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In the aftermath of constant natural disasters in Haiti --earthquake, flooding, cholera epidemics: Click How to Help? Action under way since 2010 with the "Earthquake Recovery Children Program".
ORPHAN CHILDREN AND DISASTER VICTIMS
MMP-MC focus is on orphans, poor children --boys and girls-- and victims of disaster and war. Activities started in France in 1993 with emergency relief in the Balkans, especially Bosnia-Herzegovina, and MMP-MC was fully incorporated in the US in 2000. With the tragedy of September 11, 2001, geographic focus has diversified overseas and at home. Today, needs are enormous in regions victims of armed conflicts and terror attacks. You can easily imagine the life saving needs of the children, orphans of war, often living in refugee camps or in the street, begging, skipping school, and potential preys for criminals. The increasing pattern and strength of natural calamities worldwide is also a major concern.
Bosnia and Herzegovina. This remains a key program of MMP-MC. It includes support to Mother's Village Orphanage in Bijakovici run by the Franciscans, help to poor families including medical care, and a God-parenthood program. Children of various ethnic and religious backgrounds, desperate for material and emotional support, still need healing, physically, mentally and spiritually. For further information, click Get Involved and Programs.
Southern India. The three tsunami relief and recovery projects in India that Mary Mother of Peace-Medjugorje Charity has implemented since 2005 in cooperation with the GlobalGiving Foundation in the US and our partner Jeevana Samridhi (Life in Abundance), the charity arm of Jesus Youth in Kochi, India are now completed (December 2010). Rebuilding homes and livelihoods is still needed. Action today is to help the poor, and it includes bringing children to school, medical care, a God-parenthod program in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and helping talented poor students. Improving lives and reducing poverty is a key objective of this program implemented jointly with our local partner Jeevana Samrhidi (Life in Abundance), the Charity wing of Jesus Youth India.
Afghanistan. MMP-MC financial contribution helped save the life of a few children during the terrible winter of January-February 2002, which claimed numerous lives in refugee camps. See testimony in Get Involved. This program continues today on a case by case basis with the intention of offering an education to talented and carefully screened, but materially disadvantaged students.
Our emergency program to help Afghan refugees, especially children and women both inside and outside Afghanistan was closed in 2012. The talented medical student we helped during 5 years --after careful initial screening—Raza Khan with books, full tuition at King Edward Medical University in Lahore plus emergency medical practice training fees at Mayo Hospital and an iPad to store medical practice books, graduated in May 2011 cum laude. End 2012 he married an Afghan woman refugee who graduated from same medical school in Lahore. Raza Khan was born in a refugee camp in Pakistan from an illiterate, poor Afghan farmer family who had fled Afghanistan during the soviet occupation of their country. Today, he is a dedicated and compassionate physician at the Mayo Clinic in Lahore, Pakistan.
Other areas include poverty alleviation in Mexico and Haiti and children medical assitance in Argentina (where MMP-MC through the generous donation of Frank and Colleen successfully funded a life saving spine reconstruction surgery in 2006 for a young girl, Camila, in Mendoza). MMP-MC medical and dental assistance program overseas (Bosnia, India) receives sponsorship from a network of US, European and Indian physicians, technicians and others helping arrange for surgical reconstruction, prostheses, and the shipping of medicine and dental laboratory supplies. In the future if funds and volunteers are available we could possibly engage in micro finance and rural development projects in Africa where people, especially children die by the millions from hunger, disease, unsafe water and civil strife.
Japan. On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake --the worst ever in over 100 years-- hit northeast Japan, causing deaths, fires and a 10-meter (33-ft) devastating tsunami along the country's coastline, with tragic consequences including a nuclear power plant major accident in Fukushima. Our heartfelt prayers ♥ are for the victims and their families. May God bless Japan and the courageous Japanese people, and all those who are helping them help themselves! MMP-MC is not equiped to respond efficiently to a tragedy of such cataclysmic proportion. Our action will be limited to possibly help a few orphaned children on a case by case basis through our God-parenthood program and a partnership with a local Christian mission if feasible.
As haiku/renku poet Matsuo Basho wrote, it seems that:
"In this fleeting world, no one can escape ...
Why is it that her eyes are filled with tears
Under Cherry blossoms"
Or, in his own words :
"Ukiyo no hate wa
Nane yue zo kayu susuru ni mo
No doubt that modern Japan will recover, once again. Peace, love and prayers to all those who suffer, and keep hope.
Our presence in the Washington Metropolitan Area is enabling us to develop some actions to reach out local people, within the limits and constraints of resources made available to us. There is still great need to help rebuild the lives of Hurricanes' victims in Louisiana, Mississippi and elsewhere.
We also need to especially care for our own war orphans and for disabled service people. To contribute in restoring health and well-being, MMP-MC is offering them to aid other young victims of conflict abroad or suffering families at home. The aim is to mutually rebuild lives. The program is called Little Flower. Funds and a volunteer are needed to make this program a stronger reality.
Educational and humanitarian conferences with TV video films and benefit concerts are taking place in major local High Schools that request them. Objective is to make students aware of the suffering of others and to share with them the universal values of solidarity, justice, life, peace, education, forgiveness and love, which are common to all cultures and people. Without these values true and lasting freedom is not possible. Let’s break the cycle of poverty and despair together, build solidarity, and bring peace to the world. Click Get Involved to know more.
The management team consists of a Board of seven directors, an advisory Board including VIPs, and a network of international volunteers of all ages who are children of God. Details are in Management Team.
"THE FAMILY THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER"