Sisters reaching out to a woman on the street

“All those who come to Patna Provincial House is first greeted by Bacchi Devi, our Nani, on most of the days. We fondly call her Nani, meaning, grandma. She is one of our regular visitors. Before or after her time of begging on the streets of Patna, she comes here to take a bath, rest and to have a hot meal and tea. She also shares her struggles with whomever she meets in the house. She speaks in a very different dialect that many of us cannot follow her well. She understands whatever we speak to her. Communication is never a barrier for her to express herself. She lives alone in a dilapidated rented hut in the city. She says she has no relatives.

“Lately, she was not keeping well. With her request, Sister Mercy Thundathil admitted her at Kurji Holy Family Hospital, Patna. She is diagnosed with chest and abdominal tuberculosis, besides many other ailments. She is well taken care of by the nurses and the SCNs at the hospital. Nani is extremely happy when the Sisters from the Provincial house visit her.

“Bacchi is a staunch religious person. She keeps up with all the Hindu traditions and observe fasts on all of the Hindu festivals. We wish her speedy recovery.”

Malini Manjoly, SCN

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