John Paul II Shelter was opened in February 2001 in the “Tablada Nueva” neighborhood of Asuncion, capital of Paraguay, in order to provide comprehensive care for children and adolescents with AIDS (HIV). This initiative had the support of the Archbishop of Asuncion, Monsignor Felipe Santiago Benitez, who asked to the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul to take on this work. Currently, the shelter accommodates 16 children and adolescents between 1 and 18 years old.
“Tablada Nueva” zone has a total population of 5,000 inhabitants, approximately. The Vincentian Family is very active in that area, with several special works, including medical clinics, homes, shelters and schools. The neighborhood is very poor, with many unemployed families and there is high contamination of the soil, air and water due to the existence of many factories (leather, aluminum and flour).
We ask for prayers for the work, for the assisted people and their families, as well as the donors who support this noble mission in favor of the poorest. Today, this special work has the need for professional services such as psychologist, teacher tutoring and occupational therapy (according to the capacity of children and adolescents).
In Paraguay, the Vincentian Family is growing well and fast. Vincentian branches have worked together in unity and approaching each other to develop common programs. Vincentian feasts are also performed together for many years. Beyond the Daughters of Charity who run the shelter, CM fathers and Vincentian laymen also collaborate.
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