Helping Cubans in Times of Trouble

Our gifts for Mission & Service support food and training programs in Cuba.
Published on: 
January 3, 2019

For more than two decades, food delivery tricycles supported by United Church Mission & Service partner, the Christian Centre for Reflection and Dialogue (CCRD), have carried meals to elderly and infirm residents in Cárdenas, Cuba. CCRD grows, prepares, and delivers food to more than 100 people every day.

Established in 1991, the centre supports churches in their work of social assistance and sustainable development. It is a space for Christians in Cuba to work together with others to support and help Cuban people in need.

When Hurricane Irma struck Cárdenas in September 2017, the people served by the CCRD food delivery program found themselves vulnerable in another way. Their homes were among those seriously damaged by the strong winds and heavy rain that came with the storm.

With financial contributions from the people of The United Church of Canada, CCRD provided new windows and doors—and, in a few cases, new houses—to people in need. Beneficiaries of CCRD’s agricultural training programs received seeds and tools to replace what they lost.

Each year, CCRD also hosts several groups of United Church people who want to learn more about Cuba and the church’s work there for justice and inclusion.

Your contributions to Mission & Service help keep training programs and food programs going. And your support to ongoing United Church emergency appeals allows partners to respond in times of trouble.

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