Part II: A Day at San Lucas Rural Health Project

On Tuesday, I promised you a story of someone whose life was saved by the efforts of San Lucas Rural Health Project, a Cross Catholic-supported health outreach to rural mountain communities in Bolivia. Meet Sabina Ovideo, a 47-year-old woman whose life was threatened by a heart condition, but thanks to the efforts of the rural clinic she was saved!

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Caribbean Dream

“I dreamt Jesus was walking with me and told me, ‘It’ll be okay,” said smiling 66-year-old Aura, mother of six children and caretaker of 19. “So I know my God will always supply my needs.” Out of Christ-like compassion for the needy, especially homeless mothers and their children, Aura keeps taking them into her own home—including a young girl who expects to give birth any day.

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A Life-Saving Ambulance

A recent study by the World Health Organization uncovered an alarming fact: More than 10 million women and children, mostly in developing countries, still die each year from causes which are largely preventable and treatable — such as unattended childbirth.  In Haiti between 500 and 1,000 women in every 100,000 die each year giving birth.

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Helping the poor help themselves

Last year, we met a Zambian woman named Christine who had gone from riches to rags because of AIDS. Once the owner of three houses, she sold all her properties in desperation and used the money to pay a medicine man to cure her. In the end, she was left with no money, no friends or family to support her, and a worsening illness.

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The Value of a Catholic Education

Don’t believe in second chances? Meet Sherry Joseph – a polite, hardworking, well-adjusted young woman from Georgetown, Guyana. At first appearance, you’d never guess this person was raised in an orphanage, or that she was sent there because her parents went to prison for drugs when she was only 8 years old.

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