Nepal, SARA Ministries
Pastor Tej, who lost his mother at age 5, founded SARA Ministries in response to a call in his heart to reach out to vulnerable children. Over the past decade, political instability, a major earthquake and flooding left many children in Kathmandu in crisis. SARA Ministries provides a home for children who have nowhere else to turn, enabling them to attend school, stay healthy, and develop their faith in a safe community environment. Other vulnerable children in the community also receive education support, and through the SARA Church, children participate in vibrant youth groups and bible studies.
In the photo below, standing in the back centre of the board with a checkered shirt is Sunil. He comes from a very poor family from west Nepal and does not know his father. His mother is an alcoholic and was unable to care for him.
Sadly, it is relevant to share that Sunil came from the Dalit caste (the caste that is so low it does not fit into the four-caste system), and although the law of today in Nepal rejects the caste system, the reality is that discrimination persists. As a child, during the civil war, an explosion seriously harmed Sunil’s hearing, which has proven more difficult in the past year. Tej shared that Sunil will visit the doctor soon.
A local pastor encountered Sunil when he was 15 years old, and saw his need and potential. He asked SARA Ministries to support Sunil in his education. Sunil is many years behind his peers in school, but through encouragement and prayer, he has found the motivation to continue.
Sunil (now 21-years old) is in grade 10, and recently completed a driving course. Soon he can attempt his full driver’s license. He also helps around the boys’ home with meals and will sing during devotions.