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Mobile Clinic in Nepal Helps Child with Severe Burns


Greetings from Surkhet,

I would like to share a story of child with you all. Pray that he will be healed soon without any complication. Thank you all for supporting us to reach out to the suffering people in Nepal.

A young mother brought to our mobile medial clinic her 10-month-old son, wrapped in dirty clothes, with 15-day-old severe burn injuries. We have treated and now referred the patient to the regional hospital. The baby boy was crying, but soon stopped after new clothes we given to him.

Sister Cecilia Simick, SCN



The staff of the Navjyoti Center mobile clinic stands in a Bubbairakhe, on the hills of Ratu VDC of Surkhet.
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School Health Program Surkhet / Dailekh


Dear friends,

I am sharing with you some of the pictures of our mobile clinics. Since the roads are bad we could not reach out to some of the villages we had planned to visit for health education and medical check ups. In these photos are some of the views of the hardships we face during our travels. We even encounter the most unwelcome guests — the leech!

We count on your prayers. Sister Cecilia Simick

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Special Mobile Clinic Patient - Surkhet

On July  8, 2013, the Mobile Health Clinic team in Surkhet took care of 102 patients in the village and among them was a man with no name no family because he cannot speak a word. According to his neighbors he had burn injury 45 days ago but was not able to go to the government health post which is 2 to 3 hours walk from his house. Despite heavy rain he managed to come to our clinic. He had tied his sore with dirty clothes and the wound was infected. We have done the dressing and given him antibiotics and other necessary medicines. We also explained to his neighbor how to clean and dress his wound. We hope and pray that his wound will get better soon. The people of these villages have tremendous endurance to take the pain in their lives .

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Women Groups of Navjyoti Center Campaign to End Violence Against Women






Sixteen days of an International Campaign to end violence against women was organized in Surkhet by governmental and non-governmental organizations working with women there.

It began on Nov. 25, with a rally by organizations including Navjyoti Center ran by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

Women and men processed through the market area with banners, placards and slogans to promote public awareness regarding violence against women. It has been a great challenge to all the NGOs working for women's development in Nepal.

The Chautari group of Navjyoti center prepared and displayed a street play on violence against women near Pipira Chowk where 55 women from Navjyoti's new women's groups, some neighbors and passersby were present to watch the awareness program. The story was based on an actual incident and touched the heart of the audience. The street play was also presented in their village in Thathapani where about 200 women and men were present. The chairperson of the area committee who was the chief guest for the gathering and was inspired by the emotional scenes and pledged to work for reducing violence against women in his area and he requested everyone present to begin with oneself.

Representatives of different NGOs spoke on the occasion. Discussions on the topic was held during the two gatherings of women group leaders of Navjyoti and they were motivated to work for ending violence against women and promised to begin it from their own families.

The 16 day campaign came to an end on Dec. 10 in the evening with a rally by organizations including Navjyoti Center and the human rights organizations in Surkhet, carrying lighted candles and placing them in Birendra Chowk. Different dignitaries spoke at the gathering regarding the need to end all kinds of violence against women and encouraged those present on the occasion to start practicing non-violence in their own families and to promote  peace in the families and in the world. During this period three estranged families have been reunited through the intervention of Navjyoti Center.

Written by Rosita Kavilpurayidathil, SCN
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In Surkhet, Children Learn About Mother Catherine


Sister Cecilia share the following:

Greetings from Surkhet. We would like to share some pictures of the children here coloring the book on Mother Catherine as one of the activities of our Bicentennial Celebration. The teachers and children were taught about Mother Catherine and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The children are so excited to color the book and are asking lots of questions about Mother Catherine.

Cecilia Simick, SCN




Children coloring the book on Mother Catherine as part of the Bicentennial activities in the school at Surkhet Nepal
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New Bus Arrives at Navjyoti School in Surkhet, Nepal

A new bus has arrived to Navjyoti School in Surkhet, Nepal. The children of the school are very excited and the Sisters are happy and relieved to have this much needed transportation for the students. Fr. Jomon the Parish priest for Surkhet/Koholpur blessed the bus and wished the best to all those driving the bus and those who will be riding it.



Children pose with their new bus, the school can been seen on the side.


Sisters Dolsie and Sushma with the children


The children are very excited to get into the new school bus.



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Sister Sushma Arrives in Surkhet



Sushma Bodra, SCN, is welcomed by the Sisters and students in Surkhet  on 21st. of August 1012

She will be teaching full time in Navjyoti  School of Surkhet, Nepal. Dolcie D'Mello, SCN, principal of the school is delighted and very happy to have her there. With her talents and experience she will contribute greatly to the students of the school.



We wish her all the best and pray for her and her family.
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Reaching out to the patients in the hills of Nepal


From Cecilia Simick, SCN

I am back to my work and would like to share these pictures. As usual the rain has carried away the roads to our clinics and we have to walk carrying our medicines to the villagers. Keep us in your prayers.

Reaching out to the patients in the hills of Nepal — Mobile Team going to the village for a Health Camp in Surkhet. The landslides have carried  away the roads and we had to walk all the way to the village to take care of the patients who wait for them.



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Muslim Community Recognizes Navjyoti Center's Services



Islam is a minority religion in Nepal. According to the 2001 Nepal census, 4.27% of the population are Muslim. Parts of the Muslim community in Surkhet, Nepal, have been lacking in areas of education, economy, and gender equality. They live day-to-day life saving little for the future. Education of children had not been a priority. In this context, Navjyoti Center took up working among Muslim women and children in 2010.

Five women groups were created for saving and investing. Though initially it was hard to convince the women to form saving and credit groups, after a year they were able to save some money in these five groups. Dozens of women have started small scale businesses like grocery shops, fancy shops, restaurants, buying and selling of spices, raising goats and chickens.

All the children are being sent to Madarsa Madina Middle School in the village. Navjyoti Center supported 65 poor children with uniforms and note books. On May 9, Madarsa Madina school celebrated 6th annual day. On that occasion Navjyoti's service to the Muslim community was praised by the organizers and Rosita Kavilpurayidathil, SCN, co-ordinator of Navjyoti Center, was honored with the offering of a shawl by the principal, Ratna Subedi, in the presence of invited guests, women and school children.

Sister Rosita spoke about the great changes that have taken place in the Muslim community over the past years. The Muslim community applauded the service offered by Navjyoti Center and requested to continue to walk with them in their struggle to change the society.

Rosita Kavilpurayidathil, SCN
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Nothing is impossible if your heart is filled with love and compassion



Gabriella Fussner, just 14 years old, a student of Singapore visits Surkhet to reach out to the children of the Child Centers run by the SCNs. She chose to help as a school project. Sister Cecilia Simick shares this letter.

Dear Friends,


Greetings from Surkhet. I would like to share this message with you all. "Nothing is impossible if your heart is filled with love and compassion." Gabriella Fussner just 14 years old, a student from Singapore thought of the children of Surkhet as she planned for her school project. She has promised to come again to see the children during her vacation. Her father Mr. Chris Fussner has been the generous donor for the Mobile Health Clinics in the various parts of Nepal for more than 20 years, especially to the poor patients of remote villages of Nepal . In Surkhet only, we have been able to reach out to more than 50,000 more poor patients within these past four years. His daughter has learned the valuable lesson from her dad. She visited the children in the child centers, distributed various things for the children to play. The children and the villagers were so taken up by her concern for the poor. SCNs thanked Mr. Fussner and Gabriella by offering them a Bicentennial Khada [scarf] as they left Surkhet. Yes, they are very much part of us in our ministry. We ask God to bless them.  I shared the story of Brianna Daniels and our sisters who have been collecting shoes and helping the poor people get drinking water. We do need such Brianna Daniels and Gabriella Fussner who at their young age try to reach out to the poor. May many men and women be inspired by these young people. May God bless them.

Cecilia Simick, SCN








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SCNs Celebrate International Women's Day in Nepal


On March 8, SCNs in Surkhet, Nepal, gathered in honor of International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

Sister Cecilia Simick, SCN, shares these thoughts and photos from the day.



Dear Friends,

Nameste from Surkhet. I would like to share some photos of the Women's Day celebration in Surkhet. Lots of preprations were done to celebrate the day. Several meetings and plannings of governmental and NGOs took place more than a week before and the various activities were planned to mark the day.

Various games and competitions for young and older women were conducted and the prizes were sponsored by different groups of NGOs. The Navjyoti Center took a very active part in all these (you can see in the photos). Our women won the volleyball tournament too!

The rally began in the morning from Manalgadi Chauk (a center place). Various groups of women with their banners and slogans such as "Equal rights for women," "Violence against women should be stopped," "Women should have a rightful place in the family," "Women have the right to education, & health care," and "Long live the womens movement."

The Navjyoti womens group was the largest group to come for the rallies in their pink saries with black blouse among the goup there was quite good number of Muslim women who took part in the rally. Our women, Tharu women came in their ethenic costumes and danced all the way with mandal, cymbals, whistles, and the sound of claps.

Everyone appreciated the way our women took part in the Women's day. The Minister of Peace and Reconstruction Mrs. Satya Pahari was the chief guest. Various women leaders gave inspiring speeches, performed dances, and recited poems. It was indeed a remarkable day for all the women as well as for the men who had come to see the program. We hope the enthusiasm will continue to help women to move ahead.

With love,
Sister Cecilia Simick, SCN












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A Long and Hard Journey for Health Care in Nepal


The mobile health team in Nepal takes care of the patients in the villages of Surkhet where the poor and sick come for treatment.

An older, sick woman with severe arthritis who was brought to the mobile clinic in one of the villages in Surkhet, Nepal.



She was carried in a bamboo basket by her son and the neighbour from a village far away. There are no roads or even a proper footpath for which to walk. No two people with the stretcher can walk side by side. This basket, a doko, is normally used for carrying firewood, grass, dry leaves, cow dung, and other things. It is hard and painful for the person to sit on it. She has no choice, but pull herself to adjust in this transportation.

She has to sit in this basket and her son would carry her hours to reach their village over hills and valleys.

We hope and pray that her pain will be eased and she comes for the follow–up visit next month to the mobile clinic walking by her self. Until then please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.



The mission of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth is to work for justice in solidarity with oppressed peoples, especially the economically poor and women, and to care for the earth. SCN family ministries in Nepal include:
  • Mobile health clinics
  • Rehabilitation of mentally-ill women
  • A school for physically/mentally challenged children
  • Schools for elementary through high school students
  • Non-formal education for village and street children
  • Adult literacy training in marketable skills in cottage industries
  • Centers for holistic care
  • Human rights education for women
  • Development centers which help women become leaders and transform the status of women in their home villages
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A Message of Hope in Surkhet

Cecilia Simick, SCN, sends this message of hope from Surkhet, Nepal.


Dear Friends in Christ,


The message of Advent … HOPE …  I would like to share this pictures of a boy, Bhakta Bahadur, and his mother. When the first child was born with a meningocele/spina bifida they were feeling so bad and felt he was a burden for the family. They were not able to get any help and as the boy was growing and the bundle on his back was growing. He was not able to sit or stand and gradually it was becoming infected. 


The mother was so desperate when she came to Navjyoti Center in Surkhet for the tailoring classes and met with Sister Cecilia. Sr. Elizabeth Eknorl, M.M, and her community then in Kathmandu, took care of the medical/surgical expenses in Kathmandu, and others reached out one way or the other to take care of the additional expenses.


Now he is going to school, though his walking is getting better and he still has problem with his bladder. His mother is so happy and grateful for all those who have helped her boy. They come to visit the Sisters once in a while.  To see the smile on Bhakta's face reminds us that God still works miracles in the lives of many through the generous hearts and brings HOPE . 


Thank you very much for all that you do to bring hope in the lives of people.


Sr. Cecilia Simick
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Mobile Health Clinic in Nepal — The Rainy Season


Sister Cecilia Simick shares these photos depicting some of the troubles they face in traveling with their mobile health clinic.

Greetings from Sister Cecilia in Surkhet.


When the rain came down the hills, rivers swelled and our mobile health team faced a lot of challenges in order to reach out to the poor patients in the remote villages of Surkhet, Jajarkot and Dailekh. The other day on the way to the clinic in the village of Dailekh Dist., there was a big land slide and hundreds of vehicles with the passengers were stranded on the road, the bulldozer which was supposed to remove the debris had flat tires and the police requested us to help them take the tire to be repaired and bring it back so that they would work on clearing the road. We had to drive a few miles away to a place where they could repair the tire. After two hours it was ready and finally the bulldozer could proceed. We were unable to conduct the clinic that day because it was already late. Rainy season is quite difficult to travel.


I am sending few of the pictures of the event. Keep us in your prayers.


With love,

Cecilia Simick, SCN

The mission of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth is to work for justice in solidarity with oppressed peoples, especially the economically poor and women, and to care for the earth.
  • SCN Family Ministries in Nepal include:
  • Rehabilitation of mentally-ill women
  • A school for physically/mentally challenged children
  • Schools for elementary through high school students
  • Non-formal education for village and street children
  • Adult literacy training in marketable skills in cottage industries
  • Centers for holistic care
  • Human rights education for women
  • Development centers which help women become leaders and transform the status of women in their home villages
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Sheela Barla, SCN, is Welcomed to Navjyoti School in Nepal


Cecilia Simick, SCN, shares these photos from Surket, Nepal, of Sheela Barla, SCN, being welcomed as a new teacher to the community there.

Dear Friends,


Greetings from Surkhet. I am sharing with you few recent pictures of Sister Sheela Barla. She travelled to Surkhet with myself after her Junior's program in Ranchi, India. Sisters in Surkhet are very happy to welcome her into their community and the children are delighted to see a new teacher and Sister. They gave her a warm welcome. We wish her all the best and God's blessings as she commits herself to love and to serve the students of this part of the world.


With love and prayers,


Sister Cecilia



Children of Navjyoti School welcome their new teacher, Sister Sheela Barla.
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