Provide for the Care and Medical Needs of 26 Frail and Elderly Religious Sisters in Lebanon
The continuing severe economic and political crisis in Lebanon is causing great suffering to its people. According to UN figures, over 55% of the Lebanese population is living in poverty today – almost double the figure for the previous year. In less than a year, the Lebanese currency has lost more than 80% of its value, and prices for basic essentials have quadrupled in many cases.
Religious Sisters in Lebanon have suffered no less than others. Making things still worse is the pandemic, which has left many religious communities without their usual sources of income. Among those suffering as a result are the Melkite Catholic Sisters of Saint Basil and Saint John the Baptist.
A particular concern of the congregation is the care of 26 of its elderly and frail Sisters, who have devoted their lives to serving God and neighbor and now find themselves dependent on the care of others. To care for their needs, the Mother House of the congregation, the Convent of Our Lady of the Annunciation, has been turned into a retirement home, where these elderly Sisters can now receive round-the-clock care and support.
The cost of their medical care, the mobility aids such as wheelchairs, specialized hospital beds and all the many other things required for their care are simply beyond the resources of the congregation.
The Sisters have turned to ACN for help, confident of our support, and we are proposing to give $35,700 to assist them in meeting their needs.
Will you join in providing for the care of these frail and elderly religious Sisters in struggling Lebanon?
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