After losing her husband to Covid, Sarita Silwal became a Nepali widow and the sole caregiver of her son. Her husband used to work night and day to support the family. Suddenly, all of the responsibility fell to Sarita who was also dealing with her own physical and mental illnesses. Sarita was facing some very hard times.
Sarita worked in other people's farms and fields but only earned enough to put some food on the family table. She didn't have any savings. Sarita had been struggling with depression and had been taking medication regularly. Whenever she ran out of her medicine, it was difficult for her to do any other work or activities.
At one point, Sarita ran out of medicine and became very worried and hopeless. In desperation, she decided to call BSF staff for help. BSF purchased the prescribed medicine for her the very next day. They encouraged and supported her and are walking with her through this challenging season, staying in regular contact each week.
Sarita had tears of joy in her eyes and said, “I can’t express how thankful I am to BSF. I was in desperate need and no one helped me, not even my relatives or neighbor. But the BSF team helped me during a dark time and have given me hope again.”
BSF will soon be assisting Sarita to generate more income for her family so she can meet all of their financial needs. BSF staff will also be continuing to monitor her personal health and the wellbeing of her son, walking alongside her through this challenging season of her life.
BSF is a partner for project J1079 & J1102 with Australian NGO, Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993). Donations to BSF through Global Development Group are tax deductible in Australia, NZ, and the USA.