The values of solidarity and human dignity incorporated in Catholic social teaching come to life through the stories of people served by Catholic Relief Services. Through CRS programs of micro-credit in Mexico and India, men and women develop their skills and establish small businesses that create jobs for others--from apple farming through brick-making. In Zambia, people learn how to become caregivers for those with HIV/AIDS; and in Rwanda, the land of the Hutu and Tutsi, people learn to become peacemakers. In Nicaragua, farmers gain hope and a stake in their future as they learn to produce organic coffee for the Fair Trade market.
Jeffry Odell Korgen is the secretary of The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors and director of Social Ministries for the National Pastoral Life Center in New York. He is the author of My Lord and My God! Engaging Catholics in Social Ministry and editor of Living in Gods Justice: Prayers and Reflections