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


venerdì 2 ottobre 2015

Safe journey to Poland

Today Katarzyna and Jacub have left Chaaria to go back home in Poland.
They have been with us for the last 2 months and they have been a very positive presence for our hospital and our mission in general.
What I can say of them is that they are very committed, hard working and full of love for the patients.
They are also very strong Christians and I have been impressed by their faith, their prayer life and their upright life style.
Katarzina and Jacub are not yet doctors: they are students at the 5th year of Medical School in Warsaw.
Nevertheless they have been very useful for our hospital: they were taking good care of our patients; they were collaborating actively to the ward round together with Dr Khadija and our clinical officers.
Many times they have been helping our nurses in taking good care of our patients.
I have appreciated very much their job of recording the results of the blood tests requested in the files of the patients, while checking if some was very abnormal and in need of immediate medical attention.
I cannot deny the fact that I was very happy to see them with the patients for so many hours, every day: I hope Chaaria has shown to them the beauty of total dedication to the sick.


I appreciate the fact that on Saturday, and sometimes also on Sunday, they were able to do a ward round without support or supervision, while asking me or the clinical officer any time they encountered a problem too big for the knowledge of a student.
Of course now life in Poland will occupy their minds completely, but we hope that, in a small corner of their mind, Chaaria will not fade away and will remain as a very special time in their lives.
It is actually extremely rare for a Polish volunteer to come back again to Chaaria for a second time: so far, only Krystina did it, while in November we expect Ela to come again for the second time in a year.
Majority of the volunteers from Poland stay in Chaaria for long periods; they do generally very well and we are very happy of them...but, after that, when they go back to their Country, they disappear completely.
Maybe it is normal: there are studies to finish, specializations to achieve; later people get married; then children come... and a second experience in Chaaria becomes problematic and maybe impossible.
But I hope, one day or another, Katarzyna and Jacub may come back again to help us, of course with a richer background of professional experience.
Best wishes to them for any future endeavor.

Bro Beppe


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