Yesterday morning, Cross Catholic staff listened as International Projects Officer Tara McKinney shared photos and stories from the recent vision trip she led to Mozambique. One of her co-travelers, Cross Catholic staff member Maria Aleman, joined her in person while the other, Monsignor Lambert Luna from St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church, joined us over the phone.
Fellowship is a common theme throughout the Bible, particularly in the New Testament after Christ’s ascension into heaven as new believers joined together to form churches.
Mozambique has been called an “African lion” – not because it is strong, but because it is stronger than it once was, having achieved modest economic growth and overcome bloody conflicts that plagued the country from the 1970s to the early 90s.
As anyone who has spent time in Africa can tell you, grandmothers are the unsung heroes in the fight against AIDS. They may not discovery a cure, headline a benefit concert, or legislate for sex education, but they are doing the hardest part – raising their orphaned grandsons and granddaughters whose parents have died of AIDS.
Did you know there are 33.3 million people currently infected with HIV? Did you know that 2.5 million of those people are children? Did you know that the poorest parts of the world are disproportionately plagued by this devastating – but preventable – disease?
Cross International Catholic Outreach may be listed among the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Top 100, but we’re still a pretty small fish in the ocean of humanitarian orgs. So when we landed a $4.8 million grant in late ‘08 from a whale—the US government—to help fund an AIDS project in Haiti, we did a happy dance. Frankly, it was our first government grant.