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Good Shepherd Convent, Pokhara - Nepal

In 1997 Sr. Sabina Pathrose, the Province Leader of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd,  India received an invitation from Canadian Jesuit International to start a home for the poor and marginalized women and girls in Nepal. Accepting the invitation the Provincial Team decided to open a convent in Pokhara.


Srs. Vandhana Lobo and Colette Montero were missioned to Nepal on 14th January 1998. They reached Kathmandu on 18th January 1998 and on 22nd to Pokhara. Dr. Jim the Executive Director of Canadian Jesuit International accompanied the sisters to the plot purchased by them and donated to the sisters. The land which is 15 km from the city of Pokhara, is situated on a hill slope with a river flowing in front of it. The original plan was to build 10 cottages for eight girls each with a house mother to take care of them. This mission is called Opportunity Village.

The sisters stayed in a rented house in Pokhara until the cottages in Opportunity Village were ready. In Pokhara they gave English tuitions for children and started to learn the local language and study the situation around the vicinity. On 10th February 1999 Sr. Mary Jose joined Sr.Vandana as Sr. Colette had to leave Pokhara for health reasons. In November I999 still being in the rented house the sisters started their mission by welcoming four young girls who were orphans and at the risk of being trafficked. The girls were given various skill training and some wanted to go to school. On 15th December 2000 the sisters shifted to Opportunity Village, at Baskot chowk, Hemja, Kaski District. When the sisters shifted to Opportunity Village only two cottages were ready. The original plan of ten cottages were not possible because of financial constrains.

Since the cottage system for girls were not economical and feasible a home for these children was constructed with the Help of Kinder Missionswerk in the year 2008. Good Shepherd Convent-Nepal was made a canonical community on 15th August 2014.

Services:

Home for girls at risk

Skill Training Centres for the poor women in the slums.

Mobile Health Clinic in the mountainous villages.

Medical Camps for people at various locations.

Prison Ministry with focus on skill training and medical care.



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