MCC India Staff
MCC photo/Laura Kalmar

MCC staff in India say 'thank you' to those who made 75 years of relief, development and peace possible.

This February, MCC is celebrating 75 years of service in India. We sat down with some of the long-serving staff to hear their thoughts about MCC’s work, our generous donors and the coming decades.

John Prasun Bhattacharjee works as a project coordinator for MCC in India.MCC photo/Laura Kalmar

Name: John Prasun Bhattacharjee

Position: Project Coordinator

Length of time with MCC: 19 years

What’s the best part of being with MCC? The relationship with people who are in need. I am happy that I am a channel of MCC to reach them.

What’s your wish for the next 75 years for MCC in India? Despite the progress made in recent years, the number of people who are hungry today is greater than in the past. I don’t know if this trend is going to continue over the next 75 years – I hope not – but I think MCC will continue to have a major role to play in India.

What message would you like to give to MCC donors? I want to thank everyone of them. Without seeing India or the people we work with, they are showing their love. It’s what Jesus told us. [Those supporters] are believing without seeing. They are trusting us. So, I just want to thank each one of them.

Ayesha Kader is an education program coordinator for MCC in India.MCC photo/Laura Kalmar

Name: Ayesha Kader

Position: Program Coordinator – Education

Length of time with MCC: 37 years

What’s the best part of being with MCC? We’re all treated equally. MCC knows how to respect people coming from all religions and all communities. MCC gives opportunities to all people from different castes, creeds and religions.

What’s your wish for the next 75 years for MCC in India? Wow. I will not live for 75 years more! [chuckle] But I’m so happy to be a part of the 75 years of MCC in India and to celebrate and rejoice that MCC has worked for so long. I was one of the receivers, the beneficiaries [of MCC’s assistance], and now I’m serving MCC. And I pray that MCC’s work continues with the younger generation.

What message would you like to give to MCC donors? Oh, I love them. I know not everybody is very, very rich, but you still give. Even the children. I really want to thank everyone, especially the children.

Asok Mandal is a business manager for MCC in India.MCC photo/Laura Kalmar

Name: Asok Mandal

Position: Business Manager

Length of time with MCC: 29 years

What’s the best part of being with MCC? People recognize and know MCC India. Without much publication, without much publicity, people come with expectation and hope. It’s wonderful.

What’s your wish for the next 75 years for MCC in India? We have a different society today – a different economic, political structure [than when MCC began]. India is changing our personality, changing our attitudes, changing our needs. I don’t know where we’ll end, where we’ll finish. But MCC is always respected, always welcomed, always noticed. It will continue, but the needs will be different.

What message would you like to give to MCC donors?  A big, big thank you from our heart, from our mind, because your money is given with a lot of love, care and concern. “Thank you” is the best word.

 

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