Nothing validates the great work we’re doing more than the words of those who have witnessed this “bridge of love and hope” up close and personal!
“The people of Chimbote, Peru, know well that one of the most important charitable works of mercy in our community is, without any doubt, the Centre for Social Works, ‘Maternidad de Maria.’ … The deep respect of the people of Chimbote for ‘La Maternidad’ has been earned over time as a result of the quality of the services provided, and the obvious and unlimited charity that, for 24 hours of the day, keeps the doors open. The Centre is a widely respected Catholic healthcare complex that includes a maternity hospital, wellness clinic, laboratory, pharmacy, orphanage and home visit program serving the poorest of the poor in my diocese.”
I am just a father and a businessman in Pittsburgh who went to Chimbote. I had no expectations. But, what I found was truly amazing: a little clinic with a long reach into a world more poor than I could have imagined, bringing health and hope to those who need it most.
The Maternidad, supported by The Chimbote Foundation in Pittsburgh, is an amazing place of hope for the poorest of the poor in Chimbote. They offer services to those who have no other options and never turn anyone away. 100% of the money donated to The Chimbote Foundation of Pittsburgh reaches the Maternidad. The Diocese covers the expenses of running the foundation, allowing every penny donated to reach the Maternidad and those they help. Great people doing good things for good people who have nothing and nowhere else to turn.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
“My visit to Chimbote in the early 1990s, I was with Sr. Margaret Mary and Sr. Lillian at the neonatal care room, and they invited me to pick up one of the recently arrived infants. I had never realized how strong the grasp of a several-day-old baby could be. When I went to put him back in the crib, he would not let go of my finger. It was almost as if he was saying to me, to the sisters, to all of you who support that facility, ‘Don’t let me go, don’t let me alone, I need you’.”