Christmas celebration with Rehabs

CRSS celebrated this past Christmas with the people we served in the leprosarium and children home. Singing, dancing, the appearance of Santa Claus and presents were greeted with smiles and joy in the people affected by leprosy, this time in Lufeng, Yunnan. The celebration ended with a mass and a stomach-filled lunch to fill the spiritual and physical needs for all.

2012-12-25 Christmas Lufeng

Making of CRSS Calendar 2013

The CRSS calendar 2013 was completed and delivered to our Macau office in October. These calendars were made by the people affected by HIV, volunteers and sisters in our Loving Care Center in Hongjiang, Hunan.
The Calendar was made with more than 10 steps, these include: design the calendar, and handover to the printing shop to print the paper calendar; transport the bamboo to the center; hand-weave the Chinese knot; cut-off the skin from the bamboo and cut into small sections according to the knot of the bamboo; cut the rounded bamboo section into halves, soak into limewater to avoid bugs, wash and dry; polish the bamboo; imprint the words and edges; select the good paper calendar; spray, paint and dry the bamboo; cut hallow the Chinese character “信”(Faith); install the paper calendar with the bamboo; count the finished product; packaging; place the packages into boxes and perform quality inspection; seal the boxes, weight and mail out.
The 2013 calendars will be sent to our benefactors and friends in batches in early December with our newsletter “Encounter” and hopefully to be received in time before the year end.

2012-9 making of calendar 2013

Termination of current way of cooperation with Aids Care China (ACC)

Below is an announcement from CRSS director Fr. Fernando Azpiroz ref the 3 HIV children homes: Termination of Partnership-ACC

Dear friends of Casa Ricci,

In the last week of August 2012, our partner Aids Care China (ACC), had decided to finish their current way cooperation with Casa Ricci and without previous consultation proceeded to move all the children under their legal care out of the Children Homes in Guangzhou and Kunming. As a consequence of ACC’s decision, in a meeting held at Guangzhou on September 1st, 2012, both organizations agreed to sign the termination of our current way of cooperation, as described in the original

Following the termination of our partnership, ACC will take full responsibility of all the children who are under their legal care, including those who live at the Nanning Children home. In order to prevent further conflicts, ACC promised to make the necessary arrangements to move out of this home in one month’s time. Both organizations are now free to develop and manage their own children homes according to their own values and principles.

After more than five years of mutual cooperation, this is a painful experience for the children and the people working in these three homes. CRSS’ community will never regret what we have done and built together with ACC during all these years. We just feel sorry for the way this cooperation has abruptly ended, and for the unnecessary pain this will cause in the more than 30 children who were under our mutual care. We hope and believe that ACC will take good care of them, giving them all the support they need to go through this painful experience.

CRSS is willing and ready to face the big challenge of rebuilding these three HIV Children homes (Nanning, Guangzhou and Kunming). We know that God will give us strength and guide us to find those children who need our help. We also count on your support to start again with renew spirit.

Fernando Azpiroz
CRSS - Director
September 3th, 2012

New student summer camp benefits many

The new CRSS student summer camp was held in Maowangdong, Yunnan on 6 to 20 August, 2012. Its purpose is to provide for those students receiving CRSS subsidy an opportunity to increase self awareness and development; and at the same time experience the joy of using ones’ effort to help people in need. This group of six students brought happy moments and hope to the remote villagers through teaching the rural children, visiting the elderly and those rehabilitated people and variety show night gathering.

2012-8 Qiubei Students activity_800

1st Anniversary Celebration of Fr. Ruiz's death

Casa Ricci gracefully celebrated the 1st anniversary of the death of our beloved founder Fr. Luis Ruiz today with an internal sharing and a thanks-giving mass. Fr. Howard Lui, head of the Jesuites Community in Macau, presided over the mass with a special prayer by Fr. Fernando Azpiroz, successor and Executive Director of CRSS. Fr. Fernando shared at the Homily that Fr. Ruiz has a faith like the mustard seed (as in today Bible - Matthew 13: 31-35) to give plenty of space to cooperate with God. He also understands how to be humble to cooperate with others like yeast in flour, all for the benefit of the poor. Most of us agreed that besides faith, perseverance to pursue till the end is key to the success of Fr. Ruiz.


CRSS volunteers visited our children

CRSS volunteers from Macau paid a visit to one of our children homes in Guangdong province in early July. They played like kids with our children and brought them joy and laughters. A delicious dim-sim lunch filled their stomachs and the gathering ended with some gifts for our children. CRSS volunteering are one of the working groups formed back in May 2012 to further Fr. Ruiz charity work in China.


Friends of CRSS - 3rd Macau gathering - moving forwards

The third Macau Friends of CRSS gathering concluded with establishment of 4 working groups to further Fr. Ruiz loving spirit and charity work in China. These are Fund-raising, Prayer, Volunteering and Communication work group. The first prayer meeting will be on Friday 25 May at 8pm at the Jesuits Residence Chapel (picture below). For more information and photos, please visit the Photo Album here.


Zhaojue moving!

Deep in the high mountain of Sichuan province, the Zhaojue Leprosarium has recently moved to a new site in February. Built by local government, the new Leprosarium is a multi-building complex with a hospital and school. The former dormitories were built by CRSS in 2002 (10-year ago). Zhaojue is one of the sites where CRSS & partner have frontline workers stationed to provide service to the leprosy-affected community there.


Christmas celebration with rehabs

With the help of volunteer from Friends of Casa Ricci, CRSS celebrated this past Christmas with the rehab people affected by leprosy in one of the leprosariums in Guangdong, China. A “mid-night”mass was organized for those religious villagers. Celebration dinner, games, songs and lucky draw help to push the festive atmosphere to new height as participants were smiling with their souvenirs.