“Due to the bureaucracy of the governmental health system, monies destined to pay municipal doctors to attend the health post in the aldeia were not paid so they did not attend the sick there for several months. The people in the aldeia are generally younger and when I entered the work we had over 21 pregnant women.”
Sister Carolyn Moritz of Chicago,arrived in Chile in 1983 where she became engaged in training catechists, liturgical works and accompanied the Basic Christiian Communities in the Santiago area. In 1990 she moved to Brazil where, towards the end of February of 2005, she began her ministry with the Guaraní indigenous people outside the city of Sao Paulo.
Sister Carolyn is part of a five-person team from the Indigenous Pastoral Coordination staff of the Archdiocese of Sao Paulo. Her task was to help move women towards agreeing to take a training course of the Pastoral da Crianca (the Childrens’ Pastoral), a Church program for the entire country that helps women learn how to monitor the health of their newborn babies and children up to 5 years of age, as well as care for women during their pregnancy.
When we discovered, and made known, that three newborn infants and a child 1 1/2 years old died in just one month due to a lack of medical care, designated monies were finally transferred. This reality enabled the women to realize their own need to have resources for securing the health of their children. As a result a training course was given them from November to December.
This augurs well for the future health of these wonderful and neglected people.