How does the pharmacy work?
The pharmacy in Saoudé is managed by a lay missionary, Małgosia Tomaszewska, sent to Africa by our foundation. Małgosia is doing a great job here. She lives in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, and she takes care of the Gourcy farming project. She comes to Saoudé regularly to supervise the pharmacy under the exotic name of saint an Alsatian monk.
The region is extremely poor. The mountains, a harsh climate and the nearby desert bring the Harmattan, blowing from December until February, which brings plenty of red dust that covers everything. The people can’t afford any medications, so they come to St. Fridolin with their prescriptions from paramedics (which sometimes means a one-way walk of more than ten kilometers), and they get everything they need here – the standard payment is… a bowl of corn, sorghum or some other cereal. This food is collected and distributed among those who have nothing to eat in the dry season. The pharmacy in Saoudé is open 5 days a week for everyone.
Thanks to your support, this small pharmacy provides assistance to almost 4 000 people every year.