The Sisters of Jesus, Mary and Joseph congregation in East Nusa Tenggara province’s North Central Timor district have recently begun a day care center for children aged 3-6.
Seven children are being cared for by four nuns and two medical workers at the center, called the St. Mary’s Nirmala Clinic for Mothers and Children in the town of Kefamenanu.
The center began operating on September 14 and most of the children have working parents.
The center, which is open from 7am to 5pm, doesn’t charge the parents but welcomes donations.
As well as taking care of children, the day care center also gives advice to mothers on how they and their children can live healthy lives such as proper nutrition for mothers and their offspring.
“This day care center aims to offer help to local people. We not only take care of the children but also provide their all sorts of tips on how mothers and children can stay healthy,” Sister Dorothea Poliwa, the center’s coordinator said.
One of the mothers, Vincentia Bani, says the center will be a great help to parents
“It’s a good thing. We know our children are in safe hands while we are at work, and the advice they give is really helpful,” she said.