A group of Fordham’s Global Outreach (GO!) students teamed up with a local community from a rural province in Brazil to learn about deforestation and promote food sustainability.
The trip was part of GO’s program in the small Brazilian town of Colinas do Tocantins. In late May and early June, eight Fordham students and chaperone Ann Marie Boccuzzi, assistant director for alumni relations, worked with locals to start a community garden near the Sao Sebatiao Church where they stayed.
The trip gave Boccuzzi, GABELLI ’10, a former GO! executive board member, a chance to apply her Jesuit education to “help students immerse themselves in a new culture while also facing challenging social justice issues.”
Ethiopia is rich and diverse in cultural and religious history, being the oldest independent African country and one of the oldest in the world. SCIAF has supported local partners in Ethiopia since 1986. For the last five years SCIAF has worked collaboratively with its sister agencies CAFOD and Trocaire through a single Ethiopia office with a single programme, which works in four key areas: Helping people earn a sustainable living; HIV/AIDS responses; Developing an inclusive society; Responding to humanitarian disasters
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“For me, faith is everything. Faith in Christ gives meaning to my life and it is the foundation of all that I do – whether in my personal life or in my work in Santa Maria Chiquimula. The parish is home to some of the poorest and most marginalised in Guatemalan society. It is located in the highlands of Guatemala, about 6,600 feet high. There are plenty of mountains and forest, but the environment is suffering greatly. Deforestation is common place – where trees are cut down leaving vast, open areas of land susceptible to mud slides and a lack of water.