Angel Guardian Home - Nigeria
Angel Guardian Home began in 2006 to help the abandoned and unwanted street children in Mgbele. Most children that are found on the streets have families, but they are too poor to care for their children. Many families, with support and counseling, are reunited with their children. The Sisters continue to support these families through spiritual guidance, assisting parents with job skills and continuing education for the children.
When the Sisters found Orluebube, she was malnourished, neglected and unwanted at the age of 3 years old. Her father had left the village and her mother had died. Her aunt believed that Orluebube's mother had died of AIDS and therefore she did not want to accept her into their family. She was made to sleep under a tree in the family's yard, even during the rainy season. The Sisters brought her to the Angel Guardian Home where she was fed, clothed and most importantly, loved. Today, Orluebube is a normally developed little girl, loves school and is very happy.
The Caring Place - Kenya
Sister Germaine Hustedde, PHJC, has always been passionate about children. When she began working in Kenya, she immediately saw a need to give the young "street boys" a better life. "These kids needed so much love and so much training and so much everything".
Sister Germaine tells this story, "I met a bunch of kids, boys primarily, digging through the rubbish with sticks or metal poles or anything they could find. These kids were dirty and emaciated. One day I came upon a kid with a big cabbage leaf and he looked at it like it was a piece of silver. Kids came flocking. He stood there and tore up that cabbage leaf into about 25 pieces. Every kid got a bite. We became friends. One day when I came along, a bunch of them came up to me and in their very best English, they said 'Sister, we want to go to school!' And I thought, what am I going to do with these street kids? I promised them I would do something about it."
She started the Caring Place in 2007 opening the orphanage in a small abandoned slaughter house. She raised enough money to build a larger facility and in 2011 opened St. Joseph Home, aka "Caring Place", with rooms to house up to 75 boys. These children, having no place to live, no one to teach them, no one to show them simple skills, now call the Caring Place home.
St. Anne Mission Hospital - Kenya
St. Anne Mission Hospital, in Igoji Kenya, has been a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ since 2009. The hospital has experienced a lot of growth over the past six years. St. Anne's now provides dental services, a birthing center, outpatient services and a small surgical center. Recently, the hospital delivered their first set of triplets. The nurses from the mobile clinic visit the babies once a week to monitor their development.
Looking Towards the Future
Today, we are asking for your support and to partner with us in sustaining these ministries. Your gift will help children at Angel Guardian Home, like Orluebube, receive the education, medical care and love they need to survive. Your gift will help to ensure the boys at the Caring Place will have a place to live, opportunities to study and to learn job skills so that they have a brighter future. Your gift will help St. Anne Mission Hospital continue treating those who cannot afford to have the necessary medical care.
For over 160 years, it has been the mission of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ to serve the sick, the poor and the homeless. We rely on partners like you to help us continue our mission. Your gift can have such an impact on the people we serve. If you are able, please give today.