A Plea for the Horn of Africa
CNEWA is issuing an urgent appeal to help the suffering men, women and children in the Horn of Africa — hundreds of thousands of whom are enduring the worst drought in decades. For a powerful firsthand account which describes his recent visit to Ethiopia.
The need is especially acute for children, nursing mothers, the sick and the elderly — vulnerable to malnutrition and death. An overwhelming majority of those who live in the Horn of Africa inhabit rural areas and depend on agriculture and livestock to support their families.
“The food needs here are critical,” Msgr. Kozar said in an interview with Catholic News Service during his pastoral visit to the region in May. CNEWA, he added, provides humanitarian aid through the local church.
Support for Syria
In Canada, donations to CNEWA in support of its Syria emergency relief fund — which includes matching grants from the government — now total over $925,000.
“We want to thank Canadians for their generosity to support those in the Middle East who are still searching for hope amid the turmoil that has changed their lives forever,” says Carl Hétu, CNEWA’s national director in Canada. “These funds will go a long way toward improving the quality of life of our brothers and sisters in need of support.”
The Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities has awarded CNEWA two generous grants to support our work. A family foundation dedicated to the support of Catholic institutions worldwide, Raskob gave $50,000 to help feed malnourished families, provide medicines and support nutritional programs for school children in the Horn of Africa, which is combatting severe drought.
Raskob has also given a $22,000 grant to purchase medicines and supplies for the Mother of Mercy Clinic in Zerqa, Jordan. The pregnancy and pediatric care clinic was founded in 1982 by CNEWA and is now administered by the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena. Zerqa is home to tens of thousands of refugees from Iraq, Palestine, southern Asia and Syria.
90 Years, 90 Heroes
In March, CNEWA marked the 90th anniversary of its founding by Pope Pius XI. To commemorate this event, we are paying tribute to some of the people who have been a part of our CNEWA family over these nine decades. Twice a week, in a series entitled “90 Years, 90 Heroes,” our ONE-TO-ONE blog features profiles of those men and women who have made a difference in the lives of so many.
A few of those we have featured thus far include:
The Rev. Paul Wattson, S.A., now a candidate for sainthood, who once declared: “Real charity must go forth to extend its light and warmth to comfort others who are suffering.”
Sister Maria Hanna, O.P., whose courageous work on behalf of displaced Iraqi families is defined by her credo: “We want to be with the people, to serve the people in the moment.”
And longtime CNEWA donor Al Lagan, whose devotion to education made him a hero to countless children hungry to learn.
To meet ordinary men and women who have done extraordinary things visit: www.cnewablog.org/web/90heroes
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CNEWA Hits the Road
Members of the CNEWA team traveled to different corners of the continent this spring to spread the word about our work.
In April, CNEWA President John E. Kozar and External Affairs Officer the Rev. Elias D. Mallon, S.A., Ph.D., visited Providence, Rhode Island, for a diocesan convocation and priests’ study day. The topic was the current situation of Christians in the Middle East. With more than 150 priests in attendance, including Bishop Thomas J. Tobin and two other bishops, Msgr. Kozar spoke about his pastoral visit to Iraqi Kurdistan. Father Elias added context and a historical perspective.
Also in April, CNEWA’s Multimedia Editor Deacon Greg Kandra traveled to Illinois, where he was the keynote speaker at the Diocese of Joliet’s annual Peace Day. This year was devoted to the plight of refugees in the Middle East and around the world.
We’re always eager to share our story and let others know about how they can make a difference in CNEWA’s world.