The Lord has done great things for us! A young woman named Farron Horton will be going to Haiti at the end of this month for a preliminary introduction to CARITAS For Children’s ministry partners there, the Little Sisters of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus. What will hopefully follow is Farron’s eventual placement as a long-term missionary with CARITAS For Children’s Haiti child sponsorship programs this summer. It almost seems as if it was meant to be.
Troubled by the number of children coming to school each morning with empty stomachs, Sr. Lucy, Headmistress of St. Anthony Nursery School in Nkokonjeru, Uganda, came up with a plan. St. Anthony is one of the schools where children sponsored through CARITAS' child sponsorship programs attend. These sponsored children come from some of the families that are most in need in Nkokonjeru. CARITAS wanted to help.
We had a memorable year, here are some images our staff chose that represent some significant events for CARITAS' child sponsorship programs that took place in 2015.
Silvia Margarita lives at the Hogar Teresa Toda in the Dominican Republic. The Hogar is a residence for girls and a refuge from extreme poverty or an unsafe home environment. For some families, the Hogar is key to securing a better life and an education for their daughters. By the invitation of Sr. Josefina, the Director of the Hogar, CARITAS’ Program Administrator, Juan Urrea, had the opportunity to meet Silvia and travel along to her home in the province of San Juan.
When Alondra and Casandra return home this Christmas they’ll see their mother, brothers and sister again for the two week break from school and the residence for girls where they live most of the time. Their home is a 15-foot square, two-room concrete structure in the poorest neighborhood of Azua province in the Dominican Republic. When Alondra and Casandra return to the Hogar Teresa Toda after the holidays, more than likely they will be malnourished and a few pounds lighter.
"The sponsors should know that what they are doing – it is not just a one-time sponsorship, but it is a lifelong relationship, [by] which they themselves are transforming those individuals into becoming human persons that they never would have been." That's the message Mother Anne Nasimyu, superior of the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, said she would like to convey to every CARITAS sponsor.
Throughout the world, May 12 is designated as International Nurses Day (IND), recognizing nurses' contribution to humanity.
The nurses that I've met are among the most caring, thoughtful, patient people I have ever met. The memory of them is etched on my heart by the care they have provided for my family. I won't ever forget them.
Nurses who care for children who are ill are on a higher plain. When a child, who has experienced hardship herself in the very early years of life, grows up to choose a life of service, it makes one take notice.