HOME FOR THE ELDERLY IN CAMAGÜEY
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What is 'Proyecto HAMAR"?
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
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
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".