Building houses and hope in Peru



Catholic Outlook Building Houses and Hope Story
In the shantytowns of Lima live some of the poorest of the poor.
Photo: Ian Jordan

Originally published in Catholic Outlook December 2012/January 2013

In July 2013, pilgrims from the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta will embark on the experience of a lifetime as they journey to Lima in Peru on the way to World Youth Day (WYD) Rio 2013.

WYD is all about sharing our faith and making God's love tangible. Led by the Bishop of Parramatta Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, our pilgrims will partner with Caritas Peru to reach out to the poor and disadvantaged through the Building Houses and Hope project.

WYD Executive Officer Ian Jordan is working to raise funds from a variety of sources to build at least nine houses at a cost of $US3300 each. The houses will be partially built when Bishop Anthony and our pilgrims arrive in Peru on 12 July 2013.

Ian said the mission of Caritas to alleviate the poor in Lima is at the heart of this action.

“They assess the 'poorest of the poor' and most destitute families and provide for them with help from dioceses across the world, in this case Parramatta,” Ian said.

“When they arrive in Lima, our pilgrims will work with Caritas and these families to paint, build stairs, install windows, and look after the children for three consecutive days in a mission immersion experience.”

To fund this important project, the Diocese of Parramatta is donating all funds from its annual fundraiser, the Diocesan Shopping Trip, to Building Houses and Hope. On 17 November 2012, three buses of dedicated shoppers invaded factory outlets across Sydney, shopping for bargains and earning a fundraising commission for the project on all sales.

Employees of the Catholic Education Office in the Diocese of Parramatta are contributing to the construction of one of the houses and other groups and organisations are encouraged to participate in the project.

Help our World Youth Day pilgrims to Build Houses and Hope

To find out how you can contribute to this project contact:

Ian Jordan – WYD Executive Officer

Ph: 02 9840 5609 E:

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