Here’s how a Catholic project is working to eradicate poverty in Argentina – Catholic World Report

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The Akamasoa Argentina project draws its inspiration from the example of Father Pedro Opeka, an Argentine priest who arrived in Madagascar more than 50 years ago and since then has worked to improve the quality of life of hundreds of thousands of Africans.

Akamasoa Argentina’s founder, Gastón Vigo Gasparotti, told Channel Orbe 21 about the origins, goals, and the daily routine of the volunteer work he does in the town of Lima, located in Buenos Aires Province.

Gastón explained that the intention is to build a site where before “there was nothing,” as did Opeka, who together with the local community in Madagascar managed to transform a dump into a city and lift half a million people out of poverty.

With the same conviction, Akamasoa Argentina builds houses, gardens, health clinics, hydroponic gardens, workplaces, maternity hospitals, and cemeteries.

The idea is “that the work of the volunteers, of the families, of those of us who make up the work team, is really a mutual sacrifice,” he explained.

The volunteers work alongside the families that live there and benefit from the project. On a day-to-day basis, “what seemed impossible is starting to look like an oasis of hope,” the young man commented.

Here’s how a Catholic project is working to eradicate poverty in Argentina – Catholic World Report

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