S.O.S. – New X-ray Equipment urgently needed for Peramiho Hospital
Upon his return from a recent visit to Peramiho, Tanzania, Bro. Ansgar gave me the latest update on the hospital and made an urgent plea for help to replace an x-ray machine. Prior to accepting the assignment as Mission Procurator of the Congregation, Bro. Ansgar held the position as Doctor-in-charge of Peramiho Hospital. His report reads:
Due to water shortage for the hydro-electric power plant, the sky-high cost of imported diesel to supplement electricity at peak hours, and the great demand for electricity for the monastery, hospital, schools and other institutions of Peramiho Abbey in Tanzania and the surrounding villages calls for serious consideration to look for solutions!
What are the alternatives? As in years past, prior to the month of November commemorating all deceased loved ones who have left an impact on our personal life, we have mailed a letter to our friends and supporters seeking help for the project we deem to be the right approach and solution to the situation at hand.
During this time of the year we receive greetings from our missionaries around the world. They tell us of their joys in ministry but also of the challenges they encountered in recent months. Much could be accomplished in 2012 with the help of loyal friends and supporters.
The various appeals of 2012 have generated funds to get projects started, however, to guarantee the continuation of our outreach and support is challenging. All donations this Christmas will be assigned to a mission at our discretion.
However, if you wish to support a specific program I invite you to explore under the headings “general donations” or “all appeals” and see how you can help this Christmas. Select a program or project you wish to support. God will bless and reward you for helping this Christmas. You help us bring Christ’s light and peace to all the nations!
St. Benedict, the Father of Western Monasticism, encourages the monks to read during the Lenten Season a book by a spiritual writer – given by the Superior – from the beginning to the end and to meditate on the message as part of the exercises leading towards the celebration of Holy Easter.
As monks we are committed to be faithful stewards of the funds we receive in support of our ministries and projects. 100% of every donation for a specific purpose (appeal) is assigned accordingly. No donated money is used to pay consultants, advertising, salaries, administrative expenses or postage. We monks do not receive a salary. All expenses are covered in full by the resources of the monastery and not withdrawn from any donations received.
It is our policy that each donation is acknowledged with a personal message. In addition, a Thank You letter is sent from the mission benefitting from the appeal donation.