Ana Aleman is a trusted Cross Catholic mission partner who tirelessly works to bring nutrition and God’s love to the poor in El Progreso, Honduras. She first came to Honduras more than 10 years ago on a short-term mission trip. Overwhelmed and convicted by the poverty she saw, God put a burden on her heart for the scores of malnourished children in the area.
Missionary Ana Aleman has always been a favorite in our office. Her selfless devotion to the poor at Las Mercedes/Prince of Peace Nutrition Center in Honduras continues to be an inspiration. She truly puts her faith into action.
Nothing is more uplifting than seeing the smiling face of a hungry child receiving a nutritious meal, or a mother with tears of joy in her eyes because she knows she’ll be able to feed her family with the bag of food staples she just received.
Born with a severe case of clubfoot, Isaiah Cruz spent most of his life crawling around. The 13-year-old Honduran’s feet were so twisted he couldn’t stand without help. Although he is a great student, until recently he hated going to school because the other children made fun of him.
Last month we shared the story of Javier, a 10-month-old orphan who weighed just under 9 pounds — a little more than a newborn. He was rescued and nursed back to health by Las Mercedes/Prince of Peace, a nutrition center we support in Honduras.
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.