Jesuits start work on hostels in Nepal

The foundation stone is laid for one of the hostels in Nepal.
The foundation stone is laid for one of the hostels in Nepal.

Work has started on the construction of three hostels for children in the Nuwakot districts of Nepal. The work is being undertaken by the Nepal Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI), with support from the Xavier Network, which includes Jesuit Missions in the UK. The foundation stones were laid in three schools: Shree Chandeshwari Higher Secondary School (Tupche VDC), Shree Bageshwari Higher Secondary School (Bageshwari VDC), Bhairavi Higher Secondary School (Bidur Metropolitan).

The Nepal earthquake in April 2015 killed more than 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000. Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened. Immediately after the earthquake, the Jesuits in Nepal began supporting those who were affected, opening an office for relief work and networking with other organisations, principally in the districts of Gorkha, Dhading, Lalitpur, Kavre, Sindhuli, and Dolakha. Each institution of the Nepal Jesuits adopted one place for relief work and St Xavier’s College in Jawalakhel Province quickly distributed tarpaulin sheets, basic food items and sleeping mats to two villages. Jesuit Missions launched an appeal and immediately committed £10,000 to the Nepal Jesuits relief fund.

Gratitude and hope

At the ceremony to lay the foundation stones for the hostels, the guest of honour was Fr Boniface Tigga SJ, Superior of the Nepal Jesuits. He was joined by  Fr Roy Sebastian SJ, the Director of NJSI, along with the School Management Committee chairmen and other dignitaries.  Among the NJSI team present were Mr Tika Ram Regmi (the sub engineer), Sr Manisha (communication officer) and Fr Joseph Pulickal SJ (Financial Manager). The local people expressed their gratitude and hope while extending their support for the completion of the project.

In addition to the Xavier Network, the construction of the hostels and schools is being funded by Franciscan Missionaries and MZF of Germany. To support the work being undertaken by the Jesuits in Nepal, visit the Jesuit Missions website.