Together in India

Every year we produce an assembly focusing on one of the many overseas projects supported by Mission Together. This year, our CST inspired assembly, focuses on Marialaya, a project – run by the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco – that aims to educate and empower vulnerable children in a slum resettlement area, Chennai, India.

Marialaya (which means House of Mary), is located in Kannagi Nagar, a huge slum resettlement area in the densely populated city of Chennai. Housing over 75,000 residents, but with poor access to work, education, utilities and transport, Kannagi Nagar is plagued with crime, violence, and limited life chances. Marialaya offers hope and progression to children and young people through various programmes of support.

Our Together in India assembly highlights some of the programmes offered through Marialaya. In doing so, the assembly evidences how the Religious Sisters and the children they support show us examples of Catholic Social Teaching in action. The assembly is also punctuated with reflection questions and calls to action, to encourage pupils to consider how they can live out Catholic Social Teaching too.

A set of short YouTube CST films accompany this assembly. The films feature children supported by the Sisters and provide personal insight into the impact of Marialaya within the community. The films are followed by short reflection questions, linked scripture, a call to action, and a CST themed prayer.

If pupils wish to discover where India is in the world, we recommend exploring our Virtual Map. 

Teachers’ assembly notes & slides
Together in India - a CST inspired assembly (854 downloads ) Together in India - a CST inspired assembly slides. (271 downloads )
Catholic Social Teaching Prayers
Catholic Social Teaching Prayers (1736 downloads )
Together in India CST films
Human Dignity
Option for the Poor
Community & Participation
Rights & Responsibilities
(MT Volunteers CST film)
Volunteers’ assembly notes and slides
Together in India - MT Volunteers assembly notes (477 downloads ) Together in India - MT Volunteer assembly slides (112 downloads )