News N. 4/140   24/06/2019

Sendivakkam pays tribute to the memory of Alfredo Cuomo

Rev. Dr. A. Neethinathan, Bishop of Chingleput and Mr. G. Selvam, Kancheepuram Parliamentary Representative with Mrs. Maria Elena Cuomo - Sendivakkam, June 22, 2019

Festivities were held in Sendivakkam (Tamil Nadu, India) on June 22, 2019 to officially celebrate the name change of the school that the Foundation built some 14 years ago in this remote village located 100 km southwest to Chennai. The RC Higher Secondary School is now called Alfredo Cuomo Higher Secondary School. The renaming procedure pays tribute to the late founder of our philanthropic organization according to the will of whom the school compound was built at a time when the village had only a rudimentary primary school. 

The name change was ratified on April 12, 2019 by the Tamil Nadu School Director Procedures. During the celebrations, the local administration was represented by Mr. G. Selvam, Kancheepuram Parliamentary Representative, Mr. S. Pugazhendi, member of the State Legislative Assembly and Mr. Krishnan, Kancheepuram District’s Education Director. During the ceremony, Rev. Dr. A. Neethinathan, Bishop of Chingleput and Mr. Selvam presented Maria Elena Cuomo, the president of the Cuomo Foundation and visiting from Monaco, with the trophy of “The Best Educationalist” in recognition of the actions the Foundation has initiated in the region. It was also made public that the President of the Cuomo Foundation shall receive an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration for her implication in the region. The ceremony was attended by other members of the foundation, church dignitaries, teachers as well as students and their parents. 

The event also marked the beginning of the school’s new academic year. Among the novelties of this year is a series of professional teaching units. Conducted by visiting lecturers, these practical courses will cover the fields of computer science, artificial intelligence, music and dance. They are likely to open up invaluable professional opportunities for young pupils. In addition to these activities, another innovative project was launched at Sendivakkam’s Primary School premises: “Maria Mushroom Park”. Especially designed for women from low income families, this is an income-generating initiative supporting local communities. 

Alfredo Cuomo RC Higher Secondary School remains the Foundation’s first and only school to date built entirely as a new school and not as a replacement. Its original construction and the maintenance operations, including teachers’ salaries, are entirely financed by the Foundation. More than ever, this education compound plays today a pivotal role not only in the future of its student, but also within the village community.


The Speech delivered by the Most Rev. Dr. A. Neethinathan, Bishop of Chingleput, at this occasion

Asking the question to the children --- are you all tired… the response No from the crowd.

"We should thank Cuomo Foundation for giving us a beautiful school building with a quality education which serves to hundreds of students. Can we clap and thank them?

I don’t want to speak for a long time. You are also not ready. So I want to say only one thing. We have been given with so many facilities. We have to make use of the opportunities to study well.  As the Educational officer said in his speech to attain 100% of results in your exam every year, you should attain 100% results in the coming year.  But not only in education but also in discipline. You all should be a future star. I congratulate you all. Today R.C. school has been renamed as Alfredo Cuomo Higher Secondary School.

Many years back he came and saw this barren land and built a beautiful school. Do you know who he is. Allfredo Cuomo and now he is not with us. He has gone to God. In memory of his love, this school has been renamed after his name. At this juncture, we need to thank the officials from the Education department CEO and the DEO.

You all should listen now.

All the Cuomo Foundation friends are waiting to help you. They have already done so much. These works should not be in vain.  You should produce good results. That is our desire. I thank all the people who work for the growth of this school teachers, PTA, Parish priest and the correspondent of our school and brothers and sisters who support him.

Dear Mrs Elena, Mr Peter Hungerbhuler, Mr Diaz, Mr Gilles Dreyfus, DEO and all other dignitaries here Charles Kulandai and all my friends. It’s once again my pleasure and privilege to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done at Sendivakkam. Yesterday I thanked you in a special way for your contributions in Mambakkam. Today it’s my duty to thank you in a special way for what you are doing here at Sendivakkam.

Over these past many years your contribution is immense in Sendivakkam and we do appreciate. Today I would like very specially remember Alfredo Cuomo our great friend, benefactor and in fact this function is to honor the memory of this great personality. And we should have in fact had this renaming of the school much earlier but unfortunately things could not fall in place. But now at least we have achieved it and happy and I am sure you are happy too. So God bless all your wonderful service to the suffering humanity and we will cherish your friendship, your partnership always. God bless you, God bless the Foundation."

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