Thomas Awiapo

Sahel Food Crisis: Helping Niger Help Itself

A man waters plants in a CRS dry season market garden in Jougola, Niger. Photo by Tahirou Gouro/CRS By Thomas Awiapo Traveling in Niger to see the impact of the current food crisis there first-hand, as well as CRS’ work, I spent the last five days with an evaluation team tasked with assessing the impact […]

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Thomas Awiapo: Peace Elections for Africa

CRS Ghana’s Thomas Awiapo shares his thoughts on a workshop in Accra, Ghana organized by CRS and SECAM (Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar) to promote peaceful elections in Africa. “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” —Thomas Paine, 1777. It is […]

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Delegation Visits CRS in Accra, Ghana

Once again, CRS Ghana has been honored with the visit of two CRS board members, Most Reverend John H. Richard and Most Reverend Martin David Holley and accompanied by the executive secretary of the USCCB and others. Also present at the event, was Donald Teitelbaum, the United States ambassador to Ghana. During the visit, a […]

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Thomas Awiapo: Hispanic Delegation in West Africa

Community members welcome the Hispanic delegation with drumming and dancing. Photo by CRS staff Nine Hispanic Church leaders from across the United States and four CRS regional staff members spent 10 days visiting CRS projects in Burkina Faso and Ghana, interacting with and experiencing the culture and way of life of the people. The Hispanic […]

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Thomas Awiapo: Time with Friends in Burkina Faso and Ghana

The Da Souza family interacting with project beneficiaries in Burkina Faso. Photo by CRS staff The Da Souza family, friends and great supporters of CRS, along with CRS staffer Alison Judd, spent 10 days in Burkina Faso and Ghana. They visited many CRS projects, interacted with partners and beneficiaries of the various projects in both […]

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Thomas Awiapo: Global Solidarity in Action

A group of blind gardeners supported by CRS welcome the St. Francis girls to their project site in the village of Ermon, Ghana, with song and dance. Photo by CRS staff A delegation of 12 students and 3 teachers from St. Francis, an all-girls’ Catholic high school in Sacramento, California, visited Ghana from June 7 […]

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Thomas Awiapo: U.S. Trip Snowy, But Fulfilling

I send you all belated but very sincere greetings and best wishes from Ghana. After a 69-day speaking tour in the US, traveling from coast to coast and enduring persecution from the exceptionally snowy winters, it is good to finally be back home, reunited with family and enjoying local foods but suffering from scorching sun, […]

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Thomas Awiapo: Celebrating Life and an Unknown Birth Date

Currently, I am on a speaking tour in the U.S. and enjoying every bit of it … except persecution by the snow. I met a little boy, a fourth grader who was celebrating his birthday. He graciously offered me a slice of his birthday cake which was yummy. Out of curiosity, I asked the little […]

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Thomas Awiapo: Outpouring of support for Haiti

Most Reverend McManus – Bishop of Worcester Diocese and I (Thomas Awiapo) had a 30 minutes media interview on the work of CRS in Haiti and around the world which will be aired across the country in due course. The bishop announced that the Catholic community of the Worcester Diocese has raised close to $500,000 […]

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Thomas Awiapo: Loving Response to Haiti Earthquake

On Jan 12, 2010, an earthquake hit Port-Au-Prince- Haiti, inflicting an unspeakable human tragedy in the lives of its inhabitants. It is hard to imagine or believe that about 150,000 and probably more people have perished in the earthquake and over 600,000 people are homeless, hungry, thirsty, and need medication if they hope to live. […]

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