Your partnership with the Missionary Oblates will help serve the poor and needy in many ways. By helping others receive the basic necessities of life, we are providing opportunities for a better way of life – opportunities that will last for many generations. Here are just a few Oblate ministries which have far-reaching effects.
We understand that having a good tomorrow means having a good education – today. In our missions such as those in the Philippines, Haiti, Sri Lanka, and Brazil, establishing schools and teaching young people has been one of our first priorities. In our schools, children of all faiths, abilities, economic backgrounds, and cultures are welcome.
You can imagine a parent’s anguish when no doctor or medicine is available for a sick child. The Oblates are working to make sure parents don’t have to experience such pain. In Oruro, Bolivia, Oblates run a health clinic for residents of a rural, mountainous region. In Haiti, the Oblates minister to those with skin diseases. In Mexico and the Philippines, Oblate clinics provide medicine, like penicillin, which has become common for most of us – but can mean life or death to a poor child or elderly person.
The reality of war and violent political conflicts are all too common in many countries. Risking their own safety, Oblates serve in Congo, Angola, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines, working and living among people who have been displaced, people who are grieving for loved ones killed in the war, and people who have lost their homes and their jobs.
Too many children in this world are forced to grow up too fast. Abandoned or orphaned, left to live on the streets, these children have no one to turn to, no one to trust. The Oblates’ homes for children in countries such as Brazil, Haiti, and Sri Lanka are saving children from the danger of the streets and from the effects of a life in which they are forced to hurt themselves or others – just to eat their next meal.