Another new lady is in need of help today, her name is Sarswoti and her son is Sanjay. Her husband and older son died on a construction site when they received an electric shock. She and her son need a sponsor both for their rent and education. Please get in contact if you can help.
We are absolutely delighted that three girls who live with their mothers at Grace Women’s Home have won prizes in an inter-school competition. Until two years ago these girls were not in school and were visibly malnourished – now they are champions! It costs just £4 per month to keep a child in school; please do consider if you could set up a regular payment to help WWR give children a chance. Education is the best way to break the cycle of poverty. Visit http://www.charitygiving.co.uk/donate/donate_b.asp?charityid=2881 to set up a regular payment.
We are pleased to be able to take care of a lady with HIV at our Grace Women’s Home – her former husband transmitted the disease to her. She moved in last week and we provided all the ladies at the home training and education about HIV/Aids and how best to take care of her. Here they are discussing the issues.
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.