ASIA/NEPAL - Claretian Missionaries: care and education for earthquake victims

Thursday, 7 November 2019 orders   missionary institutes   children   education   earthquake   poverty  

Kathmandu (Agenzia Fides) - The Claretian missionaries are committed to building the future of orphan and poor children, victims of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, providing them with assistance and education. "We visited Nepal after the 2015 earthquake and helped rebuild Wasbang village, in the Chitwan district, in central Nepal. We ran into an orphan child and started taking care of him. Today we are helping and educating over 400 students. Our goal is to help 900 students by 2025", says Claretian Father Jojo Peter Ancheril, one of the leaders of the initiative, launched by the Claretian missionaries of Macao, to Agenzia Fides.
Over 400 children, orphans, poor people and those with physical disabilities reside in the Antyodaya children's home in Parsa, Chitwan district. The house was built on May 13, 2017. "We intend to reach the less fortunate children of remote villages by offering them education and personality development", says Father Ancheril.
On 12 April 2015, a strong earthquake struck Nepal, killing thousands of people and leaving millions of people homeless and without the possibility of satisfying basic needs. The international mobilization was impressive and the Antyodaya children's home was part of this wave of solidarity.
Father Ancheril, after a first trip to Nepal, began to involve parishioners and benefactors to rebuild houses for the earthquake-stricken families, in the village of Wasbang, also thanks to the support of the Fathers of the Little Flower Society of Narayangh.
"Today the Antyodaya Children's Home offers students a new life to grow, work and hope for the future. Students are given proper attention and special care for the needy, as well as education and health care. God's love does not know limits". concludes Sr. Liza Franca Augustine, project collaborator and missionary in Nepal. (SD) (Agenzia Fides, 7/11/2019)