Give Inspiration This Lent

As we enter the season of Lent, a time of reflection and giving, we invite you to join the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in supporting the “Inspiration Center.”

From Caretaker to Caregiver

Posted by Spalding Hurst

February 7, 2023

Rekha’s journey to empowerment began over a decade ago at Asha Niwas, a safe haven for young girls who were children of sex workers in Delhi, India. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth of Asha Niwas, Agnes Tudu, Beronika Bilung, Premila Parackatt, and Rita Barla, took Rekha under their wing and provided her with the tools and resources to succeed.

Rekha Lakra recently returned to Asha Niwas for a visit and had the opportunity to catch up with Sister Rena Fernandes. The two sat down for a conversation, and Rekha reminisced about her time at Asha Niwas and the impact it had on her life.

Rekha arrived at Asha Niwas in 2011 for a job, eager to learn and help care for the children. Rekha quickly adapted to her new role at Asha Nivas and threw herself into her duties with both mind and heart. She learned to take care of the children and even taught the younger ones. Additionally, she went to the outreach center in a nearby slum to teach non-school-going children. The Sisters at Asha Nivas took a keen interest in her development and taught her English and other skills, helping her grow physically and intellectually. Her exposure to the city broadened her horizons and expanded her ideas and knowledge. Despite the challenges, Rekha remained focused on her goal to do something meaningful with her life. With their guidance and support, Rekha saved enough money to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.

After three years at Asha Niwas, Rekha returned to her hometown to attend nursing school and later found work as a nurse in Gurgaon. She eventually found love and got married in 2022. Rekha is grateful to the Sisters for the impact they had on her life, and she remains dedicated to helping others as a nurse.

Rekha’s story is a testament to the power of empowerment and the transformative impact that supportive figures can have on a person’s life. The Sisters of Asha Niwas played a critical role in Rekha’s journey, and her success is a testament to their unwavering commitment to helping those in need.

Married in January of 2022, Rekha marked a new chapter in her life, but her gratitude towards the Sisters of Asha Niwas never faded. Her time at the center had been a turning point, empowering her with the skills, confidence, and determination to succeed. Now, as a nurse, she continues to spread joy and bring comfort to those in need, always remembering the lessons she learned and the support she received at Asha Niwas. Rekha is a testament to the transformative power of community and the unwavering support of the Sisters. She is living proof that with hard work, determination, and a little help, anyone can overcome their obstacles and find happiness and fulfillment.


  1. Rosemarie Kirwan

    What an inspiring story is yours, Rekha.
    May we continue to encourage and empower the women with whom we come in contact. What a difference interest in another can make for them.

  2. Agnes Tudu

    Congratulations to you my dear Rekha Lakra for your hard work and ditermation to achive your goal in life!l am proud of you. May God bless you.
    Sister Agnes Tudu


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like…

Easter Egg Hunt at Nazareth

Easter Egg Hunt at Nazareth

Join the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth for an Easter Egg Hunt on April 1. Free egg hunts for ages 0-10. Special prize eggs for each age group! Bring your basket!

Maryland Volunteers Head to Belize

Maryland Volunteers Head to Belize

Nine volunteers from St. John’s Hollywood, Maryland, left for a mission trip to Belize on Sunday, March 26. This group is collaborating with Hand in Hand Ministries there to build a house for a mother and her three children. On Saturday, the team received orientation from Brenda Gonzales, SCN, and Laverne Schaefer, SCNA, after which a commissioning ceremony was held during the liturgy at St. John’s.

Sisters Complete Construction of Convent in Nongdiwah

Sisters Complete Construction of Convent in Nongdiwah

Sisters teach at the village school and empower women and girls by providing educational opportunities throughout seven local villages. Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of those around them is truly inspiring.