Success Story: Support for Religious Sisters Caring for the Sick in Cuba
Says Sister Maria Isabel, “Once again we want to express our gratitude for your support, a gratitude echoed also in the grateful thanks of so many of these people who benefit from our presence and our support among them.”
Every year, ACN supports more than 18,000 religious Sisters all around the world, including the Handmaids of Mary, a congregation founded in Madrid and present in Cuba, where Sister Maria Isabel serves. Their special mission is to care for all the sick, whether in the hospitals or in their homes. This they do entirely free of charge and with a special love and care, for in every sick person they see the face of Christ himself.
At night, these Sisters keep vigil in hospitals or in homes, at the bedside of patients whom they accompany in their last moments on earth. During the day they care for the patients, washing them and preparing food for them. It is a task that has been made much more difficult by the pandemic.
Many people also come knocking on the doors of their convent each day, looking for help. Regularly, more than 30 people, including the destitute, alcoholics and the psychologically troubled, come seeking help, and they, too, find support, consolation and loving care.
“You cannot imagine just how precarious the situation is for Cuban families. Most of them cannot even afford the minimum necessary for a dignified life,” says Sister Maria Isabel. Given the Sisters’ own needs and the needs of those they serve, they were very grateful for the $7,900 that our generous benefactors have enabled us to contribute for their day-to-day support.
“We pray to God the Father that He may continue to bless you with his providence and inspire in many hearts the generosity to share with the poor and forgotten,” says Sister Maria Isabel, gratefully.
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