Last month’s inaugural ceremony for the newly constructed homes in the village of Las Palmas attracted a Nicaraguan TV news crew. This was a happy moment for all involved, as each family was presented with a Bible and the keys to their sturdy new home, provided by Rainbow Network with funding from Cross Catholic.
A wife and mother of five boys, Estelia’s life has been marked by difficulty. “My husband had to go to the Dominican Republic to work in bad conditions to support our family. I was always waiting for him to come back and help with the children because they were always sick.
There is an old Haitian proverb that says: “you can cheat the sun, but you can’t cheat the wind.” Jacklin Jean-Louis knows this from personal experience. I met this 34-year-old farmer and father of four on my recent trip to Kobonal, Haiti. There, Jacklin shared with me that he has always struggled to provide his family with a safe and sturdy house.
I love hearing stories about how Cross Catholic Outreach has changed lives. So when I heard about this precious family in Grenada, I had to share it with you. Single mom Bernadette Mahon and her six children used to live in a dilapidated shack in a small impoverished village known simply as “The Coconut.”
Hard to believe that someone actually lives in the leaning wooden shack you see here. Luminado de los Santos told us his home has been gradually collapsing as a result of strong winds, and that he now sleeps in the kitchen because he’s afraid the house will fall on him.
“When I lived in the old house, I was living in difficulty. The old house had leaking, a wet floor, and every year we’d have to put on new mud. The new house is a blessing from God.