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The Jasper Centre
Kent, ME1 2LD
As a church we have had a number of links with newfrontiers churches in India and have many friends from India who have visited the church over the years. We have also been involved in leading various teams to India. One particular church we have involvement with is the church in Nasik. They run a project which houses abandoned women called the Krupa Project. As a church we provide monthly financial support to help maintain the project. Here’s the story:
Way back in 1994, Clara Moses came across an elderly woman called Chandrabai who had a small hut in which you could only bend and enter and sit, no standing space. She had some fire wood and her staple diet was black tea. To live in the hovel she had to pay 70/00 Rupees per month to the local slumlord and in order to earn this she had to wash utensils. She was bent over, sick, undernourished and heavily asthamatic and due to malnutrition, could barely work. Clara felt stirred by God’s compassion to begin helping her and so she started inviting her home, feeding her and sometimes even bathing and de-licing her.
Another lady called Leelabai had some relatives who didn't want her at home and so for the whole day she had to sit out near the sewage until late at night when the relatives went to sleep and then she could return back to the hut. She had severe arthritis and could barely walk. She sought help from Clara when she saw the help being given to Chandrabai and so both these ladies were bathed and given food. Each week they would simply wait outside Clara's house, so desperate for help.
In 1996 after much prayer in the church and with support from newfrontiers, a home was opened in Deolali by renting a two bedroomed flat and it wasn’t long before another elderly lady called Gungubai who was also very frail and in need of desperate help joined the home.
There are now around 7 elderly ladies resident at Krupa and a larger facility has been obtained. They receive all general care and enjoy a healthy diet in a loving atmosphere. A local doctor visits weekly to check their health. There are around five people on the staff. At night, one member of staff sleeps at Krupa. Volunteers come regularly to spend time with the ladies or to help with the household chores.
The ladies enjoy playing carrom and ludo, listening to music and watching TV. Clara and the staff organise regular outings to the park and occasionally meals at a restaurant. These are real highlights! The ladies also regularly attend the local Hindi church where some of them have become Christians. Over the months their lives have been transformed and they now look very healthy. Doctors at the local Government hospital have been so amazed at the transformation that they now offer free medical check-ups and the local optician is offering spectacles at a very nominal charge!
The project continues to grow and the vision is to expand further into a larger home where even more ladies can be cared for.#krupa