Youth Lenten Project – 2020

This year, our youth will lead the congregation in raising funds for Augusta Victoria Hospital, located on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, a program of the Lutheran World Federation. During worship on March 1 and the following Sundays in Lent, youth will share information about the project. On March 8, they will coordinate Fellowship Hour serving and members George Lowe and Martha Monson Lowe will share their experiences at AVH in an Adult Forum. To read about the hospital, go to https://jerusalem.lutheranworld.org/content/augusta-victoria-hospital-91

Specialty departments at the Augusta Victoria Hospital that account for the majority of work at the hospital are:  The Cancer Care Center, the Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation Care Center, the Artificial Kidney Unit (dialysis), the Surgical Care and Ear, Nose, Throat Center, the Diabetes Care Center, the Specialized Center for Child Care, and the Skilled Nursing and Long-Term (Sub-Acute) Care Facility.These care centers provide specialized treatments that are not available in the majority of hospitals in Palestine. The hospital is now focusing much of its strategic efforts on establishing a palliative care facility as well as a care center for the elderly.  

AVH is the first and only hospital to provide radiation therapy for cancer patients in the Palestinian territories and is the only medical facility in the West Bank offering pediatric kidney dialysis. On a daily basis, these and other specialty services touch countless lives, both young and old, from communities across the Palestinian territories.

Olive oil, pressed from olives from the 800 trees on the Lutheran World Federation property, is used by the hospital’s kitchen, provides funds for Palestinian patients from the West Bank and Gaza, who are unable to pay for medical services, and provides income to offset hospital operational costs.  The olives are grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers.