In Northeast Africa, the nations of Egypt, Eritrea and Ethiopia face formidable challenges — economic, environmental, political and social.

Poverty, fear of the coronavirus, drought and other forms of climatic change are taking serious tolls on Northeast Africa’s most vulnerable. Ethnic strife and religious intolerance threaten to unravel the delicate fabric of functioning societies. Hunger is a daily fact of life for many. And yet, it is an area anxious for miracles, hungry for hope.

CNEWA’s primary partners in the region, the Coptic, Eritrean and Ethiopian Catholic churches respectively, share in the Christian heritage that has been present there since the first century. While small communities of faith, each church plays a disproportionate role in helping to heal, teach and lift those most in need. From its beginnings, CNEWA has been there to accompany these churches, walking with them as they live the Gospel.

CNEWA grants in 2019 included:

  • $11,000 to help the Eucharistic Sisters in the Eparchy of Segheneity, Eritrea, establish a poultry farm.
  • $233,459 to prepare seminarians and religious brothers and sisters in 27 houses of formation in Eritrea.
  • $322,108 to provide care for children enrolled in 46 child care programs in Ethiopia, including children with special needs living in dormitories and those attending parish schools.
  • $20,497 to assist the Coptic Catholic eparchies of Assiut and Ismailiya with parish lay leadership programs.
  • $29,295 to help the pastoral commission of the Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat for chaplaincy programs in the country’s universities.
  • $13,886 to enable a parish dispensary in Touwa, Egypt, rehabilitate its facilities and purchase new medical equipment.
  • $15,000 to assist the Hagaz Agrotechnical Institute in Eritrea to secure its water supply.

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