India COVID-19 Appeal
The Church in India urgently needs your support today to help provide immediate assistance to vulnerable communities devasted by the second wave of COVID-19. With over 21 million recorded COVID-19 cases and over 230,000 deaths as of early May, mission hospitals are often people’s only hope, but they desperately need our help.
Having seen the desperation of people in its community, St Thomas Hospital in Chennai, run by the Franciscan Sisters of St Joseph, has opened its doors even though it lacks the additional equipment it requires, treating the most marginalised, priests and sisters, who have nowhere else to turn.
The hospital is under incredible strain, trying to meet the needs of people suffering from COVID-19, who have nowhere else to go. Fr Ambrose Pitchaimuthu, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Organizations – India, said:
“They believe that the number of infected people is three times higher than the number declared by the government. Most hospitals are closed to COVID patients; the Sisters opened their doors, even though they lacked the necessary equipment, because they could see that people were desperate. They are treating the very poor, and the Sisters and Priests who have nowhere else to go also get the care they need.”
St Thomas Hospital desperately needs your help today to create more space for beds and to help more people. Your donation will help provide funds for more beds, masks, oxygen, ventilators, and other equipment and medication that will help the Sisters care for those most in need in their time of desperation.