Bangladesh - A foundation for the sick is needed

17 August 2016

(ANS - Lokhikul) - Bangladesh is a place full of contrasts and paradoxes. In summer the temperature can reach 45 ° C, in winter it drops to 5 ° C. It is a very poor country, but with stark contrasts in wealth. The rich enjoy their privileges, while the rest of the population live in houses made of mud, in villages without electricity. The Salesians have been present in the country for six years. They have two missionary works: at Utrail and at Lokhikul, and also a centre at Joypurhat. There are five missionaries in the two works, four from India and one from Poland.

Lokhikul belongs to the diocese of Rajshahi, in Naongaon district, in the North-Eastern part of the country, about 70 km from the river Ganges. Poverty in the region is visible and affects many families. Some of the parishioners live in the poorest neighbourhoods. Malnutrition, lack of hygiene, disease and the lack of doctors give rise to many problems. Certainly the people who do not have sufficient resources to buy food do not have the money to buy drugs when they are needed. Consequently, many patients seek help and support from the missionaries.

In the Salesian mission in Lokhikul there is a medical centre, where patients receive first aid. However, many of them are in need of professional treatment. The Salesians who run the medical centre send patients to hospital in Rajshahi when necessary, but often patients refuse to go there, because they do not have the necessary economic resources.

Noting the situation of the population and the inability of many to recover, the Salesians have decided to open a Parochial Foundation to support the sick. This foundation needs support to meet the costs of hospital treatment and the purchase of drugs.

"A Church without charity does not exist, we must help the poor, the human person is in danger," said Pope Francis. We need help to realize the dream of a Foundation for the sick.

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