CTF – SOS DRS Wajir Mission Accomplished

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Mary, CTF volunteer nurse bade goodbye to a Somalian elder.

KENYA – On the 4th of July, the Camillians in Wajir, Northeast Kenya packed their bags and came home to Nairobi after they have accomplished their humanitarian mission of bringing relief and initiating recovery to the Somalian populace of the said region. They were there since August 2011 as the core team of the Camillian Task Force (CTF) – Kenya, a humanitarian mission office of the Order, headed by Bro. Joseph Khiyaniri, MI together with the Camillian Sisters and five other volunteers under the guidance of CTF – Rome.

In 2011, the Horn of Africa particularly Kenya had faced a severe food crisis due to long dry spell and mass evacuations of Somalians to Kenya due to civil war. A combination of drought-induced crop failure, poor livestock conditions, rising food and non-food prices and eroded coping capacities were some of the key factors contributing to the food crisis, which has made 3.75 million people in Kenya food insecure. An estimated of 385,000 children under 5 years old and 90,000 pregnant and lactating women were suffering from acute malnutrition.

Responding to the call of the Church to bring relief to the victims, the Camillian Task Force (CTF), Rome sent a team to the diocese of Garissa on August 2011, to conduct assessment and implement programs of intervention. Programs were implemented immediately until June 2013 in Wajir. The project was funded by CEI – Comitato per gli Interventi Caritativi  a favore del Terzo Mondo, Caritas Italiana, PROSA, ISOLANA, SOS DRS, and the Camillians (men and women communities).

The project was divided into two phases: relief (6 months) and rehabilitation (1 year). The first phase had focused on health and nutrition program through mobile clinics and food distribution, and water access provision. The second phase had focused on building capacities of people and community resilience through food security (greenhouse farming), community-based health care (training of health care workers and mobile clinics), and public sanitation programs (building of ecological sanitary – ECOSAN toilets). All these programs have benefited 9 villages and thousands of muslim families (Somalian refugees) in Wajir.

The said project has terminated on June 30. It was able to achieve its primary objective which is bridging muslim and Christian communities in Wajir to achieve peace, self-reliance and resiliency. Most of the village chiefs and local government representatives had given high regard and recommendation to the project. A village chief of Hodan, Wajir said: “I have never seen a group like the CTF in Wajir who really helped us so much not simply by giving more dole outs but really working, caring and listening to us. CTF, we are with you and don’t leave us.” CTF has applied pastoral care in emergency approach and worked closely with the diocese. It uses the strategy of grassroot participation in planning, decision-making and implementation of programs. This method has made a deep impact on the Somalian beneficiaries and communities, and it also challenges other humanitarian organizations to engage in programs that overcome and transform the culture of dependency to a culture of self-reliance and resiliency. These communities have been depending on food aid for the past ten years, and now they were able to prove that they can produce food in the desert as an alternative source to pasturing.

Mons. Paul Darmanin had expressed his deep gratitude and commendation of what the CTF has done to his diocese and at the same time has pleaded the CTF to continue its efforts. The CTF has promised to follow up what has been started in Wajir in order to assure sustainability of the programs in the next two years.

CTF-SOS DRS Update – August 4, 2010

Dear Friends of CTF-SOS DRS, 

Health and peace.  Greetings from Haiti. I just returned from the States. The mission continues…

Here is an update:  

Many thanks to one of our newest members, Jared Rottinghaus, for his efforts in Port au Prince with Project Perpetual Help Haiti. Jared’s 3-week presence in the community here was very helpful and came at just the right time! That the bookends of the experience in Haiti were fundraising appeals in Massachusetts and New Jersey was also much appreciated. We need more people in Haiti and elsewhere like you!

Thanks as well to Mark Rosario, another new member, who is helping Dominic Surrao and me with information technology issues and the website. 

These last weeks have been busy ones for all of us working with CTF-SOS DRS – in the US and elsewhere.

In the States, we had people making fundraising appeals in 4 different places this last weekend. Many thanks to all of you, including D’Ann, for your efforts.  She is busy managing the community in Milwaukee and carrying out many activities related to SOS DRS – particularly arranging for the MCP appeals. It has been a blessing to have Frs. Aloice and Julius [Kenya – both] and Fr. Sylvio [Haiti] for the daily liturgical activities of the community in the US including mass, adoration and praying the world mission rosary.

In Haiti, Theresia and I have been managing the community and along with some Haitian volunteers – especially MarcDaly – and other ex-pats [Jared –US]; [John – Cameroon] working hard on the infrastructure for Project Perpetual Haiti and preparing relief programs. Our first program is Help the Spiritans – an earthquake relief program directed at helping the Congregation of the Holy Spirit rebuild. They were devastated by the disaster and have become collaborators now. It has been a blessing to have Fr. Verdieu [Haiti] along with yours truly for the daily liturgical activities of the community including mass, adoration and praying the world mission rosary.

In Italy the members of CTF Central and our collaborators are moving forward on the Rainbow Study, Stella Polare and the other aspects of Project St. Camillus – including making trips to Aquila; a board meeting or two; planning for a 2011 conference on PTSD, children and disasters; working with Misericordiae, etc.

The project in Chile continues to move forward primarily through the efforts of Sebastian, Patricia and Alicia under the guidance of Fr. Pietro Magliozzi, MI and with the aid of CTF Central and SOS DRS. Among other things we are finalizing the contract for the pre-fabricated-hospital-bed containers and continuing our ministry in Parral and Cauquenes.

In the Philippines, Fr. Sam is still continuing his rehabilitation efforts along with Fr. Meng. Fr. Aris is also helping during his brief stay in the country. 

In Kenya, Fr. John Mosoti has moved the pastoral center to another location, and CTF-SOS DRS Kenya has another student in the Camillian CPE program. She  may work with Theresia when she returns to her ministry in Kibera. The presence of Fr. Aloice in the US and Fr. Julius (both from Kenya) will hopefully give impetus to our efforts in Kenya.

Follow the work of CTF-SOS DRS at https://sosdrs.wordpress.com/ and sign up our e-mail newsletter, updates, and bi-weekly World Mission Rosary Intentions at  http://www.ctfmercy.org/English_Main.asp

May the Lord continue to bless the efforts of CTF-SOS DRS. Let us pray for each other. The mission continues…

Fr. Scott

CTF-SOS DRS Update/Aggiornamento – 12/08/09

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Mission – To witness to the merciful love of Christ for the poor and the sick in word, deed and sacrament through serving the medical, pastoral and humanitarian needs of people affected by man-made and natural disasters regardless of race, religion or ethnicity

Missione – Testimoniare l’amore misericordioso di Cristo per i poveri ed i malati in parole, opere e sacramenti con un servizio medico, pastorale e umanitario ai bisogni delle vittime di calamità naturali e provocate dall’uomo

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[Italiano] Oggi celebriamo la Concezione Immacolata di Maria. E’ una festa importante per la Chiesa, i camilliani e la Camillian Task Force. Tutti i camilliani rinovano i loro voti di professione oggi seguendo la tradizione di San Camillo.Auguri!

Oggi in onore della nostra madre Madre publicchiamo il newsletter trimestral di CTF-SOS DRS. Buona lettura.

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[English] Today we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary. It is an important feast for the Church, the Camillians and the CTF. All the Camillians will renew their vows of profession today in continuity with the tradition of St. Camillus. Congratulations!

Today in honor of our mother Mary we are publishing the quarterly newsletter of CTF-SOS DRS. Pleasant reading.

Join us on the final day of our novena in honor of the Virgin Mary – the Immaculate Conception [ The Novena]. This devotion of CTF-SOS DRS to the Immaculate Conception has its roots in the history of the organization, that of Fr. Scott Binet and the history of the Ministers of the Infirm Coordinator’s Corner – The Immaculate Conception]

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Let us pray for each other and for those that are suffering from man-made and natural disasters. May the Lord in his Divine Mercy come to our aid and theirs.

In Christ, through Mary –

Fr. Scott  F. Binet, MD, MI

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CTF-SOS DRS Update/Aggiornamento 11/29/09

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Mission – To witness to the merciful love of Christ for the poor and the sick in word, deed and sacrament through serving the medical, pastoral and humanitarian needs of people affected by man-made and natural disasters regardless of race, religion or ethnicity

Missione – Testimoniare l’amore misericordioso di Cristo per i poveri ed i malati in parole, opere e sacramenti con un servizio medico, pastorale e umanitario ai bisogni delle vittime di calamità naturali e provocate dall’uomo

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[Polski] Tajfun Ketsana 4c (Filipiny)

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[Italiano] Oggi comincia l’Avvento. Il Signore viene. Infatti è già arrivato. E per questo siamo grati.

Negli Stati Uniti abbiamo appena celebrato Thanksgiving (il giorno di ringraziamento). A la messa celebriamo l’eucaristia – una parola che viene dalla linga greca che vuol dire “rendere grazie” Sì, abbiamo tanti motivi per essere grati.

Sono grato perché ho appena celebrato sei anni di sacerdozio. Sono stato ordinato il 29 novembre 2003 a la parrocchia St. Mary’s in Augusta, Georgia. E l’indomani – la prima domenica di Avvento – ho presieduto la messa per la prima volta. Per favore, prega per me..

La missione della CTF-SOS DRS continua grazie al lavoro di tanti e anche l’aiuto dei nostri benefattori.

Notizie fresche sulla risposta medica, pastorale e umanitaria della CTF al Tifone Ketsana nel Vietnam [ Inglese 1, Inglese 2]. La CTF nelle Filippine continua lavorare in Marikina [ Ketsana 5 – inglese] e il loro progetto emergenza è stato appena approvato dalla Conferenza Episcopale Italiana – grazie a la loro collaborazione con la CTF Centrale e l’ong camilliano Salute e Sviluppo [ Ketsana 6 – inglese].

La CTF Tailandia ha appena finito la sua settima missione in Myanmar. Ancora risponde al Ciclone Nargis che ha colpito questo paese il mese di maggio (2008). La CTF Tailandia offre un servizio medico ed umanitaria [ Cyclone Nargis 9 – inglese]

Theresia Sinaga della CTF-SOS DRS Kenya ci scrive delle sue esperienze pastorali nel slum di Kibera (Nairobi). La collaborazione con la delgazione camilliana di Kenya e le suore camilliana a Nairobi continua [ Personal Reflections – in inglese]

I camilliani stanno per firmare un’accordo con Caritas Italiana per il Progetto San Camillo, cioè la risposta collaborativa di CTF Centrale, SOS DRS, Caritas, Ospedale Bambin Gesu ed Italian Medical Research fra altri al terremoto del 6 Aprile in Abruzzo, Italia.

Domani la CTF-SOS DRS comincia preghare una novena a la Vergine Maria sotto il titolo della Concezione Immacolata. Vedi le preghiere e prega con noi [ La novena in Inglese] Questa devozione della CTF-SOS D RS a l’ Immacolata ha le sue radici nella sua propria storia, quella di Padre Scott Binet ed anche la storia dell’Ordine [ Inglese – Coordinator’s Corner – La Concezione Immacolata].

Preghiamo giornalemnte il Rosario Mondiale Missionario [in inglese] per coloro colpiti dai disastri naturali e provocati dagli uomini.

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[English] We have begun Advent. The Lord is coming. In fact, He is already here! And for that we are thankful.

In the United States we just celebrated Thanksgving. At mass we celebrate the Eucharist – a word which comes from the Greek word meaning “to give thanks”. Yes, we have many reasons to be thankful.

I am grateful for the fact that I just celebrated 6 years as a priest: I was ordained on November 29th, 2003 at St. Mary’s on the Hill in Augusta, Georiga. And I presided for the first time on the first Sunday of Advent. Please keep me in your prayers.

The mission of CTF-SOS DRS continues thanks to the work of many and the help of our benefactors.

Here is some fresh news about the medical, pastoral and humanitarian response to Typhoon Ketsana in Vietnam [ Ketsana 1, Ketsana 2]. CTF Philippines continues to respond in Marikina [ Ketsana 5] and there emergency project was just approved by the Italian Episcopal Conference thanks to CTF Philippines collaborating with CTF Central and the Camillian NGO Salute e Sviluppo [ Ketsana 6].

CTF Thailand just finished its 7th mission to Myanmar. It is still responding to Cyclone Nargis that devastated this country in May of 2008. CTF Thailand is offering medical and humanitarian support to the people affected by this terrible tragedy whose effects are still being felt. [ Cyclone Nargis 9]

Theresia Sinaga of CTF-SOS DRS Kenya writes about her pastoral experiences in Kibera Slum (Nairobi). The collaboration with the Kenyan Delgation and the Camillian Sisters in Nairobi continues [ Personal Reflections – Theresia]

The Camillians are about to sign an agreement with Caritas Italiana for the Saint Camillus Project, i.e. the collaborative response of CTF Central, SOS DRS , Caritas, Bambin Gesu Hospital and Italian Medical Research among others to the earthquake of April 6 in Abruzzo, Italy. CTF Central is promoting activities related to formation, volunteering (counseling) and the Rainbow Study [the part of the Saint Camillus Project that aims to study the pre and post intervention prevalence of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) in 7,500 children].

Tomorrow CTF-SOS DRS will begin a novena in honor of the Virgin Mary – the Immaculate Conception. See the prayers here and join us [ The Novena]. This devotion of CTF-SOS DRS to the Immaculate Conception has its roots in the history of the organization, that of Fr. Scott Binet and the history of the Ministers of the Infirm Coordinator’s Corner – The Immaculate Conception]

Join us daily as we pray the World Mission Rosary for those affected by man-made and natural disasters.

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Let us pray for each other and for those that are suffering from man-made and natural disasters. May the Lord in his Divine Mercy come to our aid and theirs.

In Christ, through Mary –

Fr. Scott  F. Binet, MD, MI
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International Coordinator – Camillian Task Force
President – SOS D
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