Help the Jesuit Network "Fe y Alegria" Feed Venezuelans in Need
Oct. 11, 2016 - Jesuit communities and institutions in the U.S. can help Venezuela’s children and communities weather the severe economic crisis that created shortages of food, medicine and other basic necessities that left some Venezuelans starving. Fe y Alegria, an international Jesuit educational network that was founded in Venezuela in 1955 will help serve this need. For 50 years, Fe y Alegria has provided increased access to education for children, teenagers and adults and promoted the values of social justice across communities. Now, Fe y Alegria has developed a nutrition project to ensure that 1,000 students in two schools in the eastern portion of the country have two meals a day. Over the course of the year, Fe y Alegria will track the impact of this program, documenting students’ height and weight over the course of the year and analyzing attendance and academic performance. The cost of the program will be $2.50 per student per week, just $10 a month or $120 a year. The Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus encourage Jesuit institutions, as a community of faith committed to doing justice, to explore this economic crisis in Venezuela. Consider hosting an educational event to draw attention to the realities in the country and think about organizing community members to raise funds to support the Fe y Alegria Nutrition Program.
For more information, contact Nick Napolitano, assistant for social ministries for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-774-5527. Click here to learn more.
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