In 1987, he launched the work “Casa Ricci Social Services”, directing his activities towards abandoned communities on the Chinese continent, first with lepers and then people with AIDS. Fr. Luis Ruiz has rallied benefactors around the world, not only for material help but also allowing them to live a more dignified life.
A recent success for CRSS is obtaining NGO status recognized by one of the Chinese provinces where it has been involved for so long and where it has established links with government services. In 2016, a new law made this “accreditation” difficult and the fact that an official Jesuit institution has obtained it is proof of the quality of its services for the Chinese population. Other accreditations are being finalized in various provinces of mainland China, where Casa Ricci operates some 50 programs in 13 provinces. Lepers continue to require attention in 64 centres, while HIV-positive people and some 1,500 students living in poverty also benefit from its services.