More than 130,000 children in Brazil have been made orphans during the pandemic. Catholic agencies are working with the government to try and meet their needs, and to prevent as many children as possible from being put in temporary shelters.
We say: Even as Americans have the luxury of the possibility of a booster to the coronavirus vaccine, billions around the world have yet to access a first jab. We must support increased funding for global vaccinations.
In a large slum just southwest of Lusaka, the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Family operate the Cheshire Divine Providence Home amid COVID-19 hardships, housing more than 20 elderly homeless people and 30 orphans.