Compassionate and Humanitarian works
In the spirit of the Beatitudes, we are called to serve the poor and the sick in works of compassion, charity and humanitarian aid.
This sensitivity has given rise to different forms of apostolate :
Works of compassion …
- Welcoming the poor and the sick in our houses
« We also want to recognize Jesus as the Emmanuel in every man, in every little one who asks for a glass of water. That is why we will grant lodging and meals to everyone who knocks at our door, honoring especially our lords the poor for whom there is no hospitality in the hearts of men. » Book of Life, n°10
The practice of hospitality and almsgiving is an integral part of our lives. In most of our houses, a welcoming space is made available to people in difficulty. Several houses work with the town hall or social services of the city.
Our house in Saint Broladre (35) welcomes several people with either a physical or a psychologhical handicap, the poor, le little ones, those who are excluded. This life of simplicity, work and fraternity in an atmosphere of prayer is a resource to help everyone grow in maturity and self-confidence.
The Foyer Saint Vincent de Paul in Pont-Saint-Esprit (30) provides a 24/7 reception service for people with social difficulties.
- Listening, advising and helping
Some houses in France, for example in Valcluse (06) or abroad, provide a listening service, take on a presence in prisons and visit the sick…
The Camille de Lellis Fraternities, an associated reality, offer people in difficulty an inner healing process in a spirit of compassion.
- Helping children and youth in difficulty .
At the Kabinda hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, taking care of malnourished children.
In Germany, the house Saint-Rafaël takes care of children with heavy disabilities day and night.
In Viet Nam, at the Tan Thong reception centre, 90 children and adolescents are welcomed (deaf mute, physically or mentally handicapped). In Saigon and its suburbs, the Community runs two reception centres for young boys and girls who are helped in their studies.
- Helping women in distress
In Mali, in Bamako, the Community welcomes distressed young mothers, rejected by their community, during their pregnency and the time they require to acquire their autonomy. This foyer allows them to receive training on hygiene, literacy courses,craftwork for their reintegration.
In Spain, the Community is in charge of a diocesan home for single pregnant women.
- Fighting the world’s diseases
« Close to Francis of Assisi, the Community wishes to look at the diseases of the world, at all the physical, moral and psychological distress of a humanity without hope. Thus the work of alleviating misery is experienced not only as a humanitarian duty, but as a kiss of love in the name of the One who took upon himself the sufferings of men. » Book of Life, n°11
- In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Kabinda hospital was the first Community mission to Africa in 1982. In a very isolated area, far from major urban centres, this establishment deals with a population of 264,000 inhabitants spread over an area of 19,800 km². Now a General Hospital, serving as reference, it can host 225 beds divided into 6 services : male and female medicine, surgery, maternity, neonatal and pediatrics with an « intensive therapeutic nutritional unit » (UNTI) which manages cases of severe malnutrition.
- In Mbuji Mayi in the DRC, the provincial capital of two million inhabitants, the Community has also set up a major ophthalmological medical centre, the only specialized establishment in a territory of 190,000 km populated by 8 million inhabitants.This centre, which has been in existence since 2006, is currently being rebuilt and has been in reconstruction since 2013 to welcome the sick in good conditions.Each year 18,000 patients are treated, 1,600 are operated on, including more than 1,000 for cataracts. Dr Richard Hardi, a lay member of the Community, is the only specialist within a 500 km radius.
- The Community of Beatitudes also runs a clinic in Bangui, CAR.
- In Peru, next to the parish of Callao, a dental office has been set up at a reduced price for the disadvantaged population.
The NGO International Alliances
To support all its humanitarian work, the Community founded in 1986 a NGO, Alliances Internationales. Its mission is to support charitable and humanitarian projects in developing countries. These missions are carried out by the Community of the Beatitudes, or by the local associations of which it is a partner. In France, it is recognized as « Association de Soutien et de Bienfaisance » by the prefectural authorities, which allows it to receive donations, bequests and life insurances.
In 2015, Alliances Internationales created the Talitha Foundation, hosted by the Caritas-France Foundation, which is entitled to receive donations from the IFI (Real Estate Wealth Tax).
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