I walked at “ground zero” of Volcán de Fuego’s eruption just 17 days after the disaster. The town I stood in used to be San Miguel Los Lotes, but it was hard to believe people had lived there less than three weeks prior.
I have been traveling to Guatemala for years and have witnessed the incredible resilience of the country’s people, so it is impossible for me to be objective about the impact of the recent volcanic eruption.
Nicaragua is a nation of contrasts, fittingly earning its reputation as “the land of fire and water” (a reference to its many volcanoes and lakes). But contrasts of a more serious kind are also part of the picture. Nicaragua possesses great beauty… as well as great poverty.
We love supporting programs that lift the poor out of poverty. The theory is: give a man a fishing rod instead of a fish, and he’ll be equipped to feed himself. You’ll have supported real, lasting change.
Cross Catholic Outreach’s strategy of working through local parish-based ministries serves two purposes: it effectively provides for the material needs of the poor in a loving way and it shows them the hope that can only be found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Cross Catholic Outreach staff members were recently blessed with an opportunity to work alongside Father Glenn Meaux in Kobonal Haiti, distributing food to elderly villagers. That morning, some of the villagers had walked from miles away to receive their monthly supply, which they rely on for their basic nutritional needs.