The Church of St. Francis Xavier Confirmation Class of 2013
As part of our preparation for Confirmation, our class has been doing lots of service in our local community: feeding the hungry at a food pantry, giving drink to thirsty volunteers at the MS Walk in Manhattan, sheltering the homeless by giving a good "Spring Cleaning" to the men's shelter our parish runs, and even donating more than 2,000 books to a prison to help the men and women there who need inspiration, guidance, and hope. But we wanted to do even more!
We wanted to find a way to help those even further away and who are in even more desperate need. We decided to help children in Honduras.
"Honduras is one of the poorest places on the planet when it comes to material possessions, but in its spirit it remains rich. For more than 15 years our parish has sent people to help communities there. Currently there are four projects we want to help."
"Casa Corazon (which means "House of The Heart") is a home for children with HIV and AIDS who have been orphaned or abandoned. I really wanted to help these children because as the son of a doctor, and he's taught me a lot about his work. I realize the effect HIV and AIDS can have, especially on children. And I'd like to do anything I can to help lift this burden."
"In the Honduran Garifuna community 78% of the children under 12 suffer from malnutrition, and 72% of the entire population is illiterate or only semi-literate. With your help we will build an annex to their school. This will enable these youngsters to learn and have a chance at better life.
This part of the project really touched my heart because I believe education is the key to a better life. Providing these children with a basic human right such as learning is essential. We want a new generation of Garifuna children to have the promise of a fulfilling life, mentally and spiritually."
"In the Guacamaya community we are helping women, some of whom have lost their children to terrible crimes. We were very sad to find out that Honduras has the highest murder rate of any nation in the world, and since 2009 when the government was taken over by the military, the murder rate has gotten even worse."
Four people were killed Tuesday in a gunbattle between two rival criminal gangs in the central Honduran city of La Guacamaya, police said.
Although we can't travel to Honduras to help in person (and probably neither can you), we can still help by raising funds. Our class is small"”there are only four of us!"” but we are committed to raising $5,000 to fund these projects, which will help these people who are in so much need.
The money we collect will be given to our team of parishioners who go to Honduras each year, and who will then give it to the Honduran people supervising these projects.
Please join us and make a donation "“ no matter how large or small! Everything will help.
Thanks and God bless!
The Confirmation Class of 2013 of the Church of St. Francis Xavier
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