Solar panels for a Catholic Home for Poor and Elderly in Sri Lanka
The bishop has turned to ACN for help to purchase solar panels to provide the house with a less expensive electricity supply. We have promised $7,900 for this. Will you help us fulfill this promise?
The Diocese of Badulla lies in one of the poorest and most neglected regions on the island country of Sri Lanka. The Church here is likewise very poor and, 45 years after it was first established, the diocese is still almost entirely dependent on outside help for its support.
Catholics represent only a tiny minority on the island. Most of the people live and work on the tea plantations and are desperately poor, so they are not able to provide for the support of the parishes or their priests – to say nothing of the other Church structures within the diocese.
One such institution is a care home for the support of the elderly and needy who have no one else to look after them. The residents of this home are lovingly cared for by a congregation of religious Sisters, but they are too poor to contribute anything towards the cost of their own care.
Given this poverty, the diocese has to bear the cost of running the home. One of the heaviest burdens is the cost of electricity. Since it is so expensive, all the cooking is done with wood fires, and the Sisters have to do without much of what would otherwise make it easier and more hygienic to maintain the home.
Now the bishop has turned to ACN for help to purchase solar panels, in order to provide the house with a less expensive electricity supply. We have promised $7,900 for this.
Will you help us fulfill this promise so there can be electricity for this home for the poor and elderly in Sri Lanka?