This is not God’s will that we suffer like this, Sister Ethel said. Because of the poor decisions some made with the free will God gave them (the institutionalization of apartheid), she continues, “What do you see here? Misery, deprivation, poverty, illness, and the cry of the poor. It’s so many different disguises.”
Missionvale Township is home to many of the sickest and most vulnerable in South Africa. The legacy of the systematic oppression that was apartheid created overwhelming poverty, malnutrition, and unemployment…all of which contributed to the staggering statistics of sickness, including HIV infections and tuberculosis.
The Missionvale Care Center approaches health care in a holistic way. With Sister Ethel’s formal training as a nurse, she knows health is more than the absence of disease and has developed programs and services to address the mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of people in addition to their physical health.