Six months after deadly earthquakes devastated Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless, local Nazarene churches continue to respond to ongoing needs. The initial emergency relief phase has ended, and now the church in Nepal has moved into long-term recovery. Part of the long-term recovery phase is the building of Child-Focused Community Development Centers. Christian Bangert, a German volunteer serving in Nepal, recently shared the following testimony.
The first time we visited the construction site at Bhitmar it was a maize field. By now it has turned into a massive cement foundation, one that would soon be our first Child Focused Community Center. The plan is to build nine of these centers in areas affected by the earthquake. These centers will help educate and empower the whole community by focusing on child development. Children will not just receive education, but they will also play, sing, eat, and receive school materials. By providing education, we are also giving the next generation a better future.
If you walk down Bhitmar’s main road you will see many ruins left by the earthquake. Only a few houses survived the disaster. But, as I walk around this concrete foundation I could almost hear the children sing in the classroom. As I hear children laugh and see people smile, I realize that in the midst of the rubble, hope is alive. The people who even after having lost so much welcome us with open arms encourage me.
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