One of the many visible signs of donations from the “Friends” in the UK has been St. Martha’s House, the first dedicated Day Care Centre for elderly ladies in Bethlehem. It is now well established as the regular meeting lace twice a week for 35 elderly ladies to enjoy friendship and a healthy lunch.
Much of the original development and the ongoing running costs are provided by the FHL, with a significant contribution from the Catenian Pilgrimage Group. It is part of a “care and repair” initiative led by Mrs. Laila Asfoura and supported by a group of Palestinian women in Bethlehem.
The centre focuses on providing for the elderly, through basic health care, hairdressing, pedicure, healthy meals, exercise classes, recreational trips, amusement activities and workshops. The elderly in the Christian Community in the Holy Land are facing particular difficulties as they are losing their traditional family support due to the emigration of their sons and daughters. With no social security and no home-care medical support, the suffering of the elderly is acute.
The immediate need is to obtain a vehicle to enable the elderly to be collected from their homes and transported to St. Martha’s House. Why not make a donation to ensure this can be purchased in the near future?