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 know the Indian Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa (CSST) for over 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 property is self financing. These are very dynamic women, with good discipline 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 realized they were lost 25% of the reception capacities of 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 scale 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, that belong to this religious order known for its rigor, order that we know well in France.
    Several members know the Indian Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa (CSST) for over 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.
  • Accounting spot checks are now several nival.
    • 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 regularly. Leaders are rarely Christians but Hindus often so they let nothing pass.
  • School groups managed by the CSST accommodate all children regardless of religion or ethnicity ... we are an independent association that point for us is VERY significant

    most schools are Christian in South India
    The visitor of Kerala, is often surprised by the number of churches that bloom 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 one finds many Christian schools.
    Today, Hindus are the most numerous, followed by Muslims. Christians form the third largest religious community in southern India, almost on 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 they have another full-time job. The Public School in southern India to bad reputation especially in Tamil Nadu. But one can find institutions "models" with a good level. they are exceptions.