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What is 'Proyecto HAMAR"?

A home for the elderly currently under construction in Camagüey, Cuba; a dream that has not yet come true for the destitute elderly who anxiously await to improve their difficult living conditions. The HAMAR project assistance group (Hogar de Ancianos Monseñor Adolfo Rodriguez) was formed by a small number of catholic Cubans in Miami, Florida --most of us originally from Camagüey-- to raise the necessary funds to help complete this project, and we need your help!

Who is Monsignor Adolfo?

Monsignor Adolfo Rodriguez Herrera, who died in 2003, was the first Archbishop of Camagüey. He was a very holy man --now in the process of Beatification-- and very well loved by the people of Camagüey. He had a dream: to create a home for the elderly in Camagüey, particularly for those who lack suitable shelter, love or support, and to do so as a tribute to Our Lady of Charity, patroness of Cuba.  With the faith "of a mustard seed", and full trust in God's providence, he believed his dream would come true.

What does the project consist of?

The project consists of a unique three-story building, with elevators and emergency electric generator. The first floor will house the administrative offices, the dining room, kitchen, nurses’ station, laboratory, pharmacy, physiotherapy department, and storage room. In the second floor there will be a library, as well as bedrooms and bathrooms for the male residents. The third floor will house the female residents and the cloister for the Sisters of Charity of Cardinal Sancha, who will be providing the care and attention to the residents. On the property, there will also be an exterior recreational area, as well as a vegetable garden, where those residents who are capable, will be able to grow vegetables for the consumption of the Home. A chapel has been built as an annex to the main building, and it will serve not only the residents and the sisters, but also the people of the nearby Saratoga neighborhood.

When and how did the project start?

The basic construction of the building began in 1990, on a parcel of land which belonged to the church since the 1940's. It is now almost complete thanks to a donation of 416,000 Euros by the “Comunidad Autónoma de Castilla la Mancha" in Spain and the free labor of the Catholic faithful in Camagüey, but financial assistance is urgently needed to complete the home and be able to welcome those elderly people who so badly need shelter, physical and spiritual sustenance and loving care. 

What is needed to complete the home and open its doors?

We need funds to purchase the elevators and the medical, laboratory and physical therapy equipment, furnish the dining room and the bedrooms, buy kitchen and laundry room appliances, and finish the chapel.

Is this a government or a church project?

This is the first project of its kind realized in Cuba solely by the Catholic Church since 1960, and the funds collected will go directly to the Church in Cuba.

Why should we contribute?

Because the need is so great. Latest available statistics show that 17.7% of the people in the city of Camagüey are elderly. If life is difficult for the young, imagine what it is like for those who are frail, sick, have a menial income or have no relatives and live alone...

Because most of us have been so blessed, living in a country that opened its arms to us, having all our basic needs met, and many of us enjoying luxuries that exceed our greatest expectations... Let's "pay it forward"!

Because the funds collected will go directly to the Church in Cuba, and solely to this project.

Because if you are Cuban, even more so if you are from Camagüey, this is a unique opportunity to leave a legacy of love in the land where many of your relatives rest, the land where you yourself had hope to end your days. At least, let's help these ancianitos end their days in more wholesome living conditions.

Because we are called to be "our brother's keeper".

Let's be, like Monsignor Adolfo said, "a light in the darkness".