Cecilia Simick, SCN, works in Surkhet, Nepal. She is currently venturing into the new remote territory of Jajarkot with her health ministry.
Traveling there was difficult, as it could only be reached by ferry, operational only during the dry season. The only other access is by foot on a hanging bridge across the Bheri River. People have to walk miles for days in order to reach Jajarkot. Once across the river the Sisters still had to manage a road that is only three years old and still under construction. Rivulets and land slides make it difficult to reach this poor and remote district.
People here have to suffer a lot. There is no proper drinking water, no electricity, no cultivation, and lots of bare rocky steep hills. Sister Cecilia says, “The situation is really dire and I am moved to extend our work with mind and body, with our ever willing heart, to the poor.”
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth were welcomed to Jajarkot by the district health officer, Dr. Jhalak Gautam, who helped the Sisters begin to plan their work in the western and eastern parts of the district. Health facilities are very much needed since a diarrhoea and cholera epidemic had broken out two years ago and taken many lives in the villages where they are very far away from the district hospital and health posts.
People of those villages are eagerly awaiting for the mobile clinic and hoping their lives will soon be better with this medical assistance.
Sister Cecilia says this about her newest mission, “Indeed we feel called to do something for the people of Jajarkot villages who are deprived of basic needs for health, shelter and food. We will try our best to make this dream come true, reaching out to the suffering people in Jajarkot. Keep us in your prayers.”
The whole of the SCN family certainly will be doing just that.