LENT SERIES 2017 | STORIES FROM CHETNA
Join us this Lenten season (from March 1st until Easter on April 16th) in following the work of the women and men of CHETNA in India as they empower impoverished communities to transform themselves. Give up something for Lent (meat, sweets, Facebook, coffee - anything that would hurt a little!) and give the money you save to support the work of CHETNA (go here for details). Then read our inspiring weekly stories and pray for the people of India.
Serajul’s disability has meant very few people expected him to contribute to his community. The stubbornness that has gotten Serajul through most of his thirty-some years, however, has made him the perfect person to take on an overloaded system that is too often tainted by corruption.
One day, Prabhouti, Pavitr, and their neighbor Sambha were invited to join ten other women from their village in forming a women’s “self-help and savings group. The village had never heard of such a thing and some neighbors warned them against joining. “They’ll just take your money and run,” someone cautioned. “What can a woman do?” others chanted the traditional refrain.
Bhai took his daughter-in-law and son on the back of his motorbike to the hospital for her checkup. As they returned, there was an accident. Bhai’s daughter-in-law was thrown from the bike -- she was crushed under a truck and died instantly.
LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA
SIM Stories invites you to journey with us through our Lent Series, featuring stories from Chetna, a community health and development ministry. We hope these stories of advocacy, empowerment, community ties and justice are a reminder of what it means to serve, come alongside, and sacrifice for the sake of others.