Try closing your eyes and imagine yourself back to your childhood. Do you remember that feeling of worriless joy filling the heart of every child? When everything seems to be so wonderful and there is nothing to worry about because your dad and your mom are always with you.
Subina and Manisha, 5 and 6 years old sisters, grow up in a usual middle class Nepali family. They were living in a congested and overpopulated area on the outskirts of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Their mother and father, grandmother and grandfather, all three generations, stayed together in a small house. Their dad had a small business, and was able to make some money and provide for his family especially during the tourist season.
The morning of the 25th of April 2015 was not different from other mornings. Manisha and Subina just as always were playing not far away from their house. “Catch the ball!” – shouted joyfully Manisha to her younger sister and throw the new colorful ball in the air. This was daddy’s present that he bought for them just today morning.
Suddenly Manisha felt that the earth went from under her feet, and even before she could understand what happened she discovered herself sitting on the ground. Confused and perplexed she was looking around, watching how like in a horror dream the 4-storey hotel building with a loud grinding noise crushed right into the small nearby pool. Everyone who was there was buried alive under the ruins of concrete building. Gray choking cloud of dust rose up to heaven, blocking the sun. Someone’s screaming, groaning and crying for help were filling up the air.
Coughing in the dust, Manisha were sitting on the ground. Worriless and joyful childhood was over. Horror started filling her small heart. She was just 6 years old and her childhood was suddenly and severely taken from her.
“Subina, where is my little Subina?” – Manisha’s heart started beating frantically. She tried to listen to the chaos of the sounds filling the air. Step by step moving through the ruins, lost in a gray chocking cloud, Manisha was trying to find her way back home.
She simply wanted to climb on her dad’s lap, just as she always did when she was scared. Hold him close and hear him saying, “Don’t be afraid my sweetheart. You just saw a bad dream. Now you woke up and see nothing bad is happening here.”
Suddenly she saw her little sister ahead of her. She run to Subina and grabbed her hand. They were standing in front of the concrete ruins that used to be their house just half an hour ago. They were standing there for a couple of hours, silently weeping and looking around. People were running around them, screaming and shouting were filling the air. But Manisha and Subina were just standing because they didn’t know where to go and what to do now.
In that terrible day, when one of the worst earthquakes in the history of Nepal killed more than 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000, 6 years old Manisha and 5 years old Subina became complete orphans. All their family was buried alive under the ruins of their own house. The earthquake, took their parents from them, leaving them alone, but God didn’t leave them alone. Now these little sisters found a place of safety and a loving family in one of our children’s homes in India. Moreover, we were able to rescue one more Nepali girl named Arti. We were able to help only three children, but much more children of Nepal need our help!
Dear Friends, together we can do bigger things. Please help us rescue even more Nepali children and give them hope and a future. Through you God can open His heart to these orphan children, and “set the lonely in families” (Psalm 68: 6). Let’s be reminded that our call as a church is to “look after orphans and widows in their distress” and through this reveal the love of our Lord Jesus Christ to this world (James 1: 27).