‘Upholding Fullness of Life on Earth’ in Railaco sounds grand at first. But it’s anything but. This is one pillar in the Apostolic priorities of our sister parish in Railaco. Elaborating on tis, the parish priest, Fr EJ Gerilla SJ, tells us that ‘Some poverty in parts of the parish is beyond imagination’. Feeding children and providing a mobile medical clinic is part of the parish response to this. Education at the parish secondary school NOSSEF raises the bar to get rural kids a real chance in life, both academically and formed to be ‘men and women for others’.
Fr Bong is still negotiating impossible roads to take the mobile medical clinic to communities without medical services from the government. At a far distant village, we parked under a tree, and Fr Bong consulted with 80 mothers and babies in an old tin shed, also used as a church. Across the way, the government clinic stands shuttered—no medicines for the people! Our continuing support is crucial.
Mobile medical clinic is a healthcare program run by Jesuit mission in Timor-Leste. It covers eleven areas in the districts of Ermera and Liquica. It's primarily managed by Filipino Jesuit Father Antonio Martins Abad-Santos. Every year it offers medical care to more than 5000 people.
Sister Rita writes of wonderful assistance from visiting volunteers to assist in the Mobile Medical Clinic that we at St Canice's sponsor. In addition, there's so much happening in pastoral activities and in the Secondary School that we helped build. Please click here to read this uplifting report. Front page of Sister Rita's Letter