The Harsh Reality of AIDS

“There are three ways to get AIDS: From your mom, from blood, and from unprotected sex. I got it from my mom,” said 12-year-old Farah, matter-of-factly—over the radio airwaves. Farah is an orphaned resident of The Rainbow House, an orphanage we support for AIDS affected children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. An only child, her mother died ...

Catholic Schools: a safe haven for neglected children

Poverty is more than just an economic issue. Take, for instance, 11-year-old Caroline and her two older sisters, Jovias and Scovia. The three Ugandan siblings lived alone in the crumbling ruins of a once-decent house built by their father, whose alcoholism has led to much grief for the whole family. In 2003, the girls’ parents ...

Uganda’s Plug for Purity

When an Islamic primary school invites a Catholic teacher to speak to its students, you know there’s got to be an incredibly compelling reason. In Uganda, that reason is AIDS prevention. Recently, a few Cross staff members got to sit in on a classroom session while Josephine Kabuye, an Education For Life facilitator with the ...

A Happy Ending

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. Claudio, our projects officer for Latin America, recently returned from visiting ...

Hope in the Storm

We reached out to several of our ministry partners in the Philippines and Vietnam over the last few days to see if they were OK after the devastating floods caused by Tropical Storm Ketsana. So far, we’ve only heard back from one of them — please continue to pray. On Saturday (Sept. 26), Tropical Storm ...

Humbled in Haiti

A small group of staff members just returned from Haiti. They were so moved by their experience, they had a hard time holding it together as they spoke to the rest of us about it. Their trip took them through Gonaives where Cross Catholic flew in food and supplies last year when roads were wiped ...