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Fr. Larry J. Hunt, SJ, ex-principal of Loyola School, Jamshedpur, died on
Tue, May 20, 2008, in Baltimore, USA. Fr. Larry J. Hunt was the 4th
Principal of Loyola School, Jamshedpur. He served in that post from
1963-67. A feature of his tenure was the morning assembly and is
remembered for his belief: Loyola is the best school in India. (In
2007, Loyola was ranked among the top 15 schools in India by Education
World.). Later he also worked De Nobili School, FRI, Dhanbad; XLRI,
Jamshedpur; and the Damien Leper Welfare Centre in Dhanbad. He spent
21 years in India before returning to the USA in 1984.

The ISC results are out. In the absence a good colleges in Jamshedpur, most Loyoleans will venture out seeking a degree that will offer them a promise of a bright and secure future. In the next few weeks thay will have to choose a course, a college, a city, and a place to stay if a hostel is not available. Not an easy period for the students or their parents.

Fr. Victor Misquith inaugurating the school building

The Class of 1971 had their Reunion in December, 2006. It was then they took a decision to help a makeshift school running at Birsa Basti, a slum little beyond Adarsh Nagar, Sonary. The school, a nursery, has been run by Mrs Manju, a social worker since 2004. In these two years, it shifted from one temporary location to another provided by the local slum dwellers. When Dr. Kailash Dubey heard of the problem, he presented it to his classmates during the 1971 Reunion and they agreed to help.

 

A participant from LPS

A good library is an essential school facility. It encourages the love of books, reading and learning. It is even more important for schools where children can't afford their own.

Loyola Project School (LPS) uses the infrastructure of Loyola School and has on its rolls 700 under-privileged children from surrounding areas. It operates in the afternoon when the students of the main school have finished. LPS was started in 1992 by the Jesuits at Loyola. It now operates under the Jharkhand Education Project, a Government of Jharkhand initiative, which aims to improve education levels in the economically backward sections of society. It runs on a very tight budget. Each student pays a fee between Rs 10-30 which partially covers the expenses of the 18 faculty members, which is part complimented by the government. A typical LPS student's parent is a tailor, gardener, driver or mechanic. Many students themselves work part time to add to their family income.

Blood test before operation

Tepasai village is about 165 kms from Jamshedpur, beyond Chaibasa. The closest hospital is more than 25 kms away. The tribals of Tepasai have no local access to doctors or modern medicine. The Loyola Alumni Association holds 2 medical camps a year at Tepasai, treating on an average a 1000 patients on each occasion. A common ailment among the rural male is hydrocele and hernia, something that we cannot take care of during the one day camps for the want of adequate facilities on location.

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