The first pediatric cancer hospital in Peru, which is supported by the Holy See was inaugurated earlier this week. This is the only cancer hospital for children in the whole South America.
The hospital was blessed by Mgr. Nicola Girasoli, Apostolic Nuncio in Peru, and Mgr. Richard Alarcón, Archbishop of Cusco, and was presented to the national community.
The center that has been named “Vidawasi” (house of life), is located precisely in the city of Yanahuara, in the district of Urusco in Cusco.
Holy See support
The “Vidawasi” project is supported by the Holy See. It also has the international support of Sant Joan de Déu Hospital and the Puigvert Foundation in Barcelona, the Teletón Hospital for Children of Oncology in Mexico, the St. Jude Hospital in the United States, among other hospitals and oncology expert centers worldwide
Blessing for Peruvians
During the blessing, the hospital’s administrative and recreational areas were visited, as well as “Vidawasi” city, the central administration building, the medical village, a villa for volunteering, family hostels and a chapel.
Archbishop Girasoli said that “Vidawasi” is a blessing for all Peruvians because it is a work done with the heart and solidarity, where all the little cancer patients will find the tranquility they need thanks to the strategic position of this center in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Jesús Dongo, founder of “Vidawasi”, thanked the Catholic Church for being one of the first institutions to open its doors to undertake this project. He also invited the whole country to join this crusade, to be part of this pediatric hospital.