyone sells artificial flowers to earn a living. The travel all around the region to sell their flowers–even as far as the state of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh (if you don’t know where those are, it’s a big trip from their village). Except for a few families, most of them are just barely getting by. Because they don’t have any means to celebrate Christmas, we in EC Group decided to share the joy of Christmas with them.

We gave new clothes for all 84 children, mats (for sleeping) and buckets to all the 65 families, Christmas cake and Chicken Briyani for everyone to eat! We prayed for them, and wished everyone Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015. Everyone who participated was very glad to have gone. It’s well worth the time and energy to share the Christmas holiday with those who can be downtrodden by society.

Merry Christmas from everyone at EC Group!

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