I want all of you to understand this….. I met Mother Teresa in 1996. She held my hand and we had a nice talk.
It changed my life forever. I now work as hard as I can all year to help poor children. Poor children, like all children, come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Many people step forward to help me on both sides of the world--I do not do it alone. I will not stop helping the children as best I can no matter what the danger is as long as people continue to help me. I am trying to help poor children and make the world a better place. I can tell you that it is not easy. The smiles of the poor Indian children are so warm and beautiful. I look forward to seeing them every year. There is no crime for being born, and I am going to help these children and other poor children of the world until the day I die.
Please continue reading this short newsletter to see how my Nov. 2001 trip of fear turned out to be a trip of joy. Everyone in Calcutta treated me with kindness and respect. I had not one problem. It was another very beautiful trip. My next trip will be later this year 2002. Thanks again for your help and support.
Ray O’Brien, (Uncle)
Consignments shipped Sept. 2000
In Sept. 2000, AEA Technology of Burlington, MA shipped 6 - 55 gallon drums loaded with clothes, toys & shoes to Calcutta for the poor children--free of Charge. The plan was for AEA to ship everything by boat in Sept., and I was to meet up with everything in Nov. 2000 upon my arrival. Everything did arrive in time. BUT… If you read my last newsletter you will remember I had problems getting everything released from Indian Custom officials on that trip. I did all I could to get everything released and many people in Calcutta took the time and effort to try and help me, but the paperwork was not correct and the officials would not budge. I left Calcutta at the end of that trip in Dec. 2000 and the drums were still impounded by the Indian Government. It took another 6 months and many hours of chasing paperwork, along with duty and storage charges, but finally everything was released. It was released to the Salvation Army where Captain Hembrom and Captain Nayak looked after everything until I visited later that year in Nov. 2001. Yes, I was a year late doing what I set out to do, but the end result was beautiful. Many poor children received everything that was donated here in the states for me to bring to them. I had many things to give to the children.
I will say one thing for the Indian Government, the drums were in storage for approximately 8 months, and when I received the 6 drums, nothing was missing and everything was in perfect order except for a few things that had mildew. I learned a good lesson from all of this! Never ship anything unless the paperwork is 100% correct. If it were not for my Indian Mum, Mrs. Xavier, Sister Teresa Anthony of St Vincents, and Captain Hembrom and Captain Nayak of the Salvation Army, along with Uncle C., everything would have been auctioned off by the Indian government as I never would have been able to complete the paperwork. I give these beautiful people credit; they helped me and never asked for anything to do it. They stepped forward to help me just like many people do in America. So as I have always said people on both sides of the world help me. All of the effort and energy put into all of this went to help poor children. It was great to arrive in Nov. 2001 and see the drums roll off the truck for distribution. I am now in the process of finding a way to ship things to the poor children duty free. I will not stop trying to help the kids but I need help doing it. If anyone can help me make a connection anyplace in the world to help poor children. PLEASE CALL ME … 781-483-1002
This year I would like to dedicate this newsletter to “ANGELS” who have been called back to Heaven.
Frank & Mary
International Mission of hope (IMH)
While in Calcutta...
Some of the places I visited:
Missionaries of Charity
Lorreto day School
St Vincents Home
St Pauls School
Salvation army Girls School
Don Bosco Ashalayam
Adarsha Hindi Vidyalaya School
St Teresa’s school
Simultala boys home