Reaching the Unreached
Jesuit Missions has been working with the Nepal Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI) since the Nepal earthquake three years ago. The work has gone beyond the reconstruction of the earthquake damage and now their two main goals are empowering women and “reaching the unreached”.
With support from Jesuit Missions, NJSI are currently constructing a women’s centre in one of the remotest areas of Sindhupalchowk to provide a place for “Mujuwa Sawalamban Women’s Group” to meet. The centres provide a place for women to “go beyond their boundaries”, a chance to work together as a community, explore new activities and receive training in new skills. The total number of women centres constructed by NJSI now totals eighteen.
Before construction begins, the land is always blessed by a local priest. This is a chance for the community to come together and pray for all those who will be involved in the building, and for the construction process to go smoothly. Once complete, building work always concludes with an inauguration which is the official handover of the building from NJSI to the community of women in the presence of the local government. It is usually a large celebration with the beneficiaries expressing their gratitude to Jesuit Missions and NJSI.
The women’s centres are also sometimes used as medical centres. On the 2nd May this year, NJSI conducted a one-day free general medical checkup at Chapadi, Ramechap women’s centre. This benefitted 102 people who came from nearby villages and were freely prescribed medicine.
Earlier this year Jesuit Missions helped with the completion of a major new road in Tipling, the remotest village in the Dading district of Nepal, reducing the walking distance to Somdang from two days to a mere four hours bringing new economic opportunities to the area. Read more here.
This article references the NJSI April-June 2018 newsletter. All photos credited to NJSI.