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Can you turn your back on a hungry child and say, "It's not my problem"?
It's hard to describe what life is like for children orphaned by AIDS in Esidumbini – a rural mission outstation of our Archdiocese at the tip of Southern Africa.
Whole families of siblings struggle along together – with the older children
missing school to beg for food from equally poor neighbours.
Others have been taken in by merciful ‘Gogos’
(grandmothers). One old lady has a ‘family’ of 10, with only
her pitiful state pension to feed them all.
These children barely survive ... hunger is a regular visitor in their mud hut homes.
But there is hope. Mission priest, Father Cyril Xaba walks in the
footsteps of Jesus, as is his calling. Whenever he can scratch
some money together, he buys vegetables and sometimes a little meat, and the local women cook up a stew in huge pots for the children.
just not enough to go round
and some children will be
left sadly holding their empty
plates ... still hungry.
It hurts, but Father Cyril does the best he can with the little he has.
Please help Father Cyril
feed more orphans, more often.
It will take a special spirit of generosity ... but
whatever you can spare – even if it’s only a little – given online now
will make a big difference to hungry children.
We can't give you anything in return for your generosity except our prayers. So please click here to request special intentions to be included in our monthly Mass for Mission friends.
Gift of education from UK Mission friend There was great excitement at the chancery yesterday when Tony Watkins arrived to hand over education kits for the children of Emolweni School.
‘I was hungry, and you gave me food’ (Matt.25:35) Hunger is a very real part of poverty, unemployment, and homelessness. And it‘s often thanks to your compassion and generosity that the Archdiocese is able to provide food for those who are hungry. [more...]
St Leo’s Mission is 100 years old Today, there’s a substantial church on the mission, built with the help of mission friends like you, and a flourishing school which you also helped to renovate after the buildings had fallen into a sad state of disrepair. [more...]
To everything there is a season The month of May is very much about conserving what little families may have, to see them through the coming winter. [more...]