PATH TO RECOVERY
Two years ago, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal and killed nearly 9000 people, leaving 4 million without shelter as their homes crumbled in seconds.
Sushila Mijar’s life changed in the blink of an eye. Her village, in the Dolakha district at the epicentre of the earthquake, was completely destroyed, including her home and all their domestic animals. Her husband lost his job as the earthquake affected his work site as well. What followed were weeks and months of terror as aftershocks continued to hit the area and claim more lives.
“It was a very difficult time for me and my family. We lived one day at a time, doing what work we could find to survive. We were always hungry. It was at this time that a friend encouraged me to go to the Lydia Vocational Training Centre in Kathmandu and receive training that would help me serve my family, my church, and my community. I decided to apply and was accepted. My time at the Lydia Centre was like heaven to me. I enjoyed studying the Bible and growing spiritually. I learned how to sew clothes for children, youths, and adults. This will help my family and community. I’ve also learned how to play musical instruments and will play for the congregation at my church. I want to teach others how to play. I’m very thankful for my time at Lydia. Thank you for supporting me.” • Sushila Mijar
Two months before graduation, Sushila and her husband received a scholarship to study at Bible College. They are presently doing their internship and look forward to returning to their village to serve their community. They now have a 6 month old child. Sushila wants to open a tailoring shop to help her family financially. They have yet to rebuild their home which was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake.
Continue to pray for Nepal. Only a small number have managed to rebuild since the earthquake, with the vast majority still sheltering in makeshift tents built out of tarpaulin and corrugated tin. These tents offer little protection from insects, vermin, winter cold or monsoon rains. Pray that government aid will be better coordinated and quickly dispersed where it is desperately needed.
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