Above: Sister Shanti James, a doctor at Nazareth Hospital Mokama, attends to a patient.

India and Nepal are hurting right now. Reports directly from our Sisters and the daily news reports describe how the second surge of COVID-19 is devastating lives and overwhelming systems. The statistics of lives lost and those impacted are staggering. Our hearts go out to all who are suffering. Our unity across the globe is felt keenly and we are impelled to respond. The severity of this crisis is felt in every facet of life and especially in our health ministries.

In Bangalore, Sister Jessie Saldanha puts on multiple hats as the crisis caused by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has left many in panic and grief. Throughout the crisis, Sister Jessie has led a team in creating and distributing personal protective equipment. Also, recognizing the surge and that more hands are needed to assist patients admitted to the hospital, she’s been training her team of pharmacists on how to care for infected patients so they can help in even more ways.

At Nazareth Hospital Mokama, Sisters are facing pleas to increase capacity. All the while they are attending around the clock to every suffering patient they can. In the last month alone, they have treated 2,100 patients, all with just one doctor, and a handful of staff and Sisters. The administration pleads for other doctors to step forward, “We welcome any qualified committed personnel to collaborate with us to render service to the ailing in the locality of Mokama and the neighborhood. For the past seven decades, Nazareth Hospital was here, is here, and will be here to give care and treatment to all in God’s name.”

In health care facilities across India, Sisters are attending to patients. At Kurji Holy Family Hospital in Patna, our Sisters administer the hospital collaboratively with the Medical Mission Sisters. They are giving care to COVID-19 patients in their 300-bed hospital.

At this same time, some of our Sisters are contracting the virus themselves, losing loved ones, and religious Brothers and Sisters. No one is unaffected.

Please join us in prayer for all who are suffering throughout India and Nepal. Your prayers of support are greatly appreciated.

If you would like to make a gift of support you can do so at this time. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are raising funds to give aid to SCN ministries as well as partner ministries in India and Nepal. All money raised will go towards the immediate needs of those suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the anticipated long-term impact on countless families.

At a time when people are in fear of living amid a disease spreading rapidly, we pray for God’s great mercy and compassion on all who are suffering and that the hearts of everyone will be strengthened as we deal with this pandemic.