Pope Francis Children’s Home & School
Mercy to the Poor

Taking Mercy to One Child at a Time

Ghana, West Africa

I can only imagine how confused Rose was as 3 strangers approached her. During a day of home visits in remote villages, Rose was at our second stop. Rose was led by Sr. Justine one of the several nuns that take care of children who are afflicted with HIV. Sister was visiting those children who do not have the  support or money to make the journey to receive treatment at Margaret Marquart Catholic Hospital, in Kpando, Volta Region, Ghana.
 The tragic irony is that in the last year over 10% of the children who had the opportunity to receive treatment at the local hospital for HIV perished of starvation. In Ghana, the HIV medicines are free and if taken with proper nutrition the children can live long normal lives. Sadly because of poverty many are never given that chance. Pope Francis Home and School is the refuge for these children and can happen because of you.

YOUR DONATION BEGINS A LIFELINE TO A SAFE HAVEN AND A CHILDHOOD, SOMETHING MOST OF THESE CHILDREN NEVER DREAMED OF OR GET THE CHANCE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFT TO BUILD THEIR FUTURE.

Sadly in Ghana there are over 1.1 million orphans. 1 out of every 10 children. Pope Francis Home and School will be one of  the first children’s home and school to specialize in children afflicted with HIV.

As I kneeled down to speak with Rose I was taken back by how small she was. Her file stated she was 6 years old but she looked more like a 3 or 4-year-old. Stunted growth is very common among children in the Volta Region where malnourishment is widespread. Roses story as told by Sr. Justine is a common one. Her father has passed of AIDS. Her mother was too sick to care for Rose had dropped her off at a distance relative’s home and never returned for her. Her Auntie whose home we visited was already home to 10 other children, all of whom were suffering from malnourishment, and many of them were sick that day.

I picked Rose up to hold her and I noticed how hot her head was. She had an obvious high fever. As I was holding her I thought she was about to burst into tears. She was trying to catch her breath. She never did cry. She was having difficulty breathing. During our visit, Sr. Justine examined Rose and it was determined that Rose needed immediate medical attention. Sr. Justine asked the Auntie about Rose’s condition. Her Auntie was aware that she was ill, but lacked the money to take her to the hospital. We transported Rose to the hospital that day. Upon examination, it was determined Rose had pneumonia and was anemic (she received a blood transfusion). Rose was admitted to the children’s ward where she stayed 5 days.

YOUR DONATION WILL PROVIDE RELIEF AND BEGIN THE TRANSFORMATION OF THEIR YOUNG LIVES.

Pope Francis Home and School believes in the dignity of all children. PFHS is being built in collaboration with the Diocese of Ho. It will be operated by the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church. A 12-acre site has been purchased in the village of Avenui. The home will have a Christ-centered nurturing focus for up to 100 children. The school will provide a superior education for the children as well as for those children in the village who cannot afford to attend a government school. The campus will include a school k-9, a boy’s dormitory, a girl’s dormitory, activity building, kitchen, summer hut, infirmary, St. Francis Chapel, housing for the staff of Sisters, volunteers.

Now is the time for change in Ghana. PFHS will welcome any and all vulnerable children.

Michael Barry
Founder

OUR EMPHASIS WILL BE ON THE TOTAL WELL-BEING OF THE CHILD: EDUCATIONAL, SPIRITUAL, NUTRITIONAL, MEDICAL/DENTAL, PSYCHOSOCIAL, LEADERSHIP, AND SELF-SUSTAINABILITY.

Rose is one of many children who obtained HIV at birth through no fault of their own. But due to the loss of one or both parents these children are extremely vulnerable and are dying by the minute. Please Pray for Rose and all the other children waiting on their new home.

Today is the day you can become a part of something so important. You are not only changing children’s lives by making a donation but giving them a future. Thank you for joining us and taking action today, it’s easy just follow the donate button and Become a volunteer.

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