Manila – On Monday March 18, 2013, The Servants of Charity, from Guanella Center in Tandang Sora reached out and performed a rescue of two elderly women from the local area. Candida (83 years old) and Carmen (57 years old) Ramirez are a mother and daughter who had been participating in various activities in Guanella Center for the past few years. However, over the past 6 months their attendance was less and less often. It was reported that Carmen had become completely blind due to diabetes, and was suffering from a large wound which had become infected. Candida, because of the effects of her age was unable to take proper care of herself or her daughter. Their living conditions had become sub-human, as the house had become full of garbage. On Friday March 15th, Fr. Charlton Viray went for a pastoral visit and immediately decided that something had to be done.
On the day of the rescue Servants of Charity brothers, novices, seminarians, staff, and volunteers helped to carry the women from their home and transport them to our housing project near Guanella Center. Once they arrived, the women were given baths, food, and medical attention. (Bro. Bob Neimeyer)