St. Padre Pio Friary is located about 175km from Berahampur. The friars here with collaboration of FC Sisters run a small school for the tribal. They also run both boys and girls boarding. There are about 180 children in the school. The economic solidarity has supported to build the school. It’s a tribal area and the people are economically very poor. They depend on the rains and cultivate rice. The environment and climate is very good but the people are not able to cultivate much as there is no marketing facilities.
The arrival of the Capuchins here has brought some hope to the people. The starting of the school was wise and clever move as the children could be educated and then they could stand on their own feet. The boarding is another ministry where the Catholic children are formed and taught the basics of Catholicisim. The sisters contribution is big and they do paly a big role in carrying out the mission.