Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Just the job for Kathmandu training
Vocational training center a dream come true for Nepal's SalesiansConstruction of the vocational complex
- Chirendra Satyal, Kathmandu
- February 4, 2011
As the Salesians were looking ahead in 2000, they had bought a two-hectare chicken farm to supplement the expansion of their work, said Father Benjamin Pampackel, rector of the Salesian community in Kathmandu.
Since 1992, when the first Salesian priest started working in Dharan in eastern Nepal, the Nepal Don Bosco Society had only been providing formal education through high schools, hostels, tuition centers and student scholarships.
After the Don Bosco Vocational Institute complex that is currently being built is scheduled to be finished in July, the Salesians can provide vocational skills training at the center which will also host a hostel for students and staff quarters. The main building will include nine laboratories, six classrooms, an assembly hall, offices, a conference hall and a library.
âWe will provide vocational and technical skills and also give hope to the poor or even school dropouts who may be talented in technical work. The complex will provide a one-year training to boys and girls in eight trades,â said Father Pampackel.
The eight vocational training areas comprise of modern office management, fashion designing and dressmaking, electronics, electrical maintenance, welding and fabrication, computer training and automobile mechanic and driving.
Around 270 youths aged 15 to 25 years are estimated to benefit from the vocational complex each year. The hostel will house 80 girls and boys, perhaps from remote villages, said Father Pampackel.
âEven before this construction started we have been running an informal computer training program under tin sheds for youths and some training in welding and carpentry. Now with the new buildings we will start a formal vocational technical training program with government recognition.â
Apart from that we have also been operating a tuition center for over 200 children in the neighborhood to ensure that they do well in their schools, said Salesian Brother Polycarp Ekka, who is involved in supervising the carpentry and welding of chairs and computer tables for the new institute.
We have been providing textbooks, schools fees and even school uniforms for the poor ones, Brother Ekka said.
âWe will send out notices for appropriate trainee admissions to all parishes and Catholic institutions of Nepal as we are scheduled to start in July,â said Salesian Father Jaison Nedumkallel, who is overseeing the construction work in Thecho.
âI am very impressed and cannot help thinking of my own home in Rautahat district where Tharu tribals really need both formal and informal education very badly,â said Gopi Choudhary, a staff of the Nepal governmentâs Social Welfare Council who is currently evaluating the Salesianâs technical project.
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