Venerable Mary Ward Sisters
Venerable Mary Ward Sisters began their mission in Nepal in 1955. They came from India, where they started to work in 1855. The sisters initially had come from Germany. After hundred years of service in India the Sisters were invited by the King of Nepal to start a school for girls. That time in Nepal there was no schooling for girls. The Jesuit Fathers had already started a school for boys about the same time which had impressed the King. These were the only two private schools in Nepal.
"Mary Ward Sisters' special passion is education of girls. By giving education to girls we empower women of Nepal. We have experienced this by ourselves many times. The girls who have received good education are the back bone of the women development in Nepal. Many graduates of our schools are doing very well in the society. Doctors, engineers, pilots, educationists, social workers, defence and many services are being done by women in Nepal. We continue to impart good education to girls. We have four High Schools for the children of privileged class of the society. But 20% of the students are from Under privileged class. Besides this 20% there are two schools only for children of the underprivileged and marginalised society."
Sister Catherine, Matron Mary Ward Sisters, Nepal
Austrian Development Cooperation
Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) supports countries in Africa, Asia and Central America as well as in South Eastern and Eastern Europe in their sustainable social, economic and democratic development. The Foreign Ministry (FMEIA) plans ADC strategies and programmes. The Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of ADC, implements these together with public institutions, non-governmental organisations and enterprises.