From the site www.cuoreamico.org
On the Island of Flores, in Indonesia, our Camillian religious are involved in improving the lives of mentally ill people who live in terrible conditions.
Mentally ill people are forced to live in inhuman conditions. On the Island of Flores (Indonesia) [Link] these unhappy individuals are forced to live in tents or in huts, chained up or with one of their feet trapped between the two trunks of felled trees, exposed to bad weather, mosquitoes and other insects. There, day and night, they live, sleep, urinate and defecate. To this are added physical suffering, psychological difficulties and social isolation. Some of these sick people have been in this state for months, some for a few years and one even for forty years. [Link]
The local authority does not have institutions or programmes for the provision of care to these people: it confines itself to visiting them periodically and bringing them
some medicines. Father Luigi Galvani helps these sick people by building ‘special’ housing for them: little homes in which they are free to move about and communicate with their family relatives.
In these little homes these sick people are protected against the rain, against the wind and against insects, they can eat at a little table, they have water to wash themselves and they have a small toilet. Some of these little homes have already been built near to the homes of their family relatives so that they can be followed and cared for. Now many seem to have been reborn to a new life and communicate with more peace of mind with their family relatives and neighbours. The news has got around and new requests have arrived which Father Luigi hopes to meet, with our help as well.