It has been a long time in the coming. Some 2 years ago, while still on the Missions, I started the whole process of moving the Medical Centre from the school property to be near the Nueva Prosperina Parish Church. There were disputes over land, worries about the finances needed and who was going to support it once it was built but the building work was eventually started in May. So I was rather surprised to find that not a lot of work had been done by the time I started my visit. I managed to have a visit with the Priest at the head of the housing charity that will run the Medical Centre and he suggested that we have a short Blessing Ceremony while I was in the country. That seemed to spark the workers into action and, by the time we had the Ceremony at the end of my trip, the only work needing done was the painting and work around the grounds. So the good news is that the Medical Centre will be up and running within the month. It will have a general medical room, paediatrics, gynaecology and dentistry as well as a pharmacy. Being run by the housing charity that provides the bamboo homes for so many poor people, the costs of medical treatment will be minimal so that it will be a great bonus to the poor people that live all around Nueva Prosperina.
Of course, the Medical Centre could not have been built without financial support from back home – people all over Scotland but, in particular, the ‘2 Hands’ charity from England. The people of Nueva Prosperina asked me to make sure that you all know how deeply grateful they are for your generous help.
Read the full November 2010 Newsletter here:
A4 Newsletter November 2010