2016 Christmas Appeal
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” -Matthew 11:28
Christmas should be a time filled with excitement and joy, when family and friends come together. In the Philippines, a country of nearly 80 million Catholics, everyone comes together to share with one another the joy of one of their biggest celebrations of the year. Suffering from deformity in her limbs, as well as brittle bone syndrome, sadly, it's not this way for Angela and her family. Her only Christmas wish is to be able to do the simple things that her friends can do. Click here to read more.
Angela’s mother left the family not long after her brother, Daniel, was born. They don’t see their father much, as he is often on the road, working as much as he can to support the family. Angela and Daniel are therefore completely dependent on their grandmother, Heidi, who despite being well into her sixties, has returned to parenting all over again. However, with barely enough money to feed the family and pay the bills, Heidi struggles to meet the needs of the children.
What makes things even harder for this family is that in Tondo, Philippines, where they live, deadly diseases, such as tuberculosis, are increasingly common. Angela is especially vulnerable to the disease, as she suffers from malnutrition, which weakens her immune system. On top of this, Angela is unable to walk, a consequence of her severe deformities, and brittle bone syndrome.
Thankfully, there is a saving grace for this struggling family. The Canossian Daughters of Charity opened the Canossian Health and Social Centre in Tondo, where Angela, and children like her are able to receive life-saving treatment and medications. The centre includes a general practice, dental clinic, pharmacy and a day care centre, which Daniel attends. It is also one of the few dedicated tuberculosis treatment centres in the region.
Sadly, the stark reality is that, one day, Heidi will not be around to carry Angela to school or the clinic. It is what the Sisters can do now, and only with your support, that will matter most when that day arrives. “I want to discover if we can resolve the mobility problem for Angela,” says Sister Susan. “But we need funding to be able to sustain our program’s services and do this. If there is no funding, we cannot extend the program and we can only provide the bare minimum.”
Please give generously today and ensure that Angela, Daniel and Heidi, and others in the same situation, can have the gift of joy and hope this Christmas and beyond. Please click here to make a donation today.
$48 provides nutritious meals for 88 children at the day care centre run by the Canossian Sisters for three days, helping reduce malnutrition and maintain good health.
$320 provides lessons on health, parenting and value formation for 51 people for two months, helping build stronger, more caring and healthier communities.
$420 provides life-saving medication for 36 children with tuberculosis for two weeks.
$1,350 covers the salary of a trained nurse at the Canossian Health and Social Centre for four months.