About an hour outside Cusco, Peru sits Hogar Mercedes de Jesus Molina, a rural orphanage for 19 girls run by the Marianita Sisters. The sisters also run a feeding center, providing nutritious meals five days a week for about 90 needy children from the surrounding neighborhood.
Though we are an international organization, Cross International Catholic Outreach occasionally finds the opportunity to reach out to those in need in our own community. This month we’ve partnered with St. Maurice Catholic Church to distribute 21,000-pounds of Thanksgiving food supplies to hundreds of the poor in South Florida.
Back in the 1980s, constant media coverage made “famine” a virtual synonym for “Ethiopia.” But the root issues were never entirely resolved, and now a new drought is underway, and many families in rural villages are reliving the nightmare.
The United Nations World Food Programme recently reported that food aid to the world’s poor is at a 20-year low, yet the number of hungry people is at the highest level ever — 1 billion. Part of the problem is countries such as the U.S. have cut back their aid because of economic woes, leaving millions of poor without food.
Sister Margaret from Kabulonga Cheshire Home took some time to thank Cross Catholic for our ongoing support of critical operating costs at the Zambian rehabilitation center. Cheshire Home provides excellent medical, nutritional, and pastoral care for disabled children too poor to afford treatment.
Check out this video interview with Fikansa Chanda, the program manager of the Itimpi Community Health Care program in Zambia. He is so thankful for the Cross Catholic donors who are helping to provide food, medicine, and health care for HIV/AIDS patients and other victims of chronic illness.