The Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford is sponsoring Field Expert, Thomas Awiapo, who will talk about his experiences with Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
One of four orphaned brothers, Thomas Awiapo would go to bed at night crying from hunger. Born into extreme poverty in northern Ghana, Thomas and his brothers would crouch over a single bowl to share what little food they had. Thomas’ two younger brothers eventually died from malnutrition; his older brother walked off one day never to be seen again. “We’d wake up with no breakfast. We had no idea what lunch was. We cried for food,” says Thomas.
One day, Thomas smelled lunch cooking at a CRS-supported school and it changed his life Like millions of children who have received meals provided by CRS, a daily lunch lured Thomas into the classroom and kept him coming back.
Today Thomas is a field expert with Catholic Relief Services and travels every year to tell his story to American Catholics. As part of the CRS Rice Bowl Hunger Awareness Speakers’ Tour, Thomas will be visiting parishes, schools and communities across the United States.
The event is open to the public and supper is included.