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Project of the Week—Hospital beds and wheelchairs for Sisters in Ethiopia

A Success Story: two hospital-type beds and two wheelchairs for elderly Franciscan Sisters

The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady have been working in Ethiopia since 1910. Today they are 76 working in various parts of the country, with roles in healthcare, education and catechesis.

Twelve of these religious are now living in the recently established home for elderly members of the community. Aged between 78 and 90, they have devoted their entire lives to working in the poorest communities—as nurses, pharmacists, teachers and catechists; in the formation of the younger Sisters of the community or in the administration of various projects, as leaders and religious superiors.

Sister Margareth, heads the retirement home and has written to us:

“We are very proud of our elderly Sisters who have served the Lord and His people for so many years with all their hearts and with utter devotion, and who continue to serve the Church in whatever way they can, above all, through their daily prayer.”

These elderly religious are also themselves in need of care today. Some are seriously ill and bedridden. In order to improve their care, the community asked Aid to the Church in Need for help in providing two electrically assisted orthopaedic beds which can be adjusted at the head and foot with the touch of a button, as well as two wheelchairs for their care and mobility.

Thanks to the kindness of our benefactors, ACN was able to give $6,525 to ensure these women who have devoted their lives to God and to others, will receive the care they need. Our heartfelt thanks for your help and may God reward all who have contributed to their well-being!

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