Jan had a fantastic time, you can read all about it, just click here.
Renee, one of the trustees in is Kathmandu right now, she writes:
I have visited ladies from WWR this week. Some stories are real success stories but others remain heartbreaking. We have a new deaf lady (62) who is all alone, having had leprosy and being rejected because of this by her brothers. Her “friends” in life are her hens and ducks which roam freely in her room, including her bed. One hen was sick; she walked for two hours to get hen medicine. On leaving her room she gave us 11 eggs. We did not want to take them, but not to would offend her. The lady has nothing in life and yet she gave us all that she had. We had been given the opportunity to be life- givers to her by taking food and WWR have provided a hearing aid for her. We hope we have been able to put our faith into action. We will continue to do what we can for her, but it was a very humbling and distressing visit for us.
Please pray for Renee, and all the women we support, that we can determine how best to help them.
Please pray for Gyanu, one of the older ladies we support. She was returning home on Wednesday and some boys stopped her to rob her. She did not have any money to give them so they made her hand over her gold earrings – an heirloom.
Gyanu, a widow, was deeply upset over this and somewhat traumatised. Please pray that she would find peace and know that she is loved, both by us and Jesus.
Whilst in Kathmandu Renee & Terry also had the opportunity to visit the Cyrene Sewing project that we support.
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.
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.
Renée, one of our trustees, and her husband Terry recently returned from a trip to Nepal. Renée writes:-
It was good to be back in Nepal again, this time based mainly in Kathmandu. At the best of times, general day to day living is not easy for the Nepali people and currently there is electric for only eight hours out of a twenty four hour period (2x4hr stretches) This is due to a lack of rain to feed the hydro electric plants. The electric frequently comes on at midnight or four in the morning! As it it dark around 6.30pm, people have to cook the main meal of the day (rice & lentils) by candlelight and spend the rest of the evening in the dark. There is no-one who is not affected. Shops (open till late) can hardly see what they are selling. Tailors (of which there are many) cannot see to sew at night and cannot use their sewing machines by day. Offices cannot function and so it goes on …..
We spent a good deal of time visiting the ladies supported by Women Without Roofs (WWR). All are so very grateful for the help given to them by WWR, which has of course, come from you, our supporters. The ladies have tragic stories to tell. One lady had fallen into a fire as a child and never received treatment. Eventually she was given away in an arranged marriage, her husband then left her because of her deformed body. A second lady cares for her disabled husband, who cannot move, due to a fall from a high scaffolding. He lies in bed almost all of the time. Everything is done for him. They live in a small sparse room which works as a kitchen, bedroom and place to sit.
The rooms WWR provide are basic with limited facilities. I have to be honest about that. We ensure the women have the essential items i.e. a bed, blankets, gas stove, a bag of rice, saucepans and other essential items. By standards here in the Western world, it is poor. In reality, it is the level of how most Nepalis live. I have to remind myself of this over and over again. I would love to be able to pick all the ladies up and transform their lives completely, but I know, as you do, that is not possible.
How then, can I continue to help these women? I will continue working hard on their behalf, throw myself into fundraising, keep in touch via our assistant, Bina, in Kathmandu, try to inspire people in our country. An article in a womens magazine is soon to be published. Many of us still have so much in spite of our “credit crunch”; that’s not wrong, its how it is here in the UK. I feel sure if you were able to experience life in a third world country you also would be stirred.
So finally, may I express my heartfelt thanks to all our supporters. Without you there would be no WWR and many people would be living on the streets or under plastic sheeting. God Bless you all for your love and care. Please get back to me if you would like more first hand information.
Renee can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
Renee has arrived safely in Kathmandu, Nepal and has so far seen Bidya and Shova who are the pastor and his wife that run the Cyrene course for us. The course teaches women to sew, read and write which hopefully leads to them being able to run a small business from home. She has shown the ladies from the course a purse that we hope they can copy; we will be able to sell them back here in the UK to raise funds.