Real change takes time—
Maryknoll lay missioners are there for the long haul
Within the past year, we have witnessed a seemingly never-ending stream of crises, conflicts and natural disasters,
many contributing to what has become the largest refugee crisis since World War II. The humanitarian sector is struggling to cope with these new realities as it recognizes a widening gap between the needs of people affected by these crises and the help they are receiving.
There are significant challenges in moving from disaster and short-term relief to sustainable recovery.
Real change takes time,
an understanding of local context and culture, and relationships built on trust and mutual respect.
That’s where we come in.
Maryknoll Lay Missioners is not in the business of disaster relief. We are there for the long haul. We are the ones who stay.
Inspired by the life of Jesus and grounded in Catholic Social Teaching, our missioners do the hard work of learning the local culture and language and working side by side with local partners to find culturally appropriate solutions to local problems.
The accompaniment we provide contributes to long-term solutions in the aftermath of natural disasters or human conflict. Here are a few examples:
We are in Haiti, where we recently helped to bring in 1,000 hens, whose eggs are now generating security and income for local women as well as providing more stable, economic and safe nutrition.
We are in South Sudan, where we support and guide a variety of projects through which the South Sudanese strive to craft a better and reconciled future for their young country.