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Children and Poverty: Issues of Healthy, Safety and Homelessness

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(6-12) Based on "Answering the Call to Combat Trafficking"

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Supplementary Articles

Helping Julio
  • January/February 2012, page 28
  • For grades 3-12
  • Julio is an 8-year-old living in an orphanage in  El Salvador. Because he has cerebral palsy and needed extra care, he was kept in a ward for children ages birth to two. He couldn't sit up, talk or play with toys. Lay Missioner Nana Tyrolt saw Julio's dignity as a child of God. With lots of love and work, Nan has helped Julio achieve much. Use this article to help students understand human dignity in the light of physical challenges, the importance of skills, compassion and persistence, and how poverty is particularly difficult for those with handicaps.

Down From Paradise

  • September 2009, page 12
  • For grades 7-12
  • Former gang members from Honduras work with Father Thomas Goekler to establish a Catholic Worker House in an area of Guatemala City, where "poverty is not an option." Goekler speaks of systemic poverty and they all work to develop situations where people have opportunities to flourish. This offers discussion opportunities on poverty, justice, responsibility, as well as recognizing one's own values and choices

Peace Through Soccer
  • July/August 2011, page 41
  • For all grades
  • Lay Missioner Larry Parr began a soccer program in a small community in El Salvador. It is called  Playing for Peace and its goal is to give kids an alternative to the gang culture in their area. A happy result was that  one of the teams, from one of the poorest parts of El Salvador, got to compete in an international tournament!

The Good Samaritans of Oaxaca
  • July/August 2009, page 36
  • For grades 7-12
  • For K-6, see Related Activities for a story based on this article
  • The Center for Migrant Orientation opened in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2003, a result of a joint pastoral letter of Mexican and United States Bishops calling for compassion for migrants. Situations of migrant people vary, as does the assistance offered to them, but compassion and care is similar to the Samaritan and the innkeeper of Luke 10:25-37.

Dwelling in the Kingdom
  • October 2010 page 24
  •  For grades 7 and up
  • This interview with Lay Missioner Coralis Salvador is two-fold: it shows the creative ways she works with families affected by AIDS and the strength and ingenuity of the caregivers of the many orphans, as well as offers Salvador's wisdom on spirituality and mission.

The Delights of Mission 

  • July/August 2009, page 12
  • For grades K-12
  • Lay Missioner Larry Parr is young, but he is already on his second stint in mission. He knew at the age of 15 he would become a missioner. There is something of interest for most age groups in this article (children benefiting from a soup kitchen started by Parr in El Salvador, the communal spirit of the villagers which enhances their lives, a local music group which includes Parr , and considering points of view when reading Scripture).However, Parr's youth may make this article particularly interesting for students in grades 6-12.  

Additional Activities

Activities based on The Good Samaritans of Oaxaca
  • For K-3, K-6, 4-6, and 7-12

Activities based on "Dwelling in the Kingdom"