Sisters of Charity (India) must learn computer skills

by | Jan 21, 2011 | Vincentian Family | 4 comments

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth has launched a project to make half its members in South Asia computer literate this year. “We are making computer education for our sisters mandatory from this year,” Sister Sangeetha Ayithamattam, who heads the congregation in the region, told yesterday.

“We’ve now had to make it compulsory since many didn’t bother to learn the technology,” she added.

The congregation has already introduced computer and Internet services in all but one of its 43 houses in the province that covers India and Nepal.

Total computer literacy among Catholic Religious people is necessary for the Church to fulfill its mission in the modern world writes Brother Mani Mekkunnel, national secretary of the Conference of Religious India.

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  1. Connie Anderson

    Having visited my parents, who lived in Mumbai (then Bombay) for a year, I will be very interested in this story. One can only hope there will be generators to continue the work, when/if the power fails. And backing up files locally will be very imporant, as well as making paper copies of the most important files. Is FAMVIN/the Vincentian family providing online storage access globally to its members?

  2. jbf

    Great questions!
    Unfortunately is under-sourced so it is not in a position to provide online storage to its members.
    Would someone be in a position to write a grant to make that possible?
    But keep in mind that offer 1 gigabyte FREE storage and a suite of free programs.
    “Google Docs is a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.”

  3. Connie Anderson

    Excellent answer, Fr. John! I highly recommend backing up any/all computer documents and records, in a variety of ways: hard copies, disks, online. Anyone who lived through Hurricane Katrina knows how easily valuables can be destroyed. And think of poor Haiti! God bless the work all of you are doing on behalf of the poorest of the poor – even with “simple” technology!

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