Black Friday in Nicaragua

13. December 2011 thank you, water 0
I don’t need to tell you about the Black Friday mayhem of crazed shoppers, big bargains, long check-out lines, and subsequent buyer’s remorse (or in my case, a quiet day at home putting up Christmas decorations). But there’s another Black Friday story you may not know. A story of Nicaraguan villagers turning on their water ...

Songs of peace

10. November 2011 children, orphanage 0
How do you entertain a houseful of physically and mentally disabled children in the Philippines? Answer: fill their days with music! One of our Cross Catholic project officers put himself in harm’s way (accidentally laying down on an anthill) to capture this photo of Sister Venice singing with the kids at Queen of Peace Children’s ...

Success Story!

09. November 2011 Haiti, housing 0
Haiti needs positive role models, and these young men just might fit the bill. The team of construction workers recently stopped in at Fr. Marc Boisvert’s Espwa (Hope) Village to work on a roof. If it seemed like they knew their way around the place exceptionally well, that’s because they used to live there – ...

Made in God’s Image

13. October 2011 Africa, children 0
In a few words, Sr. Emma says it all: “God is marvelous. That is what I see when I look at the children.” I think that’s exactly what Jesus sees too – the handiwork of God -when he looks at the faces of the children at the Chisombezi Deaf-Blind Center in Malawi. What a stark ...

Lessons learned

11. October 2011 children 0
The mood was joyful, but the message sobering, as the kids at the Tete Center for Vulnerable Children & Adults welcomed Cross Catholic with music, dancing and drama. The topic: child trafficking. This wasn’t the “don’t talk to strangers” lecture that we got when we were kids. In Mozambique, the threat to children is far ...

Say Cheese!

06. October 2011 children 0
I snapped this photo as I was being swarmed by a pack of school boys on a playground in rural Nicaragua, where Cross Catholic is working with Amigos for Christ to build clean water systems for the poor. The kids love to have their pictures taken, and they love to see their extreme close-up shots ...

The importance of dignity

05. October 2011 children 0
Is this the face of poverty? If I hadn’t been standing right there in this child’s Nicaraguan village, snapping her photo under a blazing hot sun while perspiration seeped through my clothes, I never would have guessed her difficult circumstances. I wouldn’t have known that she lives in a house with no bathtub, no toilet, ...

Full House

22. September 2011 children, housing 0
Fr. Bob of St. Martin of Tours Church told us that every time he visits the Webster home, he finds sacks of cement on the floor. And lo and behold, when we dropped in to meet Aura Webster – a saintly 66-year-old woman who receives monthly food assistance through Cross Catholic – there it was…a ...