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Issue No.60
  • :0973-1156
  • :April
  • :2020

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 60, April 2020


A fishing village in Kerala mourns Italian nurse Lauretta Farina of Bergamo

By John Kurien (, Managing Trustee, ICSF Trust, Chennai. Source: Manorama Online | April 08, 2020

Did you know that there is a small fishing village called Marianad, in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala, India, which owes a lot of its history to a public health nurse from Bergamo – the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak in Italy? This nurse, Lauretta Farina, 86, passed away on 12 March 2020, in a retirement home in Bergamo.

History of Marianad

Bishop Peter Bernard Pereira, head of the Latin Catholic church in Trivandrum was a great visionary of socio-economic development practice. In 1960, he started the Trivandrum Social Service Society (TSSS) with the wish to run it on professional lines. The bishop sought advice from an American economist, a Brazilian architect and a Kerala government official familiar with cooperatives. He visited Europe to scout for funds and volunteers who could undertake planned activities which would help to uplift the economic and social development conditions of the thousands