One of the first things we learned about the Pervaiz family was how seriously they take the Faith. Despite their unbelievably difficult circumstances, they do everything in their power to frequent the sacraments as a family.
Over 400 mothers and children pass through St. Francis Emmaus Center every year. They arrive at the hostel with the guarantee of safety, compassion, nutritious meals, and the best healthcare in the region.
There are many difficulties that come along with running a school and helping the needy, but there are always additional struggles that no one can predict. Earlier this month, heavy flooding hit Trivandrum (the capital of Kerala, a southern Indian state) and forced the school at GPLSI to close.
St. Bryce Missions care for and encourage mothers from all walks of life. They don’t believe that these women ‘just shouldn’t have children’ because they may need help along the way; instead, they provide assistance for these families wherever they need it, and celebrate every single child as a gift from God.
School starts up again at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary on September 8th, but it isn’t the hustle and bustle usually associated with ‘back to school’ days. The first week or so consists of Recollection, silence, conferences, a five-day retreat for the first year students, and Manualia (manual labor) for the older seminarians. It’s only after all of these things are completed that classes may begin.
St. Francis Emmaus Center’s 20-bed facility has remained full during the last few weeks as mothers have arrived day by day with the hopes of delivering their babies in safety. Many of them make dangerous, days-long treks through the jungle, over mountains, and across rivers to get to their destination.
For most of the mothers the travel itself is a huge risk, but the high infant mortality rates and lack of access to medical care make it worth it. Once they arrive, they are welcome to stay as long as is necessary before making the same precarious journey back home with their new baby, sometimes even with additional children they were forced to bring with them.
Donations have dropped so significantly in recent months that we were only able to send $150 to the Pervaiz family on our last transfer as opposed to the usual $200. In past months we’ve been able to continue sending more than we’ve received from outside donations due to the generosity of private donors, but the deficit can’t continue forever.
With Flower of Charity you can rest assured that you know exactly where your donation is going- toward a true and desperate need. Every contribution helps us to continue providing this refugee family with food and shelter. Without your charity, they face complete destitution and deportation back to Pakistan, their homeland devastated by poverty and Muslim persecution.