Bethlehem and elderly people

Our aim is to assist needy families in caring for their elderly people. We do this by supporting the Antonian Charitable Society, a home for elderly women.

In Bethlehem, the cost for any medical care is fully borne by each respective family, since there is no free health care system, nor pension scheme. Unfortunately, most families are suffering from severe economic conditions due to the high rate of unemployment. As a consequence, many elderly people are abandoned by their family whenever they become an unbearable burden.

Activities

  • Receive elderly women who cannot afford full fee;
  • Support to the poor elderly soup kitchen in Bethlehem;
  • Provision of medicines, medical equipment, as well as water supply and efficient electricity systems, for the Sisters’ women Hospice;
  • Support families in critical situations by providing financial inputs for care/after care of their beloved;

The dream we want to achieve with your support

The sisters of the Antonian Society take care of those people who do not have anyone caring for the anymore.

With your help we want to complete the enlargement of existing facilities, to allow a larger number of elderly people to access both the daycare center and the women’s Hospice.

Do not forget about the elderly in Bethlehem, which is the place where Jesus was born, but also the place where people do get old and have the right to do with some dignity.

 “Taking care of some critical situations which are not given due attention, such as promoting respect for women’s dignity, especially in old age. This is also a peculiarity of the Christian presence in the Holy Land” (P. Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM, Custos of the Holy Land)

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