Claudio, one of our project officers, just got back from Peru last week, and apparently it was an unusual trip — unusual because transportation workers went on strike shortly after he arrived in Lima. Public transportation came to a halt, and protesters were hurling rocks at cars, which made it quite nerve-wracking for Claudio to drive from project to project.
Jesus tells us to visit those who are in prison, and one day we shadowed someone who takes that command to heart: Sister Lianne Rainville with the Daughters of Wisdom. She’s been visiting female inmates in Manila, Philippines for about 16 years. Two to three times a week she goes to a “holding facility.”
Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than any other region of the world. The reality of this statement hit our Africa project officer, Jim Kline, during his recent trip to visit the projects we support there. He described it this way: “The extent of the AIDS pandemic in Africa is kind of like the genocide in Rwanda.
One of our project officers recently brought back some neat photos from St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center, a ministry we support in Kenya that provides temporary shelter and education to street children. Most of these children come from pretty desperate situations, so it’s nice to see them smiling and having a bit of fun.
One out of every seven people on the planet does not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. That’s a staggering statistic from the United Nation’s World Food Programme, which recently released a nifty map that charts the depth of hunger around the world.
More news from our ministry partner, Haitian Health Foundation, on the deadly accident that killed three — a nurse, the driver, and a 5-year-old — and left several injured yesterday (see our post below).