Pastor Krishna and his wife, Pabitra have a passion to reach out and help the desperately needy in their impoverished country. Through two orphanages and a scholarship program, at least 45 children are receiving care and education, equipping them to be reliable, resourceful and productive citizens. There are also 8 outreaches throughout Nepal and 19 house groups linked to Pastor Krishna’s program. There are many regions in Nepal in which transportation is unknown and people are used to walking barefoot 3-10 days from one village to another. Living conditions in Nepal are also very difficult due to devastating poverty. There is gross pollution in Kathmandu and a lack of water and proper sanitation. There are power cuts each day, some lasting up to 10 hours, making daily life in the city very tedious.
Wall mural on a school building in Kathmandu
In the remote, poverty stricken areas of the Himalayas, the small house groups are becoming vibrant centres meeting the social, physical and spiritual needs of hundreds of needy people. Pastor Krishna has an ardent desire to reach out to try to assist the most remote areas of Nepal, often only accessible by foot.
November 2017- Visiting the very poor congregation, located amongst the tribe of Chepang ( Praja) of Nepal
New Dawn has intervened 10 times on the ground in Nepal since 2009. The work has been focused on assisting Pastor Krishna and his team in several areas of their extensive labour in reaching out to the poor. Help has been given to assist the pioneering of a small training/mission school assisting impoverished adults mainly from very remote areas, many of which have had very little opportunity of any schooling. Included within the program are much needed teachings on gender equality, hygiene, and how to break free from the oppressive caste system (today, technically abolished but still observed throughout Nepal.) 9 equipping Schools have been run within this program, and a 10th School is envisaged in 2020.
Classes at the Mission School
During Jennie Waterman’s trip to Nepal 2012, the seeds for this new children’s home were sown in several different ways and with the participation of Pastor Krishna Pariyar, in Kathmandu, the “Little Feet Children’s Home” was founded in February 2013.
Little Feet Children in 2013
With the help of funds specifically raised, New Dawn Association was able to provide the basic necessities for the new home. Initially 3 children were taken in from impoverished remote areas of Nepal and the number rose to 9, by August 2013. This small home is truly dramatically changing the lives of these small children, some of whom would have most likely been engulfed in the huge “reseau” of clandestine child trafficking, (child slavery and prostitution) which exists between Nepal and India.
Following the 2 tragic earthquakes of 2015, the children were relocated in the home of Pastor Krishna and his wife. New Dawn was able to assist in the funding of the expansion of one more room onto this building to help house all the children. In 2017, New Dawn continues to support this small children’s home. Because of the increased surges of Christian persecution in Nepal 2017, it was decided that the 5 youngest children would be moved to live in a house not far from Pastor Krishna home, and this is where they are living today. All these children still remain under the care of Pastor Krishna. For further news on the Little Feet Children’s Home, and news concerning the living conditions in Nepal since the earthquakes, please consult the annual New Dawn Newsletters posted on the NEWS page.
The poverty in this country is truly shocking and the needs overwhelming, both in the densely populated Kathmandu valley and the remote areas. We want to thank everyone who has helped or is still helping to regularly support this small children’s home, and the other ongoing work in Nepal.
Little Feet Children in 2017
In 2016 New Dawn started to sponsor the nursing training of Rupa, one of the older children at Pastor Krishna’s Home. She has successfully passed her first year and loves her studies. She is now in the second year of her 3 year course. Rupa was born into an extremely impoverished, lower cast family. She was taken into Pastor Krishna’s home when she was 6 years old, as her mother could not afford to properly feed, clothe or send her to school. Isha is a total orphan, and came to live with Pastor Krishna and Pabitra when she was 5 years old. Isha is now 18 years old, and New Dawn is helping to sponsor her Hotel Management Course, which she started in 2017.
@ New Dawn Association 2017