Repair and Maintain Vehicles used for Pastoral Work in Cuba

The Caribbean island of Cuba is often seen as a holiday paradise for foreign tourists, but a continuing economic crisis in the country is severely impacting the daily life of the ordinary Cuban people.

The Church is also suffering from the difficult economic situation,  but it continues to strive to bring hope and consolation to the people. We have received an appeal for help from the Archdiocese of Camagüey, which is roughly in the center of the country. It has a total population of over 760,000, of whom 63% or so are baptized Catholics. The archdiocese covers an area of a little over 6,000 square miles, so the 28 priests, 37 religious Sisters and 16 permanent deacons working there have to travel considerable distances in order to minister to the Catholic faithful.

The vehicles available to the diocese are all quite ancient, the oldest dating back to 1975 and most of the rest to the 1980s. The cost of importing new vehicles is prohibitively high, so the more common solution is to constantly maintain and repair old vehicles. Repair costs and the necessary spare parts can also be very expensive. Reliable vehicles are essential to the local priests and religious, who would otherwise be unable to travel to the often remote and isolated communities where the faithful are waiting for them.

The archdiocese has its own maintenance workshop to help minimize expenses, but even then it cannot always find the money it needs for all the necessary repair, given all the other pastoral expenses.

We have promised to help the diocese over the next three years with a contribution of approximately $42,100 annually for the maintenance, repair and spare parts costs for these vehicles. If the priests and religious do not have vehicles to reach the people, many of the Catholic faithful would be left waiting for the sacraments, the Good News of the Gospel and the practical help and support of the priests and religious of the diocese.

Can you give to fund the repair and maintenance costs of the vehicles used for pastoral care in Cuba?

We are sure the local priests and religious will gratefully remember you in their prayers as they continue to work to serve the faithful.

Aid to the Church in Need commits to invest your funds where they will have the greatest impact for the Church that we serve. Funds donated to Aid to the Church in Need’s projects will be used towards the greatest need in our programs to help keep the Faith alive.

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