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A Center for the Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Will you help these Sacred Heart Sisters build a center to care for orphans and the sick in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Already one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been thrown still further into destitution and chaos by the continuing violence and armed conflict in the country. Lack of security and political instability have left ordinary people poorer than ever. Parents are finding themselves unable to care for their children, and children are being abandoned or even thrown out – often on the pretext of having practiced witchcraft and brought evil on the family.
Not surprisingly, many boys end up in criminal gangs, while girls are forced into prostitution or become pregnant and have no one to help them. They are still less able to care for their children, because they have had no education and turn to prostitution to support themselves.
The Sisters of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart are caring for these helpless people in four separate centers around the country. They care for street children and orphans and help teenage mothers by teaching them knitting and sewing so they can support themselves. They teach basic literacy, care for the elderly, tend leprosy patients in leprosy centers, provide medical and midwife care for expectant mothers and care for the sick who would otherwise have no access to medical treatment. They also teach in the schools and work in the parishes, supporting local priests by providing catechetical instruction, for example.
Now they are planning to build a new center, in Mbandaka, in the northwest of the country, where they will care for orphans and for the sick. ACN has already promised $90,100 in support of their project.
Will you help these Sacred Heart Sisters build this center to care for orphans and the sick in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
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