We are pleased that Subhadra, one of the women we currently support and herself a single mother, will be joining Bina in Nepal as her new assistant. She will help with running errands and visiting and encouraging the other ladies we support.
Subhadra has been a single mother for a long time, her husband didn’t bother to come and pick her up from the hospital after she gave birth to her daughter!
Subhadra’s daughter is now about 19 years old and is studying to be a nurse in Tansen at a mission hospital. Subhadra was incredibly proud of her and showed me a beautiful photo of her daughter looking very smart in a nurse’s uniform. Subhadra herself seemed like a wise Christian woman and very thankful for how WWR had helped her.
We thought all this experince and success would be great for some of our younger and newly-single mothers to hear and sensed that Subhadra would be a good support to them. We will employ her to visit the women when Bina is busy and deliver items or small amounts of money to them as need be, we hope she will pray with them too.
Whilst in Kathmandu Renee & Terry also had the opportunity to visit the Cyrene Sewing project that we support.
A class at the Cyrene Project
Visiting the Cyrene sewing project is a delight and a joy. On the whole, the ladies are quite young, very enthusiastic and quick to learn. The teacher has excellent sewing skills. The ladies learn how to measure, cut out and sew material pieces to make every day Nepali dress called “Khurtas”. This is basically long pants (fairly baggy) with a dress over the top (slits up the side) and a shawl. The colours are gloriously rich. Like most Nepali ways, all this is done on the floor – except of course, for the sewing machine itself.
The ladies attend for several weeks and at the end of the course they receive a certificate at a ceremony (Nepalis love celebrations) after which they will hopefully be able to find work as a tailor either working for themselves or others. Cyrene also run an advanced course for those wishing to learn more.
One of the women that the Cyrene course has trained
Before the sessions start in the mornings there is a brief meeting, when the ladies sing short Christian songs and maybe share something of their lives. This is followed by a session on general life skills – many Nepali girls have not had the opportunity to have education so reading and writing is offered. Family planning is also discussed.
The ladies certainly leave Cyrene with a vision and a hope, not to mention a life skill that will benefit themselves and their families. We are grateful to our Nepali contacts who run this project so faithfully and we continue to help from here in England in every possible way.
We are growing all the time and take on the support of new women frequently. This is the moving story of the latest woman we have taken on:
She has three children aged 15,13 and 10. They are originally from Rolpa. They came to Kathmandu 7 years ago. Her husband went to Malaysia for work and after a few months he was sick and was supposed to return to Nepal. But he did not come back and was not in Malaysia. She asked her husband’s friend where he was and they told her that he had already come back to Nepal. But he has not arrived. So she has lost her husband, since then she has done household work to survive. She has to work at 4 houses. At one house, they lost their 10 tola (tola is a Nepali measurment) gold worth Rs 250,000 (approx £2000). It was blamed on her. They beat her and took her to the police station. She said she did not take the gold. The policeman also did not get any proof. Then the other 3 houses also did not give her work, so nowadays she does not have work. She has been unable to pay her rent too. She is a Christian.
Please help us to support women in these dreadful situations either by making a one-off donation or, even better, by sponsoring one of them for £10 per month. Please see the ‘Contact Us’ page for how to do this. Thank you.
The Bible Society is featuring Women Without Roofs in its Nepal Christmas resource pack.
This year will be the first time that Nepalis will be legally allowed to celebrate Christmas. In the last twelve months the nation has become a federal democratic republic and now offers equal recognition to all the country’s religions.
To mark this incredible occasion the Bible Society is encouraging people in England to help celebrate with the Nepalis and has produced a ‘starter kit’ to help do this. You can order your copy at www.biblesociety.org.uk/nepal.
Information about ordering pashminas from WWR and supporting our work is included in the pack.