Bridge to Nepal Blog

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Investing In Young Lives

For many years, Pastor Parsu and his wife Bhawani (photo left) have taken in and cared for over 30 children from the poor Tharu community in Tikapur. The children live in an orphanage that is attached to Parsu and Bhawani’s home and most of them came to live there between the ages of 4 and 7. Some of the children are orphans and some have parents who can not afford to take care of them. Several are the children of former slaves. The children help at the orphanage by growing vegetables in a small plot, looking after animals and helping in the home while they go to school. The funding for this work has come from a variety of organizations over the years but recently, Parsu found himself without any funding for this ministry. When we heard about this we offered to take over supporting the 8 girls who are currently living there.  We are looking for people who would like to help with this work by taking over these sponsorships.

The lives of these kids have been forever changed because of their time with Parsu and Bhawani. Here are just a few of their stories:

After an impressive top 40 finish on the nursing school entrance exam, Monima Chaudhary (right)recently left her teaching position at Grace School to pursue her dream of becoming a staff nurse. She began her three year program in December of 2009 at the Shaileshwori Far West School of Health Science in Dhangadhi. She plans to return to Tikapur after her studies are complete, to serve the medical needs of the poor Tharu community she is from with her husband .

Ranjeet Chaudhary’s (no photo) mother died when he was just a year old and he came to live with Parsu when he was 5. He is married and currently teaching school while studying for his bachelors. He also serves in the church as a youth ministry leader.

Benjamin Chaudhary (left) is teaching at PremNagar school and studying for his bachelors degree. He also serves the local church as a Sunday school teacher. Benjamin is the son of Sonayram, a former slave, who Marian released from his life long debt of $14 in 1999.

Jeeta Chaudhary (see post Jeeta- From Orphanage to Nursing School) is teaching at Grace school and leading Sunday School at the local church. She recently finished 41st on the entrance exam for nursing school and they only take the top 40 each year. Although she was disappointed, she will try again next year as her heart’s desire is to become a staff nurse. Her father was recently attacked by a bull and died.

Jeet Kumar Chaudhary (no photo)was one of the five boys sent to Goa, India to attend trade school. He was trained in carpentry, plumbing, electrical and welding. He is married and working as a welder in Tikapur.

Arvind Chaudhary (left)is teaching at Grace School and continuing his studies. He is also a Sunday school teacher at the Peeperkoti church. He is the son of Nathu Chaudhary, a former slave in Bishwashnager, and one of the many slaves Marian redeemed in 2000.

Note: The name Chaudhary (sometimes spelled Choudhury or Choudry) is the name given to anyone in the Tharu tribe who needs a last name. As most kids do not have a birth certificate, this is the name given to them.