Chaaria è un sogno da realizzare giorno per giorno.

Un luogo in cui vorrei che tutti i poveri e gli ammalati venissero accolti e curati.

Vorrei poter fare di più per questa gente, che non ha nulla e soffre per malattie facilmente curabili, se solo ci fossero i mezzi.

Vorrei smetterla di dire “vai altrove, perché non possiamo curarti”.

Anche perché andare altrove, qui, vuol dire aggiungere altra fatica, altro sudore, altro dolore, per uomini, donne e bambini che hanno già camminato per giorni interi.

E poi, andare dove?

Gli ospedali pubblici hanno poche medicine, quelli privati sono troppo costosi.

Ecco perché penso, ostinatamente, che il nostro ospedale sia un segno di speranza per questa gente. Non ci sarà tutto, ma facciamo il possibile. Anzi, l’impossibile.

Quello che mi muove, che ci muove, è la carità verso l’altro, verso tutti. Nessuno escluso.

Gesù ci ha detto di essere presenti nel più piccolo e nel più diseredato.

Questo è quello che facciamo, ogni giorno.


Fratel Beppe Gaido


domenica 1 luglio 2012

Dr. Andrew Armatys

Today it is the last day for Dr Andrew Armatys to be in Chaaria with us.
He has been working with us for the last 4 weeks and it has been a nice experience of cooperation and also of new things to learn for us.
Dr Armatys is a retired Consultant Gynaecologist and in Chaaria has found a lot of job for his specific field of specialization.
He has divided himself between outpatient and inpatient visits, labour room and operating theater.
At the end of his experience in Chaaria he has been amazed by the huge amount of job we are able to carry out here in very difficult situations. He has said that it is only through a total commitment and dedication that we can do such great things for the poor people coming to our hospital.
He has said very nice words of appreciation for me: he has called me a rare example of a species of doctors now in danger of extinction: he was commenting that nowadays we are in the time of super-specialization, to such an extent that you can find a specialist for the right hand and another for the left hand, and so on. But as for me, I am still a rare case of doctor able to do gynaecological operations together with many other types, without counting the fact that I am also anesthetist, internal medicine doctor and dentist.
I thank him very much for the moving words about me.
On my side I appreciate very much his hard work and his kindness with all the staff of the hospital me included.
I thank him also for the new ideas he has given me on the management of foetal distress, intrauterine foetal death and Caesarean section.
Doctor Andrew Armatys has celebrated in Chaaria the fiftieth anniversary of his medical career, and the volunteering in our hospital as been a kind of coronation of his successful activity as a doctor: we again wish him very many years of fruitful activity for the good of patients.
He is also the first volunteer from Malta: he is therefore a pioneer and a messenger. We hope that after him many other doctors will come to Chaaria from his beautiful country and we ask him to publicize our activities in order to spread the message of Cottolengo also in Malta.
As usual we have nothing to offer him as a reward for the job he has done for us, but we know that God will be able to pay him back much more than any human being could do.
Dear Andrew, be sure that we will pray for you and your family.

Br. Dr. Giuseppe Gaido.

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