Franciscan Sister plea for East Africa funds

09/08/2011


“We really appeal for direct help,” is the message Sister Maureen Elliott implores of Catholic Mission supporters to supply a critical feeding program operating from a clinic in south-eastern Ethiopia in a zone declared “in famine and emergency” by the United Nations.

The Australian-born Franciscan Missionary works at the Bushulo Health Centre in Hawassa Vicariate, Ethiopia. The Bushulo Centre is the equivalent of a district hospital. It is one of 13 regional clinics provided by the Church in Hawassa Vicariate.

says Sr Maureen said Most critically in need is the Dhaddiim Health Centre in the ‘SNNPR’ (Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Region). It is located in the famine declared area that borders Somalia and North Western Kenya.

“Dhaddiim Health Clinic concentrates on feeding programs for malnourished nursing mothers and their children. More than 28,500 people are served by the clinic each year,” Sr Maureen said. Nearby, 54,000 people are currently sheltering in a refugee camp.

 all the women and children who are presenting to the clinic are starving.

“They meet the criteria of malnourished through weight and measurement,” she said.

Sr Maureen said that the Horn of Africa’s humanitarian crisis has seen the world “rallying a little”, but as hours, pass millions of lives hang in the balance.

“We are one family, as one world, one global community,” Sr Maureen said.

“If we can do this together it’s wonderful.”

But the view on the ground is heartbreaking.

“There’s still so much that’s needed on the healthcare and medicine side. We really appeal for direct help. I can assure anyone who gives to alleviate this crisis your donation will get to the people that are most in need.”

Catholic Mission in Australia funds the maternal feeding programs that operate in Hawassa’s 13 clinics, including the Dhaddiim Health Centre.

Catholic MissionNational Director Martin Teulan said Sr Maureen’s appeal to resupply the Dhaddiim clinic will see all donations received by Catholic Mission transferred directly to the bank account she has nominated.

“We are making the first transfer this week. Please support us with your prayers and donations.” Mr Teulan said.

Phone your donation to 1800 257 296 or visit the Catholic Mission website: www.catholicmission.org.au


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