Students help catholic tribals

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Four young students from the Holy Cross run Notre Dame University in the United States are taking time out from their studies to help tribal Catholics in the northeast of the country.

Having made donations for tribal social development and educational advancement projects, they are currently busy teaching in Church-run schools in Srimangal parish in Moulvibazar district and in Pirgacha parish in Tangail district.

Their six-week visit to Bangladesh is part of membership requirements for Notre Dame’s Men’s Boxing Club which hosts the annual Bengal Bouts, a charity tournament where the proceeds go to Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh.

They are also visiting tribal families to experience traditional culture, customs and the day-to-day lives of local people.

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Students help catholic tribals

  1. 1. University students help Catholic tribals<br />www.ucanews.com<br />
  2. 2. Young Notre Dame boxers learn valuable lessons by teaching the poor.<br />Four young students from the Holy Cross run Notre Dame University in the United States are taking time out from their studies to help tribal Catholics in the northeast of the country.<br />
  3. 3. Having made donations for tribal social development and educational advancement projects, they are currently busy teaching in Church-run schools in Srimangal parish in Moulvibazar district and in Pirgacha parish in Tangail district.<br />
  4. 4. Their six-week visit to Bangladesh is part of membership requirements for Notre Dame’s Men’s Boxing Club which hosts the annual Bengal Bouts, a charity tournament where the proceeds go to Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh.<br />
  5. 5. They are also visiting tribal families to experience traditional culture, customs and the day-to-day lives of local people.<br />
  6. 6. “I feel very welcome here. The biggest surprise is that although I’m the teacher, the students teach me spiritually more than I teach them academically,” said student Kevin Ortenzio.<br />
  7. 7. For Jeffrey Ulrich, the experience has made him realize just what the Bengal Bouts is all about.<br />
  8. 8. “Being here has given me the opportunity to see what are we’re fighting for, we’re not fighting for a faceless nation; we’re fighting for people. I’ve started appreciating the importance of the boxing club’s mission,” Jeffrey Ulrich said.<br />
  9. 9. Holy Cross Father PonkojNokrek, headmaster of Notre Dame Junior School in Srimangal said the visit, the latest in an eight-decade old tradition, is very encouraging and useful.<br />
  10. 10. “Our students have learned correct English pronunciation and our teachers have learned better teaching skills. I hope this experience will encourage more students from the US to visit Bangladesh and help more needy people,” he said.<br />
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  12. 12. Full story @<br />http://www.ucanews.com/2011/06/22/university-students-help-tribals/<br />http://www.ucanews.com/<br />

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