Divine Mercy started out as one man’s passion to do something for the poorest of the poor in his village.
When Father Kingsley was young, he would go to school in Obike, Nigeria and see how the widows and orphans were the outcasts of the community and no one was helping them. This weighed heavily on his mind. A few years later, when Father became an ordained priest, he was assigned to a parish near where he grew up. He was given housing, clothes, food, transportation and a $150 monthly stipend for his expenses. Now Father had money of his own. He decided if God was going to provide for his basic needs, he could finally help at least some of those widows and orphans in his community. So, he started donating his $150 stipend and Divine Mercy
There have been a lot of challenges for Father, like when he was chosen out of 265 priests to study at the Vatican. An honor to say the least, but it would mean the loss of his $150 monthly stipend. Father went to study at the Vatican for eight years. While he was there, Father had an opportunity for two brief meetings with Pope Benedict and he asked the Pope in his conversation how he could help the widows and orphans in his community. The Pope blessed him and asked Father to have faith.
Later, Father was assigned to Saint Helen’s Parish in Westfield, NJ. The people there felt Father Kingsley’s compassion and the passion and concern he has for the people in his village. The people in New Jersey stepped up, creating a non-profit foundation and raising money.
Divine Mercy has gone on to raise tens of thousands of dollars and has helped hundreds of widows and orphans.
Giving a person a fish helps them get through the day. However, teaching a person to fish and breaking the cycle of poverty will change lives. To break the cycle of poverty, you need to empower the people. You need to give them faith and hope and dignity. Divine Mercy has started several programs to do just that.
It starts with grants for education (there are no public schools in rural areas) where 58 orphans are now going to school. Skills training has been provided, where 60 of the younger widows are trained in various marketable skills such as soap making, so they can be self-sufficient and productive members of society. Divine Mercy also encourages entrepreneurship through micro-loans and grants. There are very few things more empowering for people than working for themselves. Owning your own business elevates your status in the community, helps build the local economy and creates jobs for others.
Father Kingsley and Divine Mercy have helped change lives, but there is still a great many people dying and suffering from easily curable diseases.
Divine Mercy is much more than food, clothing, and medicine, it’s about changing lives.
It is difficult for people who are hungry and barely clothed to even think about the future, let alone dream about it. So, before you can change lives, you first need is to help them get through the day.
The first goal of Divine Mercy is
to provide food, clothing and some medicine to widows and orphans.
The aging and weak widows are the most vulnerable. Today Divine Mercy’s annual budget is about $16,000.
It is helping 68 aging widows with food, clothing, and medicine.
60 young widows have been trained and helped to start small-scale businesses.
Divine Mercy was able to get 58 orphans off the streets and into an orphanage, where they can get food, clothing and a roof over their heads.
Divine Mercy has helped hundreds of people, but there is much more to changing lives.
Medical care is generally only available to those who can travel to the bigger cities. The rest rely on folklore for treatment and, often, are hurt by these homemade remedies.
So again, Father Kingsley went to work and organized a field clinic. He organized a volunteer group of 75 doctors, nurses, pharmacists, lab technologists and lay people to donate their time, equipment and tents for a week at Christmastime, working from sunrise to sunset. This has become an annual event and has helped over 3,000 people each year. This is a huge step forward for the Obike Village.
Unfortunately, people don’t only
get sick or have babies at Christmas-time. That’s where Father Kingsley’s dream of a permanent Clinic comes in.
THE NEED FOR THE CLINIC
The only available option for 95% of the people in Obike (with over twenty thousand inhabitants) each time they get sick, is to go to a nearby forest in search of leaves and herbs for purposes of self-medication which often leads to disastrous consequences.
We are talking about a community where the average life expectancy according to data available from the World Health Organization is in the low forties.
This is a community where 1 in 5 children never reach the age of 5 and where there is a 1 in 13 chance that a woman will die in pregnancy or in childbirth.
In this country, two-thirds of the births still occur in private homes, leading to complications that can end in death. Only 6 in 10 women receive prenatal care and just 58% percent of pregnant women receive iron supplements, while only 39% receive treatment for malaria, which is one of the chief causes of infant and maternal mortality.
SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED:
Maternity Services (Pre & Post Natal)
Care of the infant (Immunization)
Provide immediate medications
Provide Immediate Emergency Care Services
Stabilization before bringing them to better-equipped facilities
He decided if God was going
to provide for his basic needs, he could finally help at least some
of those widows and orphans in his community.
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