ASIA/THAILAND - Sharing with disabled children at the "House of Angels" in Pak Kret
Nonthaburi (Agenzia Fides) - Andreina Volpi is a member of the Pope John XXIII Association of Rimini, currently present in Thailand where she is responsible for the House of Angels in Pak Kret, north of Nonthaburi. In an interview with Agenzia Fides, she recounts the current conditions of the structure that welcomes children with disabilities. "Since January 2020, I have been responsible of the House of Angels. Currently, I live there 24 hours a day with an ethnic Pakagno family which includes a severely disabled child and his sister. The two parents help run the house, both in the kitchen and outside. Among our permanent guests there is also a lady from Myanmar with her 3-month-old daughter born premature and hydrocephalic. We also have three older young people suffering from various pathologies ranging from developmental delay to degenerative diseases, including infantile paralysis and autism. Our outer nucleus here is made up of an educator and a cleaning lady who join us every day". The family home also hosts normal children on a daily basis, who go there with their mothers to live everyday life with other guests.
"Our participation as the Pope John XXIII - explains Andreina - concerns above all to the care of disabled children who live in the house following the charism of direct sharing. We trust in the arrival of other brothers and sisters in order to be able to open up to the outside world and to the knowledge of people who live in the slum and to a little more extensive relationships.
"A very important action carried out this year was the introduction of many aids necessary for children including an orthopedic bed, a bath tub... In the garden we have introduced games to increase the attendance of the house even by normal children in a logic of integration".
The House of Angels was founded in 2010 by Sister Angela Bertelli (see Fides, 7/10/2010) who visited people in the slums. "Gradually, the desire to help anyone who was in great difficulty grew. On her return to Italy a few years ago, the Xaverian nuns, who also collaborate with the Parish of Pak Kret managed by the missionaries of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), continued to support the structure until last year the Community of Don Oreste Benzi acquired the House and we continue with our charisma maintaining what the previous lifestyles were", concludes Andreina. (AV/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 4/3/2021)