Health Care to the Rural People of Railaco !


In 2004, the Jesuit Mission in Railaco established a public health care program called the Mobile Clinic which is administered by the central Clinic Na’in Feto Virgem Maria in Railaco Villa. The aim of the program is to help local residents in remote areas to have access to health care, especially those who are not able to seek medical attention at a different location. This wheel-based health care service is truly beneficial for the people in the remote areas of Railaco and has helped to alleviate the health problems that the people in their respective areas.

The Mobile Clinic program is organized by Fr. Bong SJ who is responsible for the Jesuit Mission in Railaco and also this Mobile Clinic program. In addition to his pastoral duties, he also serves as a doctor for the Mobile Clinic with two of his assistants who are also supported by the St. Canice Parish in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, Australia. The team of Fr. Bong are driven with compassion to bring health care to the people who are in need of treatment but because of their geographic location, are cut off from access to basic health care.

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Feeding program was established in 2005 in the sub-district of Railaco, Ermera Municipal. This program is administered by Clinic Na’in Feto Virgem Maria in Railaco and organized by Fr. Bong SJ, a Jesuit priest and also a Doctor who is on his pastoral mission in Railaco. This program is also running in partnership with the Mobile Clinic program which is also operating in Railaco. However, Feeding Program is focused on providing nutritious food for children in the rural areas and remote villages in Railaco.

Feeding Program provides nutrition for children ranging from eight to twelve years old. The team organizing the program goes to the locations three times a week to three remote villages where living condition is harsh and lack of basic necessities. These three villages are: Cocoa, Caitarahei, and also Railaco Leten (Libdodo). The locations and the schedule of the visits are planned by the team.

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APROVECHAMIENTO – Jesuit Pastoral Work

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In the address made by Pope Francis to the members of the 36th General Congregation, one of the things he emphasized is to discern and practice more proactively the wisdom of St. Ignatius and the companions when the Formula of the Institute was drafted. He points out the unique concept of aprovechamiento which literally means “benefit”.

He said “the end of the Society of Jesus is to devote itself with God’s grace to labor strenuously in giving aid toward the salvation and perfection of the souls of their neighbors. With consolation, the Jesuit community in Kasait receives this exhortation by the pope as an affirmation of what they have been doing though not without struggle. They are making small impact but not at all insignificant to open the minds of the people to see the mystery of God working in daily lives.

The Jesuits assigned in Kasait have their hands full in school and social work. Upon the invitation of the former Parish Priest of Liquiça, the Jesuits priests residing in Kasait were missioned to say the Sunday masses in the stations in Neran and Lanumate in Kasait. As the number of priests in the Diocese of Maliana is also limited, the coverage of pastoral ministries of the Jesuits have expanded ever since, to include Caiteho, Bogoro, Bazartete, Aipelo, Leorema, Metahu and the main parish in Liquiça. The pastoral activities also include the wide range of sacraments; sacramentals and informal spiritual companioning.

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