As the New Year begins, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the supporters of Pope Francis Home and School, Mercy to the Poor. Thank you to over the 100+ donors, the many who have given gifts in kind and especially those who are praying for the children waiting on their new home.
My final trip to Ghana for 2016 in October was informative and inspiring. The PFHS Outreach Program is our greatest accomplishment to date in the Volta Region. We are supporting 20+ children ages 9 months to 18 years old with a variety of needs from food, healthcare, housing and school tuition. The greatest investment has been in healthcare. The obvious fact that children who are lacking proper nutrition and healthcare are subject to illness... We have had 3 kids hospitalized including a major surgery. We also continue to assist two government schools, Gabipko Island and Tsawenu village.
The highlight of my October visit was hosting the First Annual PFHS Children’s Party for Hope. We held it at Margaret Marquart Catholic Hospital in Kpando. Sr. Justine arranged to have about 40 children afflicted with HIV to be the guests of honor. The children had a wonderful lunch with cake and candy. We had balloons, face painting, stickers and each child received a gift.
For many of you I have concisely stated our mission:
PFHS is building a children’s home for the sisters of Mary to house their HIV orphans, since no housing is available the children are scattered across the region and because of extreme poverty many of the children have died of starvation!
On November 20th I received an email from Sr. Justine to inform me that tragically two more children had passed due to malnourishment. Baby Gabriela a 21 month old who attended our party died one week later. I had first met her in April. The second child was a 4 year old named Ahiave who died on Nov.13th. Ahiave had been on our website since June. That now makes 4 children (10% of those waiting to join PFHS) to perish in 2016 of malnourishment.
Please pray for these children and all the children under the care of the Sisters of Mary. The Sisters are such an inspiration as their selflessness and love for the children never wavers.
Our journey continues to raise the funds to build Pope Francis Home and School, Mercy to the Poor. I feel our mission has been blessed by the opportunities we have had to serve the children of the Volta Region.