‘Signing your name in the book of poverty’

Gabe Hurrish reflects on the immense challenges facing teachers—and students—in South Sudan By Gabe Hurrish According to report issued by the United Nations in February 2019, South Sudan has the highest proportion of out-of-school children in the world. There are more than 2.2 million school-aged children in South Sudan who are not attending classes. Either no schools exist or the...
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A new lease on life high up in the Andes

By Joe Loney Here in Bolivia we enjoy lots of sunshine, but the sun simply does not truly shine equally for everyone. Doña Evarista is a mother of six children and needs some sunshine. She and her husband were subsistence farmers when we met them last year at their home in Sachacaymane, Tacopaya. Their main crop has been potatoes. Last...
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Maryknoll lay missioners in El Salvador

Maryknoll lay missioners in El Salvador accompany internally displaced refugees, homeless persons and people in economically poor squatters’ communities. They work in education, youth services, parish outreach, economic empowerment, nutrition, agriculture and environmental concerns. In this video, they talk about their lives and ministries in a country that continues to experience an epidemic of gang-related violence, while also celebrating life...
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The torturous Tombura road

Traveling South Sudanese style is nothing for the faint-hearted  By Gabe Hurrish I am beginning my 27th year living outside the United States and my 11th year living in Africa. In all those years I have seen some rather isolated places and traveled some pretty rough roads but I have never experienced the torture of the Tombura road. I cannot...
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Plastic bottles, organic crops and sharing life’s journey

Lay missioner Peg Vámosy reflects on her life and ministry in El Salvador  By Peg Vámosy I have now been a Maryknoll lay missioner for 10 years, and I still love what I do! I continue working on agricultural and environmental issues in the rural parish of Monte San Juan, about an hour outside of San Salvador, and continue to...
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Understanding the African Culture

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Richard Ross At the Lubango Center where I work, in the hills of Mwanza, Tanzania, I try to help keep the complex clean. Most of the garbage we generate is burned; there are not many, if any, garbage collection services. Now Tanzania does use marabou storks to process garbage by cleaning areas via their ingestion...
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A Light Shed into Poverty: Kenya Ministry

Curt Klug together with his wife Anita, co-direct project H.O.P.E for the Diocese of Mombasa in Kenya as Maryknoll Lay Missioners. This ministry seeks to assure that no child orphaned by AIDS on the West and  North Coasts of Mombasa is deprived of basic education needs, as well as to enhance support for orphans and their guardian/family through a holistic...
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A Key – Opening New Doors for Imprisoned Women

Lay Missioner Katie Coldwell’s dream to implant an organic garden in the largest women’s penitentiary in Latin America By Kathleen Bond, Maryknoll Lay Missioner In rural southeast Brazil, Margarida Ferreira’s downward spiral began slowly.  After separating from her husband, she began drinking while working at her small bar.  Before long, she was smoking crack. A short stint in a rehab...
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