By Ricky Laxa
Hope for the World Church in Kuwait under the leadership of Pastor Keith Mejia and in collaboration with Dr. Emerlita Grantos and volunteer nurses from different hospitals in Kuwait held the first medical mission for the year 2021 at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and Overseas Workers Welfare Administrations shelter today morning. Assistant Labor Attaché Cathy Duladul and Welfare Officer Genevieve Ardiente were present during the event.
The first medical mission for the year 2021 for the distressed women in the shelter kicked off with Labor Attaché Duladul welcomed the team and thanked them for the service rendered to OFWs. Medical Services such as complete medical checkup including referrals, vital sign checkup, random blood sugar, gynecological services and pediatrics were available.
Pastor Mejia lauded the medical team for rendering their time in making sure that medical demands are met and generous donors and sponsors for donating essentials such as pampers for children, milk, used clothes, vitamins, medicines and counselling by volunteer pastors from different churches as well. “The medical mission plus counselling hopes to alleviate the conditions of women in shelter and we are looking forward to more medical missions in the coming months” stated Pastor Mejia. Welfare Officer Ardiente added that about five to six women seek refuge in the shelter on daily basis. Assistant Labor Attaché Duladadul also said that one of the main priorities of POLO is the immediate repatriation of the women and while in the shelter, they provide livelihood training programs and skills development but due to strict health protocols, these activities are currently suspended.
The Hope for the World Church and Mission has been one of the most active churches in Kuwait providing assistance and support to Overseas Filipinos Workers in need during the 7 month long lockdown in the country. It has actively participated in the distribution of infants’ milk, medicines and other essential needs of OFWs. Pastor Mejia assured the shelter of the church’s commitment to help not only the wards in the shelter but those who seek help spiritually. In December 2020, the church also donated 350 gift packs to the women.
Philippine Labor Attaché Nasser Mustafa extends gratitude to the Hope for the World Church for their generous support and assistance to the women in the shelter and the OFWs