Encounter Lent 2018-Week #3

In Tougouri Commune Of Burkina Faso, Safiata Abore Sits Near Onions That Were Harvested From Her Farm.

Safiata, 58 Years Old, Is The Mother Of 9 Children And 16 Grandchildren. As A Widow, She Is The Primary Caretaker For Many Of Them Who Continue To Live In The Household. 

Farming And Selling A Portion Of Her Harvest Is The Primary Way Safiata Can Earn The Income Necessary To Buy Food For Her Family And Pay Their School Fees. Safiata Has Three Plots Of Land, One Of Which She Received From Catholic Relief Services' Helping Hands Project.

The Community Has Been Able To Maintain An Irrigation System By Contributing 15,000 CFA Per Year, Or Approximately 5.00.  This Helps Safiata And More Than 120 Farmers Increase Their Harvest And Income.

CRS Trained The Women, Including Safiata, In How To Organize And Use Savings And Internal Lending Communities, Also Known As SILC, To Help Members Pool Their Money, Save Over Time And Borrow To Meet Pressing Needs Or To Develop Business Opportunities.

Care for God’s Creation

Catholic social teaching inspires and guides how we are to live and work in the world. In this principle, Care for God’s Creation, we remember that God created every plant, every mountaintop, every animal—everything. And God said that these things are good. We find God in these good things, and so we must take care of creation—for ourselves and for our entire human family.

To read this week’s story of hope, click here.

For more information on ways to encounter Lent, visit the Diocese of Honolulu CRS Rice Bowl website.