In late 2011, ChildAid were delighted to confirm its support for the work of the Sisters of St Elisabeth Convent just outside Minsk, Belarus.
The Convent takes its name from the Holy Martyr Grand Duchess Elisabeth and was founded in 1999.
The aim of the Sisters is to provide spiritual and social help for the sick and the suffering and they carry our their ministry in many places including the National Psychiatric Hospital, a tuberculosis centre, and a drug/alcohol rehabilitation programme.
ChildAid's support is concentrated on their work in a nearby orphanage for children and young people with severe disabilities. Nearly 200, mostly orphans, live here and suffer from a range of difficulties including Down's syndrome, birth traumas, congenital physical disorders and accompanying internal illnesses.
Some of these children are bedridden and their life expectancy is short. The Sisters bring some comfort knowing that the children's pure souls will be with God eternally where there is no more sickness, grief or sorrow.
In conjunction with the orphanage staff and the Sisters, and thanks to generous gifts from ChildAid's supporters, new facilities have been installed in the well-maintained grounds of the orphanage with the provision of new playground equipment for the children.
ChildAid will seek to provide further one-off gifts of need as and when required by the Sisters - for example, we have recently provided a number of wheelchairs which have been difficult and expensive to obtain within the country.
The ministry of Mary and Martha. The Sisters combine Mary's ministry of the word of God with prayer and consolation, with the way of Martha by serving God through helping the sick and the helpless.
As well as their prayers and bedside care, the Sisters organise a range of activities to stimulate and entertain the children, including creative crafts, horse therapy, theatrical plays and trips out to the botanic gardens, zoo, countryside and theatre.
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