The government introduced the isolation and administered the closure of all offices, premises, and “businesses” on March 23. The rainy season and heavy rainfall do not help in isolation. Below we include Sr. Alina’s report after a few weeks of this situation, especially for our Donors and the Adoptive Parents.
Welcome and best regards from Yaounde! Today is exceptionally sunny, although we have a rainy season now.
Thank you very much for the news, help, and for remembering us despite the challenging situation.
We trust that the viral situation will calm down in Europe, hoping and praying for it. Much strength and health. Let the whole heaven watch over You… We are still both on the mission, so I am not alone. The borders are closed, and the April tickets are canceled. Our missionary sister was due to go on vacation on April 26. Unfortunately, there was no such possibility. Many missionaries were due to start a holiday in April or May… However, we are waiting for the news and opening the borders.
When it comes to Cameroon, we still today don’t know about the disease state. Although they reported 860 infected and 17 dead during the last week, no one truly knows the real state… The situation is beyond doubt a challenging one, especially for health service because it lacks everything. Hospitals do not have running water, tests, masks, gloves, etc. There is one respirator in a hospital…
The schools have been closed for months, kindergartens, universities, and the borders… They couldn’t close down the towns and the trade because most people live from hand to mouth. For them, it would be death by starvation… There are various traffic restrictions on the number of persons in taxis, buses. The limits are also in offices… From Monday, wearing masks is mandatory. However, respecting this leaves much to be desired.
The churches were also closed until Palm Sunday. However, a faithful group from our parish celebrated the Way of the Cross outside, every morning at 5:20. During Paschal Triduum, they changed the decision and allowed 50 faithful in a church at a time, while keeping the proper distance. As the parish has large rooms and a few priests were present during Easter, the Holy Masses were held in every place and lasted one hour. It is known that during a celebration, a Holy Mass lasts three hours here, sometimes even longer… We experienced a beautiful Easter despite the difficulties. Many children and young appeared, and we could greet them and wish them well from a distance.
For us, Lent’s time is the busiest – preparing children for the sacraments, young and adults taking part in the retreat, etc. … This year, there was a lovely bunch of our children among a group of 200 people who were to receive the sacrament of baptism and communion. The baptism and communion for catechumens on the Paschal Vigil and First Communion on Easter for baptized. It was nice to see their enjoyment and commitment…
They passed the exam very well and were able to receive the sacraments. Unfortunately, they couldn’t be given due to the viral situation. We are all waiting when it will be possible to receive them.
It is very similar when it comes to treatment. In the case of malaria, a parent usually neglects a child during the disease or gives only one dose of therapy, so the illness develops. Lately, our
Armand was in bad condition, he didn’t eat and wasn’t able to walk… and only then his mother came for help. If he hadn’t had the treatment, he would have died. He showed up this week, he’s getting back to strength … strong boy …
Another challenging situation is in Frederik’s, William’s, and Pierro’s family. Their mother is sick, so she must avoid any contacts and not catch the virus. It turned out that there was only one mattress at home where the mother and his youngest child slept on. The rest boys slept on cardboard boxes. So they received help for buying two additional mattresses. They regularly get five kg of rice, so that the children have something to eat. Before Easter, we received three packages prepared by the elementary school in Raciborsko. Thank you very much!!! Thanks to these three packages and other ones coming from Foundation, other schools, and private Donors, many students received clothes, shoes, etc. For these families, it is a huge help!
It is impossible to describe everything… we can not complain, God gives us the grace of life and help, thanks to which we can aid here.
Dearest, we thank you all, your Charges also, we pray for you in this difficult time … and thank you for remembering us despite all your efforts!
We trust Jesus Christ to get us out of this challenging situation and helps us to stop spreading the virus. Let the joy of the Resurrection remain in us, Best Regards!!! Hugs to everyone, strength, and health… we join the prayer. Sr. Alina.