This lovely letter has just arrived from the daughter of one of the women we help in Kathmandu. The English isn’t perfect, but I’m sure you will sense the deep gratitude that she conveys. Thanks to all our supporters who make it possible for us to help families like this.
We want to give thank from our family that your family have support us to pay rent. But if you had not we will be at the street somewhere wandering. Thank a lot again. So, in this letter I want to tell you somethings about my family. We have five members of our family…. First my Father and Mother, they were separated when I was small. So, my Mum was always worried and wandering about our life. Many problems we face in our life, because of that my Mum get depression diseases, she will not know what we tell to her and also she can’t express her feeling but somehow she is healed by Lord Jesus Christ. Now, she carried little things to the road ways and sell and earn some money, but am very scared and worried of her life because she had diseases….and no one to look after her but by the grace of God and by your help she is OK, so thank you again…..I have express some of my family problem, please pray for us, we need a lot of prayer for my family….We are really joyful and thankful for your great help.
WWR invites you to a Nepali evening to be held at the
Sultan Balti Palace
Saturday June 27th
This will be the first event of its kind that WWR has hosted and will be a chance for us to thank all our supporters who have given so generously over the past four years. We will be also be celebrating our new ‘official charity status’!
Tickets cost £22.50 per person and include a three course buffet, a glass of wine and entertainment as well as helping raise valuable funds for WWR.
To purchase tickets, please send a cheque made payable to ‘Women Without Roofs’ to WWR, 10 Comet Avenue, Upavon, Pewsey, SN9 6BT by June 16th
We look forward to seeing you
There is ample free parking near the Sultan Balti Palace in any of the car parks in Wokingham town centre – if you require directions please let us know and we will send them to you together with your tickets.
The train station is only 5-10 minutes walk away and is on the Reading to Waterloo – London line. If you require overnight accommodation then we would be happy to recommend a hotel, please let us know.
The evening is open to absolutely anyone so please feel free to bring friends along. Tables are for 6 people so if you can fill a table that would be great.
The dress code is casual, however if you have any Nepali clothes we’d love for you to wear them – if you’d like to try wearing a sari (I’m afraid women only!) then please let us know and we will see what we can do.
All of the money raised on the night will go to Nepal to support needy women and their families.
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 thehelp 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.
Laxmi - preparing food in her room
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.
WWR is very grateful to all of its supporters and believes it’s supporters should feel proud of themselves as well for making a difference to people’s lives in Nepal.
If you are interested in finding out how to make your giving really count then we can recommend a book called ‘The Life You Can Save’ by Peter Singer and the accompanying website www.thelifeyoucansave.com.
On the website there is the opportunity to make a pledge to make a difference to those living in poverty around the world.