Friday, November 28, 2008

Whole-hearted, Free Service to the Poorest of the Poor!!!

On Friday, October 17, 2008, the LTAS Hosts visited the Missionaries of Charity home located on Tubman Boulevard. The show hosts (Mahmud, Janice, Bookman, Kula), led by their Coordinator Mrs. Lydia Nimley, also made a donation of two cartons of soap and a gallon of Dettol to the home.
Sister Rinette, the Administrator at the home welcomed the gesture, and thanked the Let’s Talk About Sex crew for their thoughtfulness. She chatted with the Hosts and the Coordinator for about an hour, discussing the issue of HIV/AIDS among Liberian youths, and some of the negative behaviors. She asserted that the breakdown of the family value systems in the country is one of the major contributors to the high rate of HIV prevalence as well as teenage pregnancy.Afterwards, the hosts and the coordinator were led on a guided tour of the children ward. Most of the children in the ward are orphaned by AIDS, and a few others suffer emaciation. But despite their infirmities, the children are so sanguine, that ne cannot help but love them. As they danced, sang, and played with the LTAS Hosts, one could clearly reason that being HIV positive is not a death sentence!

The Missionaries of Charity is a non-for-profit charity organization run by catholic nuns. It was founded by the venerable nun Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The Organization operates in over 150 countries around the world, with 100 houses in Africa. In Liberia, it operates a home for HIV/AIDS patients, as well as those suffering from all sorts of sicknesses. Every Saturday, the home feeds up to 950 inmates at the Monrovia Central Prison. It also feeds 350 elderly people every Tuesday, and feed hundreds of children and on a daily basis. Although nuns globally vow to chastity, poverty, and obedience; the Missionaries of Charity has added the clause “whole hearted, free service to the poorest of the poor.”

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