Guanelliani missionaries bring relief to victims of Typhoon Haiyan
A note by the Curia of Guanellani reported that an extraordinary collection was launched by the Curia and the Association of Solidarity and International Cooperation Guanellian (ASCI).
The missionaries of Opera Don Guanella (Guanelliani) are engaged in assisting victims of Typhoon Haiyan that devastated the province of Leyte of central Philippines.
"The level of sea water had risen up to 15 meters and wiped out whole cities, not just homes", said the Superior of the Guanelliana community of Manila, Father Charlton Viray Ocampo.
"Solid structures such as large churches, hotels, schools and even Tacloban airport have been destroyed. The province of Leyte is still without electricity. Our confreres and children with disabilities welcomed in a Guanellian Centre in Samar, less severely affected, are all fine. We will share the aid we receive with Caritas Manila and some religious congregations, present in the disaster area", he said.
"We are all challenged by this wave of destruction to enlarge the hearts and build bridges of solidarity, as Pope Francis encourages us to do," said the Vicar General, Father Umberto Brugnoni.
A note by the Curia of Guanellani reported that an extraordinary collection was launched by the Curia and the Association of Solidarity and International Cooperation Guanellian (ASCI). The initiative can be seen at www.guanellianmultimedia.org and re-launched on social networks such as "Facebook" (Opera Don Guanella News) and "Twitter" (OperadonGuanell).
The Guanelliani have been present in the Philippines since 1989. Their Mother House, "Servants of Charity House", is located in the slums of "Tandang Sora", in Manila. The structures of the missionaries of the Opera are serving the poor and marginalized, and especially the disabled. They provide educational assistance, medical care, rehabilitation, nutritional support, social care and education to Christian values.
The missionaries are engaged in the catechetical preparation and care of the disabled in many public schools, offering moments of play and prayer, taking care of the relationship with the families.
Source: Agenzia Fides