At a Moment of Crisis, You Can Be Their Hope

two nuns stand outside of a building, scanning an open notebook, while patients wait or walk through the area around.
Two sisters review documents outside of the Mendida Medhanealem Catholic Medium Clinic in Ethiopia. (photo: Argaw Fantu)

The pandemic is hitting many we serve the hardest. Your gift to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund can help save lives.

The world is confronting a mounting health crisis like no other in modern memory. At this moment, CNEWA is rushing emergency aid to our partners around the globe, beginning with India and Africa, battling to stop the spread of the coronavirus and bring urgent aid to some of the most vulnerable men, women and children we serve.

As critical as the situation is in North America and Europe, it can be even worse for the poor, the marginalized and the sick. For many, it is literally a matter of life and death.

But thanks to CNEWA’s generous donors, we have been able to send funds to address the extreme hunger that is now devastating some of the most marginalized populations in the countries we serve.

In Gurgaon, New Delhi, for example, Syro-Malankara Catholic Bishop Jacob Mar Barnabas, along with his priests, sisters, seminarians and volunteers of his eparchy, has prepared meals for up to 5,000 people a day from their community kitchen. Most are homeless or migrants who get no support from the state.

In Eritrea, we have been able to distribute basic food supplies to hundreds in need — helping, in particular, mothers with small children.

CNEWA has also deployed emergency funds to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, providing everything from face masks to disinfectants.

CNEWA’s president, Msgr. Peter I. Vaccari, said recently, “It has been humbling to see the great good this work is achieving. The psalmist tells us that ‘The Lord hears the cry of the poor.” (Ps. 34). May we continue to answer that cry with loving and hope-filled hearts!”

We are monitoring this situation on the ground, as we receive updates from our partners in the field. You can read the latest in our continuing series Voices From the Pandemic on our blog.

As Pope Francis said in his Easter message, “This is not a time for indifference.” CNEWA, responding to the pope’s call to remember the poorest during this crisis, is raising funds and mobilizing resources, partnering with the Holy See, local churches and religious congregations. All funds raised are going to COVID-19 relief.

Join us and help bring our brothers and sisters around the world health and, most importantly, hope.

The world has changed. But our mission hasn’t. We witness the Gospel, bringing the love of Jesus to those who are alone, desperate, frightened or helpless.

We bring help. We bring hope.

We are CNEWA.

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