From the March 31, 2017 edition of the Criterion:
Thomas Awiapo, a native of Ghana in Africa, held up one of the small cardboard containers distributed by Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
“This little box is called a rice bowl,” he explained. “I call it a gospel of love. I call it a sacrifice of love. … This little box is so dear to my heart. I cherish it. It is the reason why I am standing here.”
“Here” was Providence Cristo Rey High School in Indianapolis, one of four Catholic schools where Awiapo spoke in Indianapolis on March 14 and 15.
Providence Cristo Rey is a school for students from low-income families that is a partner in the CRS Global High School program, seeking to educate about Catholic social teaching and advocate for solidarity with the global poor.
Awiapo, who is now a married father of four and works for CRS, shared his story of hope and of the impact made by the CRS Rice Bowl Campaign.
To read more about Thomas Awiapo’s journey, click here.