Bolivia has long been the poorest country in South America, and while its economy has improved as of late, the majority of its people can expect to see little, if any, change. For example, Cochabamba, Bolivia’s fourth-largest city, has emerged as a center of industry, but many of its residents continue to live in deep poverty.
The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart have worked in the suburbs of Cochabamba since 2005. Unlike the Discalced Carmelites, their enclosed and contemplative sister congregation, theirs is an active and directly involved community.
The Carmelites in Cochabamba founded and run an educational center for children, young adults, and women. There, they teach literacy and basic employable skills. They also prepare children for the Sacraments, organize retreat days, and counsel victims of domestic violence.
Bolivia’s parishes are large, and there are comparatively few priests. The sisters play a vital role in promoting the faith and assisting others on their spiritual journeys.
But while they are assets to Bolivia and the Church, they struggle to make ends meet. The sisters have turned to ACN for financial support, to cover the costs of transportation, medical care, and their most basic needs. We have promised them $2,500.
Will you help to fund the work of Bolivia’s indispensable sisters? We are sure they will remember you in their prayers.
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