The village where our “St. Andrew’s Chapel” has been built is named Tulachan, and is located about 500 kilometers away from Kathmandu, in the eastern end of Nepal.
Father Silas Bogari, the Vicar General of the Vicariate Apostolic of Nepal, describes the village as “very close to the border with India border - only two kilometers from India! The place is inhabited by local Nepali and Santali community who are a big group in India also. Some of the Catholics of this same Santali tribe come all the way from border villages in India to worship in this Mission.” According to Fr. Silas, “On the Nepal side, there is a community of about 25 Catholic families.”
Sisters of Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross are planning to build a school in this village. The land has already been purchased and our “St. Andrew’s Chapel” will serve both the village and the Catholic school!
Fr. Silas estimates that $30K would complete the project. Because of the tremendous ‘power’ of the U.S. Dollar, each dollar becomes $10-$15 in buying power!
While the costs of building in Nepal have gone up since the earthquake two years ago – because of foreign relief funds, nonetheless, building costs are a fraction of what it would cost to build a comparable Chapel, seating at least 100 people, here in the U.S.!
IF you would like to contribute to the “St. Andrew’s Chapel Fund” we have set up a special account. Contributions should be made to St. Andrew’s (our Parish), with a notation of “Nepal” or “Chapel”. When we have the necessary funds to begin, we will keep everyone informed of the progress of this wonderful mission project!