The National Association of FWB in Cuba have a nursing home in Havana. In 2003 the Association received a donation of a 100+ year-old colonial-style home from an elderly lady who was dying and had no heirs. The Association turned it into a nursing home. The house had not had any maintenance done to it in years and part of the roof and structure was falling in. It took 44 medium-sized truck loads to empty the accumulated debris. Since then, this has been Pastor Vidal’s ministry.
Little by little, with resources coming from several sources inside and outside of the country, they have been able to remodel the colonial structure into a 3-level nursing home facility. There is a huge need for this kind of facility. Over two-thirds of the 34 residents are bed-ridden or have severe mental and physical handicaps. There are another 32 or so seniors that come during the day for activities and meals and go in the evenings to their homes, due to insufficient beds. There is a waiting list with 15 people waiting for a bed.
The nursing home offers three meals and two snacks a day, a daily chapel service conducted by a retired pastor (several residents have gotten saved since they arrived at the home), a nursing station, physical therapy, and a lot of love from the staff. The government provides most of the staple foods. They grow a garden on a plot of land and this furnishes them with most of their fresh vegetables.
When asked what their greatest needs were, they mentioned two items: 1) They need funds to build additional rooms to house more residents in an area on the right-hand side of the facility (I’m waiting to receive their project and estimated cost). 2) They need to install an elevator for moving patients between the two residential levels and to take clothes to the laundry on the third level (estimated cost, $25,000).
I was impressed with all that they do for these precious senior citizens with the few resources they have available.
To contribute financially to help IM with our partnership in Cuba, go to https://fwbgo.com/give/, then select “Cuba ministries” or “WMO” (World Missions Offering) from the drop-down menu.