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Four of the ladies we support are spending the month learning how to make felt products to sell.
WWR was able to help this church repair its roof that collapsed during the earthquake. It is the location of our sewing and literacy course and the congregation is delighted we have been able to help. This has just arrived from their pastor “Everyone from our church are very honoured and grateful to you and ur team that you have helped our church.last Saturday I gave the amount to church and everyone were so happy and they have said that convey the team that we are very thankful…god bless them and their ministries and prayed for u all.”
We thought you would be interested to read this story of a woman WWR has just started to help, thanks to your generous donations following the earthquake we have been able to help her already. This is her story, more than anything we ask you to please pray for her.
Sumitra used to live in Kuleshor, Kathmandu with her husband Satrughan and daughter Surupa. Her husband used to work in Civil Mall for family daily bread. She also used to work as care giver in a school but in temporary basis but she had left that job because of daughter’s school. She was searching another job after daughter’s school starts. But entire situation has been changed suddenly after 25thApril 2015.
On that day, earthquake struck without any warning. She was at church service with her daughter that time. Husband had night duty and that time he was at home sleeping. After earthquake, she gave a telephone call in his mobile phone but he did not receive that. He had night duty that night too and she and her daughter were terrifying so much so Sumitra went to her relative’s house with her daughter. From there she gave several telephone calls but he did not received phone. Then they went to her rented room to check the situation. She found that the house where they were was completely collapsed due to earthquake. The people from neighborhood told her that there was couple of people inside trapped or dead. The debris from that house completely buried her household stuffs and possessions. The only thing she had were the clothes she was wearing. She tried to search for her husband at relative’s houses and every hospital in Kathmandu but she did not find him. Then she had a doubt that he was buried under the debris of destroyed house.
Nepal Army, police and other relief workers tried to search for her husband on the debris from the second day of major earthquake. After four days of hard works of Armies, Polices, her relatives and other rescue workers, they found the dead body of her husband trapped under that destroyed house. This had been taken out after 4 days. Nepal Police gave her the death certificate and the dead body of her husband. Beside that she did not get any relief from government.
She lost not only her husband but lost all possessions. She was not in condition to search of her stuffs from the debris as she was in grief. After a week she tried to search of her stuffs from the debris but she found that all of her stuffs were stolen at night or taken by my neighbors pretending as their possessions. Now she is on the refuge of her relatives. She became widow and has nothing left. She had lost not only her husband but all the household utensils and possessions as well.
She had just admitted herself on class ONE at Prerana School as she had great desire to learn read and write. But it seems very hard for her to continue it. She is helpless by every mean and not able to survive without support from others.
Sumitra is a committed member of Bethsaida Church – Nepal. Originally she is from Makwanpur district. She is from a back ward ethnic group and she has never been to school. She is 27 years old and has one daughter of 6 years.
WWR is desperately trying to find her somewhere to live and will replace all her household goods. Please pray that a suitable place will be found as available rooms are hard to find since so many were destroyed. She is in need of a sponsor, which costs £15 per month, but most importantly will commit to pray for her regularly. Please contact us if you can help, thank you.
Both these ladies need sponsors for £15 per month.
Tragically Bishnu Maya’s husband and daughter died in a gas explosion in their room, she is on her own now.
Maya’s husband disappeared when her daughter was just two years old and she has struggled to look after them both since then. Her daughter is now 14 years old.
Renee, one of our trustees, has been in Nepal for a couple of months. She visited Purna today and writes about her visit:
I went to see Purna and found her in bed, cold and complaining of back pain. Purna burst into tears, so it was not a good start to the visit. Purna is not alone in being cold. The winter is the coldest for five years and yesterday the newspaper reported 41 deaths alone in Kathmandu. Many people stay in bed huddled in blankets. It makes us sad as there is nothing we can do.
On a good note, Purnas son was there. I have not met him until now. His name is Mana (very nice name I thought— as Manna from heaven) He is kind and attentive to Purna. He helps her with washing and toileting (I don’t think she gets undressed) the toilet, shared between three families is immaculate. Water is carried to the room. Mana made us a drink of tea and produced some biscuits. Very welcome.
Purna’s sponsor family photo is on the wall, smiling down into the room. We talked about them and Purna brightened up which pleased me no end. Purna opened the gifts and especially liked the bracelets. WWR also give each lady a Christmas gift.
The people from Church visit Purna often so that brightens her day. We prayed together and she prays for her sponsors daily.
I feel sure Purna will be better once the weather warms up and she can get out—just a few more weeks.