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St. Luke’s Mission Hospital has been in Mpanshya, Zambia since 1964. Originally it was a Jesuit Mission Hospital run by Canadian Nuns. In 1978 Polish Sisters of Mercy of St. Charles Borromeo became the managing agency and over the years have created an oasis of hope, care and love for the sick and the poor. Inspired by their patron, St. Charles Borromeo, also known as the Apostle of Charity, Sisters of Mercy have been successful in reviving the Mission. The Hospital itself has become increasingly well-staffed and equipped. Not only does it serve a vast area with a radius of approximately 200 km but also competes with Lusaka’s hospitals resulting in a growing number of patients coming to Mpanshya all the way from the country’s capital.

What once was just a Hospital has grown into several different buildings, including the Hospice, Nutrition Centre, Nursing School and Noah’s Ark–a cultural and educational place where for the first time in May of 2010 a preschool programme was introduced. This newest addition is a real pride and a dream come true for the Mission. Noah’s Ark is also a place where many orphans and vulnerable children as well as the Hospice youngest patients can play and have fun. With minimal government assistance and with a lot of love, work, sacrifice and God’s help, the Mission is growing every single year. Impressive is how volunteers working there have described what they saw; a place where miracles happen every day and where no person asking for help is refused.

Along with the construction of new buildings, new programmes and services have been introduced and established. In response to the needs of the community and the orphans and vulnerable children in particular, in 2002 a Sponsorship Programme was started called “Adoption of the Heart”. There are currently over 800 children, largely orphans, enrolled in this programme and three smaller sub-programmes. There is also a Nutrition Programme feeding about 100 malnourished children on a daily basis. This is accomplished mainly through the efforts of the Sisters of Mercy who have been expanding the programme year after year to offer the local children the chance to have a healthy meal each day.

 

 

St. Luke's Mission Hospital . Mpanshya . P. O. Box 32789 Lusaka . Zambia
Central Africa

 
 

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