Basinda is a remote mission station under Baligaria parish in the District of Midnapore in the Archdiocese of Kolkata, where the local people are Lodhas and Santhals. While the latter is fairly evangelized the former is neither educated nor civilized.
The scope for mission work here is immense especially in the area of literacy, health care and pastoral formation. Travels by road entails risk for one's own safety. The diocesan clergy who have pioneered in this area had been staying in a mud house here at Basinda. After constructing a modest hostel for girls on the premises the archbishop handed over the care of Basinda to the Sisters of SJA in June 1996.
We have over 100 Santal children in the hostel going to Government schools, having regular coaching classes for their school studies, music, language etc. Today the mission has developed rapidly with the active involvement of the Sisters in this mission.
A mobile dispensary has been set up taking care of the entire area with four centers, taking care of the sick and specially the cases with Tuberculosis. Regular visits are made and medicines distributed in all these centers for all the sick.
The Sisters have done wonderful work and have displayed great courage and strength at various times of trails and difficulties in this mission.
The Love of God in the Service of the Poor- Emilie de Vialar