“I can see that she was unable to wake up, not able to sit, not able to walk and even I have to feed her.” Mother of nine, Petrolina heard of the Clinic through her father who was working to build it. From then, she began visiting the Sisters when her children had a cough, fever or diarrhea – symptoms that were fairly manageable. But when her daughter Vitoria was 12, she noticed something was not right. Her daughter’s condition deteriorating, Petrolina made the journey to the clinic by foot. It was there that she met with Sr Carolina and Vitoria was diagnosed with tuberculosis – an infectious disease that without treatment could have been fatal. Thanks to Petrolina’s trust in the Sisters, possible only because of their ongoing presence within the community, she was able to access the required treatment for her daughter.