Helen Keller once wrote, “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” Cross Catholic Outreach is working with the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary to meet the needs of blind Vietnamese girls. Despite their disability, the girls are learning many ways to interact with each other, to enjoy life together and to contribute to their communities.
At first glance, you might never guess that these girls engaged in a scrappy game of chess are blind. They know the feel of the chess pieces, and they’re playing on a special board. See the holes in each square?
Confirmation of a student living at the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary boarding house in M’Lon, Vietnam. Cross Catholic Outreach is helping cover expenses for food, board and tuition for Vietnamese girls who would otherwise be unable to go to school.
When America remembered the tenth anniversary of 9/11 last weekend, I recalled something a nun in Vietnam said to me several years ago. I had been shadowing her as she visited very poor children in rural areas, as well as children with AIDS, deaf children, and undocumented children of migrant workers who have the odds stacked against them from birth.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. ~ Psalm 107:8-9
Throughout the year we receive heart-felt thank you letters and cards from the projects we support around the world. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, we thought now was a great time to share some of them with you.