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Sister Maria Fernanda Ramirez Rivera (Mafe)

Medical Mission Sister Maria Fernanda Ramirez Rivera (Mafe) is beginning her fifth year as co-coordinator of a special health care program for chilMafe newsdren, especially those living with disabilities, in Pachacutec, an area of extreme poverty in Peru.  A pediatrician, Sister Mafe provides needed health care and special rehabilitation therapies to little ones with cerebral palsy, autism and other complex syndromes.  She and her co-coordinator, a Passionist Sister, “can see that it makes a big difference for children and their families.”  Earlier this year, Sister Mafe, who is from Colombia, made her Final Vows as a Medical Mission Sister. 

Above photograph: Sister Mafe with Jean Franco Arellano, one of the children who inspired the program for children with disabilities in Pachacutec