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Indian nuns seek Nepal women in danger

Adores sisters on fact-finding mission to locate and rehabilitate women and children

Sister Helen Poovakot (right) and two other Adorers sisters from India on a visit to Nepal Sister Helen Poovakot (right) and two other Adorers sisters from India on a visit to Nepal
  • ucanews.com reporter, Deoniya
  • Nepal
  • February 16, 2011
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A congregation of sisters from India is looking to establish a base in Nepal in order to help women “in danger”.

Three Adorers nuns from Kolkata were on a recent fact-finding mission in eastern Nepal where they attended the ordination of three priests in Mahespur parish on February 12.

On February 13 they visited the offices of Maiti Nepal, an NGO working to prevent the trafficking of women and to rehabilitate them and their children.

“We are trying to understand the realities concerning women who have been trafficked and their children,” said Adorers provincial superior of Kolkata province Sister Helen Poovakot.

“Our focus is on red light districts - if there are any in Nepal – and women who are in grave danger,” she said.

“Our order aims to find a base here and protect and rehabilitate Nepalese women and girls caught up in prostitution or other similar slave-like situations.”

Another nun, Sister Maria Plackal said it isn’t easy to get women out of prostitution.

“We therefore focus on their children. We have quite a few small children aged 1-10 at a hostel in our provincial house in Tengra in Kolokata,” she said.

“We prepare them for school and provide them with scholarships in places like Kharagpur near Kolkata city,” she added.

The Adorers were founded in Spain but have two provinces in India – Mumbai and Kolkata.

The congregation has 75 sisters in Kolkata province, according to Sister Helen.

The nuns, who say their motto is “Adoration and Liberation”, wear saffron-colored saris as formal wear. But when they travel they wear ordinary saris with only a small cross around their necks differentiating them from other women.
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