Help Us Fight Poverty and Homelessness in Peru

For: Families of Laderas, Children of Hogar San Francisco de Asis
Callao Region, Peru
Organizer: Frassati Fellowship NYC
Help Us Fight Poverty and Homelessness in Peru (Families of Laderas, Children of Hogar San Francisco de Asis)
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The Story

First and foremost, thank you for coming this far.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to land on this donation page.

Frassati Fellowship NYC is embarking on a 10-day mission trip to Lima, Peru there we will serve the community of Laderas de Chillon.  There we will build homes, visit the sick and homebound, celebrate Holy Mass and share in the lives of the community. Additionally, Hogar San Francisco de Asis, a home for sick and destitute children, has opened their doors to us. During our time there, we will visit with the children and do various projects around their home.

Blessed Pier Giorgio on the eve of his death, with a paralyzed hand he scribbled a message to a friend, asking him to take the medicine needed for injections to be given to "Converso", a poor sick man he had been visiting.  Not only was this an incredible gift of himself but what that says to us is that Blessed Pier Giorgio knew the poor he served. In essence, grew up with them, journeyed with them hand in hand.  He would often miss family vacations to his country home because he would often say "if everybody leaves Turin, who will take care of the poor?" Will you help us help Converso and those families like him?

In 2015, upon our return from our first mission trip, with the money we raised we were able to help in some small way "our" families.  Those who lovingly opened their hearts to us in our mission site.

This is a small example of how far a few dollars can go:  For a little over $100 US, we were able to help Alberta Hilario.  She is a mother of 3 little children.  Her husband, Jose works long hours and many shifts in a nail factory.  A few years back she suffered from chronic back pain. The pain became so severe that eventually she was unable to walk.  She was unable to receive medical attention because she lives on top of the hill and it is very hard for her to go out.  Essentially she was homebound. 

Thanks to our donation, we were able to bring her to the hospital several times.  The doctors found that she had severe anemia, urinary infection and a tumor on her hip. The doctor referred her to the Cancer Hospital but she doesn't want to go.  She is afraid.  Afraid for her little children she does not want to leave alone.  The donation continues to help her and our mission partners there who visit her regularly and encourage her to seek more treatment.

We missionaries pray for her and help her the best we can with the little that we can give.  When we arrive in August we will visit her and her children once more.  We look forward to holding her hand once again and to see her smile.  We are bound to her and those in Laderas de Chillon, and we endeavor to help the poorest of the poor, honoring their lives, their struggles, and encouraging action in those who can help.

With your help, we can continue to help families in Laderas de Chillon in the ways they need most and serve in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Below are some of the ways you can support us:

  • First and foremost, please pray for us! Please pray that God continues to pour down his blessing on our group and prepare our hearts to serve all the poor we will encounter with the same love and charity that Christ showers upon us. Please also pray for the families in most need-- that the Lord would continue to sustain them, and through our efforts help meet their needs.
  • You can make a tax-deductible online here on our YouCaring page.  Frassati Fellowship of NYC is a registered 501(c)(3) organization 
  • You can also make a tax-deductible donation via check. Checks can be made out to Frassati Fellowship of Catholic Young Adults with 2017 PERU MISSION noted in the memo. Please email us at [email protected] for information on where the check should be sent.
  • If you work in food and beverage or know someone who does, we are also able to plan fundraising events at a restaurant, bar or event space. Please email us at the email listed above.
  • Lastly, you can also share about this mission trip! If there is anyone you know who can pray, give or support us please share this information with them through phone calls, emails and social media.

We are all truly grateful for this opportunity to respond to this call to serve Christ and the poor and to share the treasures of our Faith with all whom we will encounter.

God Bless you on behalf of Frassati Fellowship NYC.

Verso l'alto!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 18, 2017

Posted on August 18, 2017

2017 Peru Mission - Update 5

As you all know, we missionaries returned safely to JFK this past Sunday evening. We are thankful for the safe trip the Lord granted us.

Now adjusting back to normal life as it were, we reflect fondly and with much gratitude for this blessed time we spent together. Despite the rigorous schedule (of 12+ hours most of the days), challenging manual labor, and sometimes unpredictable schedule, we somehow managed to sleep each night with a healthy exhaustion of earning a good day's work.

We realize what a luxury it is to have a warm place to sleep, a roof above our heads, food in our stomachs, and bathrooms with actual running water and a sewage system (more than just a hole in the ground on top of a hill). What a blessing it was to be able to receive what was due when so many of the people of Laderas put in the same 12+ hour days, often more, manual labor and yet with so much uncertainty of their pay, shelter, and the next meal.

Our last day in Peru (Saturday) was spent walking around the city of Lima. We had the privilege of celebrating a private Mass at the Church of Saint Rose of Lima, the very place where she grew up. Across the street was a small, white building where St. Martin de Porres was born. What a gift it was to physically walk in the footsteps of these great saints-- who loved the poor and served the sick.

Sitting in the large St. Rose of Lima Church, we could hear the muffled noise of horns blaring and traffic driving by-- the sounds of the world trying to pull our focus away for Christ as is often the Christian struggle. And in a cosmopolitan city like Lima where the face of poverty looks quite different, how easy it was to forget our brothers and sisters in Laderas whom we had left just 24 hours earlier.

Visiting the convents of St. Francis and St. Dominic, we saw paintings of Dominicans and Franciscans together as well as books that were hundreds of years old. They were some of the first books brought over of the Faith. Much time and effort was spent by the early Dominican and Franciscan missionaries of Peru translating the Faith into Quechua, one of the aboriginal languages and the most predominant native language in Peru today. We marveled at the fact that these carriers of the Faith traveled all the way to this land, to seek the stranger, to bring the good news of the Gospel of Christ to all the corners of the earth.

We ended the day with Mass at the retreat house and a farewell Peruvian dinner by the ocean. Some of the missionaries even dipped their feet into the Pacific.

Now back in our homes-- NYC, Ontario, Miami, Buffalo, we know God continues to call us forth in this missionary spirit. Whether we are going off to law school like Liz or returning to serving in the United States Marine Corps like Captain George Russo, we continue to carry the intentions of all our supporters as well as the needs of our brothers in sisters in Laderas with us. We pray that the seeds planted and flames lit will bear much fruit and continue to illuminate this world with the light of Christ.

We thank you friends, family, and supporters for enriching this trip and making it possible.

We thank  our five amazing priests - Fr. Dominic Bump, OP, Fr. Innocent Smith, OP, Fr. Rosado Adaly, Fr. John Anthony, CFR and Fr. Agustino, CFR - for your guidance, covering, patience(!), and making Christ manifest even moreso through the sacraments-- the outward signs in simple things like bread and wine, which are instituted by Christ to give grace.

With today as the Feast of the Assumption, we are reminded that we are a pilgrim people. And like in the procession following Mass, we move forward in this life with a joyful pace among our fellow pilgrims knowing that we come from God and we are moving towards God with the care of our Blessed Mother, the intercession of the saints, and the prayers of our patron Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.

"I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus" -Philippians 3:14

Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever.

Verso l'alto!

2017 Peru Missionaries
Frassati Fellowship of NYC

PS Attached you will find several amazing photos by our resident Frassati photographer extraordinaire, Jon Marquez. More of his work can be found on Facebook.

PPS If anyone is a coffee fan, we highly recommend Coffee of the Cross(!), led by our very own Fr. John Anthony to support the maintenance and develop of the Mountain of Peace in South America.

Posted on August 18, 2017

Posted on August 18, 2017

2017 Peru Mission - Update 4

Mission complete. Thanks be to God. We are safely here in San Isidro, a district in Lima, at a retreat house called Casa de Espiritualidad Hermasie Paget.

Yesterday was our last day in Laderas. We brought all the donations from so many of you to the community. Our roofing team - Paul and George Russo, Jair, Edward, Paul Born, and David put the last roof on the fourth house for Elvira. The rest of us were split painting a termite protector as well as paint primer on the four houses. Some of us also spent the day playing with the local children and helping with their homework.

Those of us who were on home visits spent the morning ascending and descending the hills of Laderas as we went from home to home offering blessings, rosaries, and prayers. One of the local boys, Jose, accompanied Fr. John Anthony, CFR on the home visits and knocked door after door. Fr. John Anthony met an elderly Andean woman who was not well. Through a translator, he heard the woman's confession in Quechua and gave her an annointing of the sick.

In the afternoon, the missionaries gathered together at the small chapel in "Manzana Z" and proceeded to visit each of the houses we completed.  We first visited Ana's house first where we gave her a "Sagrada Familia" statue and a small framed portrait that read "haz siempre uno buena accion" made by one of our missionaries.  Then one of our priests proceeded to bless the home. The families were overwhelmed with joy as were we, and prepared popcorn and soda for us all.  They were so happy and at the same time sad to see us go.  We repeated this same process at Manuel's new home, Angel's new home and finally Elvira's new home.  

We closed the day with dinner at "el comedor".  We where treated to a delicious meal that included "Lomo Saltado" and "Picarones". Then our priests and servers celebrated two community Masses. One Mass in "Manzana Z" chapel and the other at a small, colonial-style chapel called "la Hacienda". When we arrived there many were lined up outside waiting to come in. A few of us walked the neighboring area, inviting the children playing outside to join. With some encouragement, they decided to join and sat right in the front.

After the Masses, we said our farewells to the ladies of Laderas who have been our guides and partners. We exchanged many embraces, some tears, and also words of future visits.

This morning, we arose early for a 6am breakfast. We departed Cruz Blanca, our basecamp for the week, and headed for Chaclacayo. Around 9:30am, we pulled up to Hogar San Francisco de Assis, a home and hospital for sick and disabled children. We spent the day playing games with them and provided a KFC lunch. Yes, that's right, KFC.  We know that may not seem like a treat, but Dr. Lazarra, who runs the home, assured us it would be for them. The Hogar was started by Dr. Lazarra, a native of Florida, to provide medical care for children who had either been abandoned, abused, or whose families could not provide it for them. Currently the Hogar is home to 41 children. For children who have families, they will return to them once they are well enough.

We celebrated Mass with the children as well as Holy Hour with lots of Spanish hymns lead by Stephen, our resident Frassati musician and also Fr. Agustino, CFR.

We recall emailing Dr. Lazarra 8 months ago and asking him about bringing a group of 30 visitors for one day. He replied "We've never had a group that size, but let's try it." The day was a blessing for all of us. It was a different type of mission work. Though we weren't necessarily building something concrete to give or share, it was a privilege to receive so much love from these little ones who bare many different crosses.

After leaving the Hogar, we drove to central Lima and had dinner at a commercial center right on the water. It was a startling contrast to be back in a metropolitan area-- where food and water was available anywhere and bathrooms were accessible. How easy it is to forget of the sufferings of others when you cannot see them-- of the families in Laderas who share a common outhouse, no sewage system, and where a bottle of soda is a luxury.

As Fr. John Anthony, CFR told us in our last formation before this trip, "God uses experiences like these to plant seeds in us". As we approach our last day, we reflect and meditate on the ways in which God wants these experiences here to shape us, change us, and continue to propel us in our missionary spirit wherever we may be.

Thank you all again for making this trip possible. Please know we hold you all in our prayers, especially tomorrow as we have the privilege of celebrating a private Mass at the Church of St. Rose of Lima.

Verso l'alto,

2017 Peru Missionaries
Frassati Fellowship of NYC

Posted on August 18, 2017

Posted on August 18, 2017

2017 Peru Mission - Update 3

We spent Monday continuing work on the four different homes. We met some of the families who would be living there. Home 1 is Elvira's home. She has two boy's  age 3 and 7. Home 2 is for Anna. Home 3 for Angel, and Home 4 for Manuel.

As we worked throughout the days, some of the families made us popcorn, and even bought us a local Peruvian soda called Inca Cola. To put things into perspective for us, Sister Susana shared that the average daily wage for a taxi driver is around $10.00 US. Many of the families for which we are building the homes do not have regular work, and yet their generosity and graciousness to us is unwavering each day. They greet us with warmth and joy. Several of the family members will often sit closely to just watch the work (for a few hours). To us it may seem like a boring sight, but to them, they are watching their very home built before their eyes.

We ended the evening with fellowship and reciting night prayer together around a bonfire on the beach. It's incredible to think of all of us on a different continent and at another ocean.

On Tuesday, we finished all the perimeter walls and most of the partitions and started erecting them to form the various rooms of the houses. We also stayed with the community into the evening to celebrate Holy Mass at 2 different locations. Prior to Mass the ladies of "el comedor" made us a delicious dinner. They are the ones who cook for the that part of the Laderas community, feeding an average of over 375 people per day.

One group walked with Fr. John Anthony, CFR and Fr. Dominic Bump, OP to one of the many areas of Laderas hungry for the sacraments but lacking a chapel. The ladies of "el comedor" worked with some of the locals to identify a place for Mass, and before we new it, we were in a small building with an alter being set up for Mass. The building was actually a community center that doubled as a bar. It had dirt floors, and plastic chairs which we used for the community. We removed any alcohol-related signage and had an intimate Mass within 15-20 people local to that area.

In another part of Laderas, Fr. Agustino, CFR and Fr. Innocent Smith, OP celebrated another Mass. This is a new area that is incredibly poor, where most of the folks have very little shelter. There is also no chapel, but the ingenuity of the people of Laderas never fail. Underneath some tarps and with a small, simple table, a beautiful Mass was celebrated. Meanwhile, Fr. Rosado and a few of our missionaries did street evangelization, inviting folks to come to the Mass.

We ended the day with a modest surprise celebration for Fr. Dominic for his feast day. 

Today, we started applying a wood protector to the walls of the homes and adding the roofing. We spent the morning carrying sheets of tin roofing to each sight, along with more wood, primer, and a 25kilo bag of paint. We worked rapidly, and we were able to put roofs onto two of the houses.

During our building, we had a small group visiting a "Cuna," a local daycare center set up by the community. They spent the morning with the children and helped them with their homework in the afternoon.

A few other missionaries also accompanied priests  on their home visits. We learned even mores what a luxury basic health care is. We learned of one young woman who had to have a simple operation but has to wait until December. When Fr. Agustino asked her why she had to wait so long she replied saying that she needed that amount of time to save for it.

Tomorrow is our last day in Laderas. We ask for your prayers for a productive day so we can finish these homes for the four families. We also ask you to keep in prayer all the people and families we have met, and also that local governments and institutions may continue to work to make health care available to the poorest of the poor.

We continue "steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving; and pray for us also that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ". Thank you again for your support. 

Verso l'alto!

2017 Peru Missionaries
Frassati Fellowship of NYC

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