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Biarawati Bhakti Luhur Bantu Anak-Anak Korban Gempa Nias

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Biarawati Bhakti Luhur Bantu Anak-Anak Korban Gempa Nias

Jum’at, 01 April 2005 20:05
Kapanlagi.com – Para biarawati dari Bhakti Luhur tengah menghimpun bantuan dari berbagai untuk anak-anak yang mengalami hambatan mental yang menjadi korban gempa di Nias, Sumatera Utara dan Nangroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD).

Ketika terjadi gempa bumi dan tsunami di Sumatera Utara dan NAD 26 Desember 2004, para biarawati Bhakti Luhur langsung mendatangi wilayah itu untuk memberikan bantuan kemanusiaan dan ketika terjadi gempa di Nias (28/3) para biarawati Bhakti Luhur pun bahu membahu membantu masyarakat , kata Pemimpin Bhakti Luhur wilayah Sikka, Suster Martina Nilo di Maumere, Jumat.

Dia mengatakan, sebelum terjadi bencana, sedikitnya lima biarawati Bhakti Luhursudah bekerja di Nias. Mereka memberikan perhatian khusus kepada anak-anak yang lumpuh, bisu, tuli, epilepsy dan keterbelakangan mental.

Khusus untuk NAD, lanjutnya, para biarawati bekerja secara bergantian. Artinya tiga orang biarawati membantu anak-anak di wilayah itu selama tiga bulan dan setelah itu dirotasi agar para biarawati tetap memberikan pelayanan kepada anak-anak secara prima tanpa kelelahan.

Menurut dia, anak-anak yang mengalami hambatan mental dan yang ditinggalkan orangtua akibat bencana alam itu tentu sangat membutuhkan perhatian dan kasih sayang sementara mayoritas warga masyarakat kurang peduli pada anak-anak itu.

Di dalam situasi seperti ini, katanya, para biarawati Bhakti Luhur hadir di tempat dan langsung berkarya demi peningkatan harkat dan martabat anak-anak ini.

Dia mengaku, kalau berbagai komponen masyarakat di daerah bencana alam itu meminta bantuan para biarawati Bhakti Luhur untuk menangani anak-anak yatim-piatu dan cacat mental. Namun permintaan tersebut tidak langsung dipenuhi karena jumlah tenaga Bhakti Luhur sangat terbatas.

Khusus untuk wilayah Maumere, ibukota Kabupaten Sikka, sebanyak 40 anak cacat mental mendapat pendampingan dari 11 biarawati dan dibantu oleh lima perawat yang telah menamatkan Sekolah menengah Pengembangan Sosial (SMPS) dan Sekolah Menengah Pengembangan Pastoral (SMPP) di Malang.

Jika pimpinan Bhakti Luhur Indonesia di Malang memerintahkan kami ke Nias dan NAD maka kami akan segera berangkat.

Namun untuk sekarang ini, para biarawati Bhakti Luhur di Jawa sudah dikirim ke daerah bencana alam itu.

Suster Martina mengatakan, karya para biarawati Bhakti Luhur bagi anak-anak cacat mental, yatim piatu tidaklah diragukan, apalagi secara nasional karya biarawati ini mendapatkan pengakuan dan penghargaan dari Menteri Sosial (Mensos) Bachtiar Chamsyah.

Pada 3 Desember 2004, Mensos Bachtiar memberikan piagam penghargaan kepada Bhakti Luhur atas upaya peningkatan kesejahteraan sosial penderita cacat . Para biarawati Bhakti Luhur telah dinilai berhasil meningkatkan harkat dan martabat para penyandang cacat di Indonesia. (*/lpk)

diambil dari:
http://berita.kapanlagi.com/pernik/biarawati-alma-bantu-anak-anak-korban-gempa-nias-ian9zny.html

Bhakti Luhur’s Sisters Helped the Childrens of the Earthquake Victims in Nias

Friday, 1st of April 2005, 20:05

Kapanlagi.com- the Sisters from Bhakti Luhur was in the process of raising helps for the mentally retarded children who were the victims of the earthquake in Nias, North Sumatera and Nangroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD).

After the earthquake and tsunami in North Sumatera and NAD on 26th of December, 2004, the Sisters from Bhakti Luhur immediately visited the area to provide humanitarian  help and when there was an earthquake in Nias (28/3) the Sisters of Bhakti Luhur worked hand in hand to help the people, according to the Head of Bhakti Luhur Sikka area, Sister Martina Nilo in Maumere, on Friday.

She said, before the natural disaster took place, at least five Sisters from Bhakti Luhur had already worked in Nias. They had provided special care for the crippled, deaf, dumb, epilepsy suffered and mentally retarded children.

Especially for NAD, the Sisters were working in shifts. Three Sisters would work to help the children in that area for three months and afterwards they would be rotated in order that they could maintain a good service to the children.

According to her, children who suffered mental retardation and were left by their parents due to this natural disaster would certainly need care and love while the majority of the community had the slightest care for them.

She admitted, that some components of the society in the area suffering the natural disaster had asked for the help from the Sisters of Bhakti Luhur to handle the orphan and mentally retarded children. However this request could not be right away fulfilled as the Bhakti Luhur had a shortage of man power.

Especially for Maumere district, the capital city of Sikka Residence, every 40 mentally retarded children would be attended by 11 Sisters and helped by five nurses who had finished their Secondary School of Social Development (Sekolah Menengah Pengembangan Sosial [SMPS])  and the Secondary School of Pastoral Development (Sekolah Menengah Pengembangan Pastoral [SMPP] in Malang.

If the Head of Bhakti Luhur Indonesia in Malang had ordered us to go to Nias and NAD, we would immediately leave.

However, at present, the Sisters of Bhakti Luhur in Java had already been sent to the areas suffering the natural disasters.

Sister Martina said that the work of the Sisters of Bhakti Luhur for the mentally retarded children had never been questioned, moreover nationally the work of these Sisters had got an acknowledgement and appreciation from the Social Minister “Bachtiar Chamsyah.

On 3rd of December, 2004, the Social Minister awarded an appreciation certificate to Bhakti Luhur for its efforts in developing the welfare of the disabled. The Sisters of Bhakti Luhur was considered as having successfully increased the self appreciation and respect of the disabled in Indonesia.

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