Just four simple words are comforting the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, as they face the devastating impacts of the global COVID-19 crisis.
#WeAreStillHere is the message of an awareness and fundraising campaign launched in the last weeks across social media by Missio Malta, quickly becoming an international rallying cry for Catholic missionaries around the world. “In times of hardship, it’s important that we stick together. COVID-19 is having a significant impact on our mission partners and the Church, and it’s vital that we help support the work of mission to the most vulnerable in this time,” says Missio Malta Communications and Fundraising Head, Robert Farrugia.
“Just four words – we are still here – constitute a simple message with great impact. It’s saying that those most in need are still being given the best practical and pastoral support during the current global emergency.”
The #WeAreStillHere campaign aims to raise awareness of Missio Malta projects both globally and locally. The organisation is also running an appeal for funds to ensure the critical work for children, communities and future church leaders can continue functioning.
Rev. Raymond Portelli, a Gozitan missionary doctor, serves in the Parish of San Martin de Porres in Iquitos, Peru where they were also affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is worth mentioning that this poor city is cut off from the rest of the country and here you will find neither pharmacies and clinics nor doctors.
“Many volunteers came together and from the parish kitchen started preparing and distributing 200 meals a day to the vulnerable. Parishioners were encouraged to remember their neighbours and see that as many people as possible did not lack anything or suffer moments of hunger. The situation is one of sorrow, so much so that by the beginning of May between 40 and 50 people were dying every day due to the pandemic. Poverty did not help and the lockdown did not work, because the hungry, who are many, still left their homes to find food. HERE IT ARRIVED TOO, BUT I BELIEVE WE WILL OVERCOME IT,” described the situation Rev. Ray Portelli.
Missio Malta National Director Mgr. Valent Borg,says missionaries like Rev. Raymond around the world remain dedicated to serving their communities despite the COVID-19 impact. Missio Malta will remain in service to those in need around the world.
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“They are there, supporting with solidarity and compassion, saying we are still here, doing our best to keep vital, life-changing projects running despite COVID-19 restrictions.”
For this purpose the HopeMissiofest Marathon will be held on Saturday 4th July 2020 on local television stations between noon and midnight.
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