Pope Francis Children’s Home & School
Mercy to the Poor
One Home Saving Many Lives
Ghana, West Africa
I can only imagine how Rose felt as she was approached by three strangers. During a day when Sister Justine and I made home visits in remote villages, Rose was at our second stop. She was led by Sister Justine, one of the several nuns who take care of the children afflicted with HIV. Sister was visiting the children who do not have the support or the money to make the journey to receive treatment at the 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 for HIV at the local hospital perished from 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. This refuge 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–one out of every ten children. Pope Francis Home and School will be one of the first children’s homes and schools to provide for children afflicted with HIV.
As I kneeled down to speak with Rose, I was taken aback by how small she was. While her file stated that she was six years old, she looked more like a three or four-year old. Stunted growth is very common among children in the Volta Region where malnutrition is widespread. Rose’s story as told by Sister Justine is a common one. Her father had passed from AIDS; her mother was too sick to care for her. Consequently, she dropped Rose off at a distant relative’s home where ten other children lived.
Like Rose, they were suffering from malnutrition; some were sick that very day.
When I picked up Rose just to hold her, I noticed how hot her head was; it was obvious that she had an elevated temperature. I thought she was about to burst into tears, but she was actually trying to catch her breath; she never did cry. Sister Justine examined her and determined that Rose needed immediate medical attention. When Sister Justine inquired of the auntie about Rose’s health, her auntie
was aware that Rose was ill but she lacked the money to take her to the hospital. Together we immediately transported Rose to the hospital where she was diagnosed with pneumonia as well as anemia. Upon receiving a blood transfusion, Rose was admitted to the children’s ward where she stayed five 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. Being built in collaboration with Diocese Ho, PFHS 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 nurturing focus for up to 100 children. The school will provide a superior education, not only for the children living there but also for any of the village students who cannot afford attendance at a government school. The campus will include a school for grades K-9, both a boys’ and a girls’ dormitory, an activity building, a kitchen, a summer hut, an infirmary, St. Francis Chapel, and housing for the staff of Sisters and volunteers.
Now is the time for change in Ghana. Pope Francis Home and School will welcome any and all vulnerable children.
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.
HIV Children on Waiting-list for PFHS
In Ghana, the Catholic Church has a long history of providing compassionate care. PFCHS will carry on that tradition.