This is Manju, she’s flourishing at her shop stall because of a loan WWR gave her.
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.
If you are interested in sponsoring a woman for either £15 or $30 per month then we have several women who need sponsors. Swasthani is the latest woman to be referred to us. She is a widow and has three daughters to support, one of whom is often sick. She says “Seeing my daughter sick I always cry from inside….Day and night I am now worried…There is no one to listen my problem”.
If you are able to help please contact us anna@wwr-Nepal.org
We know that at this time there are lots of demands on your time and money but we hope you won’t mind us asking you to consider Women Without Roofs as well. We are delighted to let you know that we have been accepted for the Big Give Challenge this year. This means that if you donate to us at 10am (GMT) on either Thursday, Friday or Saturday this week (4th, 5th or 6th December) you donations to us will be doubled!
All you need to do is visit this website
as soon after 10am to be in with the best chance of having your donation doubled. The matching funds will run out each day so please be quick!
Funds donated will go towards Grace Women’s Home that continues to run smoothly and helps women in the most vulnerable of circumstances. Our prayer has always been that the home will be a place where women who have faced ostracism and violence will instead experience love, joy, peace, patience and kindness.
With funding for the home secured this will allow WWR to focus efforts and resources on new projects. There is a desperate lack of mental health provision in Nepal and we have been partnering with an organisation called Koshish since the start of the year to help fill this gap. Our hope is that in 2015 we can increase our involvement with them and recruit a new staff member to focus on this issue.
There is another new project in the pipeline that we will use to give work experience and training to those of our ladies that wish to work in the tourism industry – a vital and growing component of Nepal’s economy. So, if you were thinking of visiting Nepal, watch this space, and maybe this will be your chance to go!
Thank you for reading this far – we hope you can donate to us online this Thursday, Friday or Saturday, please put a reminder in your diary now for 10am! Even the smallest amount helps.
We wish you a very joyful advent.
With our thanks,
Anna, Renee, Marilyn, Jan & Nic
The Trustees of WWR
These moving words (that I hope can be read) record the way a new lady called Chanda feels about her life. She is in her 30s and was married for just one year before her husband died. She has no children and faces a life alone as a widow. Already a member of a low caste she will face further ostracism for being a widow as she now perceived as being ‘unlucky’. Chanda is in need of a sponsor for £15 per month. Please e-mail anna@wwr-Nepal.org if you can help. Thanks.