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  • Bringing literacy to children

    August 15, 2016

    The Doorstep School was established in Mumbai, India in 1989, to bring literacy to children living on the margins of society. The school goes to wherever required — on the streets, in the slums, or even on a mobile school bus. Watch more

  • Praying for those executed

    July 29, 2016

    Indonesian, Freddy Budiman, Senegalese Seck Osmane as well as two Nigerians, Michael Titus Igweh and Humphrey Jefferson Ejike, were executed July 29 by firing squad just before 1 a.m. local time on the notorious Nusakambangan Island where executions are carried out. Ten other convicts due to be executed had a last minute stay of execution.  The government said later on July 29 that it had not yet decided when the other condemned convicts would be put to death. Among them are Indonesian woman Merri Utami, who claims she was duped into becoming a drug mule and Pakistani national Zulfiqar Ali who activists say was beaten by police to extract a confession. Prior to the executions, around 100 people from various organisations staged a candlelit vigil on July 28 in front of the presidential palace in Jakarta. Officials from the archdiocesan Caring for Migrant Workers Network and members of the Community of Sant'Egidio lay group took part in the vigil. (ucanews.com photos and text by Ryan Dagur)