Chris Rodriguez (US)


South-Africa,
Bethlehem

Fidesco volunteer back from mission on August 2013

Christopher’s mission in Colombia was to work with the poor and the disabled. There he worked as a social worker in the slums of Bolivar where he worked at a homeless shelter for children and adults living with disabilities. Bolivar is one of the largest areas of poverty in Latin America due to the displacement caused by the Colombian conflict.

Chris’ second mission was in Bethlehem, South Africa where he inaugurated a mission working with the Catholic Community Service organization. It entailed an after school program for over 1000 under-privileged children, teaching organic farming and management of chicken farms and finally a project that conducted life-skill training for those involved in the above mentioned projects.

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Dear friends,

As the world continues to deal with the pandemic of the Covid 19 virus, the

United States is now confronted with the virus of anti-Black Racism that permeates

the history of our country. How can we stop the spread and treat it? What is the cure?

Fidesco acknowledges this grave sin of white supremacy and recommit to our work

to fight for the equal dignity of all in every place where we serve—including the

lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

May we not let God down!

We pray for all our sisters and brothers of color who are victims of racism and may

our actions bring about change for the better.

Sincerely,

The Board Members of Fidesco USA

                 “At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace.”

                                         (US Conference of Catholic Bishops)