MISSION FOR SICK AND POOR- GROUP 2206
The Servants of Mary Congregation, Ministers to the Sick, was founded in Madrid, Spain on August 15, 1851 by Saint María Soledad Torres Acosta.
As a religious-missionary Institution we have 168 years of experience in serving the sick, in hospitals, clinics, dispensaries, charities, AIDS Centers, Nursing Homes and specifically, visiting and caring for the sick in their own homes, our training is Aimed at this type of development interventions, which we carry out in 122 communities, distributed in 4 continents and 21 countries.122 communities, distributed in 4 continents and 21 countries.
Our Communities’ specific mission is the free and careful care of the sick. Regardless of class, age, culture, religion, with the most direct beneficiaries being the poorest.
Since 2010 the Augustinian Recollect Fathers have asked us to be responsible for the Clinic “San Ezequiel Moreno” located in Handumanan, Bacolod City. The work we do at the Clinic consists of specialized care for children in the most common diseases in the area: respiratory diseases, asthma, allergies, tuberculosis, intestinal problems and dengue. From Monday to Friday we receive about 200 patients at the clinic, plus another 50-100 tuberculosis patients, to whom we administer the treatment for six months or a year.
There are 9 Sisters in the Community: 3 foreigners and 6 Filipino Sisters, of whom four study nursing. We have a team consisting of: a contract doctor, a dentist, a radiologist, the Laboratory technician and the X-ray to carry out the task.
In Handumanan, the clinic is recognized by the majority of its residents because this is the only center that provides this facility for patient care. Local authorities, ecclesiastical bodies, Health Centers and the beneficiaries themselves are responsible for advertising our operations.
It is our visits to the sick in the (barangays) or neighborhoods that we have gained a greater awareness and understanding of the real situation in which large number of families in Bacolod live: huts made of nipa, or palm leaf, with a single room serving as a dining space, a bedroom, for all, the sick, babies, animals… and a kitchen where food is cooked in a small wood stove that fills the whole room with smoke and without water and latrine, of course.
They have to use plastic and sackcloth during the rainy season to keep water from falling on them, and because the field is dirt, children play in the mud, with dangerous of contracting infectious diseases due to lack of sanitation, malnutrition and kids are unable to get sufficient education because of financial problem.
Thank God, our Clinic is a point of reference, a door of Hope for these patients, a door that many sick people have called for 10 years, some desperate and totally abandoned by the Society, finding welcome and all the help that, according to our possibilities, we could give them.
The most important beneficiaries are the poorest patients afflicted by multiple infectious diseasestuberculosis, cardiovascular diseases being the most frequent cause of death in Bacolod, accompanied by pneumonia, malnutritio, dengue, acute gastroenteritis, and lower-incidence others.
We request the Missionary Cooperation Program for your support and help, being aware of the state of neglect of the poorest patients. To improve the quality of life of these patients we need:
- MEDICATION for patients with Tuberculosis and other endemic diseases
- ECG machine
- X-Ray Machine
- Laboratory Machine, since the mentioned machines do not work and although an attempt was made to repair them, they did not work.
- Appropriate food for the malnourished and poor children
- Dressing materials
We warmly thank Msgr. Terrance Fleming, Mrs. Lydia Gamboa, Director & Staff “Missionary Cooperation Program”. Be assured of our prayers for all of you.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!
To support the Mission for Sick and Poor, please click on the button below to donate and either select your parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and/or type Group 2206 in the memo box. God bless!