ANKUR

Is an educational, promotional and pastoral COMMUNITY for all-round training and development that the “Hermanas de la Caridad de Santa Ana”, together with a team of educators and collaborators carry out in favour of the girls and adolescents at risk. These include girls that are on the streets, living in shacks or working and orphans without family protection. The refuge takes them in, cares for them and prepares them for a better future.

OUR HISTORY

The “Hermanas de la Caridad de Santa Ana”, a congregation that was founded in Zaragoza in 1804 by Mother María Rafols and Father Juan Bonal, arrived in India for the first time in January 1951.    The congregation is represented in 34 countries, on all five continents, by some 315 communities.

Births are always difficult. The Sister`s early years in India were tough due to a lack of the most basic elements, the efforts of the uncultured, the climate and the local language. There were many difficulties to overcome. The love that the Sisters felt for God, and for the poor, was greater than the vast country that had welcomed them, and the promise that “even if the grain of wheat dies, it bears a lot of fruit” became increasingly true. Today, 57 years on, the Congregation has spread to become more than 50 Communities in 15 Indian states.                                                                                   At present 500 sisters in India have undertaken the Project of the Lord, which is to give life in its fullest sense; life with a capital ‘L’. From the biological level – bread for everyone! – to the qualities of life that we can add as our development acquires more and more sensitivity; peace, joy, happiness, human communication, well-being, tenderness and harmony with nature…following Jesus in his capacity to give love and joy and to inspire hope and confidence among people.

The Congregation, through its “Carisma de Hospitalidad” (Hospitable Charisma), which prioritizes the provision of Charity for the most needy, those who are sometimes at risk of death itself, is serving every individual in need, irrelevant of their race, cast, ethnicity or gender, regarding them all with the same respect and looking after them with great detail and love and providing assistance to:
  - Marginalised fishermen.
  - Aborigines.
  - Lepers, aids patients and those with terminal cancer.
  -  Abandoned women.
  - Girls from the streets and the shanty towns.
  - Adolescents rescued from prostitution.
  - Mentally handicapped children and the elderly.
  - Female victims of the tsunami. 
  - Children in need of an education.
  - Patients of all social classes.
  - Children of lepers and prisoners,

et al together with a range of different social activities to empower women and help the poor to have a more decent present and future.

The socio-cultural context in which the Congregation finds itself in India is particularly characterised by a deep religiousness and great poverty. The two strong pillars that support our lives are the experience of God and great compassion for the suffering of so many of our brothers.

The Congregation has tried to respond to the countries` most urgent calls in favour of exploited women, marginalised childhoods, incurable patients, aborigines and other ostracised groups – to “keep on doing good”