Sydney (Agenzia Fides) - "On the occasion of Mother's Day we remember the sacrifice of all mothers in the world for the joy and health of their children”, reads a statement by the National Director of Pontifical Mission Societies of Australia, Martin Teulan, released by the CNA. "Today tens of millions of mothers have to deal with families, care for their children, and also do paid work that provide the basic necessities and keep families together”, continues Teulan. "In this sense, every day is Mother's Day and our prayers are offered to all mothers who are the real heroines and are not recognized in the world”.
There are still many children who unfortunately do not receive their mother's hugs or food cooked with love. The families live in a very simple way and infants are exposed to malnutrition and disease. "In 160 countries - continues Mr. Teulan - the Pontifical Mission Societies, through the local missionaries, provide shelter, clothing, food and education to orphans. We also help mothers of vulnerable communities through nutrition programs, and childcare”.
One of such projects includes the nursery run by the Daughters of St. Francis de Sales (DSFS) in the village of Adigonfanahalli, a district of Bangalore, Karnataka state, India. "Here the busy mothers working in the camps are forced to leave their children unattended at home”, added the National Director. The DSFS sisters home to more than 100 children and infants, providing them with a diet and regular pediatric checkups, as well as vaccinations and medical care. Through these centers, children learn to pray together with nuns and live in a clean and friendly environment while their mothers are busy at work. In addition, the nuns also organize seminars for parents to encourage a lifestyle in accordance with moral values. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 05/03/2011)