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Continued Hospital and Clinic Support

Continued Support

As everyone involved in  Humanitarian work knows there are successes and failures. It is never  easy. There are all kinds of forces at work to prevent good being done.  There are all kinds of selfish inter­ests and many of these get in the  way. Sometimes it is very difficult to help people because they do not  seem to have the motivation to help themselves or maybe because of  deprivation they do not know that things could be better. So it requires  great kindness, gentleness, patience and perseverance to be effective  in bringing about change for the good of people.

The most important  contribution to our humanitarian aid is that made by God. The end result  is not dependant on us. As we reflect on this it is very clear that He  is the guiding hand and inspiration behind our weak human efforts and it  is He who brings it to fulfilment. As we look back now over the years  of responding to the urge to meet a par­ticular need we can see that  what started off very small and what has required some effort on our  part could not in our wildest imagination have reached out to so many  people in need with real and sustained support other than by the help of  God. Over €1.5 million worth of med­ical equipment has been  redistributed by us to hospitals, clinics, nurs­ing homes, and  individuals all of whom were badly in need and who could do with more.  At present we are in the process of redistributing another half a  million Euro worth of this equipment. All of this equip­ment is donated  to us for the purpose of redistribution by the caring professions in  Ireland. Where there is surplus medical supplies people in the medical  and caring profession are always anxious that they would reach people  who need them. We constantly get calls from all over the country from  medical people who are clearing out their stores and want to see their  supplies used before their expiry date. This often puts us under  pressure when we are faced with limited storage space and limited  resources and personnel to collect them.
      
Our humanitarian work is often  done quietly out of sight as it should be. We are often only giving a  little in support of a much greater effort being done by the  organisations we support. We have been very impressed with some of the  outstanding charitable groups working in Medjugorje and throughout  Bosnia and are very happy to support them. Also early in 2012 we were  able to give a full 40ft container of special needs equipment and  hospital supplies to the Chernobyl Chil­dren’s charity for much needed  project in Belaruis.
      
From Cork to Donegal, Kerry to  Dublin, Limerick, Louth, Wa­terford, Sligo, Meath, Galway, Kildare, is  the range our Volunteers travel sometimes on a 600 km round journey  gathering and collect­ing hospital equipment and medical supplies of all  kinds. Frank and Godfrey have been instrumental in assessing needs and  organising the logistics of transportation and exportation of these much  needed medical supplies.
      
We are privileged to continue supporting the following.
      
The Mother’s Village Humanitarian Projects
      
Medications for those in need
      
The Vionica home for the elderly
      
A local nurse in her treatment of diabetics
      
Daniella’s Mother and her new red chair
      
Mario and his 14k round trip
        
        

Mother's Village

The Mother’s Village which was  founded by Fr. Slavko for or­phans of the war has continued to provide  for a large number of chil­dren, (presently over 50) now mainly from  broken home situations. Beside this the Community of the Merciful Father  has developed.
        
It is now catering for  around thirty young men in Medjugorje and has three other houses  catering for smaller numbers. Close by the Kay Centre caters for young  mothers and babies. These along with the warehouse distributing  Humanitarian Aid and the School for infants form a considerable  Community. All of these projects are under the care of Fr. Svetozar, one  of the local Franciscans who succeeded the late Fr. Slavko in this  role. All depend totally on Divine Providence.

Medications

We have helped out Sr. Kata, a  Franciscan Sister who is a quali­fied pharmacist. She used to run a free  pharmacy service for the poor in the Parish of Medjugorje. We were able  to source supplies for her.
        
Sometimes among the poor  families there are children who have severe forms of epilepsy and no  possibility of being able to afford the expensive medication. We have  through the generosity of private do­nors and some of the Pharmaceutical  companies been able to help five of these. Pilgrims who have medicines  that are still in date that they do not need for themselves often bring  them to our house. All medi­cines that are in date are greatly  appreciated.
        

Vionica

The only nursing home in the  Parish of Medjugorje for the local elderly poor was built at Vionica,  one of the five villages that make up the parish of Medjugorje. This is a  very fine home for the elderly built by the St. Joseph charity founded  by the late Arthur Mc Cluskey (from Co. Laois). This home was built to  care for the surviving grandparents of orphans in the nearby orphanage  founded  by the late Sr. Josepha for the children she found abandoned in a train  carriage near the end of the recent war. It is another of the  outstanding fruits of Medjugorje and deserves support from the Irish  Pilgrims.
        

        
We are amazed when we meet  so many generous pilgrims, sev­eral of them Irish, who bring financial  and material aid to Medjugorje and who are unaware of the existence of  this home for the elderly poor. Unlike other nursing homes this home  cares for many patients who are bedridden and they do not need to be  able to walk in and they will be kept till they die. There is nothing  big or elaborate about it but it is spotless and cares in a wonderful  and loving way for all its 28 patients. We have begun to bring some much  needed medical supplies there.

Local Nurse

In 2008 the St. Luke’s Medical Project opened a  clinic at the Mother’s Village and supported it by bringing medical  supplies there. We employed a local nurse and a young doctor who  provided first aid to the many communities and to the poor during the  season when the Order of Malta Clinic was closed. We did this because we  were par­ticularly anxious to continue our support for the outstanding  humani­tarian work being done in the whole region by the Franciscans of  the parish. Currently, on request, we supply this nurse with medications  to treat diabetics, she gives her service voluntarily.

Mario and his 14km Round Trip

On receipt of an electric wheelchair  Mario thanked the Irish ben­efactors and Our Lady for the donation of  the chair. Mario, a refugee from Sarajevo, had for seven years great  difficulty walking because of problems with his knees and had not gone  beyond his neighbour’s house. On receipt of the chair Mario was so happy  to be mobile, he wanted to see how far the chair would take him. Having  Travelling 7km (to Medjugorje) with his grandson on a bike and carrying  a mo­bile phone in case of an emergency he eventually arrived near his  cousin’s home with a flat battery.
        
“Now I know how far I can  go”, Mario said to his cousin who was astonished to see him. He then  charged the battery and headed home. Mario went to the shop for the  first time in years, called to his friend’s house, and was often seen  around on his new chair.
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