A few weeks ago, our head of Social Services/Pastoral care in the hospital posted this photo on his facebook page.
His post read, “This young man was treated worse than an animal – for six months he was chained to a post in a shed because of mental illness. Who is responsible for him?”
Pun Narayan (the head of social services) has been passionate in his campaign to try to help people in Nepal suffering from mental illness. There are no govt supports or structures to help people, and families either keep people hidden away, or send them out into the streets and abandon them.
A couple of years ago, our hospital helped to start the New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center. When local police find mentally ill people on the streets, they bring them to the mission hospital to get help for them. After they have been treated, and are ready to be released, there is a problem. With no family or friends to help most of these people, they just end up on the streets again. This “half way” house was set up to try to help these people learn to function and take care of themselves even without a family to help.
For several years, we have been renting a place for the NLPRC, but finally they were able to purchase a nice piece of land and have started building a home there. This land has its own water source (very important in Tansen!), fields which can be used to plant rice or graze animals, and space for the residents to do other crafts or work to help create income. Les visited the site in April, and Debbie saw it just last week. You can see the progress that has been made – and we would ask for your prayers as the first building is finished and the residents are able to move in and start taking care of the land around them. Please pray also for Pun Narayan that his vision and dreams would come to fruition – so that one day in Nepal there will be no more people chained in cattle sheds or suffering due to mental illness.