Our correspondent on site

Immaculata is independent association.
The association has no political, religious, philosophical or cultural.
Yet, we are working on site with nuns, the Carmelites of St. Teresa.
Several members of the association have known the Indian Carmelite Sisters of Saint Teresa (CSST) for more than 35 years!




Who are they ?

The Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa form the congregation of CSST (Carmelite Sisters of St Teresa) that has been 1887 in South India.
Installed in Kerala, Ernakulam, at first, they later opened other convents and support centers in India and worldwide.

They are of Indian origin Sisters who are perfectly integrated to the population.
Today, the congregation is present, through 80 centers around using on three continents (USA, Africa and India).
The community gathers a little more religious 700 the world.

The CSST manage and animate: 

  • clinics open to the poor,
  • schools (very famous for the quality of teaching) 
  • social work centers often for women in difficulty (crafts: embroidery, laundry, toy factories, umbrellas, etc.) 
  • Palliative care centers, 
  • homes for the elderly (nursing homes)
  • maternity ...

Some establishments are self-financing. They are very dynamic women, with good rigor in their actions.
When they say something, they do!

Donors who finance their actions are mainly from the Indian middle layer. Layer which has suffered greatly during recent times.

Aith the global crisis, we have realized that they have lost 25% of the capacity to welcome children in orphanages and specialized centers between 2008-2010.
Today, they are resigned to close centers to effectively focus their aid on humanitarian emergencies.

Among the major projects they wish to build a medical cluster around AIDS patients and make prevention and outpatient to Villapuram (Tamil Nadu).
Human-sized projects are numerous and well supervised.

To see more detail their actions, and admire their drive, you can visit the website they just created: www.csstglobal.org (English site).


Why work with Carmelite (Carmelite Sisters of St Teresa)?

  • The guarantee of honest management by Indian Carmelites, who belong to this religious order known for its rigor, an Order that we know well in France.  
    Several members of the association have known the Indian Carmelite Sisters of Saint Teresa (CSST) for more than 35 years!
  • They work in the field. They are Indian and know perfectly the population seeking them.
    The Sisters are familiar with families and children because they themselves often come from the poorest strata of Indian society.

  • We work closely  with them thanks to modern means of communication (Internet ...)
    - This collaboration allows us to have great confidence in the exchanges and the work done.
  • on-site accounting controls are present at several levels. 
    •  Sisters are specialized to perform audits in each center for the audit. They are mandated by the upper house of the order the "Generalate".
    • Each local government audits the accounts very regularly. The leaders are rarely Christians but often Hindus so they don't let anything go.
  • School groups managed by the CSSTs welcome all children without distinction of religion or ethnicity ... we are an independent association this point for us is VERY important

    most schools are Christian in South India
    The visitor to Kerala, is often surprised by the number of churches that flourish on every street corner! 
    St Thomas, apostle of Jesus, came in 52 order to evangelize the region. 
    Vasco da Gama, the famous Portuguese navigator, died in Cochin in 1524. The Portuguese, very religious, will perpetuate Christianity in the region until the arrival of the English.  
    This is why the Christian community is important in South India, and therefore also why there are many Christian schools there.
    Today the Hindus are the most numerous, then come the Muslims. Christians form the third largest religious community in South India, almost on a par with Muslims.
    Koranic schools and Hindus accept only children of their own religion, or others to conversion.
    Public schools suffer from teacher absenteeism. Sometimes the latter have another full-time job. Public schools in southern India have a bad reputation, especially in Tamil Nadu. But you can find "model" establishments with a good level. they are exceptions.