HIV-AIDS and Health
Sr Josephine tami msc sent a report about the Aids Awareness workshops held in various locations of East New Britain Province. Here is an extract:
Found in the report are the second quarter activities. There are awareness and a training with pictures attached. Tables showing the Time these events happened. There are pictures Of World AIDS DAY last year 2015.
Last year was a very exciting and interesting year for us in a sense that we have worked in partnership with the government and holders.
The staff of Torot vcct centre has done a well-done and excellent job in the centre and involved a lot too with the government and NGOS.
Torot centre has been the supplying centre to all other
facilities of the church and the government.
We have established a good working partnership and relationship among us, the other clinical and those authorities of the diocese and the government. These great support and understanding between us has us this far to work flexibly and enthusiastically with each other.
That unity has shown itself in our daily interactions resulting in big number of people and clients coming to our centres, and communities for counselling, testing and treatment.
The great involvement with the communities has shown a great impact in the lives of most people.
Because of continued awareness, counselling and testing people are taking ownership of their positively.
This year the provincial AIDS Counsel has closed down for some times and all clients are coming to Torot Centre for assistance.
Luckily your office has helped our work financially. However, we still need better means of transport to places Where the road is too rough and swampy.
How to begin a realistic letter from this war-weary, brutally savaged and corrupt-ridden country. But I will not dwell on the thousands of atrocities, and reports, including that of George Clooney. Sadly these reports are true for many countless thousands; especially as more than one million people have fled South Sudan. Here in Mapuordit where I minister we have an advantages of living in isolation. We are spared the home invasions, raids etc. We all know each other and although there are different ethnic groups we still maintain peace, except for a few cattle raids, and an occasional ethnic skirmishes.
Our two schools have reopened for Term 3, both maintaining their enrolments. The Primary school has over 1,000 students, and the Secondary just above 300. At the commencement of Term 3 we still await our Kenyan teachers but the National teachers have made a marvellous beginning to the term, combining classes and providing quality coaching.
The hospital also is fully operational with malaria, especially among the children topping the list of ailments. Sadly HIV/ Aids is prevalent among our people resulting in many deaths. Yesterday we buried one such patient and today we buried a small boy 4 years old who died from malaria. In fact he lived rather close to the hospital, but the people become so used to malaria they forget its devastating consequences.
Our agriculture gardens at present are producing well, with the highest demand being for okra, maize, and tomatoes. Thankfully these crops produced abundantly. But our wet season is short, and then comes the hungry months. There are no supermarkets here! Next time I am in Nairobi I plan to purchase 50 metres of plastic hose, and 100 metres of fine strong rope to suspend the submersible pump..
Blessings to all and again thank you for your great generosity which seems never to waver. Ever gratefully yours in faith, Sr. Rita Grunke
OLSH Photos: Some of the Hospital Staff Sr Rita with a young South Sudanese.
Sr Sally Duigan writes:
Good morning from Holy Family Care Centre in South Africa.
Holy Family is home to 70 children. Attached you will find further information about us.
At present our OLSH Community consists of Sr Emelie from DRCongo, Sr Jeanne from Indonesia and myself.
Fr Vince Carroll MSC has recently been appointed as our Chaplain and we are delighted about this.
He has a good supply of marbles for the little ones to play and he is building a wall so they can practice Volley Ball. Tonight we are going to have a barbecue.
At present we have two volunteers from Australia and we are expect 3 South African volunteers over the weekend. They will stay during their University holidays.
Fr Adrian - you might be guessing by now that I am writing because we are in a dire financial situation.
Unfortunately the Government have not paid our subsidy for 2 quarters now - so we are 6 months behind in our payments. I have used all our donation money to cover our expenses.
I am working frantically to try to get the Govt. payments made but it is not working. We were supposed to be paid by the end of June - and now there is no promise at all. I have a pile of bills on my desk for food, electricity, some urgent repairs that had to be done - and the list goes on.
I am humbly approaching you in the hope that you may be able to send an urgent donation to help us get through this worrying time. We have four little babies in our nursery and 14 little toddlers as well as 52 attending school.
Now we have winter holidays and the children need warm clothes and more blankets and the needs go on.
Is it possible for you to send a donation to help us get through this situation. I am writing to a few other donors who may be able to help - if each can give approx $10000 - $15000 we may get out of our present crisis.
Do you think there is any chance you could help us. Please let me know. Bank Details are on the brochure.
With love and trust in the Heart of Jesus,
Holy Family Care Centre is an HIV/Aids project within the Catholic Diocese of Tzaneen in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.
It is under the direction of the international religious congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.
The Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart have worked among, with and for the African people in Limpopo Province since the early 1950's. With HIV/Aids reaching pandemic proportion the Sisters already involved in this work in Tzaneen wanted to do something more, especially in a deprived area. Initially they dialogued with the local people to see how they could best respond. There were many possibilities, but eventually it became clear that the greatest need was the care of orphaned and vulnerable children, especially those with HIV/Aids.
Holy Family Care Centre was officially opened with a simple blessing on December 8, 2001.
The first request for help came from Letaba Hospital in May 2002, through the Paediatrician, Dr. Cecilia Garcia Alfonso, with the approval of the Hospital Superintendent. And so began Holy Family Care Centre with five children discharged from Letaba Hospital who needed ongoing care, medication on a regular basis, good nutrition and a safe, happy environment for their ongoing well being.
Over the years children have come and gone – some have died and others have been re-united with extended family.
Many of the children who come to the Centre are very malnourished, ill and traumatized. We strive to give them the holistic care they need – physical, emotional, psychological, educational and spiritual support.
Our aim is to provide these children with a safe, happy, loving environment where they no longer need to feel afraid and where they can reclaim their childhood. We are committed to ensuring that they get a chance in life through education. The children attend the local village school at Calais.
Their greatest need is for compassionate love and care and this is our vision and our mission.
Holy Family Care Centre is a residential facility that welcomes orphaned and vulnerable children without discrimination, male and female, especially those with HIV/Aids.
Holy Family exists to:
• provide residential care for orphans and vulnerable children, especially those with HIV/Aids, ensuring that they live in a safe, happy, loving environment
• provide holistic care for children’s physical, psychological, educational, social and spiritual needs
Holy Family aims to:
• re-unite the children with their families whenever possible in collaboration with Social Workers
• ensure that children remain in close contact with their families by encouraging contact through phone calls and visits
• prepare the children for life by offering life skill’s training and educational opportunities
Director: Sr. Sally Duigan olsh
Can you help? Please clearly mark your donation "for Holy Family Care Centre South Africa - Sr Sally Duigan"
I received the news of Moira's death with a mixture of feelings: sadness at the loss of a friend, joy as she enters her eternal reward, gratitude for the privilege of having lived and worked and prayed and loved with her, just the two of us, for close to seven years in South Sudan, classified at that time as the poorest country in the world.
In this war-torn wilderness of displaced people Moira set up a clinic – a couple of bamboo huts, no doctors or qualified personnel of any kind apart from herself, and limited supplies of medicines – no power, no running water, no sanitation, no refrigeration; no nothing. Moira told me once the hardest thing for a nurse was to watch people die when you know they shouldn't. Moira did this, but she also did the opposite, she saved lives, many of them – victims of war and disease of all kinds, who would otherwise have died.
Moira's clinic is now a hospital, and even though it is twelve years since Moira left Mapuordit (for health reasons), she is as alive there as she was the day she left. Her memory lives on in an extraordinary way in that hospital and surrounding districts. People still talk about Moira with awe and reverence, “our living saint” as they used to call her. Moira will never die in Mapuordit, she is a legend there.
The Scripture Reading for Mass on the day of Moira's “memories vigil” was taken from Isaiah, and was so appropriate for her: “As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens, and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield, and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes forth from my mouth, does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.” (Isaiah 55: 10-11)
I thank God for the gift of Moira to South Sudan and I thank Moira for the total gift of herself to the neediest of all people whom she loved without limit.
Perhaps some of you, if you are able, may like to make a donation to her Mission in South Sudan, to honour the memory of Sr. Moira, as the work she began is being carried on by similarly committed Missionaries. If so, please label your contribution “Moira.”
God bless you and reward your generosity,
Sr. Mary Batchelor
Sending you the pictures of the medical mission in Payatas,
Quezon City. This activity is part of the Health Program in 5 Communities in
Metro Manila with the project code MO-PHL-2014-10-03. I will send more photos
to you as soon as they will submit their project acquittal report. As of this
time the program is still on-going.
Thanks and God bless..
Project Manager/ Coordinator
Every time we have our meeting people with HIV/AIDS and concerned individuals sharing their time and expertise for the sake of our suffering brothers and sisters, deep in my hearts I always remember you loving concern to these people. Your advises and guidance.
So far, our group is working silently and humbly responding spontaneously I can say. We are like a support group now, almost everyday people come to us for help and at the same time stories of liberation came out because of sharing/educational and spiritual support. For example J***** finally disclosed his situation to his family. M** who was deported from Saudi because of his disease, one of our members temporarily offered his house and after 3 weeks had a courage to go home in the province, finally he is happy with the support of his family now. These are success stories that the group proud to celebrate.
I attached here our previous 2 sessions with the HIV/AIDS group.
in core de jesu,
Sr Augustine Mobondo Sister in charge of Region of DR Congo writes:
In the OLSH community at Iyonda there are five young sisters and two aspirants: two of them have recently finished their nursing training and the other, Sr Gabrielle, the sister in charge is also a trained nurse, who is responsible for the house and for the nearby dispensary where many sick people are treated. These five sisters look after two dispensaries. At both of them they look after mothers and babies and have maternity wards in each place. As well the sisters try to help the lepers but their resources are very limited and these people cannot pay anything at all. They meet with them once a week and give them medicines, food and clothing. The cost of this is too much for the sisters without help.
Assistance will help the poor people who are suffering from leprosy near Iyonda in the state of Equateur in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
There is no other funding for these people. The sisters provide medical support for them from their own dispensary.
Ricardo Flavio is a University at UNPAZ who has benefited from MSC assistance.
He is a dedicated student and active member in his village. He also has given a help in the new activity of Peace Education so to peer tutoring youth in using non-violent ways of communication.
Ricardo practices what he learns at University on Public Health acting as an interpreter for patients at the TB Room in Bairo Pite Clinic. He translates English to the Tetum Language for patients in the TB Room when Doctors need help to examine the patient or ask some thing about their medical history.
He also works in TBC Lab to see directly what exactly kind of TBC Microbacterium that cause for the people who suffer TB Diseases.
Thank you very much for your donation, with this money I am helping many poor people.
Giving food for the children, made several water hand-pumps for poor families and in the hostel.
Two ladies needed an operation and we paid the expense of the hospital. So be sure that the money that you send to us will be spend in a good way for the benefit of the poor and for educating the children, most of them are orphans.Once again thank you all you are doing this noble work and you are always in our prayers.
SR Rachele op.