Sister Fran Hicks served for many years at Casa Alexia, our sister’s mission on the El Paso-Juárez border. As part of this partnership of sisters from Latin America and the United States, Sister Fran helped provide nutritious food for more than 100 families who face hunger, poverty, and violence every day.
“I saw the effects of malnutrition, especially on the children, and it was widespread,” Sister Fran said in a new video interview. “When there is not enough food in the family and it has to be shared, the children are sometimes the ones who are really left without.”
Many of the people in the border region are day laborers who work for very little pay. Sister Fran said that even those jobs have become scarce during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I think we are looking at not only malnutrition but, in some cases, starvation. It’s that serious.”
Your support of Casa Alexia through the Joseph Bowls fundraiser March 8-12 can make an immediate and measurable impact on the lives of those with whom our sisters minister.
“Sister Carol Jean’s project of getting food once a month to over 100 families is just fantastic,” Sister Fran said. “And it could not be done without the generosity of the people who donate. You do make a difference.”
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