Bolivia Friar Provides Update on Social Center

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COCHABAMBA, Bolivia — The Franciscan Social Center here has had a “great year,” according to Ignacio Harding, OFM, who provided an update from Bolivia on Christmas weekend.

“Tremendous services are rendered at the center in coordination with many organizations that had need only space, which the center is now able to provide,” said Ignacio, adding that the center’s team is looking for support to purchase a mobile hospital for Saint Luke’s Integral Rural Health Foundation, which was recognized internationally for its preventative health programs that have reduced infant mortality rates.

The Centro Social Franciscano, featured in the December 2007 issue of The Anthonian magazine, provides a variety of services, described in the brochure provided by Iggy. They are:
· Meeting and office space for support groups such as Al-Anon
· Psychological assistance
· Medical services 
· St. Clare’s Kitchen Hospital

Iggy, who has lived and ministered in Bolivia more than 35 years, acknowledged in his Christmas e-mail the “generous donations in support of our improverished Bolivian sisters, brothers and families.” He said, “We now have on staff three registered nurses who graduated from the Catholic University through the Molly Harding Scholarships to which many people contributed.”