Catholic World Mission has recently announced another important outreach project to provide the poor with what they need the most: Emergency Food and Medicine Shipments.
Along with the other core focuses – education, medical missions, and evangelization – Catholic World Mission is committed to helping meet the most basic needs of those living in the most difficult of circumstances.
CWM provides shipment of emergency food and medicine to the most desperate of the poor living in areas such as the Philippines. Over 30,000 people benefited from this same type of help in November of 2007 alone in that country. These 30,000 included families who live at dump sites and other impoverished areas – about 60% of those engaged in garbage picking for survival are children between the ages of 5-18.
CWM works in conjunction with other missionary groups to promote the long-term transformation of poverty by addressing the need to alleviate immediate physical suffering. This shipment of food, medicine and supplies are sent to and distributed by the Missionaries of the Poor Sisters, who live and work with the most impoverished of the Filipino population in the areas around Camarines Sur and Manila. These are the same Sisters who helped make our shipment last year benefit so many who needed it most.
The Sisters run free mobile clinics, assisted by doctors and nurses, and also distribute supplies to local hospitals and Catholic parishes throughout the region. Doctors and nurses who help the Sisters to treat the local population in these free clinics report a certain level of frustration at their inability to provide what are oftentimes very common medications to families that cannot afford to buy even enough food to sustain themselves. Shipments like the one we will be sending this month, allow these healthcare providers to not only diagnosis the problem, but to provide follow-up treatment as well.
The contents of these emergency shipments are procured by our Development Director and are provided at no cost through our CWM gift-in-kind program. CWM takes special care to assure that all medications and supplies provided are in the fullness of the Catholic tradition. CWM must only fund the shipping costs to send these items overseas. Building on the successes achieved in 2007, CWM is now working hard to provide this life-saving shipment of food and medicine to our poorest brothers and sisters in the Philippines who need it most.
To help this and other Catholic World Mission initiatives please visit CatholicWorldMission.org.
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|Published by: Cathie Strohl|
|Date: 2010-11-21 14:51:29|
|I know a family in the Philippines who are desperate for help. They are living in a tent due to the hurricanes that destroyed their home. They are very poor and hungry. They have malaria due to being wet all the time. They are at 27 J Manazano St, Brgy Roxas, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. Can you help them? The father is ill and their are 4 children.
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