|Fr. Varghese showed villagers a couple sample|
grottos for inspiration.
After some homes were damaged and destroyed by monsoons but lives spared, the faithful asked Fr. Varghese to help them build a grotto to honor the Blessed Mother. He encouraged them, and they began a door-to-door campaign to raise funds for the grotto structure, and gathered sand and river rock to construct its base. A family in America provided funds for the statue, so Fr. Varghese suggested choosing Our Lady of Guadalupe for the grotto, to honor the help and prayers that come from what Fr. Varghese calls his "friendly circle" in the U.S.
|River rock helps provide a solid foundation.|
|Village life as seen from Our Lady of Help Mission |
|Such makeshift homes in Yerraverram provide little|
shelter from monsoons.
|In front of the mission compound, |
saris dry in the sun.
|Some kutcha huts are roofed with dried|
|A new feature like a Marian grotto is a big improvement|
at a mission that struggles with basic upkeep.
Seen here is Our Lady of Help's front entry step
into the compound.
|Volunteers gather to begin work on their new grotto.|
|Prayer with Fr. Varghese launches |
the grotto project.