For decades, CNEWA has accompanied Ethiopia’s Christian communities, feeding the hungry during periods of devastating drought and famine and nourishing those who thirst for peace during times of conflict and hardship.
Our regional director in Addis Ababa, Argaw Fantu, has described our work among those who have sought refuge there. “International organizations, such as the UNHCR, are responding to the largest physical needs of refugees,” he says. “The church, however, focuses on those needs that are not being met — the spiritual and psychosocial needs of the people in the camps.”
Since 2014, CNEWA has been collaborating with the Jesuit Refugee Service in responding to the psychosocial needs of refugees in the camps.
“CNEWA has also been working with the pastoral wing of the Adigrat Eparchy to assist refugees in their faith journey during times of hopelessness,” Mr. Fantu continues.
“Hope can be regained through focusing on prayer during hard times; reading and sharing Bible verses together, being closer to sacramental services. But all these services can’t be provided by one or two priests alone. They trained catechists to assist them.” CNEWA subsidizes this training and supports this important mission — helping to bring the people dignity, encouragement and hope.
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