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Project of the Week: A Success Story from India thanks to ACN Benefactors

PPE now available for the Sisters of Mercy in West Bengal

The Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross in the Indian state of West Bengal are working on the front lines against time and the pandemic with a second wave that has hit India, in particular, very hard.  Our generous benefactors heard their cry for help and offered a total of $34,293.  

The Sisters have shared with us their immense gratitude for this gift which has allowed them to purchase essential personal protective equipment against the coronavirus so they can continue their work with the sick.   

‘We are helpless in the face of the situation. There is a shortage of vaccinations, oxygen, hospital beds and medication generally. It is not even possible to conduct funerals properly. Every day we hear news of the death of friends and relatives. The sick are being cared for in their homes, in the convents and in the presbyteries, “the Sisters report. And of course, in selflessly caring for the sick, they themselves are exposed to a very high risk of infection.

Sisters of Mercy offer training on how to do proper sanitizing.

At the same time their usual income has collapsed. Their sole source of income prior to the pandemic was the schools they ran, schools which are now closed. Instead, they have set up quarantine stations for the poor and needy who simply cannot self-isolate in the cramped conditions of their own homes, while also providing accommodation for stranded migrant workers who have not only lost their jobs, but find themselves unable to get back to their home villages in other parts of India.

Sister of Mercy of the Holy Cross, India East Province (June – October 2021): Checking the oxygen levels.

But it is not only medical and material help that the Sisters are providing for the poor, especially in the remote outlying villages, but equally importantly human and spiritual accompaniment and support. The Sisters have observed how people are becoming increasingly depressed and fearful, having lost their employment and with it their little remaining sense of security.  They have also observed and are concerned about how many children are becoming addicted to the Internet. They are praying with the people and for them – accompanying them through this difficult time.

Thanks to the essential PPE that you have provided, the Sisters are now able to continue in the selfless work to which they have dedicated themselves. In a way that makes them and others feel just a little safer. May God bless and reward you all for your generosity!

Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross, India East Province (June – October 2021). Participants of 2nd training.
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