Blessings was an abandoned child, who was found near the Ndola sewer ponds in a sack. A Good Samaritan who found her, took her to the local Hospital. She was named “Blessings” and is now a healthy three-year old at St. Anthony Children’s Village, where she is loved and cherished. St. Anthony’s is home to over 100 orphans and vulnerable children, many having special needs.
Raymond is one of several babies at St. Anthony’s, who when they failed to thrive, have been temporarily “adopted” by one of the caregivers who then carries that baby everywhere and sleeps with him or her.
Little Raymond needs our help, now more than ever. On March 3, the administrator of St. Anthony Children’s Village, sent us the following distressing news regarding the lack of government funding, which could have a lasting impact on Raymond’s care:
Funding is becoming more and more difficult to come by. AIDS is now treated like other infections. It is said, that we have resurrected from a death culture because of the treatment now available. Most charities are at Crossroads right now because we are not sure when funds will become available due to the missing funds in Zambia’s Ministry of Health. We just have to trust in God that things will be sorted out and that donors will recognize the continuing need.
Thank you so much for all your hard work and your determination to help people in need. May God bless you for it.
With love and gratitude from all of us at the Village,
Sr. Philomena O.P.