Hospicio de San Jose continues to appeal for aid as 81 residents contract COVID  

The Hospicio de San Jose Orphanage, the oldest charitable institution in the Philippines, is appealing for donations after 81 of its personnel contracted the coronavirus including a 3-year old child.

CBCP News also reports that the Church-run orphanage in Manila had at least two of its residents with severe cases and were consequently admitted to a hospital.

The plea from the institution for aid arose as they need to support the residents with medicines and other medical supplies especially for those who contracted the virus. Aside from financial aid, the hospice also needs food such as rice and vegetables as they are feeding 450 people including abandoned children and the elderly.

“We were in lockdown last April but we were able to recover from the Covid-19. However, since last week, there have been Covid-19 positive cases again,” said Rose Ann Baño, a student volunteer.

“As of now, the total is 81 cases of which two, a staff and a volunteer, are in the hospital. One of them is confined at the San Juan de Dios Hospital,” Baño added.

Last June 2021, the orphanage also sought assistance after it was placed in lockdown because 23 members tested positive for COVID-19.

Established in 1819, Hospicio de San Jose is a charity institution of the Catholic Church managed by the Daughters of St. Vincent de Paul. The establishment actually is home to 4 different services: the Child and Youth Welfare and Development Program, Program for Persons with Special Needs, Program for Older Persons and the Crisis Intervention Program.

Those who are interested to donate cash may deposit it to BPI account number 8103-0986-62 or Metrobank account number 175-3-17550678-1.

The management may also be reached through their telephone number: 8734-2366. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Hospicio de San Jose website)


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