Christmas is a special time to remember the Santo Niño (Holy Child) Clinic.
As you know, we’re building a charity clinic in the compound of the Missionaries of the Poor in the largest slum district in Cebu, Philippines. Lucie and I decided to build it there because of our experience with the Missionaries in Jamaica and Haiti and because of the extreme poverty and health deprivation we saw during past medical missions.
The project is almost complete, except for the roof, walls, septic tank, electrical installations, plumbing, etc. Through MedShare, we shipped a 40-foot container from Atlanta yesterday, packed with $150,000 worth of supplies, equipment, and medicines — for the clinic and for typhoon victims as well. Dr. Lucie and I plan to be in the Philippines to clear the goods through customs and help distribute them to the typhoon victims.
Currently, we need to raise at least $80,000-100,000 during the next 3 months to complete the construction in time for an April 2014 opening, when the medical interns and nurses from the city’s medical and nursing school can start regular rotations to staff the clinic. Raising money for the project is tough because of the recent disasters in the Philippines.
Therefore, Lucie and I humbly ask for your prayers so this project will be completed and serve the poorest of the poor in the Philippines.
If you have any ideas for pushing this project through, we welcome your suggestions, as always.
Drs. Edgar and Lucie Gamboa