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Fr Pius

About my Mission in Setsoto from Fr Pius

Last modified on 2011-07-29 10:17:32 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Gethsemane health Care Center – December 2008

I’ve been asking Fr Pius to share with us some information about his health centre in South Africa & he sent me this record of what his office is involved with:-

Introduction

Gethsemane Health Care Center, is a Non Profit Organization, and provides services to patients from Ficksburg, Setsoto municipality, Thabo Mofutsanyane district, in the Free State Province. Ficksburg is a small town in the border of Lesotho with a population of 34 219 inhabitants as reported in 2001 census SA. The recent number reported by the local IEC (2004) registration office is 54 110 residents. The HIV/AIDS problem is intensified by the proximity of Ficksburg residential area to Lesotho border post. Many people cross over from Lesotho into South Africa through Ficksburg. Migrant labourers leave their homes to work in the mines and stay in males only hostels as contract workers. These people are often engaged in casual sex in unstable relationships with different partners leading to infection with the virus and transmitting this to the unsuspecting spouses back at home. A large number of people living in Meqheleng is comprised of low socio economic group of people with high unemployment rate or low income and often are engaged in indiscriminate sex for monetary favours.

The problem that is growing further is the number of children orphaned due to high death rates HIV/AIDS pandemic.

History

In 1998 a youth group known as CRA Catholic Response to Aids volunteered to conduct aids awareness talks in the parishes situated in the Diocese of Bethlehem their work was supported by funding received from Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC). Bishop Hubert Bucher liaised and encouraged the idea. Towards the end of 2000 a house now known as Gethsemane Health Care Center was donated to the project by the Catholic Church. The project was officially opened in October 2001. The project operates under the auspices of Catholic Community Service (CCS).

About the project

The project focuses on giving care and support to HIV/AIDS patients and other patients that are terminally ill. GHCC hospice serves as a step down facility for hospitals in Thabo Mofutsanyane district. The project operates through four services comprised of 1]a twelve bedded Hospice, 2]Day Care Center, 3]Home Based Care, and 4]Orphans and Vulnerable children program.

Through the help of funds received from 1] Catholic Relieve Services, (CRS), 2] Department of Social Development (DSD), 3] Department of Health (DOH), 4] Care Letsema, 4] SACBC and 5] Sisters of Atonement the project has employed a Coordinator, a Professional Nurse, two Enrolled nurses, and two Enrolled assistant nurses and sixteen qualified Care Givers receiving stipends and fourteen qualified volunteers without stipends a kitchen helper and a handyman. The project has a governing body composed of the Chairperson, the Treasurer, the Secretary and four members. The audit office of Marias and Growther is the projects appointed auditors. In June 2006 GHCC received its NPO certificate.

Impact of project to date

From 2001 to 2005 323 had been admitted to GHCC 244 of those admitted were able to die in a dignified manner.

In 2006 the trend of the GHCC project service followed a pattern below.

Month

Hospice

HBC

Day Care

OVC

Jan

B/F 5+17 Admissions 9 Deaths

56

8

60

Feb

B/F 4+8 Admissions 6 Deaths

110

8

75

March

B/F 5+13 Admissions 10 Deaths

81

8

75

April

B/F 6+6 Admissions 5 Deaths

91

10

40

May

B/F 6+10 Admissions 11 Deaths

63

8

100

June

B/F 0+14 Admissions 6 Deaths

51

11

150

Month

Hospice

HBC

Day Care

OVC

July

B/F 3+8 Adm. 3 Deaths 1 Disch.

36

8

150

August

B/F 4+8 Adm. 8 Deaths 0 Disch.

36

8

150

September

B/F 3+4 Adm. 2 Deaths 1 Disch.

39

12

150

October

B/F 3+7 Adm. 9 Deaths 3 Disch

39

12

150

November

B/F 6+9 Adm. 5 Deaths 3 Disch.

36

11

150

December

B/F 5+5 Adm 5 Deaths 2 Disch.

16

11

150

114

654

115

150

The alarming increase in the number of children left without parents is a problem that needs a society’s focus. These children’s physical, intellectual and psychosocial, development is threatened. The number of children registered as project beneficiaries overwhelms our ability to maintain consistency.

God Bless…

Fr Pius

Hello from Bloemfontein..

Last modified on 2008-11-26 20:02:45 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

I got your mail this evening about William Toe (In Liberia) and decided to respond immediately.

It was nice hearing from you and the good work that you doing with the HelpaChild programme thanks for including us in that line about our orphanage.

I highly appreciate your support for me, by next week the schools will closing for the end of the year, hope to send some write up to you and some pictures.

Send my greetings to the parishioners of St Augustines, St James & St Edmund Campion, and your family.

Regards,

Fr Pius

Update from Fr Pius, South Africa

Last modified on 2008-11-08 09:13:22 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Dear friends,

I arrived Home safely

Having had so few funerals in England, when we have 9/10 per week here, one of my first duties on returning was to hold a burial service.

I have used some of the money I was given spending £150 to have the internet connected to the home.

I hope to keep in contact with many of the new friends in High Wycombe & contribute to Helpachilds Blogg in the hope that explaining what life is like here, with the aids hospice & orphanage, that Helpachild might feel moved to contribute a little to our cause.

Thankyou so much to everyone who welcomed me in High Wycombe, you are in my prayers.

Fr Pius

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Comments

Comment from Clive Bird
Time December 13, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Whats Fr pius up to with those aids patients please.

Comment from Bro. Godfrey Nemah
Time February 9, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Fr. Pius, thanks for actively participating in the healing ministry of Christ. Be assured of my continuous prayers so that God who started that good work in you will sustain it to the end.

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