To reach the village Venkatapuram it takes a 300 kilometer drive to the south from our office in Hyderabad. The road takes us through the tiger reservation Nallamala. In the small district capital Atmakur there are some hospitals, but for elder and frail village inhabitants it is impossible to get there regularly. Furthermore, poor patients are often sent away without treatment and medication. (Well) paying patients are often preferred instead of giving the free medical care to the needy as provided by the government.
In 1998 a group of local Christians approached Christusträger-Waisendienst asking to start a medical centre in order to make medical care also available for the poor population. The local group was willing to give a piece of land and CTW built the medical centre there. The centre consists of treatment rooms and a small apartment, so that our medical nurse Jhansi Rani is also available in emergency cases out of hours. Jhansi Rani has daily consultation-hours in the medical centre and also visits the surrounding settlements to look after old and sick persons who cannot come to the centre on their own. The medical centre has an excellent reputation in the area. Again and again the people in the village express how well provided for they feel.
To provide the medical centre with the necessary medicines and qualified personnel is only possible with our friends supporting us by project sponsorships and giving the financial means. But Jhansi Rani is also thankful for prayers that accompany her on her tours to the villages that are not without danger.
James 1 : 27 | The Bible