Above, Rosika (right) with Sister Marina

A Work of Mercy

In this the “Year of Mercy,” Sisters in Dharan, Nepal, helped to build a house for a family near Navjyoti School.

Ramesh (26) and Rosika (18) are HIV positive. Their daughter, Ranuka is 18 months old and is tested HIV negative. They lived in a dilapidated bamboo hut. Marina Thazhathuveettil, SCN, came to know about this family from the staff of Navjyoti who looks after the self help groups in the villages. Ramesh and Rosika were extremely weak and were unable to work. They had no food or medicine. Sister Marina visited them and made arrangements to take them to the HIV rehabilitation center in Dharan.

After a month of stay at the centre, they were strong enough to return home. Sister Marina continued to visit the family and provided food for them. Meanwhile she began to collect funds for rebuilding their house. She invited the parish priest to visit the family. He suggested that the Vincent de Paul Society could contribute towards rebuilding the house. Around thirty four thousand Nepali rupees were spent. Vincent de Paul Society members gave free labor in putting up the house.

The house is topped with a tin roof and the walls are made of bamboos. The floor is of mud and the house has no doors. The family was so very happy with the house that they built a small kitchen with the left over materials. Sisters gave them two goats for their livelihood. With regular food and medicines, Ramesh has gained enough strength to begin to work again. He is a painter by profession. Rosika is still weak and stays at home caring for their daughter.

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