21 January 2015

B for Begging

In July 2003 I started going as a volunteer to The Home For The Aged run by The little Sisters of the Poor In Mumbai, India.

The Order was founded by St. Jeanne Jugan in the nineteenth century in France.

Now there are Homes all over the world and the Religious look after the poor and abandoned old people irrespective of  religion or caste.

Since the Homes are run on charity the Religious go out at least once a week to beg for perishables and non perishable in the markets. Many people come to the homes and donate on different occasions in the family or any good happening that has happened to them. Most of the time the shopkeepers give very willingly but some make a very disgusted face at the sight of the Sisters when they are doing their rounds.

These photos have been taken by my daughter Magali & were published in her blog 'Begging with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Mangalore', you can read more about our experience there.

Most of the Sisters have a thick skin and do not mind if they are insulted but some of them are shy and hesitant and I really would not blame them.
Begging is difficult and a person has to be thick skinned when they are insulted or just ignored as if they are not visible to the person

May God give the Little Sisters the strength and courage to beg for the Residents of their Homes.
May God shower them with blessings and good health for the work that they do for the poor.


This post has been written as part of ABC Wednesday.


  1. My heart goes out to the Sisters that go Begging on behalf of the poop people they care for.
    They are very BRAVE to do what they do.
    May god BLESS them and those they care for.
    Blessings to you too.
    ABCW team.

  2. Oh dear my apologies for the 'typo' should read 'poor' not 'poop'
    Di, ABCW team.

  3. sad that begging is necessary in this world of plenty


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  5. It is really sad that the Religious have to do the begging for the poor that they look after and I have seen them being insulted too.India is a poor country and there is a lot of poverty due to bad decisions made by all political parties when they are in power.

  6. No need to apologise Dianne, for the typo. I understood that you meant poor. The Sisters are really brave to go begging because they are insulted and have to do the begging often as they have to feed so many mouths with no proper source of money coming in