Peru and Bolivia
Support for religious sisters caring for the poor and elderly
The congregation of the “Hermanitas de los Ancianos Desamparados” (“Little Sisters of the Helpless Elderly”) was founded in Spain in 1873 to help poor, helpless and abandoned elderly people who had no one else to care for them.
Today the congregation has no fewer than 204 houses in 19 different countries, on four continents. Most of these are in Central and South America, but the Sisters are also active in the Philippines, in Mozambique and in Europe.
Collectively, in Peru and Bolivia, 230 Sisters from the congregation can be found caring for over 2,000 elderly people, above all in the larger cities where the traditional family structures have collapsed, and older people can rapidly become isolated and helpless. It is the Sisters’ charism to focus on the whole person. And while it is of course important to wash and feed and materially support these aging people, it is equally important to show them human warmth and support in their spiritual and psychological needs. This is also part of the Sister’‘ apostolate, which is so ably summed up by their foundress, Saint Teresa Jornet as “caring for the body, so as to save the soul.”
We are planning to contribute 10,440 CAD to support the Sisters of the congregation in Peru and Bolivia in their life and in their apostolate.
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