“I am, because you are” is an African proverb. It expresses the idea that personhood involves being part of a web of relationships. We are all dependent on each other. Navjyoti Center in Kathmandu, Nepal, truly embodies this African proverb in their daily lives. When the first time the children come to the center, they seem to be lost, frightened, shy, hesitant, non-communicative, or unfriendly. Within a short period of contact with the other children, with the continuous vigilant care by the dedicated and committed teachers and Sisters and under the supervision and guidance of Lisa Perekkatt, SCN, the newcomers bloom where they are gifted. Navjyoti family can truly be proud to say, “I am, because you are.” This is the Lenten theme of Misereor Germany, who has been a regular benefactor of Navjyoti Center.

Sisters Malini Manjoly, Aisha Kavalakkattu, Philomina Badin, Lisa Perekkatt and Rita Barla with Carolin Reiber

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Ursula Dornberger a photographer and Michael Mondry, the public relations officer of Misereor came with Carolin Reiber, a well-known German television and radio moderator and her companion, Susanne Beck, to document the activities of Navjyoti Center, a day-care center for differently-abled children at Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal.Michael visited Navjyoti Center a week ago to arrange for the on-site visit of the others. The group photographed themselves with the children and teachers besides taking photos of every activity of the children in various classrooms.

Michael visited Navjyoti center a week ago to arrange for the on-site visit of the others. The group photographed themselves with the children and teachers besides taking photos of every activity of the children in various classrooms.

In the afternoon, the children presented a small cultural program for the visitors. Abhishek Bajracharya, an eleven-year-old boy stole the heart of Carolin in teaching her how to play with his learning materials in the cognitive class.

The visitors brought sweets and play materials for the children and the Misereor Lenten Veil 2017/2018: ‘I am, because you are’. They were touched by the performance of the children and were very much impressed to listen to the stories of improvements made by many of the children being at Navjyoti Centre over the years.

Malini Manjoly, SCN