Editor’s Note: Also pictured in featured image is Maryknoll lay missioner Caitlin. 

One year ago this moth, Hady Mendez, of FMS’ 29th class of missioners, arrived in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Since then, Hady had used her time work with Manos Con Libertad to help women in prison to better their spiritual life and their financial situation, but, most importantly, to be a friend. May God bless her in all that she has done and all that she will do.

Biggest highlight of 2015: “It had to be starting the faith sharing group in prison.  This was something no one actually asked for.  I saw a need, prayed about it, and took a leap of faith.  The group started in late August with 2-3 women.  We ended the group in December (for a holiday break) with the same women (minus one who was released from prison) plus 3 additional women. The group has bonded in a special way over the last 4 months. And God has sent me a partner in crime to help me run the group which has made the overall experience even better.  It’s something I will always cherish about my time here.”

Looking ahead to 2015: “I want to increase my role with Manos Con Libertad.  I have been an instructor for their life-skills workshop, worked in the kitchen, and facilitated workshops for the kids of the women who work there.  I have asked the Director to help in a different way this year.  My goal is to help develop a manual that we can use to spread the program to other parts of Bolivia.  I also want to work more on community partnerships.  And finally, one of my goals in 2015 is to develop new streams of income for the organization so that they can continue to provide opportunities to more women in need.”
Coffee and pastry with a co-worker.

Coffee and pastry with a co-worker.

Hady and two other missioners enjoying nature.

Hady and two other missioners enjoying nature.

Hady and the women she loves

Hady and the women she loves.

 

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